How To Get A Job In Singapore As A Trailing Spouse
Trying to find a job in Singapore as a trailing spouse can be challenging. Most people I know struggle and many reach out to me asking for help. So today, I want to share with you what to do when you arrive in Singapore and how to get your foot through the door to get a job.
The typical approach: Networking
Talking to people, you will by now have heard that networking is important, if you want to find a job in Singapore, because often it’s not about what you know but who you know or who knows you.
Of course, it’s always a good idea to go out there and meet new people and build your network when you move to a new country. However, in Singapore there is an overwhelming number of events to attend every day. It’s easy to feel burnt out and tired trying to work the circuit.
Also, not all networking events are equal. It’s important to be smart when choosing your networking events. Be selective! Think about the potential attendees. Will any of them be able to offer you a job or will most of them be in the same situation like you? If it’s the latter steer clear!
A different approach: Reach out to decision-makers and influencers
If you’re tired of networking events and want to try a more targeted approach, this might be for you!
Go get your laptop and grab a cup of coffee or tea. Get comfortable. Think about your Happy Job Definition and identify which companies you want to work for. Now, go to LinkedIn and try to connect with people working at these companies to arrange a coffee meeting.
In terms of this, you can look at key decision-makers (i.e. hiring managers) that are relevant to the job you’re looking for or other people working within your desired field. Decision-makers have the power to hire you, whilst influencers have the potential to refer you. Both can help you get a job.
Connecting with strangers via LinkedIn might feel scary and weird. Scheduling such a meeting may also not be easy, because people aren’t always free to catch up for a coffee. So, I recommend 2 different approaches to my clients to overcome this:
Make them feel special, aka appeal to a person’s ego by highlighting that you would like meet someone in their field with their experience and insight to learn about the Singaporean market. People like to be asked for advice and act as mentors, so they are likely to want to meet you.
Or create a win-win situation by highlighting how you can help the person you want to meet through the knowledge and experience you have in the industry, the region, your specific field etc. Since they will see a clear benefit in meeting you, they are likely going to say yes.
By forming such meaningful connections, you will start meeting people that are relevant to your job search and that can actually help you. This is how 9 out of 10 of my clients land their Happy Jobs in 3 months or less.
What do you think? Will you give it a go?
Do you have other tips to share of how you found a job in Singapore? Comment below! I would love to hear from you! 😊