8 Steps to working
in Singapore

Understand the local job market

Learn more about Singapore, its industries, and its working culture to decide if this is the right place for you.

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Find a suitable job

After learning about Singapore’s job landscape, it’s time to start searching for a job.

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Prepare and submit your resume

Once you’ve decided on the jobs to apply for, you’ll need to get started on your resume.

Keep your resume short and succinct.

Remember to include:

  • Personal information
  • Important and relevant skill sets
  • Relevant work experience
  • Educational qualifications
  • Relevant supporting documents

Most employers accept resumes via email.

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Go for job interviews

You will be informed once you are shortlisted for an interview.

Applicants who are overseas might possibly be interviewed:

  • Over the phone
  • Via video conference
  • Through the company’s local office

You might need to prepare an essay or presentation as part of the interview.
Prepare for the interview by researching about the company beforehand.

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Accept a job offer

You will need to sign an employment contract to accept a job offer.

The contract will lay out the terms of your employment including:

  • Salary
  • Bonuses
  • Working hours

You will usually have two to five days to review the contract terms before you sign the contract.

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Collect your work visa

Your employer will apply for your work visa after you have secured your job.

  • Different work visas are available depending on the nature of your employment.
  • Application for work visas are undertaken by employers.
  • Your employer will receive an In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter upon approval of your pass.
  • The IPA letter is valid for six months and is needed when you collect your pass from the Ministry of Manpower.
  • You may only collect your pass from the Employment Pass Service Centre (EPSC) upon arrival in Singapore.

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Relocate to Singapore

Moving overseas to live in a foreign country will require careful planning.

You may choose to engage a relocation company or take care of the relocation yourself.

Key considerations for relocation:

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Apply for Permanent Residence or Citizenship

After working in Singapore for a number of years, you may be eligible for Permanent Residence and Citizenship.

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