If you’re here than you’ve probably done your research and know what you want (Why Living in Singapore May or May Not Be Right for You, Jayant Bhandari).
While new government policies have made it more difficult for foreigners to gain employment in Singapore, anyone with the right skills and attitude stands a good chance. Talent is especially welcome, and knowing the best recruitment agency in Singapore for foreigners can greatly improve your chances of landing that dream job with the right company and remuneration.
Unfortunately, bad things can still happen in a closely regulated system. Some are cheated by bogus recruitment agencies, who find themselves jobless and in debt in Singapore after paying thousands of dollars. Others may employ unethical practices to cut corners. Engaging the services of such an agency not only lowers your chances of landing a job, but could even leave you with legal complications.
How do you prevent this from happening to you? We tell you how you can find the best recruitment agency in Singapore for foreigners because respect should go both ways:
They have a valid Employment Agency License.
Employment agencies in Singapore are required to get their Recruitment Agency license from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), which proves that the company
i) is not an undischarged bankrupt
ii) has not been convicted of any offense involving dishonesty or human trafficking and
iii) was not the director if a manager of an employment agency who licenses had been revoked.
They try their best to give you the job you want.
If a recruitment agency constantly tries to steer you in away from what you want then their intentions are highly suspect. After all, they earn their commission when they secure a hire for their clients. It’s likely they are only interested in making a quick buck. An honest recruiter will place their client first and find them the job that they want or are best suited for.
They give you time to decide.
Unlike a salesman that pulls open his coat just to give you fleeting glimpse of his “wares”, a
n employment agency that does not try to pressure you into hasty, uninformed decisions is a good agency. Bad agencies will try to force their clients into making hasty decisions that they might regret later.
However, if your recruiter isn’t telling you what you need to know within the first few minutes then you should take the initiative to ask more about the job description and company so that you can make an informed decision right away.
They refer to jobs that match your skill sets.
A good recruitment agency will try to be as specific as possible when referring jobs to clients, and thus their resumes to employers. When companies on the receiving end of these resumes see how relevant and objective the employment agency’s recommendations are it builds trusts. And a recruitment agency that reputed for its reliability is going to help your job search.
They help prepare you.
A good recruitment agency will not only take the time to fully explain the role of the job and company to you but also give you tips for the interview. This includes questions that employers are likely to ask, the company dress code or how to conduct oneself during the interview (which is particularly useful to candidates who aren’t familiar with the local corporate culture). This also shows that the recruitment agency has taken time to build a rapport with the hiring companies they represent, which further proves their dedication and integrity.