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Forward-Thinking Customer Care


Jacob Soo Thoo Zhang

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) believes in helping to develop a nation of progressive workplaces, where Singaporean employees can all look forward to meaningful and fulfilling careers. MOM officer Jacob Soo tells us how he helps contribute to this worthy cause.

By Gerald Goh

The workplace is arguably the most important location in one’s life, given that the average Singaporean employee spends the majority of his or her waking hours there. The quality of one’s work and the environment of the workplace is therefore a very important indicator in determining each employee’s overall quality of life.

Indeed, the MOM’s vision of “A Great Workforce, A Great Workplace” is emblematic of the organisation’s desire to help grow and develop a productive workforce and progressive workplaces across the nation, helping Singaporeans secure high-quality jobs and thereby ensuring that they can enjoy a secure retirement in their golden years. (Read More Here!)

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The Military’s Pride and Joy


Joy Wong

The Ministry of Defence Singapore (MINDEF) possesses a team of supremely capable Defence Executive Officers (DXOs), who are the perfect complement for working in tandem with the superior firepower of our military. The effectiveness of this cooperation can clearly be seen in the continued peace that people of Singapore continue to enjoy.

By Edmund Wang

Cheerful and exuberant 26-year-old Joy Wong is more than just a pretty face. As a Media Relations Officer, Joy plans and ensures the fluent execution of the publicity plans for events both big and small – from the Officer Cadet Course Commissiong Parade to the annual celebration of our nation’s independence, Singapore’s National Day. (Read More Here!)

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6 Career Lessons from ‘American Horror Story: Coven’

Some TV shows are educational and thought provoking. Others aren’t, but they allow you to leave your office worries behind and not have to check your phone for emails from the boss for the next hour. They’re a vacation for your brain.

A bit of television escapism is healthy, but don’t think even the trashiest of TV is without a life lesson or two. Such is the case with “American Horror Story: Coven.” Or at least let’s pretend that’s true so we don’t feel like we’re wasting 13 hours of our lives watching a gang of great actresses running around in fashionable hats.

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Opportunities to Sparkle on a Generic Job Application

I remember looking for a job during summer break from college. I went through the arduous task of filling out hundreds of job applications, providing every scrap of information about my educational background and work experience and racking my brain for phone numbers and addresses (why do they need these?) of my references.

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Q&A: Explaining Your Long Unemployment Period

Question: I have been unemployed for over nine months. How do I explain my long unemployment period at an upcoming job interview?

Answer: The interviewer may or may not have an unfavourable impression of your gaping unemployment period. But it can be typical for some employers to link this to something negative – perhaps a bad work ethnic or undesirable personality. The last thing you want to do is to shrug your shoulders nonchalantly and give an awkward smile. So how do you weave your way through this dreaded question? (Read More Here!)

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What Jobseekers from Different Generations can Learn from Each Other

There are essentially three generations of job seekers vying for jobs today: Baby Boomers, Generation X or Gen X, and Generation Y or Millennials. Because of this, job seekers are finding themselves competing with people of all different ages for the same job; people that can bring different experiences and skill sets to the position.

We asked career coaches, advisers and recruiters if there are any patterns in how job seekers from different generations go about the job search. Here are some that they noted:

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Pulling a Ricky Gervais: Returning to an Old Job

I’m a big fan of actor Ricky Gervais. I like his sarcastic, biting humor, and I thoroughly enjoy watching both the British version of “The Office” and its U.S. spinoff. Yet even I found myself turning red, unable to look directly at the TV, as he offended one A-list celebrity after another during the 2011 Golden Globe awards.

So I was pretty surprised to learn that, for the third year in a row, he was picked to be the award show’s host. I guess they say the third time’s a charm, right?

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How Helping Others can Help Your Job Search

Volunteering in your community can be rewarding for many reasons – you get to help others, give back to your community and hopefully enjoy some personal growth along the way. Volunteering may help with professional growth as well — by gaining new experiences and meeting new people, you may just end up with a new job.

“Anyone who’s interested in taking charge of their career, whether they are currently employed or not, should volunteer,” says Marsha Egan, career coach and workplace productivity expert. “It is perhaps one of the best kept career development secrets. Not only is it a great opportunity to network, but it’s a wonderful chance to learn how to motivate in a positive way, become a leader and fine-tune organizational skills. The fact that you are giving back to [the] community and going to feel good about it – that’s an amazing bonus too.”

3 reasons why volunteering can help with your job search:

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Tips for Adjusting to a New Work Schedule

Lisa Crafford, office manager at financial planning and investment management firm Fox, Joss & Yankee, recently decided to go back to school. She enrolled in the Executive MBA program at The College of William and Mary, a part-time program that allows her to continue to work full time. The mother of two young children travels from Northern Virginia to Williamsburg, Va. every other week for classes on Fridays and Saturdays. As a full-time working mom taking on a heavy academic schedule, she’s had to find ways to adjust to her new reality.

This is just one example of the changing work situations in which many workers find themselves. Perhaps, like Crafford, you’re taking classes while juggling a full-time job. Or you’re going from a part-time to a full-time schedule. Maybe you’re a new mom coming back from maternity leave or you’ve recently taken medical or disability leave. Whatever the situation may be, adjusting to a new work/life schedule can be challenging. Here are some tips for making the transition a little easier. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: Should I Study Abroad?

Question: I’m thinking of furthering my studies abroad. What are some things I should consider before taking this bold step?

Answer: Studying abroad can be your answer to a frightening new experience or a freeway to an exciting new world. Before you jump on the overseas education bandwagon however, here are some things to consider:

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