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Opinion article: Will GSS soon become the Great Singaporean Shift?

Try asking this to a non-Singaporean: What do you think of when you think of Singapore?

Keywords that may come up include: lack of natural disasters, stable political structure, clean and green, multiracial and multicultural, etc. This pretty much paints a picture of an ideal place to stay and live.

However, Singapore is not even ranked within the top 10 most livable countries in the world1. The top 10 goes to cities in Switzerland, Austria, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, and Australia, while Singapore stands at 17th position. So what has gone wrong in Singapore?

The 2010 JobsCentral Presentation

Held on 29th October, the 2010 JobsCentral Presentation offered a series of informative sharing sessions and networking opportunities to attendees.

Attended by HR professionals, training providers and tertiary school representatives from more than 90 organisations, this year’s event was held at 1 Marina Boulevard. Organised by JobsCentral with the aim of thanking clients and partners for their support over the years, the event featured 3 speakers: CEO Lim Der Shing, Content & Community Manager Colin Lim and Product Executive Keith Toh.

Der Shing was the first to address the audience, sharing the background and current offerings of JobsCentral. Elaborating on the aims and strategies of products such as JobsCentral Learning and JobsCentral BrightMinds, Der Shing reiterated JobsCentral’s vision to provide high quality and effective career media and services for employers and the public.

Der Shing also shared exciting new developments, such as the revamped Employer Module on the JobsCentral portal, social media initiatives, and the popular JobsCentral Mobile App.Upcoming plans to further improve offerings for employers, education providers and jobseekers were then outlined.

Following a networking session where attendees had the opportunity to mingle with each other while enjoying wine and food, HR professionals and training providers were respectively addressed by Colin and Keith.

Upgrade Yourself With JobsCentral-TSOPE Workshops


Here at Jobscentral, we do not do things by halves. That probably explains how we have managed to steadily grow from strength to strength over the years to become one of Singapore’s leading career portal.

One of our offerings is the JobsCentral Career and Learning Fair. Held annually, the event attracts a huge amount of jobseekers and a whole spectrum of exhibitors from a wide variety of industries.

To complement this event, JobsCentral also conducts a series of workshops in partnership with The School of Personal Excellence (TSOPE) to provide jobseekers with an all-encompassing experience during their job search.

The two workshops held, How to Write Winning Resumes and Achieve Employment Success, and How to Ace Your Interviews and Get Your Dream Job, were a smashing success.

A record number of 65 participants spread out over the two workshops took this chance to brush up on their job searching skills and create a greater impact on the market.

Here’s what some participants had to say.

“Very good and informative. I liked the workshop very much. I have learned the 5 'R's on how to write our best resume, the 3 pillars of resume writing and how to present and sell our value to the potential employer." - Doreen Tan, 50, Senior Purchasing Officer

"Very interactive. I learned where my weak points are in terms of answering questions and also my physical posture. I will recommend this workshop to others!" - Joey, 28, Project Engineer

Singapore Workers Not Happier Despite Robust Economic Growth in 2010

Employees in Singapore are not happier with their jobs this year, despite an economic rebound, according to the 2010 JobsCentral Work Happiness Indicator, an online survey conducted over a period of 3 weeks, from August 23 to September 13, 2010.

Launched in 2009, the JobsCentral Work Happiness Indicator measures how happy working adults are, by finding out how satisfied they are with various work attributes they consider important. 3,402 working adults participated in the 2010 survey, and the mean work happiness score is found to be 55.5 out of a maximum of 100.0. The mean score was 56.4 last year.

“Singapore’s economy is on track to grow by 13 to 15 per cent this year, which is a very strong turnaround from last year’s downturn. Yet our Work Happiness Indicator shows that employees are not happier this year as compared to recession-struck 2009. We believe this is because many employers are still cautious about strong hiring and wage increase. They are waiting to see if the growth is sustainable. Hence, employees have not really seen their bonuses or wages increase much. The situation could change year end and in 1H 2011 as low unemployment, inflation and higher profits translate to strong wage pressure,” said Lim Der Shing, Chief Executive Officer of JobsCentral.

Poll Results: What is your stand on the recent termination of free bus rides between Resorts World Sentosa and the heartlands?

The Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, together with the Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore have recently taken actions to stop free shuttle bus services to the integrated resorts from the heartlands. Directives were issued, and reasons of termination of bus rides included integrated resorts not being "allowed to target the local market or provide incentives in any form for Singaporeans to patronize the casinos" (CNA, Sep 10, 2010).

In the light of this issue, many expressed their opinions and discussed strongly over this topic in many online forums. Some Singaporeans claimed that the free bus rides act as a more convenient way of getting to Sentosa even if they do not intend to visit the casinos. Others asserted that this measure will not stop locals who insist on visiting the casinos.

poll re-hiring older workers

Based on this topic of discussion, JobsCentral conducted an online poll over a period of two weeks to find out users' view of the matter. A total of 167 respondents took part in this poll.

Presenting WSJA Career Articles

Here at JobsCentral Community, we constantly strive to offer content that will help jobseekers and working professionals to make better career decisions.

With this aim in mind, we are proud to announce the launch of WSJA Career Articles, a brand new section that is the result of a collaboration between JobsCentral and The Wall Street Journal Asia.

The free articles in this section have been carefully selected to offer tips about issues that JobsCentral users frequently face. No matter which stage of your career you are at, you are likely to find most, if not all of these articles helpful.

So check out WSJA Career Articles today and look out for new ones that will be periodically added to the section!

The Power of Networking In The Palms of Their Hands


There is an old adage – If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

The winning partnership between JobsCentral and The School of Personal Excellence (TSOPE) is excellent evidence of this adage. Together with TSOPE, JobsCentral has organised a number of career guidance workshops that has been well-received by the participants.

The latest workshop - The Art of Networking: How to network your way to success - was no exception. Despite being held on a Saturday, the workshop attracted a healthy group of 25 eager beavers ready to learn how to network like a professional.

One Step Backward, Two Steps Forward: Help Us Help You

In the Harry Potter series, Albus Dumbledore uses the Pensieve, a shallow stone basin with carved runes and strange symbols, within which silvery hair-like strands of memories are siphoned, on many occasions to examine his memories and thoughts. Whilst we do not have the Pensieve to use at our convenience, nor the spells to siphon our memories for closer examination, it remains necessary for us to take a step back to reflect, before we can continue moving forwards.


JobsCentral's Numerical Milestones
*Figures correct as of September 27, 2010.

Poll Results: Is the issue of job competition between Singaporeans and foreigners a serious one in Singapore now?

At the National Day Rally 2010, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong highlighted the concern of the rising competition for jobs with the increasing numbers of foreigners in Singapore. He reassured Singaporeans that although some may feel the pinch, the influx of foreigners is a necessary move to improve the economic situation of Singapore.

PM Lee also mentioned that several policies are already in place to keep check of the competition between foreigners and Singaporeans for jobs, such as the foreign worker levy and workfare benefits. In addition, he also encouraged Singaporeans to help the foreigners in assimilating into the local lifestyle, and has cited few examples where this has been done successfully.

poll re-hiring older workers

Based on this issue, JobsCentral conducted a two-week poll, where a total of 340 respondents indicated their stand on whether they think this issue of job competition between Singaporeans and foreigners is a serious one.

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