The SOP for job-searching in Singapore consists of many hours hunched in front of a computer screen, which is pretty ironic, since your future job is likely to consist of exactly that… except that you’ll be getting paid for it.
The trouble with job hunting online is that you can all too easily get sidetracked into an abyss of YouTube videos and Instagram stories when you’re supposed to be applying for jobs. To stay focused, attack this list of top 10 job search websites and apps.
JobsDB is one of Singapore’s most well-known job search websites (if not THE best-known one), and it has an enormous database of jobs across all industries. All sorts of companies list jobs here, from big banks to startups to SMEs.
You can search for jobs by using job titles or keywords, but our favourite feature is the ability to specify the area where the office is located, which is very useful to avoid those jobs that will have you waking up at 5am and spending hours on public transport.
Along with JobsDB, JobStreet is the other of the “Big Two” job search websites in Singapore. Like its biggest competitor, this website has thousands and thousands of jobs across all industries and all company types.
There is a handy “Minimum Salary” filter that lets you exclude those jobs that expect you to live on peanuts.
Remember the good old days when people still read the Straits Times (and kopi cost only 10 cents and Punggol was still farmland)? Back then, job hunting entailed poring through the Straits Times Classifieds section and calling up prospective employers.
These days, the Straits Times Classifieds job section lives on in STJobs, a job search website is owned by Singapore Press Holdings. They’ve got a fairly decent number of postings across a wide range of industries, with the majority tending to come from SMEs. Lots of contract jobs too.
Monster is a favourite platform amongst job recruitment agencies searching for candidates. They have a job search app for job hunting on the go as well.
In addition to browsing job ads, you can create a resume and post it online so someone will hopefully contact you with a job offer. If you’re on the market for a new job, it definitely doesn’t hurt to leave a copy of your resume here.
MyCareersFuture (previously Jobs Bank)
MyCareersFuture.sg has replaced Jobs Bank, a job search site run by the government. Jobs Bank is a website run by the government, which means it might not be for extremely paranoid types who fear Big Brother’s watchful eye.
On the bright side, employers who post job ads on the site are usually looking to hire Singaporeans, which does help you avoid those companies who, ahem, are looking for nationalities willing to accept a lower salary.
You can also filter listings for “jobs with government support“, meaning the employer gets some kind of incentive (e.g. wage subsidy) from the government. This means you might have a better chance of getting the job, even if you’re inexperienced.
Yet another popular job search website with positions across a wide range of industries. Like the previous sites before, Jobs Central is a general job search website.
On their front page they’ve got a list of the bigger companies who’ve posted job ads, so if you’re looking for an MNC to work for you can make a beeline for this.
There’s also a special section for fresh grad jobs to make it easier to find a job that will accept your lack of work/life experience.
LinkedIn isn’t just a networking site anymore. More and more employers and recruiters now source for candidates on the site, as well as post vacancies. If you’re looking to work for a hip tech startup or media company, there’s a high chance you’ll find their job ads on LinkedIn Jobs.
What’s also nice about LinkedIn Jobs is that you can expand your search to include countries you don’t mind working in, rather than have to open a new tab and go to another country’s job search platform. In addition, LinkedIn has a job search app.
So you’ve decided to screw those heartless corporate giants and G2000 suits and work for a start-up where you can go to work in flip flops? Then you’re more likely to find your dream job on StartUpJobs than JobsDB.
The job categories are a little more fine grained than the usual “Accounting” and “F&B”-type categories. Here, you can look specifically for a career in UX/UI, front end development, data analysis, and so on.
Rather ironically, though, StartUpJobs doesn’t have a job search app…
If you’re just looking for a temp or part-time position where you can make some quick cash rather than build a career, FastJobs is the job portal you should be using. Students looking for a job as a Subway sandwich artist or a holiday gig as a temp admin assistant will find those positions, as well as many others, on the site.
FastJobs also has a job search app of the same name, which is awfully handy for lining up the next temp gig while you’re still working at your current one.
Do you catch yourself looking disdainfully at the Raffles Place office drones rushing to work and then promise yourself you’ll never accept a job that stifles your creativity?
Then you might find a suitable job on Cultjobs, where you’ll find creative industry jobs in the art, film, fashion, architecture, animation and more.
Some of the wackier job listings we found here include “Apprentice Leathercrafter”, “Finance & Administrative Hero”, and “Cryptocurrency Social Media Intern”, but there are also regular-sounding jobs in tech, marketing, advertising and media.
What’s your favourite job search website? Share your recommendations with us in the comments!