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Singapore is an English-speaking common law jurisdiction and lawyers qualified to the commonwealth jurisdictions such as the UK, Australia and New Zealand often find it easy to transition into private practice or in-house legal positions here. Coupled with its high standard of living, Singapore is an attractive location for internationally mobile foreign-qualified lawyers, who are keen to gain in-house experience with regional exposure.
As both the global economy and COVID-19 outbreak continue to worsen, our Singapore Government has announced multiple stimulus packages to provide broad-based support to Singapore economy. As of August 2020, our government announced extensions of certain current support schemes and new initiatives to provide continued support for businesses and jobs that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Based on my five years’ experience recruiting for the in-house legal market in Singapore, I’d like to share some insights and what lawyers can do to secure an in-house role in Singapore.
Consider contract positions
While a contract position provides less certainty compared to a permanent position, it is a useful way to gain some relevant experience and to keep yourself in tune with work. Moreover, we have seen extension and conversion for certain contract positions. This allows you to get work experience in a specific industry that may otherwise have been rather elusive.
Pro-actively reach out to Recruiters
Let's face it, finding a job is hard in this climate and chances are there are many others applying for the same job as you. You gain several perks as a job seeker in a recruiter's candidate pool.
Recruiters save you time
How many hours do you spend a day on job searching? We spend at least 3-4 hours a day trying to find candidates (you!) for our clients and network on a larger scale.
Take advantage of a recruiter's connections to get the most out of your job-seeking efforts.
We spend a lot of time making connections through databases, phone calls, and face-to-face networking. By using a recruiter during your job search, your network grows exponentially
Recruiters help you through the process
A good recruiter strives to provide the best candidates for their clients. Many will prepare you for the job placement process, from applying to accepting an offer. If you choose the right recruiter, most of your questions will be answered. You can also improve your resume, portfolio, and other applicant documents with the help of a recruiter. They can coach you on interviewing techniques, and, after you interview with the employer, the recruiter can give you feedback.
Leverage on their database for future positions
Even if you aren't hired for the first potential match, you stay in the recruiter's database. You're kept on the recruiter's radar for future positions.
We remember you
Tell us what you want and do not want. We can then point you towards openings that are hard to find while you don’t have to repeat yourself over and over again. They can give you access to jobs that are confidentially advertised or not yet posted on the internet. With more options to apply to, you have a better chance of receiving the job offer you want.
I hope this is useful for you during these trying times. If you are a lawyer or compliance professional, please feel free to reach out to me and tell me a little about your professional experience and aspirations. The information you share with me will be completely confidential.
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