Your career path doesn’t always necessarily need to follow a straight path. If your existing career leaves you jaded and unfulfilled, it may be time to move on. With the right method, it’s likely to make a successful career change and enjoy the pleasure of a new career direction.

You want a job that stimulates and challenges you; you want a role where you can grow your skills and develop your career. How do you look for a job in Singapore that meets your needs while getting the right salary? The solution lies in knowing where to look.

Rejection is never easy but it can be a valuable learning experience. The important thing is to turn a negative into a positive to find a right job in Singapore.

In Singapore, many professionals have discovered that their best option to advance in their careers is to make a lateral career move. Their employer cannot offer a promotion, and so they agree to take a comparable job at another company, maybe with a different title or slightly different compensation. It is hoped that taking that chance would stimulate career momentum.

However, making a lateral move professionally is not risk-free. If you’re thinking about taking a lateral career move, try asking yourself the following questions first.

1. Will this move change make a real difference?

It is likely that the new position taken through a lateral move doesn’t offer the same exact duties as the old role. This is good, if the difference is more exciting or meaningful work. Try to look for a role that will allow you to learn new skills and knowledge that can help you grow professionally.

2. Can I be considered for a raise sooner?

Due to your previous experience in a similar role, you may have experience and skills that allow you to start making contributions faster than another person who took the job and needed more training. A shorter (or non-existing) learning curve may entitle you to an earlier increment in salary.

3. Where could I go from here?

Be certain to understand the organisational structure of the potential employer before agreeing to a lateral move. If it looks like the chance for progression will be just as challenging in the other company, you may want to think twice about making a lateral career move 

The job of a recruiter is to find good job candidates for their clients. Here’s how you can help your recruiter help you in getting your ideal job.

A recruitment firm can offer valuable guidance and support for jobs that are not featured publicly. A recruitment firm also have a wide range of contacts and are skilled at matching professionals to the right company fit. Here are some best practices to remember on how to work with recruiters:

> Stand out

Firstly, make it easy for recruiters to find you. Start by posting your resume onto the recruiting firm’s website straightaway. Next, develop an elevator pitch summarising your core competencies, strengths and experiences. This will be convenient when you sell yourself to a potential employer. Whether it is networking at industry events or making a strong presence online – you would want to be visible for the right reasons.

> Be straight

Give a detailed summary of your career goals during your first meeting with a recruiter. Outline the types of positions, salary packages and locations you will consider. Establish the areas where you’re willing to make a compromise and what areas are not negotiable.

All these will go into making your recruiter’s work easier and you can be sure you will be on top of recruiter’s mind when a suitable opening comes up.

> Honesty is the best policy

You need to be upfront about your skills, education and career history so that a recruiter can do a good job of matching job to you. You can depend on reputable agencies to maintain confidentiality when discussing your professional background with potential employers. 

> Keep it professional

Check in with your recruiter at regular, respectful intervals and convey that you would appreciate any updates that come his way.

> Pay it forward

Continue to be of value to your recruiter by suggesting your peers to them. This will help your recruiter to remember you when the next career opportunity comes along. Recruiters can be strong allies in your career progression. They can help review your resume, offer interview tips, update you on industry trends and provide insider tips about employers they’ve worked with. Your mutual relationship with a good recruiter will help you along your whole career.

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