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Adverse feedback from previous company costs nurse two new jobs Adverse feedback from previous company costs nurse two »

Dear Gilbert, I'm writing to you because I am at a loss on what to do and [...]


Local accountant used to earn $10,000 as CFO now works as accounts manager with half the pay and vow to vote against PAP Local accountant used to earn $10,000 as CFO now works »

Dear Gilbert, I wish to share with you my bitter experience while seeking for [...]


Local PMET used to earn $15,000/month now struggling as a cab driver and selling 5-room flat to settle debts Local PMET used to earn $15,000/month now struggling »

Dear Dr. Lam (PAP MP) I, Mike Yeo, stand before you at my wits end. I [...]


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Why Do Singaporeans Commit Suicide?

Editor's Note: This article first appeared here on 1 Dec 2010 and was brought back due to the recent spike of suicides in Singapore. If you are depressed [Read More]


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Appeal to PMO to look into workplace discrimination at ANZ bank

Appeal to PMO to look into workplace discrimination at ANZ bank

Dear Mr Lee Hiseh Loong and Mr Teo Chee Hean, First of all, I’ll like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I’ll like to apologies for sending this long and boring email during this festive season as I understand that you need to relax and take a break after a difficult and tough 2014. But somehow struggling deep [...]

52-year-old Malay retrenched safety co-ordinator struggling with prolonged unemployment

52-year-old Malay retrenched safety co-ordinator struggling with prolonged unemployment

I am a 52-year-old unemployed of a Malay race. I have been unemployed for 1 year plus and the help I received so far is from the CDC. I got retrenched from the position of safety coordinator I worked for due to end of contract and the person that is sitting on the position now is a foreign worker that I trained before. I guess you know how I [...]

IT professional out of work for 6 months and recently found work with new local job portal

IT professional out of work for 6 months and recently found work with new local job portal

Hi Gilbert, I am a IT professional who has been unemployed for 6 months. Initially I thought with the government launching the job portal. I will get a better chance in finding a better job after working in a SME for 5 years without a career growth. But it turn out to be fruitless, out of 300 plus job application, I only gotten less than [...]

51-year-old PMET lost his job as hiring manager and reflecting on the age-bias hiring criterion

51-year-old PMET lost his job as hiring manager and reflecting on the age-bias hiring criterion

Hi Gilbert I am a 51-year-old PME who just got retrenched from my hiring manager position. There are some things I would like to share here. As a hiring manager, my role is to employ people who fit the jobs advertised. When I look at the stack of applications, to be frank with you, anyone above 35 applying for administration job [...]

65-year-old PME struggles on $500/month CPF withdrawal and looking for work opportunities

65-year-old PME struggles on $500/month CPF withdrawal and looking for work opportunities

Thanks for allowing us to interview you, can you please introduce abit of yourself to us first? At 65 now I feel that I am the man of the house so I am considered the breadwinner and therefore even though my wife is working, she is getting the income. I am getting $500 from my monthly CPF retirement account, it is not enough to keep up with [...]

Singaporean PMET unfairly dismissed by Filipino superior and has to leave within 1/2 hour

Singaporean PMET unfairly dismissed by Filipino superior and has to leave within 1/2 hour

Gilbert, Thanks for the support and guidance you have given to fellow Singaporeans on their job problems. I am also facing a very bad experience recently on my job and decided to write this email to you and hopefully you can give me some guidance which would be greatly appreciated. I work as a contract analyst with an insurance co [...]

50-year-old graduate PME unemployed for 15 months and feeling ashamed

50-year-old graduate PME unemployed for 15 months and feeling ashamed

I am a 50-year-old PME who has been unemployed for a year and 3 months. I used to word as a manager in an MNC in Singapore. I resigned from my job due to the stress I faced at work which was accumulative and the unfairness I felt as compared to the foreigners my company hired over the years. Over the years, I had to work OT during the busy [...]

Is SIA practising Singaporean-first policy in their pilot hiring criterion?

Is SIA practising Singaporean-first policy in their pilot hiring criterion?

Dear Gilbert I refer to two articles posted on your website "insufficient employment protection for local commercial pilots" and "letter of appeal to Prime Minister's office for the job security of SIA pilots." From the two articles, most people would have an idea how rough and tedious a pilot career can be, in particularly in [...]

Malay woman terminated by Alatas Singapore after working for 3 weeks due to pregnancy

Malay woman terminated by Alatas Singapore after working for 3 weeks due to pregnancy

Dear Sir / Madam, I would like to bring up this matter to your attention. I was just employed by this company last month on the 10th of Nov 2014 as a Receptionist cum Admin Assistant under the accounts dept. As usual I will have to go through the procedure of 3-month probation period. I tried to learn as fast as I could on whatever [...]

Insufficient employment protection for local commercial pilots?

Insufficient employment protection for local commercial pilots?

My heart sank last month when I learnt in the news of the missing Singaporean pilot, Mr Lua Boon Huan, in Indonesia. I am immensely sympathetic to his family and am very worried about him, because I was once, like him, a young, ambitious Singaporean willing to fight his way to a career in the air. I was one of the few Singaporeans to have gone [...]


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