ABCs of Traveling to Singapore for Job Searching

This is a follow up article on the previous one I posted. I can’t reiterate enough how important for people who are considering going for job hunting overseas to read these post I’m sharing from my experiences. The point is, I will share all that I can. Whether people read it and learn from it or not, at least, it is out here in the open for anyone to see and share.

When you made up your mind and decided to go job hunting overseas, prepared the funds that you need, updated your resumes, and made a budget plan, don’t think that you are already well prepared. Sorry to burst your bubble, but you’re not prepared yet. Why?

Here are clues to help you be 90% ready. Make it as a checklist to help you prepare and enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

  1. Accommodation. Contact friends who can host you and try to save up on accommodation. Sharing bills is cheaper than renting your own room, or staying in a hotel. Besides, they can give you tips and boost of confidence. You don’t have to be lonely all the time.
  2. Book your airline ticket in advance (at least 2 months before) to get a cheaper price.
  3. Currency and Exchange Rate. How is the exchange rate nowadays?
    General rule: Change your money to the foreign currency when the foreign currency is lower. For those who want to go job hunting in Singapore, here’s a tip from a friend. Copy pasted from his FB post.

    Tips when you travel to Singapore —
    ** purchase the tourist pass – excellent value for your money
    ** buy Malaysian ringgit not Singaporean dollar before leaving the PH. You’ll get more dollars when you sell in Singapore. Done it myself so trust me.Sample 1 You have 20K pesos
    Buying- PHP 20000 / MYR 9.60 = MYR 2083
    Selling – MYR 2083 / SGD 3.12 = SGD 667

    Sample 2:
    Buying – Php 20000 / SGD 34 = 588

    currency exchange Tip when traveling to Singapore

  4. DO’s and DON’Ts. Be aware of the do’s and don’ts of your destination.
    Simple things like eating and drinking is not allowed on buses and trains. Malaysia for example, do not allow public display of affection (e.g. kissing) on buses and trains.
  5. Email address. Create a good, easy to write and remember email address from a reputable site (gmail, outlook, yahoo, msn, etc.).
    Avoid having email addresses like [email protected], [email protected]… You got my point?
  6. Familiarize yourself with the names of the places. Find the area where you want to stay by looking at the Singapore MRT map. Have an idea where you want to find an accommodation later.
  7. Get an invitation letter or help prepare requirements for Immigration. Have you prepared your answer to the local immigration officer that will be asking you for the purpose of you travel?
    If you don’t feel confident, don’t have the bling, don’t have an employment ID and certificate of employment to show, passbook with large deposits, or business permit of your own company, the officers may doubt your financial capacity as a tourist. Be prepared for this by asking friends to send you an invitation letter or time your trip to coincide with their vacation. Then you travel together with your friend who is working overseas, where you will also be staying initially.
  8. Market and Timing. Did you check the markets? Is this a good time to go job hunting?
  9. Psychologically prepare yourself for whatever the outcome.
    Most of all, don’t forget to have fun. Consider the trip as a learning tour and try to go to all the free places you can reach while you are there. See the place, taste the foods and drinks, join the people and travel with them. Feel the vibe!
  10. Read and understand the basic laws of the country where you’re going. What may be acceptable to you is taboo in another country. Your swear words that you think as mere expressions might be frowned upon by others.A German colleague was fascinated by the CCTVs and FINE signs everywhere that he took photos of the signages and created a slideshow to share with his family how so many FINES signs around and how much are the fines.In short, be careful and watchful all the time, ensuring that you abide by the rules and regulations so you don’t incur FINES for jaywalking, smoking, throwing cigarette butts in the wrong places, etc.

If you’ve done all that, then I’m sure you won’t feel lonely and desperate as the others have been. All the best to you, and may the best applicant wins it all! 😉


  1. puroypoi

    Thank you for these tips. I hope next time you can give us an article detailing all the necessary amount of expenses needed when you travel to Singapore, from airfare ticket , food, accommodation and touring the country and I hope it would be a cheaper one. 🙂

    1. Isabel Post author

      Thanks for the hint 🙂 I just wrote a single article about Accommodation Tips in Singapore. It could get very very long again if I combine it with other topics so I made it 1 topic per article. I hope you find it useful too.

  2. Bojel

    Great tips indeed. I like the fact that you mention the accommodation. Like Puroypoi, I want to know as well the total amount of money to bring. I have friends in SG but of course it is not adviseable to ask them about accommodating me.

    1. Isabel Post author

      Hi Bojel! I will be writing about the details of expenses in a single post because I noticed my articles are getting way too long. Hopefully, readers will still read it despite the length. I just wrote about Accommodations in Singapore.

  3. Vinaya

    Hopefully, one day I will make to Singapore. I have a friend from Singapore. She is a virtual friend, however, very good one.

    1. Isabel Post author

      Do give me a heads up when you come to SG and I just might buy you lunch if I’m around here 🙂 I travel around whenever I can.

    1. Isabel Post author

      That is what I’m hoping to achieve by sharing this bit of experience. Hope it helps others 🙂

  4. Gil Camporazo

    These are valuable tips for those who are to travel not only in Singapore but to other countries. These are the guiding principles to abide with.

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