The world wants to work in Singapore


Singapore is a VERY popular place, not just for the world’s tourists, but also the world’s workforce. In my executive recruitment capacity, I am contacted daily by professionals from around the world, all with the same desire and request – to find a job in Singapore.

I receive multiple emails, phone calls, Skype calls and resumes from business and functional leaders from countries across the UK, US & Canada, Latin America, Europe & Scandinavia, Australia & New Zealand, the Middle East, Africa and other Asian countries especially India.

Singapore’s reputation as a superb location to work and live is gaining momentum. People with families favour it over Hong Kong and it serves as an excellent base to service SE Asia’s fast growing & emerging economies. Some of these people however think they’re doing Singapore a favour by offering to move here and they expect to walk in to top tier roles with generous expat packages. They soon realise however that Singapore would be doing them the favour by letting them come here to work – on local terms.

The Singapore Government is under pressure to slow down the intake of foreign talent, but well qualified foreign professionals with the right experience and competency mix will still have opportunities to enjoy the best of what Singapore has to offer. You just need to ensure that you have the boxes that Singapore wants to tick.

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Gong Xi Fa Cai and the Year of the Snake begins


As I watched the annual Chinese New Year dragon dance with my kids earlier this year, I looked around at the other parents and wondered how many of them were thinking about changing their job in 2013.

CNY is the traditional time of the year in Asia to change jobs, generally after annual bonuses have been paid. It was well documented that bonuses may be a little lower than they were in 2012, so I was interested to see how much turnover there would be in Singapore’s labour market as compared with 2012.

If you are planning to look for a new job in 2013, let me ask you these questions: Will you take a proactive or reactive approach to your job search? Did you plan to be in the career that you’re in, or did it just happen to you? Do have plan your career to the same extent that you plan where to go on holiday, where to live, who to marry, what car to buy, what to do next weekend?

So many people let their career happen to them rather than being in control of it and then wonder why they’re unhappy and want to change their situation. They are not fully utilising what they’re good at and they’re certainly not doing what they truly enjoy. The good news is that you can change course, but you need to create an action plan to make it happen.

Many people also take a reactive approach to their job search. They might answer job ads, create a profile on LinkedIn and send a CV to some recruitment agencies. Then they wait…and wait….and wait. Frustration and resentment start to build and they become disillusioned job seekers who can’t work out why they’re not getting anywhere. Taking a proactive approach to your job search means building and stimulating your network, making direct approaches to companies of interest, attending industry group functions, and asking recruitment consultants for direct feedback on what you need to improve to become more marketable in your preferred space.

Changing jobs is seldom an easy nor smooth experience, so if you decide to do it, take more control of the process. Develop a plan, be proactive, treat your job search with respect and better results should follow. A belated Happy New Year to you and make this year your best ever.

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Brian Moore interview on CNBC

Here’s me in 1997 (looking a little younger) being interviewed by Andrea Catherwood on CNBC’s ‘The Winners’, advising how interviewers can get better results when interviewing. I left Morgan & Banks in 1999 to set up BMI and have just clocked 12 years in my own business

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Brian Moore talks about his new book Career Management Toolkit

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Brian Moore explains how the global workforce continues to benefit from the 15 key lessons contained in his new book Career Management Toolkit, which retails for USD19.95

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How do you look for a new job? (Excerpt from Ch 13)

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It’s all about positive networking

At some stage in your career, you will almost certainly be looking for a new job. This may be because you’re not truly satisfied in your current job, or simply because you’re unemployed. I haven’t met many people who say that they enjoy the job search process, which is unfortunate, as the search for a new job should be all about renewal, progress and self-growth.

There are job searchers who take a long time to secure a new job and those who manage to find a new job quite quickly and without too much effort or stress. If you look at the typical character traits of successful job seekers, there tends to be a common theme amongst the way they handle themselves and their search.

Here are 6 common traits:

1. Self awareness

2. Receptivity

3. Commercial acumen

4. Focus

5. Positive attitude

6. Resourcefulness

Ask yourself, and perhaps those close to you, how many of those traits you possess and what you might need to develop them further. You may even be able to help someone else develop the traits.

It continues to amaze me how narrowly some people structure their job search. There are those who answer job ads that they see in the newspaper or on internet job sites, then there are those who send their CV to employment agencies and wait to receive a call offering them their perfect job opportunity. Obviously these are vital components of a successful job search strategy, however they are not the way that most people find a new job.

So, what are some of the other key components of a successful job search strategy?

1. Networking with friends/family/ex-colleagues

2. Networking at industry events

3. Direct approach to potential employers

4. Job classifieds (both print and online)

5. Recruitment Firms


In summary, the success rate of your job search increases greatly when you utilise the 5 methods described in this lesson. In regards to networking, don’t ever underestimate the power of showing your face and saying hello. The person you’ve just met may not have the job opportunity you’re looking for, but you should always be conscious of the ‘6 degrees of separation’ principle.

Everybody knows someone, who knows someone else, who knows someone else, and so on. If you follow this principle and always make a positive impression on the next person you’re referred to, you may well end up meeting the person who has the opportunity that you’re looking for. The key to an effective job search is to keep your ear to the ground and maintain momentum. Stay in the traffic, but take the time to step back on to the kerb once in a while to reassess your direction. Your challenge is to avoid the traffic congestion and find the less travelled route to your destination. Have you ever left home an hour early to drive to work and been rewarded with a smoother, faster, and easier journey? – I rest my case.

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Cool Ad For Career Management Toolkit

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Here is a cool advertisement I made myself for Career Management Toolkit. The toolkit contains 15 unique lessons which will help guide you throughout your entire career, both as an employee and as an employer. This is what makes the Career Management Toolkit so unique – it is a truly holistic approach to career management that you can continue to use throughout the whole of your working life, from the time that you leave school until the day that you retire.

Regardless of where you fit into the companies that you work for, the Career Management Toolkit will help and encourage you to take control of your career and love what you do

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How To Be A Better Public Speaker (Audio)

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How to be a better public speaker – Lesson 5 from the Career Management Toolkit

RIGHT click the blue link above and select “Save Target As…” to save the podcast to your PC or laptop. You can then listen to the podcast whenever, wherever, and as often as you like

LEFT click the blue link above to download and listen to the podcast now ……this may take a couple of minutes to download, but it’s worth it

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Brian Moore Interview on ABC Radio in Australia (Audio)

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Brian Moore interview with ABC Radio in Australia

RIGHT click the blue link above and select “Save Target As…” to save the podcast to your PC or laptop. You can then listen to the podcast whenever, wherever, and as often as you like

LEFT click the blue link above to download and listen to the podcast now ……this may take a couple of minutes to download, but it’s worth it

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Are You Hiring Staff? Don’t Make This Classic Mistake

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I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve seen a company lose the candidate they wanted to hire, simply because they took too long to make their ultimate decision. Watch this video I made in 2005 – it will help you avoid this critical mistake in the future

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Successful One Minute, Mediocre The Next (Ch 10)

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Humans want to be successful. We all have different definitions of the word “success” but whatever our definition is, we all aim to achieve that definition. You may want to be successful at work, love, sport, as a leader, as a follower. Whilst being successful is a wonderful feeling, many of us don’t exactly know how to manage this success, nor how to maintain it

We set goals and we strive to achieve them. Once these are achieved, we can suddenly become complacent and switch our motors to autopilot. There don’t appear to be any higher goals to set and suddenly we find the competition invading our turf. In any competitive arena, this sudden sense of falling behind can reignite the spark to succeed again. This relates to the widest variety of cases, from suddenly falling behind in a tennis match, to realising that you’ve been neglecting your spouse, to seeing your sales figures plummet

We all deserve some time off to reflect on the satisfaction of achieving goals, and feeling successful, but if that time off drags on for too long, then you face the risk of falling behind and suffering mediocrity. You will always be answerable to the standards that you set for yourself, so if you have sought success and achieved it, then the taste seldom leaves you, and anything less is not an easy thing to live with.

When you look at popular business lists such as Fortune 500, you see that over the years, businesses come and go, even the largest ones. These companies and no doubt many of their senior management, fail to move with the times and reset goals for the future. Whilst they are being complacent, their smaller, hungrier and more goal oriented competitors overtake them

Most human beings should be called human doings, because we are always doing things. It is important to take some time to simply “be” and switch off for a while. Some people turn to meditation, yoga, listening to music or just sitting in the garden. When we feel successful, we deserve to celebrate, but we also need to reaffirm our vision and make sure that we are still on the right road to where we want to be


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