The Definitive Guide to MyCareersFuture Singapore

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In case you haven’t noticed, finding a job in Singapore can be difficult. Fortunately, MyCareersFuture (MCF) Singapore is here to help.

MyCareersFuture is a user-friendly, government-run resource designed to help Singaporeans and Permanent Residents (PRs) connect with employers looking to onboard new hires. The site is run as a service administered by Workforce Singapore, operating as a branch of the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), in conjunction with the Government Technology Agency (GovTech).

Every available job in Singapore has to be listed on the website, which is updated daily. It’s also a comprehensive resource for the job search process. The site offers lots of information to help you develop your career and find meaningful employment in Singapore. And not only can MCF help you find information, but you can also apply for many jobs directly, as long as you meet the listed qualifications.

As Singaporeans grapple with record job losses from the pandemic, MyCareersFuture will be a critical job-seeking resource. And as businesses struggle to find employees with the skillsets they need to survive, MyCareersFuture will become invaluable.

This is an overview of what you’ll find on MyCareersFuture and how to take full advantage of this resource as both an employer and a jobseeker. Learn why it should be the jumping-off point as you begin your job search and learn what you can expect to gain from visiting the MCF website. You’ll also learn the nuts and bolts of how the portal works.

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What is MyCareersFuture?

MyCareersFuture Singapore is the online job portal run by the government. It’s designed to provide the most updated and reliable information about job openings specifically for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents (PRs). The MyCareersFuture portal is free for both employers and job seekers to use to match with each other.

The MOM requires that every available position is listed on the MyCareersFuture job portal so that Singaporean citizens and PRs have the best chance at securing jobs with local firms. The only notable exceptions are high-level positions with salaries greater than $20,000 per month, or jobs that require high security and might be dangerous is listed publicly.

Since almost every single available job in the country that you can apply for has to be listed here, the MyCareersFuture portal is a tremendous resource for citizens and PRs. In addition to listings of open jobs, the website has several unique search features that can make your job hunt go more quickly and smoothly.

The site boasts an easy-to-use search function to help employees find positions that they’re qualified for. If your initial search turns up empty, there are several supports in place that make MyCareersFuture Singapore a good use of your time, especially when you’re starting out.

You can create a job profile when you join, so you’ll quickly know whether or not it’s worth your time to apply for a position. If there are no jobs currently listed, you can set alerts that notify you when new posts match your search criteria. Since the database is updated daily, it’s helpful to know when new openings pop up so that you can be one of the first to apply.

What is its purpose?

Singapore is a thriving economy with a competent workforce. Pre-pandemic, the country recently managed to add a record number of jobs, with many new positions in cutting-edge fields like technology. MyCareersFuture Singapore is one of the government’s best tools to ensure maximum employment and help citizens and PRs find work.

It is a comprehensive resource for employers and job seekers to find and list current information to fill jobs. Since listing available positions on the MyCareersFuture job portal is mandatory, job seekers are assured of reasonably accurate data. When employers list these positions and their requirements, they reach a broad audience of job seekers, making it easier to target the local population and advertise to fill these roles.

How can I benefit from using MyCareersFuture Singapore?

Jobseekers have a wealth of easy to access information at their fingertips. If you’re overwhelmed by the search or don’t know where to start, there are Career Coaches online who can help you find a career. They can also help you prepare for interviews, develop a career path, or otherwise guide you through the process of finding employment.

Employers can benefit from saving time by screening candidates that apply through the portal. Since MyCareersFuture jobs are just for Singaporeans, you’re assured of reaching your target audience. This helps employers who may be worried about the recently reduced quotas for foreigners in mid-skilled trades. It can also help businesses avoid the newly imposed minimum salaries required for foreign workers if they’ll pose a problem for your business. It’s also legally required that you post openings on MCF, so make sure you’re complying with the rules in effect.

How different is MyCareersFuture.sg from other job portals?

The focus of MyCareersFuture is to get citizens employed, so it’s a thorough resource with a user- friendly experience that is designed just for Singaporean citizens and PRs. MCF also provides a path to a new career with access to all of the help and human resources, like career counseling, that you need to find your way and get a new job.

There are personality assessments to help you understand your interests, identify your skills, and determine your work values. By understanding yourself and what you want, you’ll be better prepared to find a job that suits you well for the long-term.

MCF also regularly hosts virtual career fairs and workshops designed to point you to the government resources that will assist your career search. These workshops cover everything from helping you narrow your job search, update your resume, or ace a job interview by making yourself stand out.

Unlike other portals designed to accommodate lots of posts from different countries, MyCareersFuture jobs are entirely Singapore-specific. Since the government is involved with the site, it also includes information that might help Singaporean citizens, like flexible employment options and any government support programs that might be available to you during your job search.

How does the MCF work?

To join MyCareersFuture as an individual job seeker, you’ll use your SingPass and create a profile listing your skills and credentials. Do your best to present yourself as attractively as possible to secure the most offers.

Once you’re registered, start by searching for new jobs or popular jobs. If none of the jobs listed match what you’re looking for or qualified to do, create job alerts. MCF will automatically notify you of new job postings that might be a good fit when the database is updated each day.

Companies who are listing openings will log in to the portal with their CorpPass. For each post, employers list the skills, experience, and certifications needed. When job seekers apply, MyCareersFutures compares your profile to the position’s requirements to determine whether you can advance during the screening process.

What are MCF benefits for jobseekers?

There are also plenty of career planning and development resources on the site to help you with your search. Unlike other jobs portals, MyCareersFuture Singapore also includes information about relevant government supports to help you in your job search. Various badges indicate government subsidies for specific openings. Some badges represent programs that promote the hiring of recent graduates with little experience. Others offer assistance for those affected by COVID-19 or facilitate mid-career transitions for older employees. There are even badges that signify programs for individuals who have been unemployed for more than six months. To find those opportunities, use government support filters as you search.

Here are some of the ways that MCF can help jobseekers:

  • Scheduled workshops to enhance your applications with resume help and interview skills.
  • Career coaching, including guides on upskilling, career development, and virtual career fairs.
  • Career Trial 2 Program helps you gain experience through short-term job opportunities. At the end of the term, the employer may keep you on.

What are MCF benefits for employers?

It matches jobseekers with the skillsets, work experience, and qualifications you set out, saving you time and money through effective candidate screening. Just click on the ‘Top Matches’ function to get the best matches out of qualified applicants. Hiring the right people with the talent that you need to weather the harsh economic climate can be an asset to your company.

Employers benefit from the UX-optimized platform that MyCareersFuture provides. The site’s algorithm allows employers to quickly find the most suitable candidates for the experience. It’s also capable of providing many more resources to help employers navigate services offered by the Singapore government. Like it does for jobseekers, MyCareersFuture also points you towards resources that are available to employers, like these:

  1. Career Trial Programme: If you qualify, the government may help you co-fund a portion of the monthly salary for new hires (who were previously unemployed for at least six months) during a trial period as you train them for their new role. You save on some of the financial commitment of training a new hire. At the same time, the government ensures that an individual is situated with employment.
    • You’re allowed to hire a candidate permanently after the trial if you wish.
    • The government will fund 30% of the monthly salary for up to six months, for a max benefit of $5,400 per hire.

  2. United Traineeships help recent graduates from several universities secure up to 9-month long traineeships and gain experience.
    • Depending on the scope of the traineeship, the government will co-fund 80% of the traineeship allowance.
    • The allowance is equivalent to 50-70% of the median starting salary in the field.

  3. MidCareer Pathways Trainees allows host organizations to hire unemployed mid-career individuals with lots of experience for up to 9 months to see how they’ll fit into the organization on a full-time basis.
    • During that time, the government will provide 80% of the monthly training allowance up to $3,000.

  4. Career Support Programme: Hire PMETs (professionals, managers, executives, and technicians) over age 40 who have been unemployed for at least six months, and the government will help you pay their salary.
    • They’ll earn a gross monthly salary of at least $4,000 (or $3,600 at Small or Medium Enterprises (SMEs))
      • If they’ve been unemployed for more than 12 months, the government will pay for 50% of the first 6 months of employment, 30% for the next 6 months, and 20% of the third six month period.
      • If your new hire was previously unemployed for 6-11 months, the government would support 40% of the first 6 months’ salary and 20% of the next 6 months’ pay.
    • PMETs under 40 years old unemployed for six months or more will receive 20% support for the first 6 months of employment and 10% for the next 6 months.

  5. Professional conversion Programme helps PMETs older than 21 transitions to new roles in various sectors with good prospects. This can help those looking for mid-career switches or being faced with redundancy. Three approaches cover a 3-24 month-long career conversion process that the government will help employers pay for.
    • Attach-and-train: Employees receive training and participate in traineeship stints before receiving new job placements.
      • Workforce Singapore (WSG) funds 50-70% of the prevailing salary (which is capped at $4,000 per month).
      • Hosting companies co-fund at least 10% of the salary for the duration of the traineeship.
    • Place-and-train: Employers can hire prospective employees then send them for training needed to assume new job roles.
      • For employees under 40 years old, employers are provided with salary support of up to 70% (up to $4,000 per month) or 90% (up to $6,000 monthly) for individuals unemployed for more than six months.
      • Employees over 40 years old are provided with up to 90% salary support up to $6,000 per month.
      • WSG will also cover up to 70% of course fees (90% for SMEs) and in-house training costs of $15/hour.
    • Redeployment: Send existing employees for reskilling if they are at the risk of becoming redundant.
      • The same benefits under the place-and-train program apply to individuals eligible for redeployment benefits.

  6. P-Max programs are similar to the place-and-train programs but are only available to SMEs. The program applies to PMETs, workers older than 50 years, or for supervisors at SMEs.
    • Grants provided cover training fees for SME training or Age Management workshops.
    • Grants are received upon completion of the programme as long as newly hired PMETs are retained for at least 6 months.
    • $5,000 paid for P-Max, $10,000 for Older workers
    • P-max Lite helps SMEs who aren’t looking to hire new employees by covering up to 90% of course fees to better run and manage their organisation.

Which jobs are in demand on MCF?

Here are five of the top job categories that are listed on MyCareersFuture right now. If you’re interested in any of these fields, there are plenty of listings that you might consider applying for.

  1. Software Developers are currently the most in-demand position on MCF, with over 2,000 open spots at hundreds of different companies in Singapore. There are opportunities throughout the country, many of them permanent, full-time offerings with decent starting salaries. You’ll need at least a year or two of relevant experience and IT-related credentials to secure these jobs.
  2. Project Manager jobs range from positions overseeing new IT projects, construction sites, or healthcare projects. With over 2200 listings on MCF, these jobs also receive the most applications, so expect some competition if you go after a career in project management.
  3. Chefs are wanted throughout Singapore as demand for dining is increasing. More than 1,300 jobs are open for head chefs, sous chefs, and line cooks, depending on your experience level. After all, people still have to eat.
  4. Administrative Assistant positions are in demand and consistently receive lots of applications because so many are versatile and offer flexible part-time positions. These jobs are great for people who want to work from home, like stay-at-home mums, and in high demand as people look to manage increasingly virtual operations.
  5. Nurses and healthcare professionals are also highly sought after on MCF. Expect these positions to have consistent demand as Singapore seeks healthcare practitioners to care for its aging population.

Conclusion

MyCareersFuture jobs portal is an asset for both job seekers and employers looking to fill or apply for open positions for Singapore careers. It does a great job of consolidating much of the government assistance available to employers and those looking for work.

The site itself is easy to navigate with helpful articles and career content to optimize Singapore’s workforce of citizens and PRs. In the spirit of constant evolution, MyCareersFuture is designed to bring out the best in applicants and provide employers with the tools to keep their employees competitive in a global marketplace.

Valentin Berard

Valentin Berard

COO at GrabJobs. Valentin leads strategic and operational activities regionally. Background in Business Development and Recruitment. Passionate about social innovation, he constantly strives to find solutions to real world problems through harnessing smart technology. Read more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/valeberard/

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