I was listening to BBC World Service last night and this report came up. So when I looked for it this morning, I read it in full here on Reuters. I feel that this is a great step from Mr Turnbull and I feel that this is something our very own Government should do i.e. save jobs for Singaporeans first. Remember I was telling you, dear reader, in a past post about that useless jobsite that could not get me or many others a job despite applying for so many? In any case, this is what he said:
“We are an immigration nation, but the fact remains- Australian workers must have priority for Australian jobs. We’ll no longer allow 457 visas to be passports to jobs that could and should go to Australians.”
According to the Reuters report, The 457 visa was introduced in the 1990s to expedite the entry of business professionals and highly skilled migrants but over time it was opened up to include a broad suite of workers.
Sounds familiar eh? Way to go Mr Turnbull. And to our leaders in the government reading this, shouldn’t you be doing this as well?
Back then, when I was unemployed and looking for a job, I tried so many of the openings “available” on JobsBank, a Singapore Government initiative, to try and find a job but I had no response. Zero, zilch, nada. It is really frustrating because I, when I was looking for that job, had years upon years of experience and was not asking for an exorbitant salary. I mean, a worker is always worthy of his or her pay and I was not asking for the skies. Still, I heard nothing from them and after a few months of fruitless trying, I decided that JobsBank was pretty much useless and I am not the only one feeling this way. So to those looking for a job, do not give up. I eventually found one…and NOT through JobsBank
A couple of weeks back, when I was at Marina Bay Sands visiting a client of mine, I noticed this recruitment office of Marina Bay Sands. I did not know that they had such an office for recruitment because I did try, some time back, to apply for a position that they offered. They had posted the job offer on a jobs website and when I applied for it, I got no response. I should have come here to check on the status of my application. I saw a few people actually going inside to check for offers of employment, something I should have done. So for all you guys who have applied for the various positions at Marina Bay Sands, check this out. It is located opposite Marina Bay Sands htel, next to the Singapore Pools Livewire outlet. Good luck.
Just the other day, while I was in church for The Feast Of The Ascension, I did not notice a friend of mine who was seating in the pew in front of me. I had not seen him for some time and I did not recognise him because his back was facing me. So I got a bit of a surprise when he looked back and saw me. I had the chance to char with him for a bit and he told me that he was retrenched from his job in September last year. Apparently, he was working for a freight-forwarding company. The company was not doing too well and so he got retrenched. Now I know from experience how difficult it is to get a job. I was out of a job for two-and-a half years and it was not easy to get one, even though I had qualifications up the wing-wang. I told him that I would pray for him. I still cannot forget the sad face he had when he told me of his retrenchment. Be strong my friend. I will try to see what I can do. God bless you