• ​Ways to Kick Away Monday Blues on a Blue Monday

    25 days ago by Jay Chow

    It is never hard to find a "Blue Monday" or "kick away Monday Blues" promotion in Singapore. But do you know there is actually a Blue Monday – called as the most depressing day of the year that sits on the third Monday for the first month of the year? It has been first publicised as part of a 2005 press release from a British holiday company. Although Blue Monday is not a s...

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  • How to Decide if a Job Offer is Worth Taking

    3 months ago by Katrina Chui

    ​Getting a job offer within the competitive and exceptional banking and financial services sector in Singapore is an exciting moment in any career, but it is still vital to spend some time considering the role before you enthusiastically respond.  Before going for the role, you should take some time to mull over the offer and weigh up the pros and cons. No job offer will be ...

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  • How to Make a Great First Impression in Your New Job

    3 months ago by Katrina Chui

    ​It is unlikely that huge demands will be made of you on your first day of a new role within the banking and financial sector in Singapore. Your new employer most likely has a timetable of meetings with HR professionals to outline rules, teach processes and fill out paperwork.   However, every interaction you have will be a chance to make a first impression, and it will cost...

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  • How to Leave Your Job Without Burning Bridges

    3 months ago by Katrina Chui

    ​Handing in your notice is never an easy moment. Though it may be tempting to quit on the spot and burn bridges when leaving a role you have found challenging and stressful, there are more advantages to exiting a role with grace and keeping your professional reputation intact.  When navigating your final weeks of employment, it is best to plan ahead to ensure a smooth transi...

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  • 5 Steps to Convincing Your Boss That a Sabbatical is a Good Idea

    3 months ago by Katrina Chui

    ​Did you know that 54% of companies in Singapore offer sabbaticals according to the Ministry of Manpower? With this number ever increasing, there's no better time to bring up the conversation with your employer. Asking for a career break is rarely easy, but a sabbatical offers more than a chance for you to recharge. Time away can be a vital opportunity for a company to ident...

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  • How to Find Out Your Co-Worker's Salary

    3 months ago by Katrina Chui

    ​Singapore’s banking and financial sector is thriving. It is a centre of international fund management and is one of the world’s largest hubs for Fintech innovation. Demand for talent is on the rise, particularly in investment and compliance.  If you are unhappy in your current role, it is likely there are many competitors to choose from when seeking career progression and a...

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  • Is Your Boss Invested in Your Career Development?

    3 months ago by Katrina Chui

    ​The banking and financial services sector is the third largest employer in Singapore. The city is the Asian hub for both large banks, and small, innovative fintech companies, which are quickly growing and transforming the sector.  This evolving landscape means the traditional career ladder has become more of a zig-zag path, and guidance from higher management levels has bec...

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  • How to Resign Your Job and Leave on Good Terms

    3 months ago by Katrina Chui

    When leaving a role in the banking and financial services sector in Singapore, it is best to plan ahead and think of your ‘official’ reasons for leaving and what you can do to help your employer transition to a new member of staff, particularly if you’re a crucial member of your team.  If you know your managers will be upset to see you depart after investing in your career d...

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  • How to Survive a Marathon Interview Process

    3 months ago by Katrina Chui

    ​When hiring for an exceptional candidate for a senior role, employers in the banking and financial services sector in Singapore are now more likely to invite candidates to day-long interviews to help them make the right strategic choice. This involves candidates meeting and interviewing with several stakeholders across a day, which can be paired with tests and tasks to dete...

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  • The Signs of Burnout at Work and What to Do About It

    3 months ago by Katrina Chui

    ​A 2019 global survey by health insurance company Cigna found that 92% of Singaporean workers reported feeling stressed in their workplace. Levels of stress are particularly high in the banking and financial services sectors, as institutions handle the rise of fintech and a changing landscape within the financial markets.   As the sector evolves, some workers have experience...

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  • Why You Should Decline A Counter Offer

    6 months ago by Jay Chow

    ​​“We’ll match what they’re offering.” It’s a moment that can catch you off guard. You’ve done the difficult bit, after all. You’ve survived marathon interview rounds, had your experience and expertise challenged, and come out on top – success, you’ve been offered the job! The only thing left to do was to rip off the band-aid and hand in your resignation. Unfortunately, your...

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  • Why Your Business Should Invest in Work Life Balance

    8 months ago by Jay Chow

    ​​For many employers and HR professionals in financial services, developing work-life balance strategies that bring tangible benefits to the business and their employees can be challenging. In a candidate-led market, employees have more choice than ever, and after salary and job security they state that work-life balance is the most important factor for job satisfaction. To ...

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  • How to Negotiate Your Salary

    9 months ago by Jay Chow

    ​​Salary negotiation. Those two words fill most people with dread, but with the average salary up 9.3% from a decade ago and continuing to rise – can you afford not to negotiate?Women, in particular, are less likely to try. Linda Babcock’s book, Women Don’t Ask, revealed that only about 7% of women attempt to negotiate their first salary, compared to 57% of men. People who n...

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  • How to Get the Pay Rise You Deserve

    9 months ago by Jay Chow

    ​​No-one likes to talk about pay but are you missing out on a hard-earned raise? The average salary in the financial sector has increased by 9.3% over the last decade. Break the taboo and secure the pay rise you deserve. Start by asking.Know your worthBe prepared. Don't let impostor syndrome get the better of you and undervalue yourself. Likewise, don't expect your line mana...

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  • Why finance professionals are moving to Frankfurt in 2019

    about 1 year ago by Jay Chow

    ​​A recent speech by Danièle Nouy, president of the Single Supervisory Mechanism of the European Central Bank (ECB), estimates at least 30 financial institutions have applied for new licenses to relocate to Frankfurt. Although the city may not quite compare to London, it’s quickly becoming one of top financial hubs in Europe.Financial marketing group Frankfurt Main Finance a...

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  • The Benefits of Using a Specialist Recruiter to Find Talent

    almost 2 years ago by Jay Chow

    ​​Sourcing the right talent at the right time can prove arduous for any company. But the process becomes even more challenging when you work within a niche industry or sector. In these situations, a specialist recruiter can help find the perfect candidate for a hard to fill the role.There are several benefits a specialist recruiter can offer when looking to find niche talent...

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  • How Working with a Specialist Recruiter Can Help Advance Your Career

    almost 2 years ago by Jay Chow

    ​​Upon reaching Senior Executive level, the number of opportunities available for career development begins to decrease, while the competition increases. As you reach the competitive leadership positions, it’s vital to differentiate yourself from the other candidates in the market.In many circumstances, working with a specialist recruiter will help give you an edge when it c...

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  • Why Creativity is Key to Attracting and Retaining Quantitative Talent

    over 2 years ago by Jay Chow

    ​​The rivalry for talent in quantitative research is extremely competitive, and banks are finding that the promise of a large pay check is no longer enough to lure the brightest quantitative minds. As more quantitative analysts leave the financial sector in search of more innovative opportunities, many banks have come to the realization that it is time for a change. If banks...

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  • A Guide to Becoming a Contractor

    about 3 years ago by Jay Chow

    ​​Many professionals are now considering contracting at some point in their career. The numerous benefits afforded by this way of working include flexible working environments, tax break benefits, and increased compensation. There are however also a number of considerations to take into account before accepting work on a contract basis.Whilst millions of candidates around th...

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  • Why Consider Contracting?

    about 3 years ago by Jay Chow

    ​​A large number of candidates are considering contract positions or are looking to continue contracting for longer.Here are some of the benefits of contracting:1. Greater financial compensationContractor rates are traditionally higher than permanent salaries and depending on the state of the industry and location of the contract, competitive rates can be commanded. Niche sk...

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