Nearly half of Singaporean fresh grads take up to 3 months to find a job

Nearly half of Singaporean fresh grads take up to 3 months to find a job
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SINGAPORE - To the fresh grads out there who haven't been able to get a job, you are not alone.

New research by job site has shown that nearly half of Singaporean fresh grads take up to three months to land one.

If you graduated in July, it might be your turn really soon.'s survey of over 500 graduate talent and employers in Singapore also revealed what hiring managers want to see in your resume.

Most of them (68 per cent) are looking for any experience relevant to the position you're applying for. The next most important details are your qualifications and education (58 per cent), while 45 per cent like a well-written and easy-to-read resume. But don't worry if your grammar and spelling aren't stellar - only 11 per cent care about that.


After scoring their first job, about 30 per cent of fresh grads quit within a year, according to the study by

The two biggest reasons for leaving are a lack of professional growth (67 per cent) and a desire to earn more (42 per cent).


Many of the respondents (67 per cent) cited a lack of industry knowledge as their biggest challenge at work.


Commenting on the findings, Sanjay Modi, Managing Director,​ ​-​ ​APAC​ ​and​ ​Middle​ ​East noted that both employers and fresh graduates have a role to play in the retention of young talent.

He said: "Clearly young talent expect to move quickly in their first jobs - they want promotions and pay rises, and they crave the leadership and support necessary to get there. While this could be a call for employers to take note and act quickly to retain young high potential talent, it's also a wake up call to fresh graduates to give themselves time to fully grow into a role and figure out where their strengths lie."

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