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Career | Business Start-up: Marketing & Social Media

  By Richard Hartung 10 January, 2014   After registering your business and deciding where to work, it’s time to let potential clients know you’re in business. While traditional marketing may have been the key in the past, networking and e-marketing can be far more cost-effective.   Networking over Coffee Even before starting on the electronic side, one of the most powerful tools is simply informal in-person networking with key contacts and potential clients. Informal discussions over coffee or lunch with contacts from your previous company or your social network can be a great way to begin and if you’re entering a new industry you can talk with contacts in that field. One tactic is always to get two more names to contact whenever you meet someone, so that you can keep extending your network.   Creating a Website Along with the personal contacts, online and social …


Career | Getting Serious with LinkedIn

  By Linda Le 23 February, 2014   Most of you by now will be carrying out your New Year resolutions with big plans to make it the best year ever – how can a bit of planning on LinkedIn help you achieve this? With a professional membership of over 259 million people globally, LinkedIn is a powerful business networking and relationship management tool among job seekers and business professionals. If used e ectively, LinkedIn can help generate real business leads or career results for the user.    Here are nine top tips to using LinkedIn for business networking or career prospecting to keep your pipeline alive, putting you in great stead for a successful in 2014.   LinkedIn works best if you consider it to be like traditional business networking but done online. If you are invited to a networking function or event during this time, say ‘Yes’ – you’ll never know who you’ll meet! If you’ve met …


Career | Taking the Stress out of Job Hunting

  By Dr. Nenna Ndukwe, Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Director, SACAC Counselling October 23, 2013   Job hunting can be stressful and can present a unique set of challenges. Therefore, it is important to alleviate stress by channeling your efforts in a positive direction.     In order to maintain a positive momentum the following tips can be used:  Have the right mindset Be positive and know your worth. While it can take some time to find the right job, adopting a positive attitude will assist in maintaining an optimistic outlook throughout the process. Set realistic goals Finding the right job can often take longer than expected. Therefore, it is important to set realistic goals by defining what type of job you are looking for and ensure your skills are aligned with the required attributes. Increase your profile Take the …


Career | The Employment Pass Landscape In Singapore

By Shanker Iyer January 24, 2014   An Employment Pass is a work pass / visa that allows foreign professionals who wish to work in Singapore in managerial, executive or specialised jobs. What are the changes in the Employment Pass landscape in Singapore? This was the topic of a recent CRCE event. If you couldn't make it to the event, view the presentation here.


Food | A Holiday Tradition: Christmas Recipes

By Malik Riley, Executive Chef, The American Club November 27, 2013   Back home the weather has turned chilly and the calendar on your desk is also getting thinner. All clues point to the end of another year and that the holiday season is truly upon us. For most of us, this is the time of the year we either look forward to with great gusto or dread because of the family gatherings and the preparations to be made. It doesn’t have to be stressful and we have prepared a special Christmas dinner recipe so you can have a happy holiday season. All ingredients are sponsored by Four Seasons Gourmet Market.   Honey Glazed Chilled Duck Breast With Apple-Vegetable Slaw Ingredients 3 Muscovy duck breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds) Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 Granny Smith apples …


Food | Restaurant Review: Sur – Latin Flair in the Lion City

By Jayson Moy 23 Semptember, 2013 (Continued from October 2013 issue of the Singapore American newspaper)   An exciting trend in gastronomy is that of Latin American cuisine. In Singapore, that niche is filled by Sur – Nuevo Latino Kitchen.   Alejandro Luna, former executive pastry chef at Marina Bay Sands, of Peruvian and Venezuelan descent and Venezuelan Vitelio Reyes, bring us their interpretation of Latin American food in a 70-seater, situated in a two-storey shophouse on North Canal Road. Being relative newcomers to the Latin American food scene, we asked for recommendations and quickly settled on some items.   Mix of Exciting Flavors A must-have in Peruvian cuisine is ceviche, a combination of raw seafood, slivers of herbs, onions, peppers, tomatoes and others mixed with acidic mediums. At Sur they have five varieties on the menu and a degustation, three different …


Events | Q&A with Actor & Comedian Ian Coppinger

By AAS 3 July, 2013   Ian Coppinger, actor and comedian from the British cast of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” is coming to Singapore in August for a live show. AAS invites members to join us for a night of hilarious improvised comedy on August 22. We spoke with Ian about his experiences on stage and the cast’s upcoming trip.   What kinds of things do you like to do to warm up before the show? We meet up, have a few drinks and a laugh.   What is it that you enjoy about being on stage? The greatest sound in the world is laughter, I just love it, and when you are responsible for making a room full of people laugh it’s a great feeling, it’s an even better feeling when it’s something you have just thought of …


Career | CRCE Evolving with the Times

  By Anne Morgan10 June, 2013   Throughout its history, AAS has recognized that accompanying partners have varied needs and talents and have consistently provided professional support in the form of workshops and practical advice.   Launch of the Employment Program  Joanne Blakemore, President of the AAS in 1998, recognized the need to formalize the advice offered and in June 1998 the Employment Program was launched. Its stated aim was to act as a filter for current information on employment opportunities, immigration and resources.  By September 1998, it had evolved into the Career Resource Center for Expatriates (CRCE) and a series of workshops were organized to establish an agenda and explore the needs of the members.   Early workshops focused on exploring options for personal and professional growth to provide a better framework in which to live, work and grow. …


Career | Trailing Talent, Career Transition and Higher Education

  By Jenn Wood25 September, 2011   I am a trailing spouse. I prefer the term “trailing talent,” coined by CRCE, because it lends a certain je ne sais quoi. I had a solid career back in the US and I had no plans to leave it… but fate intervened as it did for many reading this article. And I found myself in Singapore with a unique and unexpected situation… free time and flexibility.  But what to do with it?   I went to work not long after arriving on the island. I’d always had a job, so I went with what I knew. I joined CRCE and went to work finding an opportunity. I found myself transitioned out of IT marketing and into general management out of necessity rather than choice, but I rolled with it and had an …


Career | Family Harmony: The Vital Ingredient for a Career

By Anne Morgan, CRCE Business Development Manager 18 April, 2013   This article was originally published in the April/May issue of AustCham Singapore's publication The Southern Star. To view the full publication, please click here.     It’s no secret that it is eye-wateringly expensive to move employees around the globe. A recent survey conducted by Towers Watson and Workforce Mobility Association Worldwide ERC, found that the average cost of relocating a global assignee is two to three times the assignee’s annual salary. The survey also found that there is a strong trend towards less costly expatriate packages, with more assignees taking a ‘local’ or ‘local plus’ contract. So, what does this mean for the family? There are some interesting answers to this question.     The Trailing Spouse  Firstly, companies are usually keen for families to accompany assignees as there …