Enhancing Your Job Search (For Job Seekers)

As a job seeker, find out more about enhancing your job search.

What You Must Know

The Tripartite Committee has recommended that the upcoming Workplace Fairness Legislation (WFL) prohibit discrimination in respect of the protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Nationality
  • Sex, marital status, pregnancy status, caregiving responsibilities
  • Race, religion, language
  • Disability and mental health conditions

This protection would cover all stages of employment, including the recruitment stage. For example, employers should not use words or phrases that indicate a preference based on any protected characteristic in their job advertisements. 

Note:The Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices (TGFEP) will continue to cover all forms of workplace fairness and discrimination beyond the areas covered by WFL.

Enhancing Your Job Search

Here are some general pointers for enhancing your job search: 

Resume: Tailor it to the job you are applying for

Maximise the impact of your resume and your chances of being shortlisted by tailoring it to address what the hiring manager is looking for in the role.  

In your resume, prioritise including the most relevant skills, qualifications and experience that speaks to the employer’s key expectations about their ideal candidate – it is therefore crucial to align your resume with the job description. 

For more resume tips, visit mycareersfuture.gov.sg.

Job Ad: Read the job description carefully

The job description provides important information about the employer’s expectations for the role – having a thorough understanding of these details can help you invest your time more efficiently to apply for roles that align with what you are looking for. 

Here are some key elements of the job description:

  • Responsibilities: Those that are listed first are typically the most important for the employer – consider if the job duties align with your interests, skills, and career goals. 
  • Skills, qualifications, and experience: Compare your existing resume to assess what matches with the requirements that the employer is looking for – if there are gaps, assess if you can realistically address them.

Interview: Responding to questions that can be perceived as discriminatory

If faced with such questions during the interview, it is good to first discern the interviewer’s intent if they have a legitimate employment concern for asking – you can frame your response to address the underlying concern by sharing about your job-related strengths.

If you feel that the question is discriminatory, you can consider clarifying how the question relates to the job to address the interviewer’s employment concern.  

What to Do If You Face Discrimination During Job Search

Report Discriminatory Job Advertisements to TAFEP

A job advertisement might be considered as discriminatory if it states selection criteria that are not related to the qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience of the candidate or contains the use of words or phrases that can come across as discriminatory.

Job advertisements would need to comply with the Tripartite Guidelines for Fair Employment Practices (TGFEP). You may refer to this page for some illustrations of potentially discriminatory words or phrases used in job advertisements.

Contact us to report discriminatory job advertisements.

Report Discriminatory Hiring to TAFEP

Contact us if you experienced discriminatory hiring practices, such as during the shortlisting, interview or selection process.