How to Find a Job in the Philippines

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Finding a job in the Philippines is hard work in itself. The unemployment rate is high and good jobs are hard to come by. Not surprisingly, job fairs are packed full and competition among applicants is strong. And if you are a foreigner living in, or thinking of living in, the Philippines, you face the added challenge of dealing with immigration laws as well. Familiarize yourself with the kinds of jobs available and the means to find them.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspapers
  • Internet access
  • Resume
  • Work permit (if applicable)
  • Look for job ads in print. Buy broadsheets such as the The Manila Bulletin and The Philippine Star and search in the classified ads sections. Newspapers are one of the primary sources for available jobs in the country. You can also check out flyers and posters if you have the time to look around.

  • Post your resume online. Go to Philippine job websites that let you create an account and post your resume there. Use keywords relevant to your industry in your resume, since prospective employers use those keywords to find suitable applicants. Posting your resume online saves you time and effort. Employers will come to you instead of the other way around.

  • Search at online job sites, such as Best Jobs Philippines and Trabaho.com. Create your own account for maximum benefits and access. You can tailor your job queries to better fit your needs. For example, you can specify job category, location and keywords. Read the employer's profile and visit its website, if there is one, to get a better idea of what each company is like.

  • Offer your services online. Post messages on classified ads like Craigslist Manila or in the appropriate section in Philippine forums such as PinoyExchange. Describe your services, rates and preferred method of payment in your job ads.

  • Stay alert for job fairs. Job fairs, or career expos, are a popular among both employers and job-seekers in the Philippines. Come prepared and get ready to wait. Job fairs are always well-attended and competition is tight.

  • Get recommendations. Family, friends and neighbors can help you find a job in the Philippines that might not be listed in classified ads or job sites. A friend may also be able to recommend you if you have difficulty getting hired on your own.

  • Visit company websites. Most major Philippine businesses have an online presence. Look for a "Careers" or "Contact Us" section. Check if there are job openings. You may have to submit your application online.

  • Look for jobs that can exploit your familiarity with the Philippines. For instance, try websites, blogs or offline magazines that hire travel writers, researchers or photographers who can produce work about the Philippines. This lets you use your knowledge and experience to your advantage, if your professional and academic credentials are not enough. It can also help promote the local tourist industry if you want to give back to the country.

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