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Filipino Job Seekers: Here are the Practical Tips on How to Get a (Good) Job in the Philippines – Part 2

Job seekers, here is Part 2 of this interesting post series. The link to Part 1 is here for those of you who haven’t read it yet.

Filipino Job Seekers: Here are the Practical Tips on How to Get a (Good) Job in the Philippines – Part 1

Okay. Let me dive you deeper into the Philippines job economy. Let use a lens to see how stuff works for job on-boarding the country. Now hear me on this. Do you want a job? If it’s a yes then you have two main options:

A. Live with the system, or
B. Leave the system totally and find somewhere else – abroad.

Job Hiring Ad in the Philippines

But let’s get into the local job market first.

List of Requirements from an Employer
So after that job interview, let’s say you were told that you were hired. Perfect! But wait; there are more tough tasks to do! You need to complete all the requirements your employer is asking. Indeed! For first time job seekers, the list of requirements is enormous. What are they? Here is the huge list of major requirements.

1. Barangay Clearance

2. Police Clearance

3. National Bureau of Investigation or NBI Clearance

4. Social Security System or SSS Certificate or ID

5. Community Tax Certificate or Cedula

6. Tax Identification Number (TIN)

7. PAGIBIG Membership Certificate or ID

8. College or Highschool Diploma or Certificate of Graduation

9. Transcript of Records (for College Graduate)

10. Certificate of Trainings

11. National Statistics Office or NSO Certified Birth Certificate

12. Bank Account (for Compensation)

13. Medical Clearance or Certificate

14. Resume or Curriculum Vitae or Bio-Data

Government Services Required in Job On-Boarding

I might have missed some other important documents here but as far as job on-boarding is concerned, these are what you need to complete. Well, aside from crossing your fingers to get hired on that job, the reality is that you still have to spend time, money, and energy to complete all of these. And you have to live with it because this is how the system goes in this country.

Remember, all documents must be up to date.

Why the List is this Long?
Needless to explain each one of these requirements, but probably the main reason on why it is this long is because employers really want to make it sure you’re a valid candidate and will bring no problems to the HR department in the near future. Why so? Well, let me tell you some story.

In the Philippines, document falsification is rampant. True. There is a place somewhere in Manila, and near top colleges and universities, where fake diplomas and other documents are being manufactured. Authorities have been trying to eliminate the illegal act but they keep on coming – not sure why. Another one you have to be aware of is this. Employers want to make it sure you’re free of any legal suit or bad records in the community, that you’re not an ex-convict (sad to say but yes, they will check you for that) or someone who has a criminal offense. When it comes to government-required documents, there goes the SSS, TIN and NSO Birth Certificate. On why are they needed, the government wants to ensure you’ll be paying of course the right taxes and that you’ll be insured while you work. In other words, you have no reason not to comply with those requirements.

People Looking for Jobs in a City Financial District

On one hand, some companies will help you complete some of the requirements like the Medical Certificate where they partner with medical institutions to conduct the medical examinations all fees payable by the company. On the other hand, however, others will leave everything up to you - on your own expense. Employers will normally give you 2-4 weeks to submit all the needed documents. Sadly, if you fail the medical examination, your application can be rejected despite of the big efforts you exerted and the qualification you earned during the complicated interview process.

Now, let’s bring it one level higher.

Additional Requirements for Old-time Job Seekers
For job seekers whom are seeking for a greener pasture, aside from the previous list, there are additional documents you will have to complete. They are as follows.

1. Certificate of Employment (from past employers)

2. Last 3 months Payslips (yes, they ask for it! Some employers want to use it to negotiate your salary)

3. Reference people to be added on your resume (they will call them for background check)

4. Other Documents as maybe required by the nature of the job – passport, certifications like PMP, IT, and SOLAS for seaman, driver’s license, professional license especially for engineers and doctors, etc.

Job Seekers Queuing Up for a Bus Ride

Any other else will be asked from you to provide as the hiring process goes on. On my experience, I was even asked to accomplish the employer’s internal application form, asked to take on-the-spot examinations, and asked to be interviewed in front of a hiring committee.

And before I forgot, I want to add these important matters too.

Requirement for Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW)
For those whom are seeking employment abroad, there are requirements that are pretty tedious to work on and complete. Bear with me, but the checklist of requirements for registration and issuance of the Overseas Employment Certificate (Exit Clearance for OFWs) is overwhelming. By the way, read my post about OFWs so you can roughly get the idea of how to become one. And now, I am leaving it up to you to check the requirements on this link:

These links will also guide you.

Alright, then there we go for the list of requirements in order to be hired in the Philippine job economy. If you are going to ask me how much time you should allocate to get these requirements completed, I would say have at least 2-3 months. The best approach is to complete majority of the requirements before you submit your job applications. That will save you a lot of time, keep you away from stress, and get a better position to secure your dream job. Ending up being declined on your job application just because of lacking in requirements is a certainly big regret.

People On their Way to Look for Jobs

On my next post, part 3, I will give you great insights about keeping yourself happy with your job. Also, I would share techniques and strategies on how improve the quality of your life while working in the Philippines or abroad. Tips on starting a small business will be given as well. So why not get this blog post be shared now if you want to help you friends, family members, or colleague find their dream jobs?

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About this Post
In a third-world country like the Philippines, getting a job is tougher for most job seekers. Thousands of graduates each year end up unemployed. Many choose to work away from their families and become an Overseas Filipino Worker or OFW. This blog aims to at least lighten up the burden of millions of Filipino job seekers. The author’s own experience is made as an example, something that could guide everyone on their job hunting regardless of their age, gender, education, ethnicity, civil status, or profession. For more interesting articles about getting a good job and improving your career, visit today.

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