Skip to main content

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:

http://www.poea.gov.ph/services/workers/doc_namehire.pdf

These links will also guide you.

https://www.workabroad.ph/article/11/What-documents-do-I-need-to-be-able-to-apply-for-an-overseas-job

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?

Related Posts



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

Filipino Job Seekers: Here are the Practical Tips on How to Get a (Good) Job in the Philippines – Part 3


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 Knowriel.com today.


Comments

Most-Read Posts of the Month

“I Love Baguio City” - My Travel Story in the Summer Capital of the Philippines

The Strawberry Farm, Burnham Park, Mines View Park, the Mansion, Wright Park, Lourdes Grotto, and Session Road; these are among of the popular landmarks in the more commonly known “Summer Capital of the Philippines” – Baguio City. Why so? Well, the temperature here seldom exceeds 26 degree centigrade. During the cold season of December to February, the temperature falls down to even below 10 degree centigrade. The record low temperature was 6.3 degree and that was on January 18, 1961.

How to Travel to Baguio City?
Going to this cold city in the mountainous province of Benguet, Philippines is a six to seven hours travel by passenger utility bus from Manila. Starting from EDSA, traversing the NLEX, entering SCTEX, exiting the province of Tarlac and going through the neighbouring provinces of Pangasinan and La Union, and then exploring the zigzag road of either the Marcos Highway, the Kennon Road or the Naguilian Road, the coldest place in the Philippines will be reached. Baguio is about 2…

"Business as Usual" as the Filipinos Define It (Vulcanizing Shop, Sari-Sari Store, Bakery) – Part 1

I asked the shop owner about these old unused tires on what are they doing with it. The Vulcanizing shop owners says, “Oh, someone will pick up those tires and pay us 5 or 10 pesos each. Sometimes they just take it for free”.


Vulcanizing Shop - A Classic Example of Filipino Business
You’ve most probably seen and been into a local, typical vulcanizing shop like this one in the photo. The business concept is very simple. Here’s a customer with his flat or deflated tire and the vulcanizing boy will repair it using a rubber compound patch, a heating tool, and an air pump. If it’s a regular car or van tire, repairing one may only take 10 minutes the cost of which is around 30 to 60 pesos. If it’s a tire from a truck or bus, it could be around 30 minutes and the repair would cost the vehicle owner around 100 to 150 pesos.

Here’s the thing. A shop like this one could potentially earn a revenue of 1000 up to 2000 per day just by repairing a flat tire. Why? Well, with thousands of vehicles like j…

Sidewalk Vendors

You’ll often see them. You’ll buy from them. But when they become part of the news, you’ll get to hate them – some of you. They are people like us who simply wants to earn a living. They have a family to feed. This is the business they call “marangal” (dignified). And we call them…
Sidewalk Vendors

Let me define what (or should I say “who”) a sidewalk vendor is.

Here in the Philippines, there is a notion that if you’re a sidewalk vendor, you mostly likely belong to the lower class of the society. For one reason, why sell on the sidewalks or streets of Metro Manila and other cities if you can sell on approved places particularly the market. For another, selling in the street on a daily basis is a risky activity – you’re prone to illnesses, effects of air pollution, dangers from vehicles passing by, and unsafe condition of your store or shop.

In a third-world country where job opportunities are scarce for people with lower educational attainment, there is no reason to doubt that poor people…

Filipinos Very Own Jeepney is in Manila and Everywhere in the Philippines

Jeepney symbolizes the culture of the Philippines. This is the primary means of transportation of the Filipino people. This vehicle can be seen anywhere in the country. There is no city, town or barangay that has no jeepneys to represent them. Jeepney is the life of the people in the Philippines.

On the Photo: Jeepney Blessing Ceremony
Children and adults in this photo are excited about the blessing of this new jeepney. Coins were thrown on top of the jeepney and they scrambled for it. For the jeepney owner, this is the start of a new day, a new business venture. Jeepney like this one, which has a stainless body costs around P300,000 to Php400,000 and is mainly used as a passenger utility vehicle.


How many jeepneys can you see here?


How about here?

Riding a Jeepney - How it Feels to be in It
Riding on the jeepney might not be that comfortable and convenient to all. If you are tall, you have no other choice but to bend your neck a little. If you are fat, worst case that the driver will charg…

A Day in the Life of Juan dela Cruz, a Filipino Commuter

A typical working day of an ordinary Filipino usually starts at four (4) o’clock in the morning. Really? Well, that’s a rough estimate. But the reasoning behind is that if you will come from the north or south of Manila, allocating two (2) hours travel will land you safe – helps you avoid getting late for your 9:00am time-in job. But still there is no guarantee to that. Practically, a three to four hours total time allocation or allowance will enable a Filipino commuter to be at work just right on time. How true is that?

Alright, for the sake of argument, let’s dissect that lengthy hours right on this blog.


If you are a Filipino commuter, chances are, you don’t have to argue with me on this matter. But one may say, it depends on where you live and where you work. Okay, we’re talking about the average Filipino commuters here. Those who are living more than 20 kilometers outside Metro Manila, practically Filipinos who cannot afford to rent an apartment or even boarding house in this m…

"Business as Usual" as the Filipinos Define It (Palengke, Business Permits, Illegal Vendors) – Part 2

I politely asked these two young ladies to give it their best pose so I can take a good photo of them which I would then add to my blog. They both agreed and here they are now. Both are vendors on this store located inside the public market near my place.


We call it here “suki” or someone who’s a regular or loyal buyer and I am their “suki”. I often have had a short conversation with the owner of this vegetable stand and she’s one of the kindest business owners in this market. You can see from her shop huge variety of products she’s selling. This shop can earn a revenue of around 10,000 pesos to 20,000 each day.
Palengke (Local Market)
If you want to know where to find the products produced by a town or a province, the best place to go is in its public market or “palengke”. It has all the commodities you want. Back in the old days, public markets in many places in the country is just a temporary commerce place where sellers set up their stalls for a day and then leave and come back a w…

Who are These OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) and Why are They the Modern Heroes of the Philippines

At the turn of the millennium, the Philippine government launches this campaign program calling the overseas Filipino workers or OFWs as “Mga Bagong Bayani ng Bayan” (Modern Heroes of the Nation). From then onwards, different organizations established programs giving awards and recognitions to selected OFWs who did a remarkable contribution or action to their family, friends, work or in general, to the country.


OFW ka ba?Bakit?Eh kasi dating mo pa lang, mayaman ka na. Boom! 
(Are you an OFW? Why? Because with just the way look, it seems that you’re rich. Boom!)

My Cousin Dado as an OFW in South Korea 

At present, OFWs around the world are estimated to be around 12 – 14 million. This is approximately 10 – 12 percent of the Philippines total population. These OFWs are distributed on many countries all over the globe majority of whom are in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Singapore, Hongkong, Taiwan, South Korea, and Italy. Immigrant workers in the United States, Australia and Eu…

A Question to the Filipino Youths – Are You the Real Hope of the Philippine Nation?

“Ang kabataan ang pagasa ng bayan.” (The youth is the hope of the nation.) – Dr. Jose Rizal, Philippine National Hero

Quite a rhetoric statement by Jose Rizal if you will examine, but if taken literally, yes, it conveys the truth about the youth. When adults are done, the new generation whom were once youth, will take care of the country. So needless to say, that is how life cycle goes in this planet, in any country. The youth is the hope of their own nation for they will be next in line to rule, run, lead, and build the country. However, what makes the statement rhetoric is that not all youth can be trusted if it’s about shaping the nation in the near future. Even the then youths whom are now the adult citizens of the country, they lose the quality of being a “hope” of this nation.



You may or may not agree with me on this interpretation of mine but I believe there is one truth we can both agree with. And that is:


Hindi pa huli ang lahat. May pagasa pa tayong maasahan sa mga Pilipinong k…

Where in the Philippines is Bonifacio Global City – the Gateway to the First World Country?

Getting into this place, for me, is an amazing experience of a lifetime. For a Filipino like me who grows in a rural setting, seeing towers and high-rise buildings with blue and black tinted glasses is definitely a very self-gratifying experience. Bonifacio Global City (BGC) is a first class urban community in the City of Taguig in the National Capital Region (NCR). It is situated between the well-known C5 Road and EDSA. Commuting via the BGC buses, the place is very accessible to people on all walks of life. Although this is one of the highly-densed business centers in the Metropolitan Manila, it is still an open place to all city wanderers and foreign travelers. There are lots of parks, recreational places and modern event venues that can be found here. This is the city that is now bringing changes on the face of the Manila heritage.

On the Photos: First Two Photo Capture of the Bonifacio Global City



About the Job OpportunityI had been here sometime in the month of September 2012 for …

“Fixer” in Philippine Government Agencies Like the Social Security System (SSS) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) – What We Filipinos Can Do About it?

Maybe in this post, I can clearly explain how “fixing” works in many government offices in the country. The idea is first, to warn you that such illegal fixing happens, and second, to give you tips on how you should avoid them. Plain and simple, we will not in anyway damage or speak against anyone or any particular office of the government in this post. It just happened that this is about my experience with LTO and SSS Tagaytay. I want to emphasize that still many government employees in the Philippines are doing their jobs right - including those who are working in the said branches.
If you have experienced transacting with any government offices here in the Philippines, whether you're a Filipino or not, you should already be familiar with these signages.



Here’s a bit of knowledge for you to digest first.
What is “fixing” or who is a “fixer” by the way?
In the Philippines, these good words happened to have a negative connotation over the past decades. Good words? Yes, indeed. When …

Talk to Us

Name

Email *

Message *