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…

“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 …

The Divisoria Malls - Defining Shopping in the Philippines

They call it the 168 Mall. It is one of the busiest places in the Philippines during shopping days like Christmas season when longing for enjoyment and relaxation is on the air once again. From Cavite, my home place, going to Divisoria, it will take you about an hour travel under normal traffic flow.

What is in this place? Well, Divisoria is the Bargain Shopping Capital of the Philippines. This is where wholesale and retail prices make shoppers say “WOW!” on delight. Visiting this place will definitely give you a realization about shopping on a different dimension. Find out why on the next paragraphs.

On the Photo: The Popular 168 Mall in Divisoria, Manila, Philippines


Divisoria is located in Binondo, Manila. It is accessible via Quiapo(where the famous Black Nazarene of Quiapo Church is) thru Recto Avenue and via Lawton near Manila City Hall. Divisoria has been there since the early 90’s. As it is near the North Harbour, Manila’s main seaport, the freshest and cheapest products usuall…

“Pasalubong” – What Makes this Filipino Word Very Special?

Probably next to the beauty of a tourism spot, if it’s about the real reasons for traveling there, is our search for the best “pasalubong”. It’s the tagalog word for “gift” or “souvenir” and it can be anything from foods, toys, clothes, handicraft, furniture, soaps, wearables, or household items. It’s practically anything, big or small, cheap or expensive, edible or not. And for as long as that special item was bought somewhere else and then given to someone as an act of love and kindness – the true purpose has been served.


A simple gesture of “Salamat po” (Thank you) for sharing that pasalubong is enough to make you feel the love and kindness back. There is the best pasalubong for kids, for grandmas and grandpas, for a favorite grandson, for a close neighbor or friend, for the workmates, for the boss, for a former enemy, for a religious brother, and even for a complete stranger. Yes, indeed!

Well, “pasalubong” is actually different from a gift for birthday, wedding, or special gatherin…

Junk Collectors

Several months ago, when I was about to enter the public market near my place, I saw this old woman more or less in her early 60’s checking something on the garbage cans. That was really my first impression. I tried to observe what she’s doing for a few seconds more and I then realized she was after these empty and used plastic bottles. At first, I thought she was just looking for something she might have lost or maybe she’s looking for scrapped foods. But she’s not. The old lady looks clean and not like a scavenger. She’s just a typical person we’re seeing around. After a few moments, I approached the lady and told her,

“Nay, heto po ang konti (pera), pandagdag sa kita ninyo”.
(Auntie, here’s something (small amount), you can add to your income.)

And the old lady replied with a smile,

“Naku, salamat anak.”
(Oh, thank you son.)
Then, I proceeded with my market activity that day. From that time on, whenever I go to the market, I always hope that I will still see her, and give her a small am…

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…

Filipinos! Here is My Free Education Advocacy that I Want You to Know

In the Philippines, we often hear this statement from the Filipinos about education:


“Hindi hadlang ang kahirapan para makatapos ng pag-aaral.” Poverty is not a hindrance to finish education.
I completely disagree! Allow me to explain my side.





Millions of Filipinos are unable to step highschool and even college because of the hardships in life we have in our country. Many are poor and therefore cannot afford the cost of education in the Philippines. If paying 5,000 to 20,000 pesos per semester in a Philippine college is already tough, then how about more the daily baon, school projects, transportation allowance, boarding house, and extra expenses?


Wake up! This is the truth. That Filipino statement with all respect, if I were you, forget it. Accept the fact that you cannot just earn your education in the Philippines because you are poor.

This is not an insult to anyone. I am from a poor family but I was able to complete a college degree despite of that. If you really want to find a solution…

How Filipinos are Loosing their True Identity

What happens to the Filipinos foods?

Haven’t you noticed, foreign foods are invading the Philippines by storm? International restaurants serving foreign cuisines are everywhere. Culinary arts, the way Filipinos look at it, is just becoming a trendy topic. Chefs, food blogger, culinary experts, food architect - goodness, are they soon to replace the simple “kusinero” and “kusinera” words that best describes our real identity as Filipinos in terms of cooking?




Globalization shapes the future of the country, particularly the food landscape. There is nothing wrong with innovation. I’d been a waiter for quite some time in a popular catering business and if its about food preparation, I’m really impressed with the way our cooks and kitchen staffs do it. Those garnishing, decorative artwork, and plating styles, they really add beauty to the foods we serve. Even an authentic Filipino food, they make a twist making it lovely and attractive to the hungry eyes.

Those terms like “buffet”, “a la ca…

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…