Successfully applying for and landing a job in the Philippines involves a combination of effective job search strategies, a well-prepared resume and cover letter, strong interview skills, and networking. Here are some tips to help you:
1. Research the job market:
Familiarize yourself with the industries and companies that are thriving in the Philippines. The BPO (Business Process Outsourcing), IT, tourism, and construction industries are some of the fastest-growing sectors.
Bonus Tip: Once you have chosen an industry, make sure you learn the foundations of the industry. If you have chosen a specific company to apply to, it is best to learn the company’s vision and background, most companies post this information on their company websites.
2. Customize your resume:
Tailor your resume to the specific job you’re applying for. Highlight your relevant skills, experiences, and achievements. Keep it concise, clean, and easy to read.
Bonus Tip: Customize your resume not only for a specific job but also for the company you are applying for. Consider individual thematic resume formats for every company you are applying for. For example, you can adapt the company’s colors to the colors in your resume.
3. Craft a compelling cover letter:
Your cover letter should be brief and persuasive, explaining why you are the best candidate for the job. Address the hiring manager by name, if possible, and mention any connections you have to the company.
Bonus Tip: Cover letter templates should only serve as the basis but should not be used as is. When writing a cover letter you have to find ways on how your cover letter will stand out among the rest, remember you are competing for a position with hundreds if not thousands of applicants.
4. Build your online presence:
Create and maintain a professional LinkedIn profile, showcasing your skills, experiences, and accomplishments. Join relevant groups and participate in discussions to expand your network.
Bonus Tip: Audit your social media profiles across all platforms. Hide if not, delete posts that are potentially damaging to your reputation or that might go against the policy or ethical standards of the company you are applying to.
Attend industry events, conferences, and job fairs to meet potential employers and other professionals in your field. Networking can help you uncover job opportunities that may not be advertised.
Bonus Tips: Attend job fair seminars, picking up a useful tip or two might be worth your 30 minutes in the seminar.
6. Prepare for interviews:
Research the company and role you’re applying for, and prepare answers to common interview questions. Practice your communication and interpersonal skills.
Bonus Tip: Be early for your interview, this way, you can observe and catch a glimpse of the day-to-day operation of the company. You may or may not pick up useful information which you can use during the interview.
7. Secure necessary documents:
Bonus Tip: Prepare a budget to process your documents, some companies might require additional documents which you might have to process at your own expense.
8. Be patient and persistent:
The job search process may take time, so be prepared for possible rejections and setbacks. Stay motivated and continue applying to as many suitable job opportunities as possible.
Bonus Tip: Stay focused, and do not apply for just any job just because you did not get the job you really want. Keep applying to different companies that offer your “dream job”, and use the time you have to research more about the industry and your desired company.
Remember to stay positive, be proactive, and make the most of every opportunity to showcase your skills and experiences. Good luck!