How to find work in the Philippines as a Foreigner/ Expat/ OFW.


Foreigners alike and expats would like to ask this question many times on forums: “How can we get employment in the Philippines?” or “How to find work in the Philippines?”

So with that regard, I would like to say this in the first place- “It is possible, but it is not easy”. If you get my ebook titled “Living Successfully in Philippines: An expats guide to career and business success” that will be out on June 2016, you will be able to receive helpful and definitive steps to achieve employment in the Philippines with confidence for acceptance on that dream job, or if you would like to establish a business instead.

Now that we got that out of the way, let me tell you an optimistic hope on this. See, in the Philippines, you probably know that it is hard to get employment. Matter of fact, the unemployment rate in the Philippines had been doubled since 2013. I watched CNN yesterday regarding employments here in the Philippines, and boy, was I not surprised.

Corruption of Taxes, Double standards, underrated opportunities, overqualification….you name it; all of these are problems you have to face in order to work here in the Philippines. But do not be afraid, because as long as you have my ebook, you will have the tools for the trade and knowledge (both the good and the bad) to get that successful career or even, business!.

Now, this is not an article that curtails what you can’t do in the Philippines. Guys, I am your friend here, and I will help you succeed on how to get employment here in the Philippines- no holds barred, and straight to the point.

May it be call centers, agencies, companies or even factories (yes even that!); I assure you that these tips will help you get that dream filipino expat job.

1.Work Visa:

If you have one good, if not then please look here first US Embassy PH visa but also read the steps below first before you go and click that close button.

Visas are one of the requirements you may need to work here in the Philippines (I said MAY right?). This visa will help you get that job here in the Philippines especially for the Government contracts, but usually for private, this is “not that required”. Now a lot of people will probably have their brows up on this matter, but if you are staying for good in the Philippines, then this criteria may be….well, bypassed. There is a trick, but, be cautious though as this might be a raiser or downer to an HR recruiter, but let me give you a tip: “If your skills and experience are invaluable, they might overlook this”. So, if you are following the legal trend, then good for you. But remember, this is the Philippines. Anything could happen here.  But like I said, get my ebook and you will know all these secrets and loopholes a lot of people do not know of.

2. Invaluable Skills:

Now for the good part- what is invaluable skills? This is where expats/foreigners are at an advantage. Why? because you’ve learned, studied, and got employment in a foreign country. A lot of Filipinos had the biggest dream of going out of this country. Not because it is not livable here, but because there’s just no job available which values their effort and skills!

On my ebook, I will discuss there what achievements and skills foreigners may need to access the employment opportunities here in the Philippines. English is one of the skills they require that will astound Filipinos. Grammar and rhetorical: they are important aspects of a professional here in the Philippines. So use those english muscles and speak fluently.

Also, technical and professional skills will be one of your advantage too as I have said before due to “foreign advantage” that you may uphold. Just be professional and everything will be smooth on that interview.

3. Be a Professional:

So when does this start? There are 3 things you need to remember for this:

  1. Resume
  2. Clothing
  3. Interview

So what does this mean? Well, it actually starts from your resume, to the way you dress, and of course, your interview. In the Philippines, those surmounts to your employment so be sure to be spot on on those. The resume has to be detailed which includes your EDUCATION and EMPLOYMENT to emphasize your background but also a profile that will promote your individual personality and strength.

For your clothes; choose the one that is comfortable but formal such as black slacks, long sleeve polo, necktie and a nice haircut.

Now, for the interview, just be natural and do not provide any negatives (i.e. from work, yourself, or anywhere else!). Speak in professional English but also be pleasant to speak with (Do not be bossy as this is what seems to be a problem from a lot of foreigners esp. Americans). Now this begs the question, why were some foreigners act bossy about being interviewed? Though if you are not like that then you’re good. But if you ever feel (and I will tell you that you will) that the salary in the PH is lower than your country, please do not, in any case at all, be unprofessional and say the phrase: “I get more while I was in ________”.

That, even though you sound confident, will kick you out from your prospective job in a blink of an eye.  On my book, there will be a template there for your resume which helped a lot of employees-to-be to get DEFINITELY hired in the Philippines.

4. Learning to Accept the Philippine Standard of Employment.

Here in the Philippines, you have to learn humility. Sure it is not that big of an earning when you look at their salaries but hey, respect it. The standard of living in the Philippines is low, so do not expect the salary to be large. Though, I am saying that it is LIVABLE. On my ebook, I will also tackle how to save those money to better investments such as UITF and Stocks!

If you do the math (which I did before), you could actually save and earn an extra, while working in the Philippines. If you have atleast 20,000 Php then I will tell you that you have plenty enough for a month ($500+) minus the luxurious trips. So do not look for an american standard or foreign standard in the Philippines. You have to learn to accept its standard, that way, you may learn to live the Filipino way of living. So why is this good? Well, this paradigm concept will help you get accepted at work here in the Philippines, both psychologically and emotionally. Due to the fact that you accept the employers standard and respect their way of living, while ofcourse being a professional; you will get hired. Follow the methods on my ebook and you will definitely get that job.

5. Referrals: A requirement.

In a foreign country where I was from, referrals is not really a big thing. They ask you who you worked for before or if you have family members that worked with that company, which usually checks for your credibility. Though, those things make little difference on our usual employments; in the Philippines, that’s not the case.

Like I said before, the Philippines have still respect for their work and way of living. Even how small or large it is. So with that same reason, they might be quite reluctant to give those precious jobs to an unqualified (or untrustworthy) job seeker, let alone a foreigner without any credibility. I am not saying foreigners are unqualified or untrustworthy, all I’m saying is that you do not have any referral to provide credibility on who or what you are!  Actually, this is one of the most important reason that may/may not decide your employment eligibility. So if you would like to know the details behind this then read below and be prepared to achieve that employment you are yearning for above from the rest.

So that puts us on our ebook that soon to be released titled

“Living Successfully in Philippines: An expats guide to career and business success.”.

Book Cover

It will provide you with the insight and concept of how Philippine Employment really works. What to look for on a job interview or how to decide if it is worth your time depending on your skills, resume writing or format that Filipinos would like to see in your CV, and also what to put on your referral (which is CRUCIAL). It will provide you with detailed info on “livable” jobs and businesses that will definitely apply with your specialty but also the “advantages” that you, as a foreigner can get. The book will also provide you with interview tips and how to handle the most dreaded question foreign employees are often asked- “Why do you want to work here in the Philippines?”

Soon my book will come out on June 2016, but if you are in need of coaching or consultation on employment matters in the Philippines ASAP. Please let me know at, and I will help you out personally and I will also provide you with a referral letter. All you have to do is ask and email me.

“if you want it, there’s a lot of ways to do it; if you don’t want it, there’s a lot of reasons not to.”

– words to live by.



"Jay Penn" is a Financial Literacy Mentor and Investor who is best known for his Book "Polymath's Profit". He is also an expert in the field of Maritime, Engineering, and Emergency Medical from his past careers. Experienced with Security Analysis, Crisis Prevention, Contingency Planning, and Global Maritime Distress Safety System. Currently instructs Nautical Sciences and is an avid Researcher of Business and Economics. He is also recognized as the "Top Maritime Instructor" for 3 consecutive years in the Maritime Education from 2014; raising the standard for the Maritime Industry and Training.

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