How To Get A Job in The Philippines Successfully

They say that getting a Job is hard, but it is possible if you follow my career tips written on my Ebook “Living Successfully in the Philippines”. If you want to change your future, then before jumping to that leap of success, you need to read these words of advice on our “UN/EMPLOYED Series” here at – let us dispel that unemployment streak that you have.

Odds are, you are probably reading this article because you have an incoming interview or you are contemplating a new offer for a Job. Follow the tips on this article and you will get that job. – Jay Penn

There Are Plenty of Jobs, But Few Are Willing.

It has been said that jobs are plenty, but due to the recent decline of qualified and educated personnel, jobs that need specialization became strict. This goes for any Job that requires a license.

Sometimes, even Jobs that require licenses become hard to even get, not due to qualification but because of too many personnel applying with the same amount of certification or specialty. So, the Company’s tendency is either to raise the bar (standard) or lessen the salary paid – these in turn, makes the applicant reluctant to just apply or have somebody “more” qualified apply for the job.

That’s why, you need to accept such reality, and face it head through. Live with it, and take it. Because if you want that job, then dammit, you will get it if you will for it!


Yeah! I’m In. Let me Get that Job and I’m Willing. 

Sure thing, but most people just say that. The problem about jobs here in the Philippines is that the jobs may not be what you are looking for. If you are looking for a “Top dog” job then you might be in for a shocker. For starters, newly graduates of colleges tend to overestimate their worth by asking more or letting the opportunity aside and that hurts their opportunity the most. Veterans and experienced applicants tend to be “choosy” because of benefits and their small start of salary.  Your odds of getting that job also decreases the more you age, lessening of certifications, or even past employment history.

You often hear this too :“The salary was too low (Masyadong Mababa ang Sweldo)” – let me give you a tip: STOP BEING PICKY OF JOBS.

Don’t do that. Job satisfaction will not just come from your initial salary and benefits. Your level of happiness does not lie on a job, but being happy is to continuously provide effort in pursuit of happiness while being consistent on that belief.

First, you have to be indispensable, second, you make sure that you could do the job, and third, you must accept whatever job is present at the moment.

You need more money for education? for the family? for your Satisfaction? None of that matters in a job interview, because you NEGOTIATE, not provide excuse and reasons to be given special treatment. That’s why you take what you can, do what you can, on any job there is.

Forget about more, we’ll have that later. Remember, you have to be indispensable and prove your worth first before asking for more – and if they can’t give that to you, I assure you, by the time that happens, you already have a different job in mind.


Ok, So I have to accept whatever job there is. What now?

Once you have accepted that truth, then all you have to realize is that opportunities are everywhere. You can always look for a job again later, but you need a job now in order to prosper and pay for your bills. Self fulfillment will come later if you do not give up on finding it, but you will lose it if you do not accept any job and be on DEBT. Period.


So That’s the Secret? 

Yes, and No. That was most of it though. Here in the Philippines, jobs are everywhere but only for those who wants it. The Corporate world has already established dominance and monopoly on opportunities in the Philippines – like it or not, that is the norm now. Like I said on my Ebook – No use trying to change the politics of things unless you yourself is a politician (Which odds are you are not). So, in order for you to receive the pursuit of happiness and hopefully pay for expense – then you need to get a job first. Once you have a job; keep it and make sure that you work hard until you find better opportunities. Because….

BEWARE: Philippine Jobs are Easily Influenced with Reference and Connections. If you don’t have it, you can’t afford to be picky.

Next, you need to read this articles about:

  1. How to Write a Successful Resume in the Philippines
  2. How to Effectively Negotiate for a Salary in the Philippines
  3.  How to Use References to get a Job in the Philippines


After you have read my article(s), hopefully, by the time you read this article again, I hope that you have a job already. But if not – well, you just probably haven’t realized how badly you need any job at all. And that what makes HR (Human Resource) reject your application. Don’t be like that. Accept the Job and You Will Be Happy Later – that’s our motto.



"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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