I remember the first time ever that I was looking for a job-I knew one important thing: I didn’t want to work in the corporate world. I wanted to work in the development sector i.e. NGOs or foundations. That posed two problems, the first is that these companies rarely advertise. The second is that as a sector – it is still pretty broad. (Fresh grads or seasoned professionals that want to work in the development sector but have no access to opportunities can message me, I’ll hook you up) .
Anyway, I decided to be smart about it and went through the following processes to discover whether a company was hiring.
1. Online Job Listings. Seek out job ads often published online or traditionally in the newspaper (and sometimes even on radio or tv). Just sign up for jobstreet, jobsdb, or any of those database sites. It’s a very easy way to find out if a company is hiring, what the position is, the qualifications and sometimes even the salary grade. Often the application process is also on-line. All you have to do is lodge your application through the jobs database site. The down side is that practically every job hunter will know about it too. By the way, some of these internet database services track whether you are invited for an interview, hired or recommended or not and job posters (potential employers) have access to such data that ranks applicants. So I don’t recommend applying through job database sites but it IS a good source of information. When you find a listing you like, head on over to their website or give the company’s HR a call.
For friends aiming for the development sector – this is NOT the way to go. There are very few worthwhile listings.
2. Look for Company Listings. What do I mean by company listings? I mean look for databases and directories. In my case I went to the DSWD website and to the website of the Philippine Council for NGO Certification. These sites had directories of development organizations. From these lists, I chose a good 50 organizations whose websites I would visit and about another 200 to send emails to.
Others can check out websites of Chambers of Commerce
- Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry – www.philippinechamber.com
- German-Philippine Chamber Of Commerce And Industry – www.gpcci.org
- European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) – www.eccp.com
- The American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc. – www.amchamphilippines.com
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines – www.cancham.com.ph
- Australian – New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Philippines – www.anzcham.com
- British Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines – www.bccphil.com
- Philippine American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. – www.philamchamber.org
- French Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines – www.leclub-fcc.org
You can also check out the local holding companies of big local corporations: JG Summit Holdings, Ayala Corporation, San Miguel Corporation, etc.
3. Be referred! Referral from family, friends or other contacts is a great way to know of vacancies. Most good vacancies don’t even make it to the company website let alone job databases. Usually people are referred to the position. Being referred is a good thing – it means that the person referring you is vouching for you. It’s an automatic plus.
Tell family, friends and even casual contacts that you are looking for work. Give them information about what you want and what you don’t. That will help them be on the look out for a job that aligns with you. I remember my embarrassing experience when an older lady I serve in church with, told me of an opening in their law firm. I felt compelled to submit my resume and go to the interview because she wanted to help me out but I didn’t really like the company. Anyway, after a series of interviews I actually landed the job. I realized a week after saying yes, that I really didn’t want to work there. I had no choice but to withdraw! It was very embarrassing for me to have to talk to my church friend and to the person who I was going to be under to explain. Needless to say, it was one of the best decisions I’ve made.
5. Straight to the websites! Except for BPO Companies, walk-in applications are generally not encouraged. Go instead to the target company’s website. Naturally this only works if you actually have a company in mind. Often vacancy listings will be written there, together with job descriptions and the application process. A plus is that as you are going through the site, you are getting to know about the company too. The downside though is that you’ll have to check every website.
WHAT IF THERE ARE NO VACANCIES or nothing about open positions is published? Well from my own experience, writing a compelling email to the HR or admin of the site is a good move. I was looking through the one website and it looked interesting so I wrote (what my boss would later tell me was a very impressive) email inquiring whether there were any vacancies and why I was interested in being part of their company. This method landed me about 15 interviews of the 30 companies I applied for within 2 weeks. Then about 10 more interviews 2-3 months after I had emailed. There’s something about this method that makes the receiver feel impressed and honored that you took the time to compose an email especially for the company you are eyeing.
Other sources: newspaper, TV, radio
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