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how to apply for a job abroad

Landing a job in the Philippines can be daunting and exhausting – it can be even harder if you plan on working overseas. However, with the desire of Filipinos to search for a good life in greener pastures, working abroad remains a popular avenue for many job hunters. Having said that, before making any big move overseas, there are several things to consider.

What Countries Are Open For Filipinos?

how to apply for a job overseasFinding a job abroad is easier than you realize. With the increasing demand for jobs in various fields like nursing, entertainment, tech, engineering, sales, accounting, and factory work, getting a job overseas is only a matter of getting the right information, properly doing your research, and knowing where to apply.

The Filipino workforce is very popular in other countries. In fact, there are hundreds of countries who hire overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). The top destinations include the United States, Saudi Arabia, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Other countries where Filipinos go to for work are Australia, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore, Japan, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and Kuwait. Thus, it’s important to note that each country has its own list of eligibility criteria.

Country

Eligibility Criteria and Requirements

United States
  • Job offer in the US
  • Approved petition
  • Labor certification approval
  • US Embassy interview
  • Valid working visa
  • Valid health certificate
  • Passport
Saudi Arabia
  • Job offer
  • Valid working visa
  • Passed Special Professional Licensure Examinations (SPLE) for professionals
  • Valid health certificate
  • Passport
Canada
  • Be a skilled worker qualified in Express Entry programs
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam passer
  • Work permit
  • Valid health certificate
  • Passport
UAE
  • Job offer
  • UAE visa to be processed by the employer
  • Valid health certificate
  • Passport
Australia
  • Under 50 years old
  • Passed English tests such as IELTS
  • Nominated occupation matched skills and educational attainment
  • Passed skills assessment
  • Valid health certificate
  • No criminal record
  • Passport
Malaysia
  • Valid working visa or permit
  • Valid passport
  • Valid health certificate
Qatar
  • Passed Special Professional Licensure Examinations (SPLE) for professionals
  • Valid working visa or permit
  • Valid health certificate
  • Passport
Singapore
  • Valid Working Visa (to be processed by hiring company)
  • Valid working permit
  • Valid health certificate
  • Passport
Japan
  • Valid working permit
  • Valid passport
  • Valid health certificate
  • Japanese Language certificate
United Kingdom
  • Valid working visa
  • Valid health certificate
  • Passport
  • Job sponsorship or job offer in the UK
  • IELTS exam
Hong Kong
  • Valid work permit
  • Job offer in HK
  • Valid health certificate
  • Passport
Kuwait
  • Passport
  • Health certificate
  • Working visa or permit
  • Passed Special Professional Licensure Examinations (SPLE) for professionals

Am I Eligible to Work Overseas?

how to apply for a job overseas

If you’re eyeing better opportunities overseas, there are lots of job offerings from various countries. But, before applying a job offer, make sure you’re qualified or eligible for the position. First, you should have finished school with a course aligned to the work you’re applying for. Furthermore, you should have incurred adequate years of related experience and prepare all the needed documents for the processing of your application.

Some of the needed documents include a valid passport, a working visa or permit for the country you’re aiming to work in, criminal clearance, and certain licenses depending on your profession, among others.

What Skills Are Needed To Get A Job In Another Country?

how to apply for a job overseasDifferent countries have different needs when it comes to the kinds of professionals they’re looking for. However, the most important skill to master is language. When you’re going to another country for work, you must learn their language, both spoken and written. Not only will it give you the best possible chance of landing and keeping a job, but it will make it easier for you to adjust to living in a new country.

Another skill needed that is often overlooked is adaptability. Working in another country can be hard and overwhelming. Adapting to a new culture can be a challenge. As a result, cross-cultural understanding is another skill that’s crucial to your success. It helps in dealing with people from different backgrounds.

In addition, it goes without saying that you need proper qualifications for the job you’re applying for. For instance, nurses who want to work in another country should be skilled in rendering quality health services to patients. They may need training that is recognized in the country they intend on working in, which may be different from the skills they have obtained elsewhere.

What Examinations Do I Need To Take?

how to apply for a job overseas

The examinations you need to take to work overseas depends on the job and country you’re applying for. In most cases, English proficiency examinations are needed to work in other countries like the US., Australia, UK, and Canada. These include the International English Language Testing System (IETLS) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

IETLS is mandatory for non-native English speakers from other countries before entry to countries for both studies and work. For professionals, they need to pass certain board examinations to make them eligible to work in the country.

What Licenses Are Required?

how to apply for a job overseas

As stated earlier, professionals need to gain licenses to practice in their chosen field overseas. For instance, doctors, nurses, and engineers should take the respective board examinations in the country they have chosen to work in. In Australia for instance, a bridging program is needed to be able to be eligible to take a final board exam. Nurses are required to study in the bridging program for a couple of months before they can take the licensure examination.

How Do I Actually Apply To Work Overseas?

Beware of fake agencies who extort money from applicants. To prevent this, it’s better to apply directly to government agencies like the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). There are various employers around the globe link up with POEA to open job posts. This way, you can achieve greater peace of mind and avoid being scammed by fraudulent agencies.

To be eligible to apply overseas, you should have all the needed documents required by most countries (e.g. a valid passport). You should also research how to process your working visa. If you have an employer already, they are the ones who will process the working visa or permit. In other cases, agencies can assist you in finding an employer, processing your documents, and getting your visa, with a fee.

Engage Work Abroad Agencies

There are many legitimate overseas agencies that are POEA-accredited. These include:

Agency Contact Details Specialization
United Global Manpower Services, Inc
POEA License No. :
041-LB-022312-TP  
Address:
2nd/F 2110 F&C Bldg. Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue Cor. P. Burgos St. Pasay City Metro Manila 
Contact No. :(02) 834-7932 / (02) 834-7248 / (02) 238-5818
Skype: unitedglobal888
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ugmri
Twitter: https://twitter.com/UGMR_Official
Website: http://www.unitedglobal.com.ph
Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Romania and Oman
Aguinaldo Recruitment Agency
POEA License No: POEA-072-LB-030618-R

 

Address:
1202-I & J General Luna St., Ermita Manila
Contact No. :(02) 523-7905
Website: https://www.aguinaldoagency.com
USA, United Kingdom, Malaysia
Jedegal International Manpower Services, Inc
POEA License No: POEA-169-LB-100115-R
Address:
G/F & 2/F Accent Tower Bldg. GP Shorthorn Bahay Toro Project 8 Quezon City Metro Manila
Contact No. :(02) 352-2193, 352-2192
Website: www.jedegal.com.ph
Singapore, Taiwan, Qatar, Kuwait, Hong Kong
ASC Global
POEA License No: POEA-045-LB-030419-R
Address:
18/F Trident Tower 312 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City
Contact No. :(02) 753-1522 to 24
Website: http://www.ascglobalrecruitment.com
United Kingdom

Prepare All The Needed Documents

how to apply for a job abroadThe documents needed to apply for overseas work are virtually the same across all the countries, some just need additional papers and certificates.

The usual documents required by other countries include:

  • A resume or CV with detailed job descriptioN
  • A valid Philippine passport
  • School credentials like a High School or College Diploma, a Post Graduate Diploma (if applicable), and a Transcript of Records (TOR)
  • A valid Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) ID (if needed)
  • Employment certificates
  • Birth certificates
  • Training or seminar certificates
  • A health certificate issued by accredited clinics.

Create A Budget

how to apply for a job abroadHow much is needed for you to work abroad? It depends on the country you’re aiming to work in or the type of work you will do. There are definite costs but you need to prepare certain fees including the placement fee, documentary fees, and visa fees.

POEA-licensed recruitment agencies are allowed to collect placement fees, which is their share for successfully assisting the employee to land a job overseas. Usually, the cost is equivalent to one month of the employee’s salary abroad.

Applicants need to shoulder the payment for the processing of the needed documents as well as the fees for the visa, airplane ticket and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) membership fee.

Spend Quality Time With Your Loved Ones

how to apply for a job abroadWorking overseas means not seeing your loved ones for a long time. Make sure you spend quality time with them before you leave and devise a plan of communication that factors in any time difference.

It’s not easy to leave everything behind, but many of us make big sacrifices to search for a better quality of life. We hope this guide will help you take that first step in your journey. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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