Jobs in the Philippines. I have a confession to make. After I finish writing and posting this article, I have to go look through the trash bin (deleted comments files) on the website and find a comment that was there waiting for approval when I came in to work this AM. I hadn’t had my second cup of coffee yet and the comment rubbed me the wrong away, so I made a snap decision and deleted it to avoid the chance of getting annoyed and writing something acerbic in response.
The comment was on the subject of finding a job here in the Philippines, and that reader deserved better, but oh my goodness the way some people, supposedly educated and ready to work approach the issue of finding a job just tries my patience and rubs my last nerve raw at times.
Jobs in the Philippines — Rifle or Shotgun?
- 1 Jobs in the Philippines — Rifle or Shotgun?
- 1.1 Jobs in the Philippines Require a Rifle Approach and Not a Shotgun Approach
- 1.1.1 Jobs in the Philippines — Specific, Actionable Steps
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- 1.1 Jobs in the Philippines Require a Rifle Approach and Not a Shotgun Approach
Are you a hunter or experienced marksman? Do you know the difference between a rifle and a shotgun?
Let’s assume many readers do not, and put everyone on the same page, shall we?
A rifle is a (normally) should-fired weapon with a long barrel that is typically used to hit a target at great distances from the shooter, often with mazing pin-point accuracy. The rifle is capable of such accuracy because it fires a small, compact projectile (bullet) ant great speed and the barrel of the rifle is lined with groves (rifling) that twist in a spiral manner. Thus when the bullet leaves the barrel it is spinning very rapidly, and this spin helps the projectile overcome any obstacles (like wind) along the way to the target, insuring the maximum accuracy that the marksman is capable of producing.
A shotgun, on the other hand, is also a (normally) shoulder fired weapon, characterized by a long barrel that is smooth … no rifling. A shotgun fires one or more pellets or slugs that leave the barrel at high speed, but with no spin. They have the characteristic of spreading out as they travel through the air and will strike over a much wider area when they hit.
Because of the lack of rifling, a shotgun is also referred to as a scattergun. It’s very effective at close range, but useless at long distances and not nearly as accurate as rifle (just ask former Vice president Cheney).
So why have I just burned up several paragraphs expounding upon firearms when you came here wanting to know about finding jobs in the Philippines?
Well, I’ll tell you:
Jobs in the Philippines Require a Rifle Approach and Not a Shotgun Approach
Both a rifle and a shotgun fire projectiles, both make noise, both cost money to purchase and use and both can be dangerous if not used with skill.
If you want a job in the Philippines … no matter if you are a foreigner or a Filipino, there are a number of skills and actions you need to take which are, in some ways, analogous to shooting.
You must “fire off” requests and queries in order to get yourself noticed. You must “make a noise”, in other words. because jobs are rarely, if ever going to come looking for you.
You can use a shotgun, if you wish. It makes plenty of noise and it fires off projectiles in all directions, but if you are looking for the best jobs … the most elusive “big game”, you will be much better off with a rifle and careful, considered aim at your target.
You gotta be smart about it. Here’s a little snippet from my friend Brendon that tells the tale I hear oh so often. Read more from Brendon here.
With our last advertisement in the newspaper the copy included this:
“For more information about our exciting and fast-growing company, visit our web site at www.tailored.com.au.”
Applicants were invited to submit their applications to the Executive Director.
Out of the 140 applicants, two – (2) (only) addressed the application to “Brendon Sinclair, Executive Director.” The rest were to “Whom it may concern” and “Sir/Madam.”
You would not believe how often this happens. Even here, where my real name, Dave Starr, and my “pen Name”, Philly are used so often, do you know what I get typically from readers? “Dear Sir, Please help.”
Hello? It’s been said, by many, most much smarter and better educated than I, that a person’s name is one of the most valuable possessions he or she owns. One of the few that can’t be taken away, either. And the only possession I know of that you take with you after death.
That makes a person’s name pretty special, I think. So if you are asking a person for help, wouldn’t it be sort of a nice opening gesture to call that person by name?
Also, if a person specifically asked to be responded to in a certain position, as Brendon did in his example above, if you really want a shot at work for that person, wouldn’t taking the time to look up the person’s name and using it with their title indicate, at first glance, that you at least have an IQ higher than the profoundly learning disabled range?
There’s another very important reason to use a person’s name, especially their name/title combination when searching for a job.
If you email, snail mail, or make phone calls to a company and just send or ask, blind, for someone like the “hiring director”, you typically meet up with low-level “gate keeper” personnel, whose very job is to protect the higher level folks from being nagged all day with requests for favors and “help”
Personally addressed communication, on the other hand, has much better chance of reaching the intended recipient … or at least his or her personal assistant or secretary .. someone high enough in the food chain to know if your request is worth passing on to the boss.
Jobs in the Philippines — Specific, Actionable Steps
Step1: Identify your target market
Find out all the firms in your area of interest. Start researching them. Find out everything you can about them. Everything.
But Philly, I hear you saying, that’s hard, especially when I’m so far away from the Philippines. True. Effort is required. Ask yourself this question. Do you want to find a job, or do you just want to whine about not being able to find a job and give up.
If you want easy, then stay at home, hating your work, or waiting for your unemployment insurance to run out.
No one else can make the choice, only you can decide if you want to find a job by expending effort or not.
I started this article out with the rifle analogy. Anyone here ever heard of Craig Harrison? British Corporal Craig Harrison killed two Taliban with consecutive shots at a distance of 2.47 kilometers (8120 ft.) in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in November 2009.
The farthest I have ever fired a rifle was only a few hundred meters. It took effort, training and patience to be able to hit the target even at that relatively short range.
How easy do you think it was for Corporal Harrison to hit his mark at more than 8,000 feet? My semi-informed guess as a very mediocre marksman? Damn hard, that’s how easy it was.
You want a job in the Philippines, then expend some effort, folks. Use the Internet, newspapers, (all the major ones are on line now), trade journals, web-based discussion forums, social tools like LinkedIn) and good old word of mouth to research target companies.
Most firms brag about their clients and the work they do as a way to demonstrate their expertise to prospective clients. You can easily find out:
- What types of work they do
- Who their clients are
- How they market themselves
- Who the key personnel are
Don’t forget chambers of commerce also, and if you know even one of a firm’s clients/customers, inquire through that firm about the information you need to know regarding your target employer..
With that research you have found gold!
Step 2: Identify what my target market wants
I’ll simplify this part of the research for you. They want to make more money.
Everyone wants to make more money.
You will not meet a business person in the USA, the Philippines, or any other country I can think of businessperson who doesn’t want more money! Never.
Step 3: Give your market what they want.
You see, again, we are taught almost from birth to ask for jobs, and to expect that life consists of finding a job and being successful, or not finding a job and being frustrated and a sad.
But that’s utter nonsense, really, folks. “Jobs” are not physical things like a lump of gold or a diamond that you might find lying around on the ground.
Jobs are an arrangement where an employer pays you to help make him or her more money. There is no other reason for a company to employ anyone.
How will you make money for that target business? That’s all you really have to figure out. Doesn’t even matter if they are advertising for help or not … figure out how to make money for them and you’ll be on target just like Corporal Harrison.
Recent Examples (bad ones)
Let me close with two quick scenarios. A year or so ago a fellow emailed me and asked about my thoughts on finding a job in the Philippines. He closed his mail out by telling me this opinion of himself … “well, I guess I don’t have many special skills. I was (insert this and that) and I was a station chief for a regional airline, but the airline closed, so here I am, out of work.”
Do you have any idea what a station chief does for an airline? Answer, pretty much everything at a given location. S/he sees to it that there is ramp and gate space, that passengers get on and off, that luggage gets loaded/unloaded, the aircraft serviced and whole ton of other responsibilities.
Anyone care to notice how many regional airlines there are in the Philippines and other close-by countries? It’s a booming, go-go business here guys and gals.
A station chief, with experience, in the USA? And you don’t have any special skills? How far off the mark is that self description?
Another gentleman recently talked to me about a job, again, selling him=self pretty darn short in the skills department.
Know what one of his previous jobs had been? A real live fingerprint technician for a major US (Yes, US experience, means a LOT here in the Philippines) police department.
I mentioned work along those lines right away and he responded that he didn’t like the actual desk work and it had bothered his eyes. Fair enough.
But do you have any idea how many police departments, military units, even private security firms (a HUGE business in the Philippines, by the way), need to learn about fingerprint technology? From a real-world US expert? How many need consultation work and paid advice in setting up programs, working high-profile court cases and such.
And this gentleman had “no marketable skills”? Crazy, says I. Crazy.
If you are reading this and stayed interested long enough to get this far, I can almost guarantee you that you have a marketable skill hiding somewhere in that depressing, low opinion view are holding of yourself.
Change to the rifle approach, take aim at what you want, not what you can settle for, and go for it.
That’s my Jobs in the Philippines advice for today.