Losing a job is one of the many concerns affecting millions of Filipinos here and overseas. Many OFWs are also repatriated, with the repatriation count more than 50,000. As much as you want to continue with your employment overseas, most countries still have restrictions to limit the arrival of non-citizens.
What do you do now? How do you go from here? What can you do to ensure that your family still has food on the table and bills will be paid at the end of the day?
Since your overseas employment is affected, you have no choice but to look for available options in the Philippines. You may not be earning the same amount of money from working abroad but this could help you get through the tough times.
Below are tips and tricks that will help as you look for a new job – for now:
Tip No. 1: Ask your recruitment agency.
The truth is the opportunities for overseas employment are still there. In fact, many legitimate recruitment agencies continuously post job openings for various countries like Taiwan, Qatar, and UAE.
Contact your preferred agency or look into their website or social media pages to see their job openings. If a job fits your skills. then apply for it. Submit your application online and who knows, you might be able to work again.
Tip No. 2: Look into job database websites.
Apart from the recruitment agency, several job database websites regularly post job openings. Take a look into that as well since there might be a job that is suitable to your skills.
Again, the pay may be less than what you are earning abroad but a job in the Philippines is better than nothing. Explore your options. Don’t forget to update your resume and include latest work experience as well as any trainings you had.
Tip No. 3: Consider online work.
If going out of the house for work doesn’t sound pleasant to you, then try online work.
Online jobs are in demand these days. Take advantage of that and apply to jobs that caters to your skills. The good thing about this is that you don’t have to go out and increase your risk of getting the virus. Everything will be done online, so make sure you also have a stable Internet connection if you will consider this option.
Tip No. 4: Use your connection.
Not all employment opportunities are posted on job database. Some are referral from friends, neighbors, or even relatives.
Now that you’re in the country, why not tap your circle? Ask around if they know someone who might need your skills and experience? They could also refer you to their company in case there are job openings. Of course, you still have to apply but at least, your chances are higher since you were referred by someone from the company itself.
This is why it is important that you maintain a good relationship with anyone. Avoid confrontations or burning bridges with someone. You’ll never know when you’ll need them.
Tip No. 5: Create your own work.
Or another option would be to start your own employment.
The government has several financial assistance programs for OFWs. Take advantage of that and use it to help you grow your money.
Starting an online business now is easier and more convenient because of the available platforms. Utilize those platforms to your advantage. It’s okay to start small because with consistency and hard work, you might be able to grow your business.
The point is don’t give up. It seems like there is a limitation to possibilities but eventually, this pandemic will be over. You will get through this.