How to Apply for Job Opportunities & Work Abroad

greatways' guide on how to apply for job opportunities abroad

Working abroad creates a huge impact in various countries as it enriches employee’s job experiences and accelerates career growth. Are you looking for job opportunities internationally? Working abroad can be a great way to open your mind and self-eagerness to find better economic conditions and international exposure to learn new ways of working. 

Continue reading the article below and let us lead you to a clearer path as we provide you with insights and the know-how information you need to secure a work abroad. 

Why You Should Consider Applying For Work Abroad

1. Expand your Professional Network

A top-tier recruitment agency will provide and inform you about job vacancies and opportunities abroad to build a broader relationship with other countries. Forming international connections will help you to expand your professional network even further and build a greater relationship globally that will benefit you throughout your career.

2. Develop Professional Experience

Working abroad allows you to grab opportunities to learn new things, as well as methods to improve your skills. It is one of the top reasons job seekers apply to work abroad. As for entry-level aspirants to work abroad without experience, it will allow them to gain valuable knowledge and kick-start their careers in a particular field.

3. Access to Specialized Training and Learning Methodologies

Most first-time job seekers abroad expand their skill set, knowledge, and industry-specific skills more quickly than local employees. Recruitment agencies are responsible for exposing you to new ways of learning and carrying out tasks. This can allow you to experience a whole new range of skills, improve your existing know-how, and respond to adapt to different learning methodologies.

4. Higher Income

Job opportunities abroad allow you to potentially earn a much higher salary. Due to labor shortages in certain industries, various companies are willing to pay and offer higher salaries as much as possible to attract new talent and retain their staff. However, it is important to take into consideration the possible additional living expenses in your chosen country to work.

5. Enhance Your Profile and Be A More Valuable Candidate

Working in a foreign country requires numerous skills and abilities which allows you to collaborate with people and carry out duties in your workspace. Including your notable experiences, career development, and training opportunities gained by working abroad in your resume will enhance your credibility and make you a valuable candidate.

Agency Requirements For Working Abroad From Philippines

Now that you are well aware of the reasons why you should consider working abroad, it is time for you to decide and push yourself through. Here are the basic requirements needed when you are applying for work abroad:

  • Personal Data Sheet
  • OFW Pass
  • Board certificate(s), Training and Trade certificates (if applicable)
  • 2×2 picture (passport size, and taken within the last six (6) months)
  • Original and photocopy of your PSA-issued birth certificate 
  • Certificate of employment
  • High School/College Diploma
  • Transcript of Records
  • Employment Contract 
  • Marriage contract (if applicable
  • NBI clearance 
  • Passport (valid for at least six (6) months)
  • Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) ID (if applicable)
  • Work Permit/Working Visa
  • Certificates (i.e. board certificates, training certificates)
  • Social Security Services (SS form OW-1)
  • Updated PhilHealth Member Data Record (MDR)
Note:  All documents to be submitted must be in duplicates and may vary depending on the hiring process you may undergo. 

Step-by-Step Process In How to Apply For Work Abroad

These are the steps you need to follow in applying for jobs internationally:

Step 1. Attend PEOS-Seminar and Get PEOS Certificate

Before applying for jobs, you must attend the Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (POES) funded by the Philippines Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). By attending PEOS, you will gain the necessary basic knowledge regarding overseas employment. This seminar will provide orientation for prevailing conditions at work, rates, and living standards to expect in a specific country. 

Filipino workers must first complete an online program, and assessment test, and receive a completion certificate mandated by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. 

Step 2. Find the Right Recruitment Agency

Seek a credible, transparent, and legal recruitment agency in POEA’s website by clicking this link: Licensed Recruitment Agency. It is to ensure and avoid illegal recruitment and rampant recruitment scams. The enlisted job agencies have official contracts to provide as an employee’s requirement throughout the process. To identify illegal recruitment agencies in the Philippines, click this guide and avoid fraudulent agencies: A Guide to Identify Illegal Recruitment Agencies in the Philippines.

Step 3. Process the Necessary Requirements

Since you found a credible recruitment agency, it is now time to prepare and get ready for the submission of your requirements. First, you need to deal with the completion of your school transcript records and diploma, as well as your medical certificate. It is important that before you go to your preferred agency, you have already compiled all documents required by the agency. 

Note: Necessary requirements may vary depending on the job position you will take abroad. 

Step 4. Interviews and Screening Exams

Before anything else, you must also consider attending interviews and screening exams to ensure your physical fitness, capabilities, and skills and make sure that you are worthy enough of your employer’s training investments. To ensure those factors, you are also required to get medical tests and secure medical certificates.

Step 5. Contract Signing

shot of an employee's hand signing his contract

A legitimate recruitment agency will provide a legal contract that covers the terms and conditions needed before working abroad. As you sign the employment contract, bear in mind that you need to be aware and understand every detail of your contract. It is to prevent dismissal, anxiety, and facing any consequences if anything happens throughout your employment. 

Step 6. Payment of Fees

After processing your job employment, you are obliged to pay for placement, process, and other fees stated in your contract. Keep in mind that service fees may vary on the job you will take abroad. Word of Advice: You need to read your employment contract thoroughly before you sign. It is to ensure every procedure is right and legal from job processing to service payment.

Step 7. Pre-Deployment Orientation Seminar and Submission of Requirement to Government Agencies

After you compiled everything on your recruitment agency, you must attend the Pre-Deployment Orientation Seminar (PDOS) in person or online. This session will provide information that will help you to discover things and adjust to your new work environment. You are allowed to raise concerns and ask questions during the sessions. 

As you are attending PDOS, your recruitment agency will submit all of your requirements to POEA and other government agencies to verify and validate your employment. Once you are verified, you will be issued your overseas employment certificate (OEC) that is needed to get a working visa. 

Step 8. Validation and Departure

silhouettes of business people

Present your receipt at the Labor Assistance Center and Bureau of Immigration for validation of your job employment and present your OFW documents. It is for you to be exempted from terminal fees and travel tax before your scheduled flight abroad. Keep in mind that these procedures may vary depending on the job position you will take abroad and the recruitment agency you will choose.

Things You Need to Consider When Getting a Job in Another Country

Seeking and applying for an international job have numerous intimidating tasks. Here are four (4) useful tips for you to find work abroad that will suit you:

Tip #1. Search for Job Vacancy Abroad

Fortunately, there are plenty of different ways to find jobs abroad and one of the major tools for this task is international job providers. By narrowing your desired country to work at and filter a website’s search engine, you will find a position that catches your interest. 

You can explore GWMI – Job Abroad page so you don’t miss out on job vacancies around the globe. It is a recruitment agency that helps job seekers to find the right international companies. Through the recruitment agency, it will be less hassle for you to look for positions abroad and companies that are willing to sponsor you. 

Tip #2. Localize your Resume

Just like any other job, it is important to tailor your resume or curriculum vitae to meet the job requirements you are applying for. As you research job vacancies abroad and refer to a job posting through a website, you can use it as your keyword basis in your resume’s description. Remember that the keywords you will use on your curriculum vitae or resume should match the language of your preferred country. It is also important to abide by any resume standards and expectations required by some countries. 

Tip #3. Send an Application to your Recruitment Agency

Now that you are exploring different job vacancies internationally, you need to choose your preferred country to work in. Once you decide where you will work, send a resume or a curriculum vitae as an application in person or via online. Going through with a recruitment agency will help you to find a job easily based on your preferences and professionalism. They will provide a “worry no more” hiring process for you to be able to get your desired work abroad. 

Tip #4. Research and Learn Everything About Your Desired Country

Before anything else, as you plan to work abroad, you must be knowledgeable enough about your desired country. To lessen your culture shock and be prepared to adapt to changes, research some information you might need to learn, such as language, traditions, culture, community rules and regulations, standard of living, and especially laws.

Tip #5. Secure your Working Visa or Work Permit 

To work abroad, you need to make sure you have the right visa as an approved permit to enter a country. You must ensure you meet the right criteria and complete the proper application for the visa you are applying for and secure your work permit.

For instance, if you dream of working in Canada, you can apply for a visa through their Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) Canada website. This online website provided by Canada allows Filipino citizens to apply for visas by completing the information required by the online application form. Applicants must enter details from their passport page including, personal details, contact details, and employment details. 

Moreover, these are the two (2) types of working visa: 

    • Temporary Visa – this type of visa is issued for a certain period, usually several years, which includes an expiration date. Once this visa meets its expiry date, an expatriate may renew the permit or return home. 
    • Permanent Visa – permanently, a job seeker has the right to reside in another country for an unlimited amount of time.

Click this link to learn more about applying visa and work permit: Guidelines and Requirements of Working Visas Worldwide

Great! Now You’re Ready to Work Abroad

Do you want to expose yourself to changes, challenge yourself, or pursue your dream job in your dream international country? Find the ideal recruitment agency that will put you at ease as you reach this goal. Let Greatways Manpower International, Inc.’s recruitment expertise help you with your career choice and ensure a hassle-free deployment across the country.

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