We at Onlinejobs.ph get asked this question a LOT.
The process of getting an employer isn’t that hard. All you need to do is register and create a jobseeker profile. Once you have a jobseeker profile you can either wait to be contacted or start applying for jobs.
No joke. For the most part, it’s really that simple. A lot of jobseekers find a job usually within a month of signing up.
But there are some who do have a harder time finding work. They complain that they’ve been on our website for several weeks now and they still don’t have a job or that they’ve already applied for several jobs and still no offers.
After doing this for several years, we’ve noticed there are similarities between jobseekers that get hired right away and those that don’t get hired immediately.
Are you having a hard time finding an employer? These may be some of the reasons why:
The Competitive Online Jobs Marketplace
Onlinejobs.ph is basically an online marketplace for jobs and services. And like any marketplace, we’re influenced by the law of supply and demand. If more employers are looking for administrative virtual assistants, then there would be more job openings for admin VAs. And if there are more admin VAs than there are more jobs, this means employers can afford to be more selective and choose only the top candidates.
It’s not that we don’t have enough jobs on our website for everyone. We have more than enough jobs for all applicants. But we’re having a hard time filling them because there aren’t enough job applicants with the right skills for the job.
For example: data entry. Everybody wants to do data entry/research because it’s easy. Right now we have more data entry job applicants than there are jobs. So the really good data entry jobs (good pay, good boss) are almost always taken in a matter of days by the applicants with the best credentials. What’s left are the low paying data entry jobs but they’re still being taken. Why? Because employers KNOW that there are plenty of applicants available. They drive salaries down because they KNOW there will always be someone who is willing to do the job at a lower price just to get a job.
So in the end, what we have are too many workers all competing for few jobs that don’t pay well.
So as a jobseeker, what can you do to increase your chances of getting an employer in a competitive online jobs marketplace?
- Avoid the low hanging fruit. Don’t go for easy jobs, that’s where you’ll encounter the most competition. If you have special skills that can set you apart from the rest, leverage on that and aim for something higher.
- Get more skills and experience while waiting on your job application. There are plenty of online resources (YouTube, codecademy, blogs) available that can help you acquire valuable online work skills for free.
It’s Not A Real Job
Sadly, some people still have this misconception that an online job isn’t a real job. They think of online jobs as a temp job, something to do on their spare time, something that doesn’t really require a serious commitment.
Because they don’t think online work is real they make these mistakes like:
- Not making effort to complete their jobseeker profile or make it look good
- They don’t follow instructions written in job posts
- They send out generic job applications without knowing or understanding what the job is about
- They don’t show up or are late for interviews
So if you’re an employer and you have to choose between a serious job applicant and someone who is not making an effort to be professional, who would you choose?
We’ve done an informal survey of employers and they cite this as the #1 reason why they pass over job applicants. Most of them have stated they’re willing to hire Filipino VAs, even if they don’t all of the skills needed, as long as they have the right attitude.
So if your jobseeker profile isn’t complete yet, now would be a good time to work on it.
Just Got Lucky
We can’t deny that sometimes luck does have something to with getting that perfect online job. We post new jobs everyday and the best ones are often take right away. Other times, the really great jobs are hidden within the database and only those who are willing to an entire list of job openings can find them.
To avoid missing out on new jobs, there are several things you can do:
- follow Onlinejobs.ph on Facebook, Twitter, G+, LinkedIn and Pinterest. We feature some of the best jobs on our database there everyday. Plus tips to help you find a job or how to be great at your online job.
- Visit the Onlinejobs.ph database everyday.
- Subscribe to our “Job Alert” newsletter. Just set what kind of jobs you’re looking for and receive the latest job openings directly to your inbox
Waiting In Vain
We’ve had some success stories where all that person needed to do was create a jobseeker profile and boom! he or she got a job offer a few days later.
This isn’t just luck. A lot of employers do actively search through our jobseeker to offer positions with the right set of skills. And once they find the right person, either they invite the person to apply or offer a job outright. This usually happens when the jobseeker has exactly the right set of skills or he/she has skills that are in high demand (like programming or design).
But some people think this is the norm at Onlinejobs.ph. So they just set up their jobseeker profile and wait…and wait … and wait.
We have over 150,000 jobseekers in our database. Realistically, not everyone is going to get a job offer as soon as they sign up. But that doesn’t mean that job because you didn’t get an offer a few days after you’ve created a jobseeker profile you can get a job right away.
Maybe you just need to complete your profile and make it look better. Make sure you have a profile photo, uploaded our government issued ID and complete your skills summary. Take our jobseeker tests; they’re free and can make your profile ore attractive. Good profiles often rank higher on search results, increasing you chances of getting hired.
Or just put yourself out there and start applying for jobs. Approaching foreign employers can be scary but that’s the nature of the job. It’s best to get started now and learn the ropes as soon as possible.
About Julia Jasmine M. Sta Romana
Julia has been working for OnlineJobs.ph since 2012, first as a writer and now as its social media manager and content development specialist. She also founded the Davao Virtual Assistants Association, the biggest VA association in Davao City
She’s a full-time wife and mom and volunteers her time as an internet rights advocate.