We get asked this question A LOT.
- create a jobseeker profile, and
- get verified.
Once you have a verified jobseeker profile you can either wait to be contacted by employers or start applying for jobs.
It’s 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 months now and they still don’t have a job. Or that they’ve applied for several jobs and still have no offers.
Over the years, we’ve noticed there are similarities between jobseekers that get hired right away and those that don’t. And if you’re having a hard time finding an employer, these may be some of the reasons why:
1. Not Standing Out In A Competitive Online Jobs Marketplace
Onlinejobs.ph is an online marketplace for jobs and services. And like any marketplace, we’re influenced by 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 jobs, employers can afford to be more selective and choose only the top candidates.
It’s not that we don’t have enough jobs for everyone. We have more than enough jobs for all applicants. It’s just that 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 good data entry jobs (good pay, good boss) are 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 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 competing for jobs that don’t pay well.
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, udemy, blogs) available that can help you acquire valuable online work skills for free.
2. Not Taking The Application Process Seriously
Sadly, there are people still who have this misconception that an online job isn’t a real job. They think of online jobs as
- a temp job,
- something to do in their spare time,
- something that doesn’t require a serious commitment.
Because they don’t think online work is a real job they make these mistakes like:
- Not completing their jobseeker profile,
- Not making an effort to make it look good/professional
- Not following instructions written in job posts
- Sending out generic job applications without knowing or understanding what the job is about
- Not showing up or being late for interviews
If you’re an employer and you have the option of choosing 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 have all of the skills needed, as long as they have the right attitude.
3. Thinking It’s a Matter of Luck
We can’t deny that sometimes luck has something to do with getting that perfect online job. We post new jobs every day and the best ones are often taken right away.
Other times, the great jobs are hidden within the database. And only those who are willing to dig through pages 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. We feature some of the best jobs on our database there. Plus tips to help you find a job or how to be great at your online job.
- Visit the Onlinejobs.ph database everyday.
- Sign up for the Onlinejobs.ph jobs alert.
4. Expecting The Job To Come To You
We’ve seen 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 database 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 forever to get picked. We have over 1 million jobseekers in our database and with hundreds of sign ups every day. Realistically, not everyone is going to get a job offer as soon as they sign up. But that doesn’t mean that job is unattainable because you didn’t get an offer right away after you’ve created your jobseeker profile.
You just need to complete your profile and make it look better.
Make sure you have a smart business profile photo, submit all verification requirements to establish your proof of identity, and complete your skills summary.
Take our jobseeker tests; they’re free and can make your profile more attractive. Good profiles often rank higher on search results, increasing your chances of getting hired.
Or just put yourself out there and start applying for jobs. Approaching foreign employers can be an intimidating experience but that’s the nature of getting an online job. It’s best to get started now and learn the ropes as soon as possible.
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.