For today, I want to talk to those of you who want to get a job in the Philippines. That is mostly Filipinos. Some foreigners are always e-mailing me though, asking the question:
What kind of job can I get in the Philippines?
I have answered that question so many times – if I had a Peso for each time I could probably retire soon!
But, did you know that employment laws here in the Philippines are much different than in the West. For an example of this, I want to point you over to my friend Cathy’s site, where she is showing some job opportunities in General Santos City. Here is a look at a sample job opening:
Warehouse Associate (4)
Male; At least High School Graduate
Not more than 30 years old
There are two glaring things that will stick out to foreigners. First, they are advertising for “Male” employees for the opening. This would be blatantly illegal in the West. A male or female must be considered for any job available. The second thing that blares out is “Not more than 30 years old.” This also would be illegal. If such an ad showed up in the States, the company would be sued many times over, and would lose, no doubt.
I want to point out, I am not criticizing Cathy, she is a good friend, and I value her greatly. There is nothing wrong with what she is listing, because it is perfectly legal here.
That being said, though, if you want to get a job in the Philippines (Filipino or Foreigner), are you willing to put up with these kind of restrictions? I wouldn’t. But, this is why I am more open to earning my own living, working for myself. And, I believe that earning that living online is the way to go.
What do you think? Isn’t it time to start carving out your online niche and earning money through it?