Jobs in the Philippines

@Aja103654 (5658)
Philippines
April 24, 2013 3:21am CST
I've been jobless for months now and while I am looking for some jobs out there, I can only see very limited available positions. The most common position that is available is that of a Customer Service Representative. A lot of companies here in the Philippines require people for this position. I couldn't find much else. If there were other jobs available it would be non professional jobs such as janitors, house keepers, etc. It's depressing that there aren't many choices to choose from. Worse, I don't like being a CSR. I'd avoid it if I can help it. I already turned down two jobs that would have me as a CSR. I would only take it as a last resort but now... I'm stuck! Aren't there any other positions that are available out there? What is your opinion the jobs available in our country? Thanks guys.
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24 responses
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
24 Apr 13
There is a great demand for CSRs now. And I think you ought to grab that opportunity. Sometimes, we really do not have a choice but to just grab what is available. It is better than not earning at all. Give it some time. Maybe you'd eventually love the job.
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@tipay26 (873)
• Philippines
24 Apr 13
true! I use to be a tsr at one call center company in makati and it's not that bad.if you want to earn and save I think you should try applying for call center jobs it's not that hard or toxic or anything ...
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@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
24 Apr 13
Yes. now I feel slightly bad for turning down those opportunities. I will be going to a job fair tomorrow and I'm sure it's still CSR they want. Looks like I have run out of choices? It's so... depressing. What a let-down. My parents have told me all the good things I can get if I get a job, but then I didn't even like the job how can I do well in that job? I should stop whining and take whatever opportunity then. No choice.. no choice..
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@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
24 Apr 13
I was only looking for other opportunities. I have an idea that i would probably be exhausted as a CSR and I won't last....
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@hereandthere (31018)
• Philippines
25 Apr 13
it seems you're a nursing grad who doesn't want to work in a hospital, then, yes, working in a diagnostic lab would be a better fit. you still use your skills, but have minimal contact because there is a constant stream of one-time patients, and the work hours are fixed. one of your responders, lizziegee, had a discussion a week ago wherein she said she was a healthcare associate at a bpo. http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2763543.aspx she said there that "As a health care associate, we handled medicine requests, some claims and customer service like if they inquire if this certain patient is covered for this surgery. Hospital stuff." so maybe try to find a bpo with a healthcare account? her profile shows she's in batangas while you're in cebu, so maybe you can pm her about the company name and see if they have an office where you are. an ex-officemate told me also about medical records or medical billing jobs. maybe you can look into that, too. you can also look at bestjobs.ph. good luck!
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@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
25 Apr 13
Exactly. A diagnostic lab is a more controlled environment compared to hospitals. And I think it is not as depressing as a hospital lol. haha, awesome! I'll try to join in her discussion or read it, see if I learn something. I did consider being a health care associate or HMO or whatever you call them. More or less it's a CSR who works with a health account right? It's actually next in my options to apply for. For now, I am looking at this diagnostic lab application, i'll wait if they will consider me for the job. If not, then, it's the call center for me. -sigh- thank you very much for the information! I'll look into it.
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• Philippines
26 Apr 13
how about medical transcription?
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@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
26 Apr 13
I did took up medical transcription classes and I am now still waiting for the exam so that I would get certified. I looked at websites also that would pay me transcription but it ain't that easy. I am still looking though. Any Ideas where I can find a good website that pays for transcription?
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@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
24 Apr 13
Well, I know that CSR or TSR is a toxic job (full of stress) But it's worth it since we all know that Call center agent are high paying people- much higher than those so-called managers (food chains and other private sectors huh) I am also a TSR for years in a well-known BPO (just resigned recently) Now I am working with homebased job same like call center.
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@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
24 Apr 13
That's why i want to avoid it. i heard there were jobs that pays almost the same amount but does not require talking. but then, there are only few of those kind of positions and sadly for me, those positions are no longer hiring.
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• Philippines
25 Apr 13
it seems to be a hit or miss thing. some didn't find it stressful. maybe it depends on the account?
@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
25 Apr 13
Maybe and it depends on the person too. There are a lot of factors that affect an employees contentment with his or her job.
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@dpk262006 (56170)
• Delhi, India
24 Apr 13
Hi Aja! When the choice of jobs is limited and much opportunities are not available, you are left with little options. Call Centre job is not an easy job to do in my view. But if you get a handsome salary and some good experience, you could try it. Something is better than nothing, so goes the saying. If you think in terms of remuneration viz-a-viz efforts put in the job, then you may like to consider joining it. If you work hard and show determination to learn and gain experience, you could get a decent raise in salary in status even in this kind of jobs. (you will have to get rid of your laziness for these kind of jobs ....... Lol!) You need to condition your mind for it and if you succeed then you would enjoy and love the job. All the best.
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@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
24 Apr 13
Thank you deepak. I will set aside my dislike for the job and try them out. It's better to receive a salary than not getting any. Frankly, I am getting bored of my life now, without money, i can't do anything much. I hate to be a burden to my family or to anyone. i want to make use of my time while I am still an able person.
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@dpk262006 (56170)
• Delhi, India
25 Apr 13
It would be wiser to get hold of any job which comes your way. You will gain some useful experience which will help you in future. All the best.
@chiyosan (29383)
• Philippines
25 Apr 13
I think there are many jobs available but then you will need to be qualified for these other positions because there are a lot of operations here with us. Do not limit yourself to call centers and do apply for jobs at operations in banks, or bpo companies catering to finance jobs, or medical jobs. Once you go to a csr job, though it is just so hard to go out of that industry because it is going to take away a lot of your years that can be alloted to learning different or various jobs at hand in a company.
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@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
25 Apr 13
If I were to work in a call center I would only work there for a few months, no more than a year if I can help it. I was thinking that being in a call center is so limited there might be other opportunities we are missing. but it turns out that there are not that many choices yet for now. Thank you for your response. I will look further but if I can't find any, then being a CSR would be my last resort.
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@tipay26 (873)
• Philippines
24 Apr 13
The reason for that is that there is a high demand for call center jobs these days.If you want to find or look for other positions why not try registering for jobstreet.com ? You can create your own profile there and upload your resume and apply jobs according to your selections on job positions and descriptions.
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@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
24 Apr 13
Thanks for the tip! ^_^ I'll try looking at jobstreet. There aren't many other positions available it's so monotonous. It's unlike other countries who has a lot of diverse jobs for people to involve themselves with.
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@katcarneo (1433)
• Philippines
25 Apr 13
I also hated being in a call center, but since English is my dominant skill, being in that industry was inevitable. I got a call center job at age 19 and I hated the hours and the pressure. I jumped from one call center to another until I stumbled upon an online teaching job. Required skill: English, computers, and the internet. Bingo! I've been an online English Teacher for six years and I'm still having a good time every single day. Check out this video to see how this job works. It's all in Korean, so you may want to start at 1:50. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsqP8aGeR9M
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@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
25 Apr 13
LOL, I worked as an English teacher teaching koreans, japanese and chinese students. It was a fun job though it can be tiring sometimes. The pay is not so good though. Call centers have better salaries but the burn out rates are high. I know some people who worked there for a long time and are actually getting sick. Call centers are only good when they are for short term jobs.. so the earnings there should not be wasted. It's a good way to save up a lot of money in a short time but it's never a good career to consider for long term. I did try out for chat support sadly, i think my english skills made them refer me to a voice account. ARGH!!!
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@katcarneo (1433)
• Philippines
26 Apr 13
These days there are so many online teaching companies and small English academies, so you must look for the ones that are established and legitimate--they are the ones who pay well. Since you recognize that teaching was "fun," perhaps it is something that you should reconsider. Very few people can call a job "fun."
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@ARIES1973 (9531)
• Legaspi, Philippines
24 Apr 13
You can try visiting government websites, that is if you want to work with the government sector. You can also go directly to the Civil Service website. Hope you already got the job that you want. Don't you want to stay and do your job at home?
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@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
25 Apr 13
Thank you for the suggestion. I can't think of any position that I would fit in in a government sector though. I'd love to work at home, it will spare me the bother to find transport and pay for gas. If the job pays well, I would definitely take it. Do you know any job that I might be able to do at home?
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@ARIES1973 (9531)
• Legaspi, Philippines
25 Apr 13
Well, there are transcribing sites where you can work at. One of that is transcribeMe. Although I am not as of the moment working with that site because I am not good at it, I know some are earning from that site well. Even my sister find it good. You might as well try writing articles and submit those to some writing sites, Expertscolumn for example. Have a great day!
• Calgary, Alberta
24 Apr 13
Being a CSR is one of the best thing happened to my life, its much better than being a telemarketer. Maybe try to go back to school and try to be an engineer. Engineering graduates always get a job. if you can act, you can try to be a dubber, dubbers earns a lot of bucks. All you need to do is to be able to change your voice.I use to have a dubber neighbor and she s making a lot of money. If you are bit crazy like me, you can try to apply for the coolest Job on earth. I just sent an Audition for Mars One,so I will be one of the Pioneers of Mars.
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@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
25 Apr 13
I just applied for a nursing position in this diagnostic lab in the city. If I get accepted then my job searching troubles would be over. If it doesn't work out, I may have to resort to CSR then. Maybe it is not as bad as I think it is. The money will be a lot so I'll be able to save a lot with that and help my family financially as well. My boyfriend is an engineer. lucky him. I can't get any support for another education because I am already a professional and we're not rich at all to afford another course. Dubbing sounds interesting. Any ideas where I can apply for it? I'm not good at it but who knows? It might be enjoyable (that's like voice acting right?) What's Mars?
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• Calgary, Alberta
25 Apr 13
This another crazy advice. Do you have a cat or a puppy? Cat and puppy videos earns a lot of bucks if you manage to get them viral. Your cat doesnt have to be talented. These cats are not talented but they gave their owner lots of money: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B9h94NcjK8 Remember when our country have a shortage of nurses? Now we have so much nurses, so I hope you can crush the competition. About Dubbing, the only one I know is the one that offers training and workshop..Jobs...well its up to ABS_CBN and GMA. Mars....Yup Mars one is from the makers of Big Brother. He will send 4 people in a one way ticket to Red Planet and stay there for Good. I already sent my application. if they accepted you, they will train you for a decade to be an astronaut, that training have salary . ---- If your American Accent is good enough, You can try voices.com You can audition for voiceover jobs for radio commercials in the US.My strategy to get pick is to offer a cheaper talent fee. ---- If you have an old house you dont use, Why dont you turn it into an Apartment. If you are an apartment landlady, You can earn lots of money while being lazy. Just find the right tenant.
• Philippines
26 Apr 13
Hey there Aja103654! We are in the same boat. I am a Registered Nurse also and unemployed for two months. Because of election ban, I can't work in a government hospital. This is really so depressing. I've read in your other post that you had a medical transcription training, where did you have that kind of training, I'm interested :) CSR is really the most in demand job here in the Philippines, My first work was a CSR but I did not last. Due to desperation, I am also open in widening my skills. Do you have plans in working abroad?
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@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
27 Apr 13
haha, I have been unemployed for half a year already. I have failed in so many job interviews but lately I have been getting the hang of it. The last two i applied for already offered me a job position which I didn't like so I refused which was very stupid considering how much I needed to get a job as soon as possible. I am still waiting for 2 pending applications. See if I will get accepted in either companies. anyway, election ban? I don't understand. Hospital work s*cks. I worked in one for 4 months and I hated it. Maybe you will like it but expect high stress. Keep looking for job opportunities and if there's none you can find, try TESDA training for a bit. I'm from cebu and I studied med trans in a company called call center academy which is tesda accredited. You can try looking for them in your city. try searching online. CSR, I don't think I will last in that job either but if there is no other choice then I will have to try it even just for a short time. I plan to go abroad but I don't really like being a nurse abroad. It's only a last resort after all. What I want is a nurse who does other things other than being a staff. Staff nurse position is one of the worst positions in my opinion. Good luck to us!
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@salonga (28016)
• Philippines
26 Apr 13
Ir all depends on your qualifications. What is your qualification by the way. What course did you finish? What experiences do you have? In most cases employers look for someone with experience but how can job seekers have experience if they don't give them the chance? This is the reason why... if you don't have experience you'd end up working in a call center.
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@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
26 Apr 13
I'm a registered nurse and I have some hospital work experience. I don't wanna go back to the life of a hospital nurse though. I think I'll do better in clinics as a nurse where it is less hectic and stressful. Exactly! It's annoying how employers can be so demanding and don't give newcomers much chance to prove themselves! If there is no other choice, I'd work for a call center and accept the stress. I'll deal with it.
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@rsa101 (13336)
• Philippines
26 Apr 13
So sorry to hear that. I think there are a lot of job openings out there you just need to really look for it in the newspapers, magazines and even online. If you were a fresh grad then I guess it would be quite hard to get one unless you have a good resume from a good school. Jobstreet, jobsDB and many other online sites offer a wide variety of jobs offerings there you just need to have a very good resume to present there so that employers will also be able to see your qualifications.
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@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
26 Apr 13
Thank you rsa! I recently just found some interesting jobs on jobstreet and already applied. I also walked in to that company I want to work for. Hopefully I'll get the job! jobsDB then? that's a new site. I'll look into it haha, actually I am not a fresh grad. I graduated last 2011. I've already had 2 jobs but then now I am looking for other jobs, something different, a job I might like and that pays better.
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@ryanong (9695)
• Vietnam
25 Apr 13
In here it is hard to find a job with good salary except your are excellent in working, not only show on your degree because there are many companies collapsed and earning money is so hard now. Sometime it is difficult for us to find a good job as what we want. I think you can get any job first, even though it is not good as what you expect but you will have money for your living, and then during that time, you can search a new job.
@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
26 Apr 13
It is a given that we all should work hard at whatever job we do but not too much that it will kill us. I agree, finding the right job for us is a challenge nowadays. There are not that many choices sometimes, we have to settle down for something less, at least for the time being. I'll remember your advice, thank you very much.
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@tinayu (214)
• China
25 Apr 13
i don't know the jobs available in your country.but i know a little in my country.the common jobs here are saler and promoter as well as what you said CSR.these jobs have common points.one is low salary, two is low educational background, the last is no probation period.many people want to do such jobs,but few of them will last for one month.
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@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
26 Apr 13
We have medical representatives too and they are paid very well, the downside is there is a quota and it is a highly stressful job, only those with determination and passion for the job can survive in a job like this. Same goes to CSRs. Actually, CSR's are paid better than most other positions available in my country. Married people who are supporting families turn to work for BPO companies to earn a higher salary.
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• Pakistan
25 Apr 13
in our country pakistan there are many jobs available butdue to lack of proper management from govt people faces problem but in short job are available though many people face job discrimantion i think first you must do what the available jpob you find then search the best you like
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@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
25 Apr 13
Thank you for the advise. Job discrimination is an awful thing.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
25 Apr 13
This is one of the main problems we do face and it is sad because the country seem find it hard to generate more and if they do generate more it is the usual. I have seen those senatorial debates on tv and this was one of the questions they asked the senators and the question was how to solve the problem and one of the senators answered we should generate jobs of different kinds and must also be equal to what must be given in schools. if we could see the most common courses being given in schools are the same..nursing, engineering, accountancy and the likes.. we need variety of more and it must also be that way too in jobs.. in the industry. as a mom, it got me thinking too, i looked at my kids and i quite honestly, i just don't want them to be one of those work force that does not have work at all! i asked my daughter even and she does not want to be a nurse, or a call center agent, or a doctor... she wants to be a marine biologist, or a nano engineer! lol how will i be able to give that to her when in fact those are rarely introduced in schools here?and if it is there is no available work for her in that kind that will assure her of her pay!!!
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@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
25 Apr 13
I feel pathetic being a professional without a job. There are tons of capable people out there who are jobless. The government should really look into this because having a good workforce will improve our country and its citizens in many ways. Sadly, the government is very short sighted. They would rather argue amongst themselves than solve important national problems, they are insane. It is sad. Children are given only few choices as a career, not all of them would find those enjoyable, the would be frustrated their whole lives being unable to make their dreams turn into reality. Foreign countries have better opportunities and more career choices but they come with an expensive educational fees and stuff like that.
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• Philippines
24 Apr 13
Sadly, most of the job vacancy here in the Philippines would be for CSR post. Well, if you dont like that post, try a job that best fits the course you have taken up or finished. Im pretty sure there will always be a job out there that would fit your skills and qualifications.
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@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
25 Apr 13
Thank you watcha! I will keep looking. I did find one that fit my skills and qualifications. I'm not sure I am gonna love the job, but I will give it a try if it accepts me that is. If it doesn't work. I'll have to try CSR even though I don't like it so much. I'll just keep reminding myself of my big salary and what I plan to do with it.
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• Philippines
24 Apr 13
I was a CSR/TSR before for 1 1/2 year and I don't want to be one anymore. It is very stressful and I don't want this job to take toll on my body soon. And just like you, I consider it as a last option. I'm currently unemployed too and could not find a job that I want. I'm a registered nurse and I don't want to be a nurse anymore given the current situation of nurses here in the Philippines. And I don't consider going abroad to. That is why I am really trying hard to become stable online. Hope you'll find a good job soon.
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@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
25 Apr 13
I thought that too. Then I realized that hoping for that perfect job is not taking me anywhere. i have to take a job that is available. Maybe being a CSR is only good for a few years. I can't last a year. My longest stay in a job such as that would be 6 months. I don't like working at hospitals as a nurse too. I actually wanted to abandon being one but this new position I found that they are hiring nurses in this diagnostic clinic. i think it is a better work setting than that of hospitals so I don't mind working there. Good luck to you too. Keep working. Dry business or something and be more careful with your finances.
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@narsha (466)
24 Apr 13
The world wide recession has already gone,people's life are getting better and brighter,so why are there no single job available for you? I've a relative live in and work in Singapore,he says that jobs are easy to find there cause the government is attracting labors and investments,maybe u can give it a shot,find a fortune there for u.
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@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
24 Apr 13
First I will need to have experience here in our country. There are jobs available just that they are not diverse. Like the positions are the same.
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• Philippines
26 Apr 13
Hi aja! First, what did you take up in college? Most of the jobs I see online require at least a Bachelor's or College degree. Some even have narrower preference like age and height limit (which I think is ridiculous). I mean, I'm only 5 feet tall and sometimes I want to try being a receptionist in a big hotel but one of the requirements is that the height should be at least 5.5 feet. Ugh. I think we are the only country that require age limit when it comes to job Oh, by the way, I am also on the look out of a new job. I have just resigned from a call center and I want to go back to normal day job.
@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
27 Apr 13
I'm a registered nurse by the way ^_^ It's frustrating that I don't like to work as a hospital nurse anymore leaving me with fewer choices. Another is that there are so many nurses like me who don't have a job, so I have a lot of competition. Ridiculous, indeed! I wonder why they have these age limits and height requirements, it's crap. We can't control our age and height. That is just not fair. I am also 5 feet like you. maybe if you are good with using heels, maybe they will consider you for a job like that? I see, so that's why you are only rarely seen around mylot. Where are you gonna work now?
• Philippines
27 Apr 13
Hello Aja, how about working on the Police Force? hahaha i remember the news about one cop offering bandages to the old man who is injured and being ignored to. the cop happens to be a registered nurse. that would have been cool having a nurse and works as a cop at the same time? well, that depends really on the person. maybe one day you will find your perfect job, but you gotta find it fast before you realized that you have reach your age
@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
28 Apr 13
That's a nice story. I don't think I will make a good cop though, I may be better as a detective who stays in an office analyzing and all that. Okay, I will keep searching. Hopefully I will find it and then I will know my direction.