Career Tips

What Overseas Employers Are Looking For

Date Posted: 06/28/2019

The big population of the Philippines that’s continuously increasing, means that job you hunting is becoming far more competitive by the minute. This is all the more reason for job applicants who want to work abroad for better salaries to understand what overseas companies are really looking for.

Tip: It’s not only the grades!

Don’t get us wrong, good grades are important. School is important. In fact aprofessional shouldn’t even stop leaning after graduating from college. Being an ace student or even the most extracurricular volunteer are good things to have in one’s resume and can certainly help  in one’s career success. At the same time, having these feathers in one’s hat does not always equate to success. While these things do help, there are other things that overseas employers are looking for. Hindi lang IQ ang importante. Read on to find out what these things are.

Company Fit : Bagay ba

You can be the smartest person in the classroom, but if you don’t communicate well with people, the job of, let’s say, a receptionist, might not be the best fit for you. In the same manner, a person who loves lifestyle and fashion might be a good fit for a position in print or online magazines or a fashion or home outlet. Your interest in what the company does as well as how your set of skills matches what the company does can determine if you’re going to perform well as an employee.

Attitude : Madali ba pakisamahan?

In our article talking about human resources and an applicant’s social media, it says that more or less, if you’re applying for a certain position, the company’s human resources department will look at your social media account to see what you are up to.

As an applicant, you need to understand that your attitude DOES matter. Hindi siya, “nagagawa ko naman trabaho ko so, let me be.” Who you are as a person is also evaluated.

Does it match our company’s core values?

Will she or he be an asset?

Will she or he be able to perform well as a team member?

Will she or he be able to take instructions from the boss as well as from other experienced employees of different nationalities?

You might also evaluate these things yourself before pursuing yourapplication further for a job abroad.

Skills: Independence, Problem Solving, and Resourcefulness 

In almost any company, these skills are something that will help an employee get through the stress and challenges of working abroad. If you feel  these are things that you are weak in, take time to study how you can develop them. It will not only help you in the workplace, but also in life.

Good luck with your application! As we always say, if you’ve done your homework, you WILL get that job abroad! So don’t stress, just do your best. But remember developing and improving yourself as a person and as an employee is always needed.

Kaya mo yan!

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