Starting your overseas job application can be a daunting task. There are many would-be OFWs who quit before they get started because they don’t know where to begin. Here are some rules to help you out accordingly.

1. Set your expectations

5 Rules in Completing Your Overseas Job Application
Make sure you’re the right fit for the job.

What does this mean? It means to have a mental map of what will happen once you get there. And where will you live? But what will your social life be like? How much should your realistic budget be? Are you up for the job you will be signing up for? And are you willing to go the extra mile for your employer? You would of course need to answer these questions for yourself before committing to your contract.

Remove any rose-colored glasses and set your mental bar a bit low. Moreover, it’s better to under promise but over deliver when it comes to expectations. Therefore, you don’t get disappointed if things don’t go as you thought it would be.

2. As always, research

Ensure that the recruiter that you use is legit. Look for a reputable job agency via our government portals. Once you’ve been contacted for a job interview, ask questions right away. Ask for which company you will be interviewing with and research about them online. Google their mission and vision; and also look into any company reviews. Click any reviews that pop up but make sure to see if there are at least 5 reviews. This way, your opinions won’t be swayed by a single employee who might be bitter about their own circumstances. Take each review with a grain of salt and form your own opinions. Furthermore, look for any news about them. Read it and envision how it will affect you as a potential employee.

3. Prepare to pay

Think of it as an investment, as applying for an overseas job can be quite costly. It can be quite heartbreaking to begin an application but only to get delayed. Maybe because you don’t have the funds to complete a requirement, like paying for a test or the money to have a document verified from the source. As our grandmothers say in the vernacular, “Kung ano ang itinanim, siya ring aanihin.” In English, you reap what you sow.

4. Interview the interviewer

Filipinos are, by nature, too conscious of “losing face.” It’s time to lose our habit of beating around the bush. We’ve all heard of conversations that goes, “I’ve been waiting for half an hour, where are you? And the answer would be, “My Mom is sick.” For us Filipinos, it could mean anywhere from the person being late, or worse, a no-show.

Ask the interviewer what the job entails. What is expected of you, how many colleagues there would be, and if there are any chances of moving upward, or being promoted, so to speak.

5. Documents, documents, documents

5 Rules in Completing Your Overseas Job Application
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Your documents are the main building block of any job application. I can’t emphasize enough that you need to be ready with all your papers. This way, it won’t be you causing the delay in your deployment once you’re called to complete your requirements. Verifying your documents is a repetitive process. And if you already paid to have your documents verified by DataFlow, you don’t need to wait the few weeks that it takes to get verified nor do you need to do it ever again. You actually save more by investing a bit more.