And, if you're currently on the hunt for one, you know how difficult it can be. Aside from proving to every possible employer that you're a great fit for them, you also have to take your personal goals, needs and abilities into account. Unsurprisingly, Google coughs up 1,440,000,000 results for the keywords "how to find a job" (without quotes).
Of course, this isn't a career blog, so we're not about to write posts about "how to find the best job" or "how to impress your boss at work" anytime soon. However, if you love the Philippines enough to consider staying and working in the country, here are a few sites you can check out first.
If you're wondering which site to start with, we'd recommend this one. Indeed pulls job ads from various sources, and you can filter your search according to specific criteria a la Google. Unlike most job sites, Indeed allows you to narrow your search within a specified radius from your home — which is useful if you hate commuting.
As the domain name suggests, OnlineJobs is mostly for Filipino virtual assistants and employees. You can search jobs according to keyword, job category and employment type. If you don't like the job you're currently looking at, simply click on the categories linked below each ad. You need an account to apply for jobs here.
Like Indeed, CareerJet pulls jobs from various sources. You can filter them according to industry, location or both. Depending on the source of the job, you may or may not need an account with CareerJet to apply. You can also sort jobs according to salary, if it's specified in the ad.
Judging by its tagline, "May Job Openings Kami Para Sa Iyo" ("We Have Job Openings For You"), this is geared towards Filipinos. Aside from the usual filters for jobs, you can search for work according to application rates, interview schedules and companies featured on the home page. The site also features job search advice, news and events to boost your chances of landing good work.
The BestJobs site has a responsive interface, so it's easy to search even on mobile. From the home page, you can already see the number of jobs by category and by location, which lets you know how many options you really have. So far, the site claims to have 44,899 jobs both within and outside the Philippines.
This site is a little clunky interface-wise, but it's still worth a look. As soon as you type in the keyword and hit "Enter," the jobs of your choice will show up according to date. Pinoyjobs doesn't have an "Advanced Search" function like the other sites on this list, so it might take a while before you find something good.
Craigslist is a hit-or-miss site. Sometimes, there are gems that allow you to generate extra monthly income. Other times, it's easy to get pulled in by scammers. In any case, the Philippines has three Craigslist locations: Manila, Bicol and Pampanga, so be sure you don't miss any of them.
JobsDB has an extremely limited selection of jobs. (As of this writing, the site has only 1,500 jobs listed.) You can filter them according to country, function, salary, career level, employment type and educational attainment.
Of all the sites specified on this list so far, JobStreet probably has the widest selection of quality jobs. It's almost impossible to find scamming employers on this site — though you still need to conduct due diligence with your search. You can apply as a JobStreet member, or as a non-member via e-mail. Funnily enough, applying as a non-member seems to be more advantageous, since you can include a cover letter with it.
Who doesn't know about LinkedIn? If you're serious about making it as a professional, having an account on this site helps. Aside from helping you search for location-specific jobs tailored to your skills, it also allows you to easily communicate with other jobseekers, and possibly have them toss a referral or two your way.
This list is just a stepping stone. There are plenty of other places to find work, such as your existing network. In fact, many professionals would say that "who you know" is one of the most important — if not the most important — factors that'll make or break your chances in the job market. No matter how you choose to go about your job hunting, though, we wish you the best of luck!