Before I begin, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am a Human Resources practitioner for the past 15 years. I have in-depth experience in all facets of HR: Training and Development, Compensation and Benefits, Employee Relations, and end-to-end Recruitment from sourcing to onboarding. The last position I held in the corporate world was Group HR Manager for a US contracting company in Afghanistan.
Last year, I became a full-time travel blogger. Prior to that, I was a freelancer (home-based worker). I decided to work online after I quit my job in the corporate world. I fell in love with traveling so I thought I could work and travel at the same time.
It wasn’t easy at first. The competition was tough. It’s even tougher now. But as long as you know how to start, you’ll be able to land a job online. So how do you find a job online?
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How to Start?
Before searching for an online job, make sure you have prepared your resume/CV including a portfolio. It is very important to have a short and concise CV. Recruiters and hiring managers do not have a lot of time to read your CV. One or two pages should be enough. Prepare different versions if you are applying for different positions. For instance, if you are looking for a Virtual Assistant job, make sure you highlight your skills and experience related to VA like admin, SEO, writing, etc. It is okay to modify your CV depending on the job that you are applying for as long as you are what you say in your CV. Do not lie. Do not put something that you are not familiar with.
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Where to Find an Online Job?
Now that you have updated your CV/resume, it’s time to look for an online job. There are many job sites and platforms that offer online jobs. Is it easy to find an online job? To be honest, it’s NOT. It is more challenging now to land an online job than in the past years. The competition is tougher but it doesn’t mean it’s impossible to get a job. If you have what it takes, you’ll get a job in due time.
Here are 11 websites you can find an online job:
LinkedIn is a social networking site for professionals. The key here is to connect with professionals. There is a specific tab for jobs. The job section is not entirely for online jobs. Some jobs that are posted are office jobs so you can filter with “remote jobs”. These are jobs that are in proximity to you. If you are from the Philippines, the jobs that will appear are posted by users in the Philippines.
To find jobs that are posted in other countries, use the search function. Input a job title like “virtual assistant”, “social media”, and other job titles relevant to you. Then, choose a country – US, UK, Australia, etc. Then, open the remote tab and check the box. You may also check the Easy Apply box so you can easily send your application via LinkedIn. Some companies use job sites to process applications. You may also apply through third party websites.
Upwork is the largest and most popular freelancing platform as of now. You can find a job in any field whether it’s technical or non-technical. You can apply for VA jobs, accounting, recruitment, software development, writing jobs, and anything you can think of that can be done online. That’s is how big Upwork is. The only issue here is competition. It’s hard to even get your profile approved. So, you must take extra effort to land a job. The goal is to get your profile approved and get interviewed.
Online Jobs PH
Online Jobs PH is a freelancing platform based in the Philippines. There are lots of openings listed on this website and of course, it’s free to create an account and apply for jobs. Some of the jobs posted here have a very low salary but it is really up to you if you apply for those jobs or not. You know your worth. If you think it’s too low for you, then do not apply. Find a job that is suitable for you and you are comfortable with the job pay.
199 Jobs is another Filipino-owned online job marketplace. As the name suggests, job gigs here starts at P199. You may think it’s very small but you can actually put add-on services to earn a good amount of money. There are writing jobs here as well as logo design, graphic design, and other jobs that can be done online.
Fiverr is a freelance services marketplace. It offers a platform for freelancers to offer their services to clients from anywhere in the world. You can sign up for free and create a gig. Some people start at USD5 for a very basic service and increase the price for as much as you can for complex and technical services. The competition is also tough here so the key is to build a good portfolio.
Hubstaff Talent is another online job marketplace where you can create an account and apply for jobs for free. The site offers hundreds of remote jobs from startups, software companies, e-commerce businesses, and SMEs from around the world. These companies are looking for talents like you.
Outsourcely is another marketplace that connects highly qualified remote workers and startups and businesses from around the world. Get a full-time or part-time jobs depending on your availability. Sign up now and start hunting for your next or first online job.
Freelancer is an Australian online job marketplace that allows potential clients to post job vacancies that independent contractors or freelancers can bid.
If you are want to be an online English tutor, you may try applying via 51Talk. It is one of the most popular platforms for online English teachers in the Philippines. At 51Talk, you will be teaching English to Chinese students and professionals.
Rarejob is another popular company for online English tutors. The schedule is flexible between 5:00 AM to 12:00 AM. The company provides modules and learning materials to their tutors. Most of the students of RareJob are Japanese and age varies from young children to professionals.
Aside from gossips, you can actually find online jobs through Facebook. To start looking for an online job, join a Facebook Group for freelancers. One of the largest FB group for freelancers in the Philippines is “Online Filipino Freelancers”. I highly recommend that you join this group to learn more about freelancing and to apply for jobs. You can also ask questions in the group if you are new to freelancing. A lot of people in the group can help you and give you encouragement. You may also get inspirations from the stories of the freelancers about their first online job or how they were able to build a house, buy cars from their online jobs.
How Much Should I Charge?
To be honest, there is no specific amount. It really depends on your experience. My suggestion is to start small. Something that you are comfortable with and slowly build a portfolio and feedback and reviews from clients especially if you are using platforms like Upwork. Just don’t go too low. There are few clients who take advantage of people so they offer a very low salary. Upwork has a minimum hourly rate so you should be okay. If you are using other platforms like Online Jobs PH, make sure you are comfortable with the offer. If you think it’s too low then politely decline the offer and look for another job.
If you really want to have an idea of how much you should charge, refer to your previous salary. You should get at least the same compensation but of course, always aim for a higher rate.
How to Apply for a Job?
- Some platforms like Upwork have limitations on the number of jobs you can apply for. Make sure you only apply for jobs that you are confident you are qualified.
- Do not use a generic cover letter. Make your cover letter specific to the job that you are applying.
- Again, read the job posting carefully. Take note of the questions and specific requirement.
- If you are using Upwork, check the client’s history to see if he/she is a good client. Check his/her feedback from freelancers he/she worked with. In this way, you get a feel of who you will be working with.
- If you are shortlisted for an interview, be on time. Check your internet connection, microphone, camera if needed. Do a test call if you are using Skype. You should be 100% ready during the interview.
- Listen to the interviewer carefully. Do not share too much. Do not appear too confident but not too shy either. Just be yourself and be polite.
- Do not forget to say thank you to the interviewer for the time and the opportunity to be shortlisted.
- If hired, be professional and do your best. You will need it to gain good feedback and a better chance to get selected for future jobs.
- Avoid getting scammed. If it’s too good to be true then it is probably a scam. Do not pay to apply for a job. You can pay to learn a certain skill but if someone asks you to pay upfront to get a job then it’s most likely a scam. The job application should be FREE. You may opt to pay to get an additional limit with job applications like getting Connects in Upwork and similar concepts from other websites.
- Read the job posting carefully and thoroughly. Some job postings have certain keywords that you need to put in your application. Other jobs have specific questions that need to be answered. Make sure you answer them truthfully. If you don’t put the keyword or answer the question, a 99% chance that your application will be rejected.
- Check if the name of the recruiter or hiring manager is included in the job post, if there is a name, start your application with Hello or Dear, (First Name) of the client. This little detail is often disregarded by job applicants. Trust me, recruiters and hiring managers will appreciate it and will think that you have indeed read the job posting thoroughly.
- If you already had previous experience working online, my friend Vanessa Mabini mentioned that you should not be shy to reach out to your old clients and ask for recommendations. Who knows he/she may have a job for you or he/she may know someone who’s looking for a freelancer.
Do you have any questions, comments, or suggestions? Let me know in the comment section. I may be able to answer your concern. Good luck with your job hunting! All the best, Aja!!!