As an OFW, it is important to be prepared for work abroad. There are many things to consider, such as your visa status, your work permit, your accommodation, and your insurance. It is also important to research the company you will be working for, and the country you will be living in. By being prepared, you can avoid problems and make the most of your experience abroad.
Before you can get on that plane, there are some tasks that you need to accomplish. From paperwork to government requirements to emotional preparation, you need to prepare them so you can proceed with your application smoothly.
If you think that going abroad will help you and your family, then getting the requirements ready should be one of your priorities. You would then be able to prepare whatever documents that you do not have at the moment.
For those working abroad for the first time, it is important to know that some preparations need to be done. Meanwhile, you can review your documents to assess what you have. Or you can ask other people who have been there before.
This video from DuntonOFWJourney gives some tips on what you need to know before you begin your journey as an OFW. The essential points as discussed in the video are as follows:
1. Government documents
The basic documents that you need to prepare are the birth certificate, marriage contract (for married applicants), and certificate of no marriage or CENOMAR (for single applicants)
NBI and police clearance these documents can show whether you have pending cases. If you need to get the NBI clearance, visit the website https://clearance.nbi.gov.ph/ to set an appointment.
You will also need to have government-issued IDs such as the unified modified ID or UMID. With this ID, you can conduct your transaction with SSS, Pag-ibig, etc. To get one, you can proceed to the nearest SSS office.
2. School Records
When applying for a job, you will prepare your transcript of records and diploma, especially if you completed a college degree. If you completed high school, then you will also need to have your diploma as well. Meanwhile, a TESDA certification is also useful if you want to work as a skilled worker.
Another important document that you need to possess is the passport. If you have it, remember that you must renew the passport at least 6 months before its expiry. On the other hand, if you don’t have it at the moment, you need to get one as soon as possible. Whether you are requesting a new passport or renewing, you should set an appointment with the Department of Foreign Affairs through this site https://www.passport.gov.ph/appointment
As with all applications, having a comprehensive resume will help the employer notice your skills and qualifications. You could search online to know what you need to include in yours. And it’s important to mention the job experience that will support your application.
5. Recruitment Agency
Make sure that you deal with legitimate agencies so that you can get a real job abroad. To avoid dealing with an illegal agency, you can refer to the POEA website. At the same time, you can also ask people you know for their agencies.
6. Placement Fee
One of the crucial steps in your application is the placement fee. In fact, for most applicants, this is one issue they want to know before they proceed. However, the amount to be paid will vary on the agency and the host country.
You can watch the full video here:
Disclaimer: The information posted here is based on the personal experiences that the OFW shared on the video. Please let this post serve as a guide only. If you have specific questions, you may ask the OFW by commenting on their video on their accounts.
These are just some of the details that you need to accomplish as you apply for a job abroad. During the interview, the staff from the recruitment agency will advise you if there are other requirements you need to prepare.
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