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Expat Advice: Working in Manila, Philippines

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Manila

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

call centers, English institutes, esp. in Metro Manila, Baguio, and Cebu. There are tons of opportunities available, depending on your expertise. I can help you find your niche. Most people find jobs or work thru making contacts with friends, relatives, co-workers, or (my preference) just approaching people and introducing yourself as wanting to work or do business.

What type of work do you do and how did you find your job?

consultant (call center training), English tutor, trainer, instructor. plenty of business, just be friendly and make contacts and expand your network abroad

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How did you obtain your work permit? What advice would you have for others about work permits?

Didn't need work permit since I have dual-citizenship. However, if you want to be an employee, most companies will sponsor you and pay for your work permits, visas, etc. I advise working as an independent contractor in your own consulting business. Work under the radar whenever possible.

Have you taken language and cross-cultural training courses to prepare for your assignment? If so, how have they helped you on the job?

no need to take formal language courses. learn the local lingo (Taglish - Tagalog/English), some important daily phrases and vocabulary and you can get by well. Everyone speaks English even in the remote countryside and provinces. If you can speak English well, you can be King or Queen and earn immediate respect

What advice would you offer others about finding jobs and working abroad?

check with locals, however always keep your financial status (as well as social status) to yourself. If you need help, I'm just a email or chat away! Mabuhay, Aloha, Salud, and Cheers!

email: locopmd@yahoo.com

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