How to get a job in the Philippines? A quick guide for everyone

Everyone who wants to get a job in the Philippines needs first to find a job in the Philippines. Indeed Philippines, Trovit and are some places where you can find jobs.

You can look for recruitment agencies or employment agencies in the Philippines. And you can look for jobs also on Facebook groups in the Philippines.

Once you find a job, you may need a work permit. You can do this from abroad or in the Philippines. Filipino citizens, and residents, don’t need a work permit to get a job. In most cases, every other nationality needs to apply for a work permit. You can do this together with your new employer, or employment agency. Or you can find a work visa scheme so you can come to the Philippines without a job offer first. Read more below on how to find a job in the Philippines and on how to get a work permit for the Philippines.

Most of the following websites or apps are in English, Tagalog, or Filipino. If you need, use Google Translate, or any other translation service, to browse them.

How to get a job in the Philippines?

The first step in getting a job in the Philippines is to find a job in the Philippines. Find out where to look for work in the Philippines in the sections below.
Once you have a job offer, you may need to apply for a work permit, or a work visa, together with your employer or on your own. You will not likely need any permit if you are a resident of the Philippines.

In most cases, you apply for a work permit with your new employer, a company, or an employment agency. They will get you a visa to enter the country if you are not in the Philippines already.

Once you have an employer who can sponsor you. You will need to handle together all the paperwork to get a work permit or a work visa for you.

You can also find a work visa scheme so you can come to the Philippines without a job offer first.

First, find a job, and after you’ll worry about a work permit if you need it.

How to find a job in the Philippines?

You can find a job in the Philippines by searching online for job opportunities in the Philippines. You can find a job either with a company, or with a recruitment agency, or through an employment agency.

Job websites in the Philippines

Many job websites can help you find work in the Philippines. Some focus on certain professions and industries. A good start is to search for a job on these popular job websites.

BaiduGoogleNaverSogouYandex, or any other search engine, can be a good start for a job search. You can search for a job that you want. That can be for example, ‘Construction worker in Quezon City’ or ‘Babysitter in Manila’. Use the language that you feel most comfortable speaking. Don’t stop at the first pages and go deep with your search. You’ll get an immediate feeling of what’s around and of which job websites are best suited for your needs.

Google MapsBaidu MapsNaver Maps2GIS, or any other map app, can help you find employers near you or abroad. Look for the kind of organization that might have job opportunities for you. You can look for “Retail in Caloocan” or “Mall in Boston” for example.

Facebook groups can also be an option to start to see what’s around you. You can search for Facebook groups that talk about the Philippines or about jobs.

Indeed Philippines is a very popular job website in the Philippines. It is a good place to start looking for employment in any industry.

JobStreet is another very popular job website in the Philippines. It talks about companies and careers as well.

OnlineJobs | ph is a popular job website in the Philippines. It is a job board for virtual workers in the Philippines.

Jora Philippines is another popular job website in the Philippines.

More useful websites to get a job in the Philippines

These are more websites that can be useful when you are looking for a job.

Trovit Philippines is classifieds in the Philippines. It has job listings in many cities.

Locanto Philippines is also classifieds in the Philippines. It has job listings in many cities.

Facebook groups and other social media to get a job in the Philippines

Facebook groups help you to connect with people about jobs in the Philippines. I found these groups about jobs in the Philippines. You can look for more.

is a popular Facebook group about jobs in the Philippines. It’s a private group with over a hundred thousand members.

is another popular Facebook group about jobs in the Philippines.

is another popular Facebook group about jobs in the Philippines.

is a Facebook group about jobs in Central Luzon, Philippines.

is another Facebook group about jobs in the Philippines.

You can use your favorite social media to look for groups that talk about jobs or about the Philippines.

LinkedIn Philippines is also a popular choice when networking for jobs in the Philippines.

Any social media or communication platform can help you to find a job in the Philippines. It can be for example Instagram or any WhatsApp group of people in the Philippines.

Recruitment agencies in the Philippines

A recruitment agency receives a description for a job from an employer who needs someone. Then the recruitment agency looks for a person to do that job.

Recruitment agencies look for skilled workers to suit the job role available. A skilled worker has some experience, and certifications, to work in a particular role. A skilled worker can be a nurse, an accountant, a chef, a construction worker, or a truck driver.

Recruitment agencies specialize in particular sectors. Those can be care, computing, engineering, nursing, accounting, catering, construction, or other sectors. Sometimes an agency can contact you first if they struggle to find people.

You can look up a recruitment agency that can help you to find a job that matches your skills. You can type ‘recruitment agency near Quezon City’ on Google Maps or any other map website. There you can find a list of good agencies that you can contact. If you are not in the Philippines, you can search your area for local recruitment agencies. They can help you find a job in the Philippines.

Employment agencies, temp agencies, temporary job agencies, staffing agencies in the Philippines

Employment agencies hire people to do jobs. The agency employs you to work for another company. Employment agencies can be temp agencies (temporary job agencies), or staffing agencies. An employment agency registers someone who’s looking for work, a job seeker. The agency then contacts employers who have positions available for the new person.

These agencies can hire new workers for new jobs. Agencies contract those new jobs from other companies. An employment agency will assist any job seeker. Unskilled workers are more likely to find a job with an employment agency. An unskilled worker has no qualifications, or experience, in the job that they want. They have finished school recently, or they are changing industries or they are new to the region.

These agencies specialize in particular sectors. Those can be care, computing, engineering, nursing, accounting, catering, construction, or other sectors. Agencies offer full-time jobs, part-time jobs, temporary jobs, seasonal jobs, or freelance jobs.

If you, for example, type ‘employment agency near Manila’ on Google Maps, Baidu Maps, or any other map website. You can find a list of good agencies that you can contact. If you are not in the Philippines, you can search your area for local employment agencies. They can help you find a job in the Philippines.

Be aware that you should not pay an agency when they find a job for you. So be careful when an agency asks you for money.

Ask around you for jobs in the Philippines

Form connections, ask around, and find opportunities among your contacts. Speak with friends of friends of people who may have traveled or worked in the Philippines. You will see that some of your friends or family know someone who knows someone.

To find a job in the Philippines look at local newspapers, local bulletin boards, radio, and word of mouth. Local radio and newspapers are a good source of information about jobs in the Philippines.

You can email local businesses and companies for jobs in the Philippines.

You can search for companies and local businesses in the Philippines. An easy tool for doing that can be any map app or map website. Below is, for example, a Google Maps search for ‘factory near Davao City’.

Walk around anywhere in the Philippines for possible jobs

If you are somewhere in the Philippines, you can explore the area and see what job opportunities are around you. You can look for organizations and businesses around you and visit them. For example, below is a search on Google Maps for “market near Caloocan”. You can visit these places asking for job opportunities.

Search for employment schemes

You can apply for an employment scheme or an employment support program that can help you to find a job. Those programs can be local or national. They can be open only to American residents but they can be open to foreigners as well. You need to look for a program that fits your profile. You can search for employment schemes at your local government or embassy. You can search for ‘Philippines employment scheme’ or ‘Philippines employment program’.


The above image shows somewhere in The District, Imus, Cavite, Philippines. Photo by Peter John Manlapig on Unsplash