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How To Get Your Dream Job In 6 Steps

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Ever since I started working online people have been telling me how lucky I am. And I am lucky. I have a job that pays well, let’s me work at home at my own pace. Working online for the past 8 years has allowed me to gain a ton of skills that brought me personal and professional recognition.

So when people find out that I do work online, they almost always ask how I got my dream job. And when I give them my answer, some of them are disappointed by it. I think it’s because they were hoping I would say that it was easy, that the job was just given to me, and I can help them get that same job just as easily.

But to be honest, finding that dream job online wasn’t that easy. I admit it was easier back then when I first started. There was less competition and the rewards were greater. But with more people all over the world looking for work online, I can see that IT IS tougher to find that dream online job now than it was before.

That’s why as Filipino workers, we need to raise our game if we want to continue to be more competitive. Anyone with a computer, internet connection and rudimentary knowledge of the English language can do data entry. Really good transcription software is cheaper and can work just as well as a human transcriptionist. A really good smartphone can do simple image editing.

So what can we do, as Filipino workers, to cement our claim as online rockstars? Here are some of the things we need to do today!

  1. Take advantage of what you know and make it better.

One of the questions people often ask me when it comes to online work is “What can I do online?”. If you want to find your dream job, this isn’t the right question to ask. Mainly because there’s so many different jobs out there it’s impossible to say outright what anyone can do online.

Another reason is because if you want to succeed as an online worker, you have to know what you’re doing & like what you do.

The thing about online work, unlike traditional careers, is it’s not about the job title. It’s about your skills and your professionalism. That’s why I often recommend that people start with what they already have. What are your interests? What skills do you currently have and would like to improve on?

When you’re naturally interested in what you are doing, it’s easier to be better at that job. The better you are, the better the job offers, the higher the salary.

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Think of it this way. Let’s say you want to be a programmer simply because it pays more but you’re not really into it. So you force yourself to do a job you have no interest in doing. In the long run you will get bored and you’ll start hating your job. If you’re not really interested, you won’t have any motivation to improve. Most likely you’ll end up as a mediocre programmer at best. You won’t get paid as much or get as much work as a programmer who actually likes what they’re doing and goes out of their way to be the best.

So the first step of finding that dream job is to figure out what you like to do. It’s easier to learn the skills you need when you’re doing something you’re naturally interested in. Potential employers will see your interest. And they do prefer applicants who like what they do because they know you’ll show the same enthusiasm once they are offered that job.

  1. Show your personality by making your applications personal.

The scary thing about applying for online jobs as a newbie is you know you’re competing with workers who have more skills and experience. Sending a form or template applications would make things easier but it’s also the fastest way to have your application ignored. You’re not going to stand out of your application is going to look like everybody else’s.

From our experience here at Onlinejobs.ph we have seen a lot of employers sometimes choose newbies over ‘experienced’ workers because they have made their applications PERSONAL.

How do you make a job application personal?

  1. Read the job post carefully and thoroughly,
  2. Follow the instructions listed there (if any) to the best of your ability,
  3. Do your research. Learn more about the business and what the job might entail,
  4. Put all of this in a custom cover letter that explains why your experience and your personality make you the ideal candidate.

I know from experience that this has DEFINITELY helped me land one of my first jobs. When I first started applying for online writing jobs was intimidated because I knew I wasn’t a professional writer. I’m not native English speaker and I can’t write like one. But when I sent out applications I would often include a cover letter. In that letter, I would explain why I believed I would be a good fit for the job.

One of the first jobs I applied for was to write a series of articles on how to make hotels more family friendly. When I read that job post, I included in my cover letter that I would have more insight on the topic because I’m a mom. I understood how stressful it can be when you bring your kids to a hotel for some R&R. I can write from experience what hotel amenities I would like to see to make my stay more pleasant.

I got the job.

My employer chose me over other writers who were native English speakers. He said that the reason he chose me was because he saw that I understood what he needed. I worked for him for almost a year and he even recommended me for other writing jobs. We’ve been friends ever since.

  1. Fill out a complete profile.

You wouldn’t let a stranger in your home. No one would. Who knows what that stranger would do? At best, they’ll do nothing. Or worse, they could steal from you.

It’s the same for business owners. Hiring a new employer is a scary process for them. It’s like handing over your house keys to a stranger. So you can’t blame them if they pass over jobseeker profiles that contain barely any information on the application. Because how can you trust someone if you don’t know anything about them.

So if you want prospective employers to trust you, give them all the information they need to make good hiring decisions.

  • Upload a good photo so they’ll know there’s a real person behind the resume.
  • Upload a good government ID to prove that you are one of the rockstar Filipino workers they’ve heard about.
  • Don’t just list down your skills, show them! If you’re an expert in a skill, say, WordPress, then prove it. Share when did you learn how to do WordPress and what did you do to hone those skills? Do you have examples of your work? If you can’t produce the proof, you really can’t blame an employer for not taking your word for it.
  1. Make your public social media profiles/posts more professional.

If you have public social media posts or profiles, don’t be surprised if prospective employers would want to check it out.

Why would they do that? It’s now standard hiring practice to check an applicant’s social media profile to confirm their identity. And since employers will be checking out your social media, why not use it to your advantage?

Make sure that your information on social media is consistent with your profile. This is especially important if you have a common name. You wouldn’t want to be passed over for a job simply because you were mistaken for your namesake on social media.

Another thing you can do is to use social media to showcase skills or work experience that’s not on your Onlinejobs.ph jobseeker profile. Use social media to confirm what’s on your resume. Show off your work, trainings you have attended, professional groups you are a part of, etc.

  1. Rate yourself honestly. 

It’s easy to under-rate your skills especially if you’re just starting out. And it’s perfectly understandable. That’s why it’s important that you leverage on your current skills, knowledge and interest (see #1). That way you don’t enter the jobs marketplace as a complete newbie. You can be confident and fair when it comes to judging your own skills.

BUT, it’s also just as important not to overrate yourself. When you overrate you’re basically lying. And once you get caught it’s just going to bring you a world of trouble. It’s so easy for disgruntled employers to share their experience of applicants who lie on the profile with other business owners online. We’ve seen so many workers have their reputations destroyed because of this. Most of them had a tough time finding jobs all because of a simple lie.

What’s worse is it gives employers the impression that Filipino workers, in general, lie on their profile. This problem affects ALL of us. So just be honest in your skill ratings. Let’s show the world that honesty is a trait shared by rockstar Filipino workers.

  1. Apply for jobs you ARE qualified for. 

Employers are inundated with job applications everyday. Most of them just end up in the spam folder because prospective employers do know what they’re looking for. They automatically ignore applicants who don’t really fit the bill.

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So it’s better to just apply for jobs you know that fits your skills. Yes, this would mean you’ll be applying to fewer jobs. But it also means that you’re more likely to stand out from crowd because you’re actually qualified for the job.

Another advantage is that even if you don’t get the job, you’re more likely to be remembered or shortlisted for future openings. Hiring managers keep records of ALL qualified applicants, especially if they have plans to hire again in the future.

But I still don’t have an online job!

Now, let’s say you’ve done all the things mentioned above and you still haven’t found your dream job. You’ve been applying for x number of jobs for y number of weeks and you’ve had zero responses. What can you do? What did you do wrong? Why aren’t you getting that dream job that everybody else seems to have?

Honest answer? You just have to be patient. Like I said, the jobs marketplace is more competitive that it used to. Employers now have options from all over the world. And the hiring process does take time.

And I know that rejections are hard to take. But remember that a rejection doesn’t always mean “no”. Most of the time, it simply means “not right now”.

So if you do get a rejection, don’t burn bridges. Leave a good impression instead. A gracious follow-up email to a rejection would do just the trick. This allows you to maintain a relationship with the business so they’re more likely to remember you when a job does open up in the future. A good impression could also open other opportunities because if they like you they recommend you to other businesses.

I hope these tips can help bring you closer to you dream job. To Filipino online workers already living the dream, what do you have other tips you want to add to the list? Let me know in the comments below!

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Jair Bolsonaro declared Brazil’s next president

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Controversial admirer of dictators says in video broadcast: ‘We are going to change the destiny of Brazil’.

Celebrations and protests in streets of Brazil after Bolsonaro win – video

A far-right, pro-gun, pro-torture populist has been elected as Brazil’s next president after a drama-filled and deeply divisive election that looks set to radically reforge the future of the world’s fourth biggest democracy.

Jair Bolsonaro, a 63-year-old former paratrooper who built his campaign around pledges to crush corruption, crime and a supposed communist threat, secured 55.1% of the votes after 99.9% were counted and was therefore elected Brazil’s next president, electoral authorities said on Sunday.

Bolsonaro’s leftist rival, Fernando Haddad, secured 44.8% of votes.

In a video broadcast from his home in Rio de Janeiro, Bolsonaro thanked God and vowed to stamp out corruption in the country.

“We cannot continue flirting with communism … We are going to change the destiny of Brazil,” he said.

 Jair Bolsonaro’s provocative views in six clips – video

Haddad, the defeated Workers’ party (PT) candidate, urged the 45 million voters who had backed him not to lose hope. “We will continue with our heads held high, with determination and with courage,” he said. “We have a lifelong commitment to this country and we will not allow this country to go backwards.”

Donald Trump called Bolsonaro to congratulate him and both men expressed a strong commitment to work together, the White House said.

Italy’s far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, offered his congratulations to Bolsonaro, tweeting: “Even in #Brazil the citizens have sent the left packing!” The French far-right leader Marine Le Pen also sent a message of encouragement.

Supporters of Jair Bolsonaro celebrate in front of the National Congress in Brasilia.
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News of the results sent Bolsonaro devotees outside his beachfront home in western Rio de Janeiro into ecstasy.

“This is phenomenal. It’s a unique feeling,” said Rafael Gomes, a 34-year-old salesman who was among the crowds. “I can see a better future for my son, better health, education and security, something we haven’t had for years.”

In the midst of an increasingly raucous atmosphere one group of young men jumped up and down chanting: “Go fuck yourselves, PT!”

Hordes of jubilant Bolsonaro supporters flocked on to Avenida Paulista, one of São Paulo’s most important boulevards, where they sang Brazil’s national anthem and set off fireworks.

Many fans wore the green and yellow colours of Brazil’s national flag, which has become the trademark of Bolsonaro’s push for power.

“I feel so happy. Brazil is waking up. We are coming out of a trance,” said Jordan Requena, a 20-year-old student who was among the crowds.

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 Celebrations continued into the night. Photograph: Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty Images

Pietro Sambugaro, a 28-year-old Bolsonaro activist, broke down in tears as he described his joy. “I feel so proud to have been part of this change. He is our hope!”

“For the first time we are going to have a God-fearing and genuinely right-wing president,” said Fernando Pereira, a 40-year-old physiotherapy student celebrating as fireworks exploded around him. “He is the president we have been waiting for for so long.”

But Bolsonaro’s triumph will leave many millions of progressive Brazilians profoundly disturbed and fearful of the intolerant, rightwing tack their country is now likely to take.

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Who is Jair Bolsonaro?

Over nearly three decades in politics, he has become notorious for his hostility to black, gay and indigenous Brazilians and to women, as well as for his admiration of dictatorial regimes, including the one that ruled Brazil from 1964 until 1985.

“The extreme right has conquered Brazil,” Celso Rocha de Barros, a Brazilian political columnist, told the election night webcast of Piauí magazine. “Brazil now has a more extremist president than any democratic country in the world … we don’t know what is going to happen.”

Clóvis Saint-Clair, a Rio-based journalist who has written an unauthorised Bolsonaro biography, said he feared Brazil’s young democracy was at risk. “This is a moment of great doubt and apprehension.”

Saint-Clair said a cocktail of voter frustration at political sleaze and the successful demonization of the PT explained how a once widely ridiculed and peripheral firebrand had been catapulted from the political wilderness to the presidency.

Bolsonaro voters had voted on “feelings not facts” and were obsessively focused on the PT’s not inconsiderable sins while refusing to recognise the advances of its 13 years in power, which ended with Dilma Rousseff’s highly controversial impeachment in 2016.

Supporters of Jair Bolsonaro pose with a cardboard cutout of him in Brasilia.
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 Supporters of Bolsonaro pose with a cardboard cutout of him in Brasilia. Photograph: Adriano Machado/Reuters

“The PT got many things right,” he said, pointing to the war on extreme poverty launched by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s now jailed former president.

Saint-Clair said he expected Bolsonaro to intensify police repression and pay scant attention to Brazil’s neediest citizens. “If he follows through on all the promises he has made, the next four years will be very difficult for the majority of the population.”

Chico Paiva Avelino, whose politician grandfather, Rubens Paiva, was tortured and disappeared under Brazil’s military regime in 1971, said he was disgusted that a man who had praised that dictatorship was on his way to the presidency.

“It is unacceptable that in 2018 someone can be elected off the back of this discourse,” the 31-year-old said.

However, for the tens of millions of voters who backed Bolsonaro, he represents change after years of economic recession and eye-watering corruption scandals that they blame on the Workers’ party, which ruled Brazil from 2003 until the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff in 2016.

“We are happy. We want change,” declared Maicon Mesquita, a 23-year-old businessman who had brought his family to Avenida Paulista to celebrate. “He will be a president who has no involvement at all in corruption.”

The previous night, a group of young activists had set up camp just a few metres from where he stood in an ultimately futile last-minute bid to convince undecided voters to oppose Bolsonaro with offers of conversations and free cake.

“This is already a resistance movement to say that we don’t want war … we want a government that preaches peace,” said Luciano Andrey, a 39-year-old actor.

Andrey carried a handwritten placard that asked passersby: “Let’s talk about the future?”

On Sunday, as it entered a new, potentially illiberal political era, Brazil’s looked deeply uncertain.

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Merkel takes first step towards exit after poll drubbing

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BERLIN, Germany — Angela Merkel will step down as German chancellor when her mandate ends in 2021, a party source told AFP Monday, after a series of political crises and regional vote debacles rocked her fragile coalition.

Often hailed as the world’s most powerful woman and Europe’s de facto leader, a weakened Merkel has faced growing calls to spell out her succession plans after 13 years in power.

Speaking at a meeting of her centre-right Christian Democratic Union on Monday, a day after a bruising state poll in Hesse, Merkel told top brass that she planned to give up the party leadership, a role she has held for 18 years.

She said she wanted to complete her fourth stint as chancellor but stressed that it would be “her last term”, a party source told AFP.

“She was genuinely sad and not at all bitter and asked that the discussion about her succession be conducted in a kind manner,” the source said, adding that Merkel’s words were greeted with a standing ovation.

Germany’s veteran leader had been widely expected to run for reelection as CDU leader at a party congress in December.

Merkel had until now always insisted that the posts of party chief and chancellor in Europe’s top economy should be held by the same person.

She is due to give a press conference at 1:00 pm (1200 GMT).

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Merkel’s power has been on the wane since her fateful 2015 decision to keep Germany’s borders open, ultimately allowing in more than one million migrants.

The mass arrivals deeply polarised Germany and are credited with fuelling the rise of the far-right.

Railing against the newcomers, the anti-immigrant AfD is now the biggest opposition party in the Bundestag, and after a strong showing in Hesse on Sunday now has seats in all of Germany’s state parliaments.

AfD leader Joerg Meuthen hailed Merkel’s eventual departure as “good news”.

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Die Welt reporter Robin Alexander said the path could now be clear for Merkel’s chosen heir, CDU general secretary Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, to take the reins if no other credible candidate emerges by December.

“The two women have taken back the momentum, because none of their opponents were ready for this,” he tweeted.
But other candidates are also waiting in the wings, including ambitious health minister Jens Spahn, a frequent Merkel critic.

Merkel’s surprise news comes after the CDU and its junior federal coalition partner the Social Democrats (SPD) suffered heavy losses in an election in the state of Hesse on Sunday.

Just two weeks earlier, Merkel’s conservative CSU sister party suffered a similar drubbing in Bavaria.
Both polls were seen as damning verdicts on Merkel’s grand left-right coalition in Berlin which has lurched from crisis to crisis, often over the hot-button issue of migration.

‘Mistake’ to cling to power 
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said on Sunday it would be “a mistake” for Merkel to cling to power.
“By passing the baton of her own free will she would show that she knows the same thing everyone knows: the end of her chancellorship is approaching.”

Merkel’s first step towards the exit door is likely to send ripples across the European Union, where she has served a beacon of stability as bloc grapples with multiple global crises, Brexit and an unpredictable ally in the White House.

While still widely respected abroad, her recent domestic woes have kept Merkel away from the European stage, thwarting French President’s Emmanuel Macron’s push to reform the eurozone with Merkel by his side.

Despite her global standing, Merkel has no plans to seek a post in the European Commission after bowing out of German politics, the CDU source told AFP, despite speculation to that effect in Brussels.

SPD ultimatum 
But the woman dubbed the “eternal chancellor” may not get to choose her own timetable — and her departure could be hastened if her junior coalition partner brings down the government before 2021.

SPD chief Andrea Nahles said her centre-left party, Germany’s oldest, had failed “to break free from the government” and carve out a clear profile of its own after serving in multiple, compromise-laden “grand coalitions.”

She said the SPD would now propose a “discussion paper” in Berlin demanding concrete progress on key issues by next October, including pension rights and better childcare, before deciding whether to remain in the coalition.

Increasing numbers of SPD members have been calling for the party to quit the government and lick its wounds in opposition, as it is presently polling below AfD nationwide, at 15 percent to the far-right’s 16 percent.

Germany election: Further blow for Merkel in Hesse

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Both the parties in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition have suffered heavy losses in a regional election, early results show.

Her centre-right CDU party and the centre-left SPD were each 10% down on the previous election in Hesse state.

SPD leader Andrea Nahles said the federal government’s poor performance had “significantly” contributed to the disappointing result.

She told reporters the state of the government was “unacceptable”.

The federal government must find a “reasonable way of working”, after what looks to be the SPD’s worst result in the western state since 1946.

The CDU must agree to a “clear, binding roadmap” ahead of a scheduled coalition review next year. “Then we’ll be able to check whether this government is still the right place for us,” she said.

Both the CDU and the SPD have seen their support slip nationally in recent months, and the coalition has already come close to collapse.

“The message to the parties ruling in Berlin is people want fewer disputes and more focus on the important issues,” state premier and CDU member Volker Bouffier told supporters.

Meanwhile the left-leaning Greens surged into third place in the Hesse regional government, with about 19.5%.

And the far-right AfD will enter the regional assembly for the first time, having secured about 12% of the vote.

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Image captionThe CDU still came first, but with a heavily reduced vote share
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The exit poll results

Christian Democratic Union (CDU) – 27.9% (down from 38.3%)

Social Democratic Party (SPD) – 19.9% (down from 30.7%)

Green Party – 19.5% (up from 11.1%)

Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) – 12%

Free Democrats (FDP) – 7.5% (up from 5%)

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Hesse’s election comes just weeks after Mrs Merkel’s Bavarian sister party suffered huge losses in a state parliament vote.

Parties like the AfD and the Greens have grown in national support following Germany’s 2017 general election, as support for the major centre parties has waned.

And with the CDU’s party conference scheduled for December, Mrs Merkel could lose her leadership re-election bid.

She has said previously she could not continue as chancellor – a position she has held for 13 years – were she to lose that role.

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A big blow for Angela Merkel

By Jenny Hill, BBC’s Berlin correspondent

It’s been a bruising evening for Angela Merkel.

Her party has lost significant support in the wealthy state of Hesse, home to the financial centre of Frankfurt.

The result is widely interpreted not as a rejection of local politicians but rather a protest against Mrs Merkel’s unhappy coalition government in Berlin.

The losses are undoubtedly ammunition for critics in her party who want rid of Mrs Merkel. But she may face a more immediate problem.

Her Social Democrat coalition partners are in electoral freefall, haemorrhaging support at federal level.

The SPD’s poor performance tonight in Hesse follows a drubbing in Bavaria two weeks ago. Many in the party blame the controversial coalition with Mrs Merkel’s conservatives. The SPD’s leaders may decide to pull out of the alliance and bring down her fragile government.

Germans are calling this a ‘schicksalswahl’, or vote of destiny. It may yet seal the fate of this country’s government – and perhaps even its leader.

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