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The Value of personal portfolio websites when applying for online jobs

Are personal portfolio websites important?

When hiring job applicants, resumes I entertain are those with links to a portfolio online. But applicants who really stand out are those with personal portfolio websites.

Whether we like it or not, employers and hiring managers are less concerned nowadays about an applicants’ academic achievements or where they graduated from. These decision makers are more interested in knowing what their potential employees can do.

There’s high demand for Filipino virtual workers in the global economy. This trend started in 1992 when Frank Holz founded Accenture as the first contact center in the Philippines. In 1995, Sykes Asia came to launch the first multinational BPO company. Then came eTelecare in 1999. Since then, the BPO industry flourished. Today, the Philippine BPO industry is worth $29.1 billion.

As the ICT industry in the country improved, foreign employers found a good way to leverage the internet and digital technology to hire Filipino workers without having to pay for commercial office space. This paved the way for virtual jobs where workers can earn better wages at the comforts of their home.

Online jobs are the future of work in the Philippines. As of 2022, more than 50% of Filipino workers have online jobs. You can expect this trend to continue in 2023 as more and more employers from developed countries offer online jobs to Filipino workers.

Why?

Hiring virtual workers in the Philippines is affordable.

Foreign employers choose Filipino virtual workers because they save can money. An American employer, for example, can hire skilled Filipino virtual assistants for as low as $3 dollars per hour, which is barely half of the $7.25 federal minimum wage required for employees living in the US.

But this is not a case of underpaying a worker. It’s a win-win solution. While the foreign employer saves money, Filipino workers earn significantly higher than what they could earn from local employers, especially with minimum hourly wage required by the government. 

I am not saying you cannot get a decent pay from Filipino employers. If your employer sees that you have high value to their company, you can receive above average salary. I am not saying that a foreign employer will always give higher salary either. Because the global competition is tough, your salary depends a lot on what you can bring to your company.

My point is more employers from developed countries will see the Filipino market as an affordable source of virtual workers. If you have the skills to compete in the global market, your best option of maximizing your earning potential is through online jobs.

Foreign employers love the Filipino work culture

The Filipino work culture is outstanding. Of course, there are lots of negatives in our culture. But there are lots of positive ones as well that make us competent in the global economy. Here are some of these positives.

Filipinos are hardworking and honest. Because of our culture and religious heritage, many Filipinos understand the value of hard work and honesty. We admire stories of people who came from poverty but worked their way up to success until they reached their goals. But we also scorn those who became rich because or cheating.

Moral codes, many of which came from the Christian religion, are embedded in Filipino culture. And from a young age the discipline of work is instilled. Children are taught to study hard so they can land good jobs and earn a living. This makes Filipino virtual workers highly dependable at work.

Filipinos value learning. Most Filipino virtual workers are open to learning new knowledge. Education is looked upon as an achievement. We may know little about an industry, but because we value work, we are willing to become students again and learn.

Filipinos are team players. Because of our collective culture, we prefer working in teams than competing as individuals. The value of community and society is embedded in our cultural DNA, as seen in the concept of “bayanihan” and our practice of hospitality. In my experience working in multinational teams, Filipinos would seldom think of dominating others in order to get what they want. Yes, there are bad apples. But many prefer making friends and strengthening connections with others.

Filipinos are excellent English speakers. Many Filipinos speak and understand English. Thanks to decades of Western influence, even the average Filipino street vendor can speak and understand English and sell their merchandise for English-speaking tourists. It is the main reason why the BPO industry thrived in the Philippines in the first place. Virtual workers are excellent in speaking English. In fact, the Philippines ranks as second in Asia in terms of English proficiency. Combined with the other two factors mentioned above, foreign employers know that Filipinos can communicate in English with clarity.

Filipinos are excellent English speakers. Many Filipinos speak and understand English. Thanks to decades of Western influence, even the average Filipino street vendor can speak and understand English and sell their merchandise for English-speaking tourists. It is the main reason why the BPO industry thrived in the Philippines in the first place. Virtual workers are excellent in speaking English. In fact, the Philippines ranks as second in Asia in terms of English proficiency. Combined with the other two factors mentioned above, foreign employers know that Filipinos can communicate in English with clarity.

What’s lacking in the Filipino workforce?

In my opinion, what’s lacking in many excellent and hardworking job applicants in the Philippines is a portfolio website. When applying for any job, employers are taking a huge risk. If the employee is good and trustworthy with their tasks, it’s a huge win. But if the employee they hired is below average in their job performance, it’s a risk to the company and the only solution is to cut ties.

To increase your trustworthiness in the job market, you need to build a personal portfolio website. I’m not taking about free websites offered by companies like Wix or Squarespace. You can make a decent website with these companies. But free websites make you look cheap. These free websites are also slow loading and can make the hiring manager lose interest.

Think of this website as your digital persona. It tells the whole world about your credentials, projects, and other relevant achievements. Some job applicants have a social media page on Instagram or Facebook to showcase their work, which is also helpful. But if you keep all your work on social media, you’re decreasing your leverage. Not all employers have Facebook or Instagram accounts. Many are too busy to maintain one. But if you send them a personal portfolio website, it gives an air of professionalism that makes your potential employer see you as competent and confident in your trade.

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