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How to Get Noticed by Employers in Online Jobs PH

How to Get Noticed by Employers in Online Jobs PH

My email is overflowing!

This has been a hectic week at work as we are looking for 2 more additions to our (awesome) Philippine team. We actually hired someone earlier this week, but to make the long story short, her first day of work was also her last day. So I’m back to zero!

I’ve been going through profiles and profiles of fellow writers and virtual assistants, and when I posted an ad this morning (check it out here), even more profiles are added to my mental list of follow-ups. Hence, this is why my email is overflowing!

It’s currently a very stormy night here in Davao with a power interruption to boot, so let’s talk about applying for online jobs and how to get noticed by employers in This has been my main “source” of job opps, and this is where I have gotten my job now. This is perfect for virtual workers who are looking for permanent full-time positions instead of projects. There are sooo many profiles in the website, and those looking for workers will not go through each one (because who has time to do that?). I’ve hunted for candidates several times, so let me share with you the factors that make some profiles stand out.

1. Picture

Your picture is your first line of defence, seriously. You don’t have to have a professionally-taken photo or look model-esque. The best kind of picture is a picture of an open face that highlights all of your features. It should be well-lit. It should be high-res.

How to Get Noticed by Employers in Online Jobs Ph

You should catch the eye of an employee-seeker

Don’t use a graphic design. Yes it shows your skill but your employer would want to know who you are. Don’t use a dim picture or a picture that only shows your profile (a.k.a. side view), or worse, just your hair. This is not Facebook; don’t pose weirdly or hide your face. You can look serious, but I personally prefer smiling faces. You can use a selfie (I have a selfie on my profile), but please don’t use a selfie that shows your arm holding the camera. And don’t leave your picture blank.

2. Basic Information

First, use your complete real name. Don’t leave your surname out and don’t use a nickname. Most of all, don’t use an alias. It’s also very helpful to include a blog or website and your IQ and test scores. An address is useful for employers who are looking for virtual assistants based in a particular city.

How to Get Noticed by Employers in Online Jobs Ph

Obviously, this is not updated. I think I dropped several IQ points this week.

3. Skills

I’m not posting a screenshot of my skills here because they are not only not updated but also too long. You see, Online Jobs took a major makeover and I wasn’t informed haha. So there are still parts of my profile that do not fit the new website to a T. However, updating your profile, especially your skills, is very necessary. It’s alright to use (short) paragraphs. It’s also okay to use bullets as long as you’re properly explaining your skills. Refrain from using one-word or two-word phrases to describe your skills. You will only look lazy.

In the lower part of your profile is your skill rating. If you know you’re really good at a particular skill (for me, it’s writing), don’t be afraid to give yourself a 5-star rating. Just be prepared to justify it lol. 

How to Get Noticed by Employers in Online Jobs Ph

And be honest. Don’t make yourself appear better than you actually are.

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4. Reviews

Reviews make or break a profile, so be very, very careful! Do your best at work! I can’t count how many times I rejected an applicant because of a bad review. There are only a few profiles with good ratings (my colleague, Lenz, has a really good review from her previous employer!) because most profiles don’t have any reviews (like mine). It’s safe to assume that the employers of the latter are also satisfied with their performance. Most of the time, it takes a really big mess up to provoke the employer to leave a negative review.

But there are also profiles with negative ratings. Some complain about plagiarism, while most are about the person’s bad work ethics. Yes, people, work ethics can be more important than skills! The thing is if you have a free profile, you can’t see these reviews. To be safe, be a good worker. Fulfil your obligations. Don’t leave an employer hanging, and be compassionate. It’s not that hard.

5. External Profiles

Whenever I encounter an interesting profile that I think is worth a second look, I always look for that person’s other profiles. Yes, that includes Facebook. The application is where he puts his best foot forward, but I want to see him in his “comfort zone.” You wouldn’t want to hire someone who picks fights or is full of negativity – or I may just be speaking for myself. I don’t want that on my team.

Profiles on other job sites, such as Upwork, is also valuable. For example, I had to reject an applicant because her profile on Online Jobs is so good, but there are negative reviews on her Upwork profile.

So because you’re looking for a job in the online world, be searchable – and take care of all of your profiles.

6. Application Letter (if applicable)

I know this is a nitpick, but I tend to ignore application letters that begin with Dear Sir/Madam or worse, To whom it may concern. People, you have access to the name of the job poster. You will see that when you click on “Apply for the job” – or whatever the “Apply” button says. 80% of the emails I received got my name right. I don’t see why you can’t edit your canned response to mention my name.

And speaking of canned response, don’t ever think that employers cannot recognise one. It’s so obvious. The best application letters are not the lengthy ones that detail your skills (although I sent a leeengthy one to my employer now – good thing it didn’t affect my chances haha). The best ones are those that are written with the exact requirements the employer wants. Does the job ad call for someone with a sense of humour (just like ours)? Tell me that you’re funny! Actually, I shortlisted the applications that paid attention to this requirement that we added! 😀

There you go; I hope I was able to help you! So edit, edit, and update your profile now. Be honest with your skills, and make sure you have good external profiles. Don’t use canned responses and pay attention to every requirement the client asks for. Most of all, do a good job!

Edit as of September 22, 2017

Before, an applicant used to be able to view the employer’s name when you apply for the job. Take a look at this application I sent to the company I’m currently with. I sent this on April 2015:

But it recently came to my attention that applicants aren’t able to do so anymore. I logged in to my personal profile and saw for myself that the employer’s name doesn’t appear when you apply for the project. With that said, don’t worry about using your employer’s name in the salutation of your application letter (unless he/she explicitly states it of course!). Still, never ever make it obvious that you’re sending the same application letter to a million job listings! 😀

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  • Reply Gerilen October 9, 2015 at 9:49 am

    I also want to try to work online kaso hindi ko pa kaya now because of my newborn, I will look this up again for reference. We also need to edit our profiles every now and then para always updated. 🙂

  • Reply Neri Ann October 9, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    I never tried Online Jobs Ph but reading ur tips makes me want to have an account too. I’ve been with Upwork for quite some time pero I don’t have long projects. Mahaba na ung isang buwan puro part time lang kasi sinusubukan ko.

  • Reply Charm Jumalon October 9, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    I only do petty online jobs and have not ever tried a real job. If only I have the skill in Photoshop, I would have tried my luck. ^-^

  • Reply Juvy Ann October 10, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Wonder tips mommy. This is really helpful.

  • Reply Nilyn Matugas October 10, 2015 at 6:46 am

    I don’t have an account sa onlinejobs but I have one in Upwork (formerly Odesk), and like you, it hasn’t been updated for a veeeery long time! hahaha!

  • Reply Mhaan Arambulo-Delos Santos October 10, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Thank you for sharing! At least I know what to do when I decide to be wahm in the future.

  • Reply Rowena Wendy Lei October 11, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    I didn’t know there’s a sort of Philippine version of O-Desk na pala…

    • Reply Maan October 12, 2015 at 6:28 am

      It’s old na actually. Been around before I started working. It’s also still foreigner-owned.

  • Reply MrsMartinez October 12, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    These tips are great! I hope it can help a lot of people who are looking for an online job.


  • Reply Kat Rodriguez October 12, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    I have an account at Odesk, I signed up when I considered working from home, pero hanggang sign up at create ng account lang, haha.

  • Reply dulce October 13, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Hi mommy maan..I’m glad I stumbled upon this post.been using onlinejobs na rin for 2 years.interested sana ako sa job ad but unfortunately I can’t do 8 hours 🙁 Anyway,very helpful post!

  • Reply Mommy Anna October 13, 2015 at 10:08 am

    I want to have an online part time job but still I dont where to start pa, I tried too sign up in Odesk but I forgot to update it. Maybe in the near future I can be a WAHM also

  • Reply sarah tirona October 13, 2015 at 10:41 am

    galing! i know a lot of people who wanna work online but have a hard time snagging jobs

  • Reply jem alvarado October 16, 2015 at 11:26 am

    These are smart tips! I am glad most work at home moms are sharing tips to help others in the nature of online works 🙂

  • Reply Kim @ Mom On Duty October 20, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    I need to start hiring employees for my company, too. I’m just dreading the flood of e-mails that will come with it!

  • Reply Shey December 12, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    I heartily agree. The company I represent now (the site above) hired me through It was my first attempt at an online job when I decided to give up my dayjob and be a fulltime work at home mom. 🙂 I’m very grateful that I’m still working for my first employer who is now a very good friend.

  • Reply jeanaris June 2, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    I have an account with upwork but haven’t land my first job huhuhu!.I create an account with’m hoping to land my first homebased job here..

    • Reply Maan June 2, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      God bless you!

  • Reply Jedep September 21, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Good day..I am a newbie in and I tried to check the names of the job posters to address them personally in my application, however, I haven’t seen one yet. Your number 6 suggestion kind of worried me since I have been addressing job posters/potential employees with generic salutations. And it made me realize that this must be one of the reasons I’m not getting any replies. Any tips as to where exactly I should check for the names of the job posters? Your response would be of great help. Thank you.

    • Reply Maan September 22, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      Hi Jedep! Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I just became aware that nowadays, most employers don’t post their name or email addresses anymore. I think this happened after the interface changed. In that case, unless the employer explicitly states his or her name, you don’t have anything to worry about!

  • Reply Ivy Gay Suelto October 26, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Hello, I am also a newbie in and haven’t got any client yet 🙁 maybe because I applied to all the jobs in the list where I think my skills fit. I am also thinking that other client may see it and that will affect my credibility?I also wanted to know how and where to check as to how many application I have already sent to clients and how to delete or manage it. Thank you!

    • Reply Maan October 27, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      Hi Ivy, no, an employer account shouldn’t be able to see your applications as far as I know. I think you can check the applications you’ve sent in your messages. Good luck!

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  • Reply Mika August 2, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    Is it true that they prefer to be addresses by their first name? They dont like to be called Sir or Maam? Medyo awkward kasi to send them email that starts with hello Jane! Or hello Mike! Nasanay tayo dito na laging Dear Sir Mike…

    • Reply Maan August 2, 2020 at 6:59 pm

      Hi Mika! Nice question. I never called any one of my bosses ma’am or sir because they prefer to be called by their first names. However, you can definitely call them sir or ma’am. If they don’t like being called such, they will tell you. 🙂

  • Reply be kind to one another September 17, 2020 at 1:51 am

    i have missed a few opportunity because of a negative review left on my olinejobsph profile. i was just hired by an employer and missed my first day of work for personal matters. the employer immediately cancelled my employment and left a negative feedback the next day. this reviews are completely hidden to job seekers and job seekers don’t have the right to reply or defend themselves. this i find unfair and gives me the impression that employers can leave any kind of review to jobseekers. although it was true that i missed a day of work i don’t think its enough for this kind of embarrassment i did not earn a single centavo from that employer. i was at bad situation that time and surrounded by negative influences. it has been 4 years but until now the negative review is still haunting me. 🙁

    • Reply Maan September 17, 2020 at 8:51 am

      Hello there! I feel for you. I knew someone who also had a negative comment on his profile, but his case was completely different from yours. What he did was make a new account altogether. Did you try contacting this former employer?

  • Reply joan peconcillo December 25, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    I love reading your blogs I’m into creating my blog this year 2021 about art and craft I’m also looking for an opportunity in an online job ph 🙂

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