From time to time I share high paying job leads (they usually range between $15 to $150 per article) in online groups or in my Facebook feed. These job leads aren’t even the super high paying jobs (more than $200 per article), yet I sometimes get these types of responses:
- “Do they accept Filipinos?”
- “Baka naman pang US lang yan…”
- “Can Filipinos apply for this job?”
And this just breaks my heart.
Here’s why: they are disqualifying themselves from the very beginning.
I make sure that none of the job ads I share have location-based criteria like, “Must be in California” or “You must be a US resident”. And even if they didn’t know that about my selection process, IF they read the ads they would see that there was no location-based criteria on the ad.
Because you know what? Most clients don’t care where you are or what your nationality is. I’ve been freelancing online since 2003/2004, and do you know how many clients asked me about my nationality or location upfront?
ZERO. They did not care.
Sure, there were maybe 2 to 3 who emailed me “Hey, by the way, where are you from?” but they only did this after-the-fact and out of curiosity, or to settle timezone differences.
Second, strategic people know that criteria like location and nationality are just tiny details. They know that they are skilled at what they do - note that I said “skilled” and not “the best” - and that at the end of the day, this is what’s important. Nationality? Location? Gender? And even educational attainment? These things don’t matter if you are the one who can do the job.
If you’re skilled and reliable, especially if you have proof supporting this (testimonials, stats, etc.), you KNOW that it usually doesn’t matter where you are. If you’re the right fit for the client, the job is yours. It’s very difficult to find good candidates, why would a client disqualify you just because you live in another country? For most knowledge work, it doesn’t matter.
The worst thing that can happen when you apply is that they don’t accept overseas workers, they just forgot to put it in their ad. These are rare cases, though.
This means that your worst case scenario here is: they might disqualify your application, but will thank you for applying anyway. That’s not so bad!
What’s worse is if you disqualify yourself from the very beginning. If you think that just because you’re Filipino that disqualifies you from an opportunity, then you’ve already made sure 100% that you won’t get it.
So rather than asking “Can Filipinos apply for this job?” ask instead:
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