As the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc on different countries, companies try to shift into a new way of employing people through the work from the home set-up, until the new demands of the ‘new normal’ becomes standardized.
With this new working arrangement, employers allow employees to work at their own pace and space, without the need to report physically to the office. This set-up provides a reasonable reason for employees to stay flexible due to the restrictions in physical interaction between individuals.
The implementation of telecommuting is an excellent way to address the need for staying at home amidst the pandemic. With employers following this kind of arrangement, it is expected that the economy can go on with secured employees that can oversee the operations.
But what exactly is telecommuting or a remote job? Here is a simplified answer for you.
Remote Job vs. Freelancing Defined
A remote job is mostly dependent on the nature of the company’s business. Yet, in a nutshell, it means working outside of the office. However, it is different from freelance work because a remote job means you are still connected with a company with a working contract. This kind of arrangement gives you either a full-time or part-time position, depending on the need as cited by your employer. Take note that some companies still require employees to show up in the office a few hours a day or a couple of days a week, so you must also be open to those possibilities.
On the other hand, freelancing is more about you looking for the job. You go to platforms where people looking for freelancers are available. They post a job, and when you think it is something you can do, you apply for it, follow the interview process, take the exams, and then sign the contract, if you are lucky to pass the whole application process.
If you are one of those lucky employees that are given a chance to work from home, keep it up, and make sure you still abide by the rules set by your employer. Otherwise, if you are unemployed right now and are looking for a job, try applying for the following online job opportunities.
1. Project Manager
Project managers are usually people with a degree in business or engineering and keen attention to detail. The ideal candidate should also be well-versed in cost analysis and has excellent interpersonal skills for dealing with vendors and contractors.
A project manager oversees the execution of a project from start to finish. They ensure that all elements are working and within the desired time frame and budget.
2. Digital Marketing Manager
Digital marketing managers are computer science graduates with a mastery of SEO tools and analytics. He or she can produce timely and top-notch content for the web and can spearhead lead generation.
A digital marketing manager creates and develops strategies for promoting a website, brand, or business online. They are knowledgeable in web analytics, content creation, search engine optimization (SEO), social media, email marketing, pay per click, lead generation, and more.
3. Web Content Manager/Editor
For a web content manager/editor position, one needs to have excellent writing and editing skills, with the native English-level proficiency, both oral and written, at an advanced level. He or she should be able to manage deadlines and handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Those who are familiar with digital marketing and SEO is a plus.
A content manager or editor works hand-in-hand with writers and other personnel whose main task is to produce content for the client. They evaluate, design, and oversee the development of material that will be used. The content editor ensures the top-notch quality of content being produced. The usual work is to check grammar and style errors and make sure it is readable and tailor-fit to the target audience. Sometimes, they should also generate the content plan to ensure that the content writers are on track.
4. Client Services Specialist
This role requires candidates to have a business or marketing degree with strong management and client-relationship skills, plus excellent account management skills.
Once onboard, he or she spearheads and leads teams in communicating with existing and potential clients. They also need to maintain good relations and develop more connections while also managing sales teams and handling escalations. Moreover, a client services specialist acts as the chief point person for the company’s contacts abroad.
5. Business Analyst
A business analyst is a graduate of a business or engineering degree with excellent verbal and written skills. He or she should be knowledgeable in solving problems and issues. The ideal candidate for the role should improve and develop current processes through research and feedback and must have strong knowledge in MS Excel, including Pivot Tables, VLOOKUP, and VBA.
A business analyst serves as the business specialist capable of handling complex issues. Creates solutions by analyzing, documenting, and developing processes to improve and maintain business workflow.
6. Software and Systems Engineer
Most software and systems engineers are graduates in computer science or related courses. They are also well-versed with Multiple Coding Language and can analyze Complex Technical Information. They are also experts in computer science, software engineering, IT, and Networking systems.
They create and develop software through the use of engineering principles and programming code. They also manage and maintain network control systems and databases. On the other hand, a systems engineer task is to provide technical issues around processes that the company runs. They keep and manage all systems, which include installation, testing, operation of both software and hardware support.
7. Technical Writer
A technical writer has a degree in computer science or engineering. The candidate has strong writing skills and working knowledge of Office-based suites and is familiar with Java, CSS, and HTML.
Being a technical writer does not mean creating thousands of user manuals and guides. Instead, it is about presenting intricate technical details in an easy to understand manner. Sometimes, they also make tutorials and guides to aid better understanding and visualization.
8. Quality Analyst
If you want to pursue a role as a quality analyst, you need to have a business or technical degree with a strong working knowledge of software QA methodologies, tools, and processes.
A quality analyst or QA review and check for errors for products and services. They develop and follow steps and processes to ensure that all produced goods and services meet the company and industry standards.
9. Web Designer and Developer
A web designer and developer creates and designs websites. They are classified into two types: Front-End & Back-end Developer. Front-end developers focus on the design, while back-end developers are more into the coding part of web design (databases, logic, problem-solving, etc.).
10. Marketing Specialist
A marketing specialist has a degree in Marketing with excellent verbal and written skills. Expertise in using social media and other outlets to promote content is also a plus.
A marketing specialist researches current trends and expands social influence for clients locally and abroad. He or she is also responsible for creating programs and campaigns to ensure the success of the client’s products or services.
11. Video Producer/Editor
Video producers are responsible for creating and editing videos, animations, and images for distribution across social media platforms, websites, etc. They are proficient in using popular video editing programs like Adobe Premiere, After Effects, and Final Cut.
A video producer/editor is responsible for the shooting, assembling, and editing video footage to have a product ready for viewing and broadcast. They are efficient in using editing software such as Adobe Premiere and After Effects. They should also have a creative side to generate ideas that will best capture the content being promoted.
12. Web Content/Copy Writer
Most web content or copywriters have an excellent command of the English language, both oral and written. They also can research and create engaging copy for various forms of media and are familiar with internet marketing, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), or web development.
The pen is always mightier than the sword. A writer leverages the power of words to write persuasive and compelling written content that will engage and draw interest from readers. The content created is used to capture the audience’s attention and convert it to sales. The modern copywriter or web writer must be versatile in writing engaging content for client websites, blogs, email campaigns, video scripts, social media, and newsletters.
13. Virtual Assistant
Practically, anyone can become a virtual assistant. The usual requirement is to have at least a High School diploma. You should have superior organizational and interpersonal skills, an excellent command of English, both written and spoken, and must be Internet and computer savvy.
Being a VA is one of the most in-demand jobs in the Philippines. VAs are responsible for providing all sorts of services to clients such as social media marketing, e-commerce, web design, email, managing calendars, setting appointments, etc.
14. Customer Service Representatives
CSRs have strong English communication skills, can provide solutions to customer inquiries or concerns, and fulfill customer expectations in a manner that complies with policies, practices, and procedures.
CSR agents’ primary role is to provide timely and appropriate answers to customer inquiries. They answer calls and email inquiries from customers. Their expertise depends on the line of business they are catering for, such as technical support, billing, customer support, product specialization, etc.
15. ESL Tutor
Most ESL tutors have superb English communication skills, both written and spoken. They should be enthusiastic about online education and a passion for helping individuals improve their lives through learning, strong teaching ability, and an academic mindset, plus a degree in Education or Teaching.
ESL teaching is one of the most in-demand jobs from home, too, in the country, with most of Filipino teachers teaching students of varied nationalities such as Chinese, Japanese, and South Koreans. They teach these international students to read, write, and converse in English.
16. Sales Account Executive
Salespeople usually finished a business degree. They have strong salesmanship skills, master communicator with emphasis on managing client accounts and maintaining relationships, and are also useful in numerical skills for presenting sales reports.
The central role of the sales account executive is to generate new clients. They usually make phone calls to potential customers and do on-site visits to meet the clients.
17. Graphic Artist/Designer
Graphic designers have finished multimedia or Fine Arts degrees. They are skilled in Adobe Photoshop and other Graphic design software. They can practically do photo manipulation/edit, typography, illustration, logo design, motion graphics, UI/UX, and other multimedia content.
Graphic designers use software and digital tools to design, create, and develop visual concepts. Their outputs are usually used for magazines, advertisements, digital media, brochures, and many more.
18. Human Resources Manager
When working as an HR, you need strong leadership, organizational, and people management skills. The candidate should have a bachelor’s degree in Business, Management, Psychology, and other related courses.
A human resource manager serves as an administrator of the organization. Their main tasks include recruiting new staff, interviewing, and hiring applicants.
Accountants and bookkeepers have bachelor’s degrees in Finance, Accountancy, and Banking. Moreover, they should have relevant work experience in financial accounting.
CPAs analyze financial records and reports to ensure that budgets, tax returns, and assets meet the company’s targets and are efficiently executed. On the other hand, bookkeepers are in charge of the company’s general ledger - the book that contains transactions like debits and credits. They can also create financial statements and other related reports that the company needs.
20. SEO Specialist
SEO specialists have excellent research, organizational, and analytical skills. They are proficient in using web-based tools such as Google Analytics, Search Console, Google Tag Manager, and more. Also, they have a firm grasp of how web searches and search engine optimization work.
An SEO Specialist is tasked with analyzing a website’s performance. They are knowledgeable about how search results work and always apply the necessary optimization to improve the web search ranking.
21. Podcast Editor
A podcast editor is responsible for overseeing the overall podcast pre and post productions. The ideal candidate will be given the chance to create exciting and engaging podcasts, giving listeners a unique experience. He or she should work efficiently and effectively collaborate with the internal team members.
22. Data Entry Specialist
An entry-level or junior data entry specialist’ job is to enter data into databases quickly and accurately. Sometimes, the role also entails them to take orders from customers and enter the order details into a tracking system for faster processing.
These are only some of the home-based jobs available these days that can help you earn enough money despite the ongoing economic downturn caused by the pandemic. Be innovative and proactive in seeking opportunities. Remember that the best chance to advance your career may come only once. You should be ready at all times.
Where to look for online job opportunities?
Searching for an online work can be tedious and time consuming, especially when it comes to finding the right client. Most Filipino freelancers look for clients via platforms like Upwork, OnlineJobs.ph, LinkedIn, Fiverr, and even the traditional job sites in the country like Mynimo, Jobstreet, and Indeed. Aside from this, some job seekers resort to joining Facebook groups that have a community of existing Filipino freelancers. Through these groups, members share their freelancing journeys and give useful tips to all aspiring freelancers. Also, some of the members post job vacancies from their respective clients or companies and encourage those who are actively looking for a job to apply.
Most remote jobs can also be found on these websites, but most of them are common in LinkedIn or the companies’ official Facebook pages, and freelancer groups. Upwork is popular with freelancers because most international clients use this to look for the perfect candidate they need. To get started, you need to have a working Upwork account and some “connects” to send proposals to selected clients. The client will review your proposal and if you are a good fit, you will have to take tests (optional) and attend the interview. If you nail this, congratulations! You are now employed!
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