Unkempt and Job Hunting II

Posted by Abdel Kadz on Friday, May 09, 2008 with 5 comments
Earlier today, I went to two of the recruitment agencies whose job openings and addresses I found on poea.gov.ph and workabroad.ph. Having a work schedule now that’s from 12:00 to 9:00 pm, I’m not used to waking early than usual; I kick myself out of bed around 10:00 already and leave for work by 11:00. But today, I was already up and about as early as 7:00 and was readying my resumes and credentials to submit to the agencies.

I left at around 9:00 because according to this one agency’s ad on workabroad, their employer interview would run until the 9th, which is today. When I arrived at their office, I said that I am applying for a staff physical therapist in KSA. What was supposed to be a two-day employer interview was curtailed to one, yesterday, and they could no longer accommodate my application. The only thing they could do now was to email my documents to the employer, so I just went about the usual process of filling out the application form and attaching my CV. I asked if I could already leave, but their personnel said that I have to undergo a screening process, some initial interview to verify the data found in my documents. This Arab guy interviewed me and divulged that the employer is still in the country, billeted in a hotel nearby. He said that I should come by later in the afternoon, around 3:30-4:00, and I might still be interviewed. They’d be reaching me through text messaging if the interview pushes through as they’d wait if some more PTs would turn up inquiring about the job. I checked my phone time and again in the office, but I did not receive anything from them. Probably the vacancy has already been filled up.

The next agency I went to was specifically looking for Muslim PTs. They didn’t have employer interviews, but since I was in the area, I decided just to drop by and submit my documents for man pooling. I still underwent a screening process with their Arab boss. He asked how much my asking salary is and I said this blah-blah amount. He, in turn, asked if I’m willing to go lower. I said “probably.” What I was asking was way lower than the standard PT salary in the Middle East, but right now, I just want a PT job for experience. I don’t know what the next process would be as I just left because I was already running late for work. Maybe they’d be giving me a callback when the employer comes.

Ooh, and I went to the interviews with my scruffy-looking self. Didn't get a chance to go to the barbers and have my semi-long locks trimmed. I just garbed on a polo shirt to at least look decent-like. I wonder what those Arab guys thought. He-he.