Dubai-based OFW John Kevin Reynante initially resigned last January thinking that he would find employment elsewhere immediately.
However, the former head of logistics at a general trading company realized the struggles of joblessness when the COVID-19 pandemic struck globally.
“Nagresign ako kasi gusto ko makahanap ng bagong trbaho, kaso hindi ko alam na may mangyayareng pandemya,” recalled Reynante.
From February until June, he devised several ways to make ends meet as he stayed jobless for five whole months in the UAE. “Nung una kala ko masaya ako kasi nakapag resign at makakahanap na agad ng trabahong bago kaso nagkaroon ng COVID at nagkaproblema sa paghahanap,” said Reynante.
He then found hope when a good friend told him to apply as a supervisor for a facility management company.
“Ni-refer ako ng friend ko sa kakilala niya at nakita naman na qualified ako. Ininterview ako tapos sa kabutihang palad naman ay nakapasok ako,” said Reynante.
Reynante hopes that fellow OFWs will remain persistent in finding jobs that fit their skillset stating that even if it seems that many companies are retrenching employees, there are also many more who have been actively hiring these days.
“Magpursigi lang sila sa pagapply kasi napakadaming naghihire ngayon kaht madami din nagtatanggal, based on my observations. Siguraduhin nila na ang CV nila is eyecatching sa employer. Make sure to follow up, attend lang ng walkins, at laging maghanap every hour – basta siyempre dapat with precaution pa din sa COVID-19,” advised Reynante.