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How to land a job in the US!!!

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  1. Timn8ter

    Timn8ter DI Forum Adept

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    I'm reading a book right now that puts the "U.S. job market vs. the global job market" into perspective.
    The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman
    Highly recommended, especially if you have kids.
     
  2. RHB

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    Here is the job situation in the U.S. and its trending for the future.

    Good paying industrial jobs are disappearing. so called hi tech jobs, promise to absorb some of the retrained factory workers, but few will make the transition. Executive positions, sales, marketing, production management in industry will be hotly competed for by college graduates from the U.S.

    sectors of growth in employment areas of particular interest to Filipinos:

    Nursing, because not only are Americans getting older and sicker, but nursing schools can not keep adequate number of instructors on staff to teach due to the lucrative pay in the private sector. Talk about catch 22.

    affordable care givers, and alternative for middle income families to care for aging baby boomer parents. Residential Skilled Nursing care is extremely expensive.

    Teachers, This varies greatly by state and local area, but areas like las vegas, many inner cities, and some very rural settings are having trouble recruiting staff. Oddly, the state teacher colleges and universities are cranking out teacher certification candidates in record numbers in some areas of the U.S.

    Child care givers( as a sub catagory) as two income families are neccessary in the shrinking American economy.

    Servants for wealthy Americans, not sure what qualifications would be best.

    If I were a Philippine citizen looking to work in the U.S. I would first identify what regions of the U.S. are in need of a particular skill. Decide if you can live in an area with out any other Filipinos, otherwise you will be at once limited to major metropolitan areas. Then if you can get to that point, figure out how to give yourself an advantage over the thousands of other applicants for visas. Perhaps an additional degree.
    For example A care giver with a two year nursing degree on top of the care giver certification.

    Having a family member legally in the U.S. helps, Having a sponsor of some sort of course would help. marrying a foreigner does not gaurantee you anything.

    Oh and speak fluent vernacular English. Very important. Here in Negros that is a big issue, the schools do not emphasise that enough. I know many so called college grads that have poor English speaking skills. Yes they read and write well, but verbal communication is the key.
     
  3. Timn8ter

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    And for those still young enough to be considering higher education; focus on math, science and engineering. Not just for jobs in the U.S. but globally. Forget law. The world has too many lawyers already.
    I've recently begun watching the China News Hour being broadcast by CCTV which is in English (no more subtitles). They were announcing a government sponsored English Speaking Contest. I found that very interesting.
     
  4. pickled_newt

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    Thnks dum ,yeah seem secured when married than when not ,only a mental state though. Can't think of being left as single elderly lady and childless , can't rely on relatives either ,as I admit I am NOT from close knit filipino extended family ...we don't have those close extended family ties ,it's like idya-idya style between relatives , not like the typical filipino families , must be very lonely if relying in sort of kinship ,nice to have my own kiddies and see them grow and be gran,lol, love to be someday ,following the cycle

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    But here is one qoute from a source (sorry this is going off topic now).


    Can Marriage Help You Live Longer?
    by Krisha McCoy, MS
    En Español (Spanish Version)


    Research shows that marriage contributes to good health, and people who are healthier tend to live longer. Married men and women are less likely to have drinking problems, commit suicide, and develop mental problems. They also tend to eat more healthfully and exercise more frequently. What is it about marriage that leads to a longer, healthier life? Is marriage a means to achieving better health?
    Men, Marriage, and Mortality
    Some researchers suggest that the health benefits of marriage are stronger for men than women. A study published in the American Journal of Sociology found that 88% of married men live to the age of 65, while only 63% of never-married men, 65% of divorced men, and 69% of widowed men live to that age. The marriage benefit was not as substantial for women in this study: it found that 92% of married, 81% of never-married, 82% of divorced, and 90% of widowed women live to the age of 65.
    The reason for this discrepancy isn’t entirely clear, but some researchers think it’s partly because single men are more likely than single women to engage in risky behavior—fast driving, skydiving, and binge drinking, for example. Also, women are more likely than men to have a strong social network, whether or not they are married, and social support is associated with better health and a longer life.
    The Health Benefits of Marriage
    The reason that married people tend to be healthier and live longer than unmarried people is complex and not fully understood. Some researchers point to the “marriage protection hypothesis,” which attributes the health benefits of marriage to the social, psychological, economic, and environmental effects of marriage. Others theorize that healthy people are simply more likely to get married. But most researchers fall somewhere in between: they believe that, while it is true that healthy people may be more likely to get married, marriage itself is associated with certain health benefits that can increase your chances of living a long, healthy life.
    Just living with someone can be good for your health. People who live with a spouse—or anyone else, for that matter—have a better chance of getting care in times of illness. Also, spouses tend to promote healthful behaviors and discourage unhealthful ones, making married people more likely to eat healthfully and exercise, and less likely to smoke and excessively drink.
    Another reason married men and women tend to live longer has to do with money. Married couples tend to have higher incomes, save more, and get more Social Security when they retire than unmarried individuals. Studies have shown that wealthier people have more access to healthcare and information, and are less likely to smoke, drink, eat poorly, and be sedentary.
    Good Versus Bad Marriages
    So, does just being married mean you will be healthier and live longer? Recent studies say that it depends on whether your marriage is good or bad. Research has shown that while a good marriage may offer health benefits, a bad marriage can actually be detrimental to your health.
    A study in the December 11, 2000 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine found that staying in a bad marriage was associated with increased blood pressure, while a good marriage was associated with decreased blood pressure. Another study in the September 2003 issue of Health Psychology found that, compared to women who reported satisfying marriages, women who were dissatisfied with their marriages were more likely to develop cardiovascular risk factors over time. These studies indicate that marital stress and dissatisfaction can put you at risk for adverse health outcomes.
    Do You Need to Be Married to Be Healthy?
    If you are married or are planning on becoming married, the best advice is to choose wisely when deciding who you want to spend your life with and work hard to make your marriage a strong one. If you aren’t married, you can still practice good health habits. Eat well, get plenty of exercise, keep tabs on your health, and build a strong, supportive social network.
    Can Marriage Help You Live Longer? ; Seattle Washington WA
     
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    hello Archon-
    u are very funny...but being in the states is also not an asy life. we do everything here...no helpers or yaya to help. though we are well compensated. if u are afraid of needles and blood..etc, and of course army is a no no..hmmm, i guess ur best bet is to marry a US citizen ha.
     
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    hello sweetnurse, can u recommend me to any chick u know? hahaha :D nah, marrying a US citizen maybe my last option. i know dis days we have to be practical but i still have a little pride of myself, that's my problem. aside marrying a US citizen, what might be a possible option for me in your opinion?:smile:
     
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    archon go to boracay, you might meet a rich widow, a lot of middle aged english women go to jamaica and gambia, the same as men go to thailand and here in P.I quiet a few have got married to beach guys in those places, and end up losing there house and more, the success rate for middle aged western ladies is less than the men in my experience. the old saying you can't buy love , mostly holds true. I think a man has a much better chance of finding a genuine lady here in the P.I that is loyal and loving, less so in thailand I think. anyway archon you seem a nice guy my cousin is coming over from the U.K shortly if you were nearer I would introduce you to her. of course I would want a introduction fee archon!!! only kidding my friend ahh ahh
     
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    Thanks for the complement eddy. Im sure that ur cousin is a nice person. I wudn't mind if ur gonna introduce me..hehe.. tnx eddy!

    God Bless! :smile:
     
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    Maybe US not for you!!!

    Hey Archon,
    Have you considered applying for a job in another country aside from the US? I tell you, the process would take you years. Although the US visa bulletin would show a current status for employment-related applications, the backlog goes back several years, as i have been told. And not to discourage you, sweetnurse is correct when she said that being in the States is not an easy life. You pay all sorts of taxes, insurance right and left and the cost of living is high - besides the fact that you have to do all the chores that back in the Philippines you take for granted because there are houseboys or helpers to do them. Them nurses get good pay so they are not complaining as loudly as the others.
     
  10. pickled_newt

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    I think it's the same as everywhere in the west ,they don't put so much credit on education achieved in other countries esp ranking the 3rd world like for instance the Philippines. You have to top it up to their acceptable standards or start again and it's a lot of work involve but the way to get in and be competitive,otherwise one will be only as close desposable labour force and it will all be living on minimum wage limit.The growing problem is, job qualifications the west are more specialized ,while the philippines degree courses on offer are too broad.I've meet a pinay lady who earned masters back in PI ,yet can't land a job as fairly descent to her educational level , so desparate to get one she did bare it all up starting at Mcdonalds.

    Also not all degree qualifications always get high paying job prospects .Similar to what eddy said about a plummer getting £1000/wk can be true.Infact many issues of teachers and university science professors underpaid than a hands on plummer or a builder. A train driver earns lot more than an D grade nurse in london, hard facts.
     
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