From the Midwest redneck author of "The Rooster Crows at 4am!," "Lizard Poop!," and "The Philippines Expat Advisor"
April Finds a Job at SM City in Iloilo
My niece April has found a job at SM City in Iloilo. April and Michelle, twin sisters, moved in with us around a month ago. She has been searching online for employment opportunities in Iloilo City and had submitted job applications online to different businesses.
Michelle and April both passed initial interviews at a local call center, SPI Global, a couple of weeks ago. They were advised they would be called in for further testing and more interviews, but have heard not yet received a call back from the call center.
April also passed another "job" interview at a business located near Robinsons in downtown Iloilo. She went back last week to get her orientation schedule. As she left to catch a jeepney for the ride downtown, I was informed that my niece, who calls me "Dad," had to pay a P250 fee for her orientation materials. I was furious! This smacked of a scam to me, and I expressed my extreme displeasure at this to no avail.
April was to report for job training this past Wednesday for her paid orientation. In the interim she heard from the assistant Human Resources manager at the SM Department Store who scheduled her for an interview this past Monday for a Customer Sales Associate position.
Twenty people went in for the interview. She was one of only five people hired. My niece is to report on August 1 to receive her list of pre-employment paperwork needed, and will be assigned to her new job in the Philippines this August or September.
Her wages will be P265 a day, approximately six US dollars, the standard minimum rate for the Western Visayas region. There is no payment necessary from SM for any orientation materials. This is a legitimate job offer. April went back to receive a refund on her orientation fee from the other company and was told to come back this Friday. We'll see if she receives it. I have my doubts.
I told April that I'm quite proud of her. I admire her intiative. Both her sister and Michelle are doing a great job at helping out around the house. My asawa, their Tita (Aunt) and I both appreciate it.
Don't know yet if April will be a temporary employee on a five-month contract as most of the SM employees in our area are, but any income she brings in will be helpful. We just expect her to help pay for her food out of her salary.
We are not charging her any rent out of her meager salary or expect her to help support us. My spouse and I are both happy for her. She'll be 19 next week, and we plan to visit Raymen Beach in Guimaras next month to celebrate the twin's birthdays.
I know she will need a barangay and police clearance along with an employment clearance from the National Bureau of Investigation, NBI, office in Iloilo City. She has already gone to the local Social Security office to obtain her necessary E1 form.
More details on her job as they become available but I know April is excited to begin her new career. Remember your first job? Our niece will have her own spending money and is planning to save some of her salary and put it aside to further her college education. She's on the right road and we're extremely happy for her and wish her the best.