Thailand is one of the countries Filipinos want to work for and become an OFW. One of the reasons is that it is our neighboring country. Applying for work in Thailand is also accessible to Filipinos as long as you are qualified for the job.
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In Thailand, finding work is not too difficult. Compared to other nations around the world, living costs are significantly lower. You’ll find work after just a few days if you’re persistent and not picky. It’s also among the top nations for retirees to live in. Working part-time jobs can help you find additional sources of income if you want to earn more money. Thailand is a lovely and secure place to live. People were able to travel anywhere in the world because Thailand is a popular international tourist destination.
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An applicant must be at least 23 years old, physically and mentally fit, and at least a high school graduate. He/ she must not have any criminal records.
How to Search for DMW Jobs in Thailand
Here is a comprehensive guide on how to search for DMW jobs in Thailand.
I. Know your Options
You must know your options on entering Thailand. There are different kinds of visas to avail. The visa you choose must be according to your reason for visiting Thailand. The following are the various visas in Thailand.
Thailand Tourist Visa (TR) is issued to the tourists who wish to visit Thailand for holiday and sightseeing purposes. A 30 or 60-day stay is allowed when you have this visa. An extension of 30 days is allowed.
Thailand Student Visa is for students who are willing to do a part-time job while they study in the country (EDUCATION (Non-immigrant “ED” Visa).
Thailand Working Visa is required by foreign workers or expatriates who wish to work in Thailand.
BUSINESS (Non-immigrant “B” Visa) is for employing or conducting business with a Thai company.
MARRIAGE (Non-immigrant “O” Visa) is granted to a spouse of a Thai national that has an income of 40,000 THB or 400,000 THB in the bank.
RETIREMENT (Non-immigrant “O” or “OA” Visa) is granted to a 50-year-old or older that has a 65,000 BHT pension or 800,000 BHT in the bank.
DEPENDENT/GUARDIAN “O” is for dependent or close relatives of foreign nationals with valid non-immigrant visas. It is also for a Thai child’s guardian or close family members of a foreign student’s child.
After you have chosen a visa that suits your purpose of going to Thailand, then, it is time to do a job search.
II. Job Search
Job searching is done online nowadays. Almost everything is done online nowadays. So, it will not be hard for you nor be a hassle for you to find a job in Thailand from the Philippines. There are many job portals that you can access to find a job. Here are the three online job portals that have job offers in Thailand.
This website is the most known to Filipinos since it is a trusted government website. This website shows the latest approved job orders by position, country, and agency. To search for jobs on this website, read the following steps:
1. Click the link above or you can search the keyword “DMW” in your browser.
2. You will be led to this page. Enter “Thailand” in the search box. Make sure that you selected ‘Job Site’ on the left of the search box. Click the ‘Search’ button.
3. You will be shown job offer results in Thailand.
If you want to work in international development, ThaiNGO is a great place to start. This website is always being updated with new opportunities, from simple unpaid internships to very important jobs.
You can also show your interest by getting in touch with the recruiters who posted the jobs if you know how to do so. To search for jobs on this website, see the steps below.
1. Click the link above or you can search for ‘ThaiNGO’ in your browser. You will be brought to their website. It looks like this.
2. Then, on the search bar, you can enter the job that you are looking for and press ‘Submit’. In this, I will search for a ‘Teacher’ position.
3. You will be shown search results based on the job that you entered.
This website is a local website and the site’s language is Thai. You have the option to translate it into English. This website has salary filters that enable jobseekers to hide job offers that don’t offer enough. You can see the salary if it is disclosed (which is rarely) or an open offer next to a job title. To start searching for a job, follow the steps below.
1. Click the link above or you can search ‘JobTopGun’ on your browser. This site looks like this. Select ‘EN’ beside ‘TH’ in a circle to translate it into English.
2. The site in English looks like this. The ones with the red arrow need to be filled in.
For this case, I put ‘Teacher’ on the position, ‘Elementary’ in keywords, ‘Bangkok’ in the work area, and ‘Education’ in the job field. And hit ‘Search’.
3. And here are the job results.
After you find the job offer that you wanted, contact the agency or the employer. If you secure a job offer and they wanted you to work for them, then, it is time to prepare your documents and apply for a visa
II I. Apply for Visa
To apply for a visa in Thailand, follow the steps below.
1. Get in touch with the local Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate.
Contacting a Thai Embassy or Consulate should be your first move when beginning the visa application process for Thailand. Typically, you should apply to the local embassy or consulate.
However, suppose there isn’t a Thai representation in your nation. In that case, you might need to apply to a Thai embassy or consulate abroad or through a visa application service.
To find out how to schedule an appointment, about their business hours, working days, and the preferred method of paying the visa fee, you must contact them or visit their website.
2. Prepare the Needed Documents for a Visa to Thailand
Depending on why you’re traveling to Thailand, there are specific documents you’ll need to provide. But each applicant must possess:
- a passport with at least two blank visa pages and a minimum remaining validity of six months
- a return ticket demonstrating your intention to depart the country when your visa expires
- Thai visa application form that has been completed and signed
- two current passport photos
- evidence of having enough money to last the duration of your stay; payment of Thailand visa fee
Since it depends on the particular embassy or consulate in each country, there is sadly no standard procedure for submitting Thailand visa applications for all nationals.
3. Submitting a Visa Application for Thailand
You can submit the visa application in one of two ways, depending on the embassy or consulate you’re applying through:
- On the day of your appointment, face-to-face
- By mail, in which case you must also include a stamped, self-addressed envelope so the embassy can send your passport back to you with the visa inside.
4. Thailand’s Processing Time for Visas
Once more, the diplomatic representative office where you apply will determine how quickly your Thai visa will be processed. While some claim to process it in just two working days, others might need more time. However, from the time the embassy or consulate receives your complete application, you should plan on waiting for about 5 to 10 working days while your Thai visa is processed. Therefore, be sure to apply well in advance of the departure date.
5. Getting a Visa for Thailand
You must return to the embassy or consulate to pick up your passport and other documents after your Thailand visa application has been processed. They will be mailed back to you if you applied by mail.
The visa will be attached to your passport if your application was accepted
IVI. Preparation for Going to Thailand
After you send in your visa application, you can start making plans for your move to Thailand. Here are some of the things you should do:
Thai people often wear jeans, but those who don’t like the heat might feel better in fabrics like linen or light cotton. You can also wear skirts, shirts, and dresses that aren’t too revealing. Because it’s hot, you should stay away from things like polyester.
Know your host country
Learn Thai language, their traditions and beliefs, as well as the do’s and don’ts in Thailand as a respect. So, here are some do’s and don’ts when you are in Thailand.
1. Remove your shoes.
People in Thailand, like people in other Asian countries, think that their feet are dirty and not holy. Before entering a house, temple, and even some restaurants, shops, and offices, people remove their shoes. A pile of shoes or slippers in front of one of these places is a good sign that you can’t wear shoes inside.
2. Get dressed right
Thai people tend to dress modestly, and showing too much skin is seen as rude. This is very important when going to temples. Before going into a Thai temple, you must follow the rules and wear clothes that cover your shoulders and knees. The clothes should be as formal as possible.
If you think it’s too hot to cover up in Thailand, there are markets where you can buy loose, light clothes that are culturally appropriate.
3. Answer with a wai.
The Thai bow is called a wai, which is pronounced: “why.” It’s how Thai people usually greet each other and say hello. When you get one, you should always give one back. Thai people think it is rude to not return a wai.
To wai correctly, you should put your hands together in front of your chest and make sure your fingers are pointing up. Then bend your head until your nose touches your index fingers. The wai isn’t just used to say hello. It can also be used to say sorry, thank you, or goodbye.
4. Honor the monks
Thailand is full of monks, and you should always treat them with the utmost respect. When you meet one, you should always bow, and you should never ask too many personal questions. Put the thing you want to give them in front of them instead of handing it to them.
Around monks, women must be careful because they are not permitted to touch or even brush up against their robes.
5. Use a spoon
In Thailand, you should use a spoon and fork to eat. You should hold the spoon in your right hand and the fork in your left. The fork should never go in your mouth. It should only be used to move food to the spoon.
1. Avoid disrespecting Thailand’s royal family
The royal family and the king are highly revered by the Thai people. You risk getting sent to prison if you insult, denigrate, or disparage the king or his likeness.
2. Avoid touching the heads of others
You should never touch a person’s head or hair in Thailand because the head is considered the highest and most sacred part of the body. This includes brushing children’s hair. Never step over someone who is sitting or sleeping on the ground or lift your feet above their head.
3. Avoid pointing
In Thailand, as in many other nations, pointing at someone is impolite and inappropriate. As an alternative, tilt your head to the person you’re pointing at. Raise your arm horizontally and wave your hand up and down to signal someone to approach you. It’s generally acceptable to point at animals and inanimate objects, though it’s preferable to use your entire hand rather than just your index finger.
4. Avoid making foot motions.
Particularly when you’re pointing at Buddha statues inside and outside of temples, pointing with your feet is just as impolite as pointing with your fingers. Don’t put your feet on top of tables or chairs because that is considered to be very dirty, and you should also avoid showing the bottom of your feet.
5. Avoid disrespecting their religion
You should respect the status and representations of the Buddha because Buddhism is the dominant religion in Thailand. It is illegal and highly offensive to climb on Buddha statues inside temples. Taking Buddha images outside of the country without special authorization is also prohibited.
Learn their language
Learn basic greetings and conversation in Thai so that it will be easy to you if you needed to ask about something. It will be easier for you to communicate as well as to work in Thailand if you know their language.
Convert enough Philippine peso to Thai Baht before you leave the Philippines.
Make plans ahead of time for where you will stay
It can be challenging to find a place to stay on short notice, especially if you don’t want to book an expensive hotel room. Therefore, do your research and make a long-term residential reservation in advance.
V. Arrival in Thailand
Keep in mind the do’s and don’ts in Thailand and the reason why you wanted to work in Thailand. Congratulations and enjoy your stay in Thailand.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some FAQs to help you out.
1. Can you work in Thailand without speaking Thai?
No. You might land a job with a bilingual company where Thai and English are spoken.
2. Can I work in Thailand without a degree?
Trust me, there are quite a lot of those in Thailand. Even though the official answer is “no, you can’t get a work permit without a degree,” many agencies have been able to get them for their teachers. Teachers at government schools in the middle of nowhere have sometimes had no trouble.
3. Can I work in Thailand on a tourist visa?
Thai law says that tourists can’t work there. If they want to, they need to have their visa changed to a Non-Immigrant B Visa. This is the type of visa that is usually given to foreigners who want to do business or work in Thailand. It can be used once every 90 days or more than once in a year.
4. Can I teach English in Thailand with no degree?
Thai law says that tourists can’t work there. If they want to, they need to have their visa changed to a Non-Immigrant B Visa. This is the type of visa that is usually given to foreigners who want to do business or work in Thailand. It can be used once every 90 days or more than once a year.
5. Do you need sponsorship to work in Thailand?
All people from outside of Thailand who want to work there need a non-immigrant visa and a work permit.
It is indeed hard to find a job in Thailand, but it will all be worth it once you are already working in Thailand. Hope this article helps you in finding jobs in Thailand.