Wednesday, July 9, 2014

How to Apply in Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

(Credit: Ramon FVelasquez)
You have decided to work for the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). In fact, you already have your eyes set on a particular position.

You're ready to apply. That's what you think. 

Before sending in that curriculum vitae, ask yourself the following questions:
  1. Are you a Filipino citizen?
  2. Do meet, or exceed, the minimum requirements of the position you are applying for? 
  3. Did you answer properly and completely the BSP application forms?
  4. Did you specify what position you are applying for, the name of the department/office of the job vacancy and the position key? 
  5. Will you be able to send in your application on or before the deadline (10 calendar days from publication date)? 
You should be able to answer all the questions above with a resounding "Yes". Otherwise, the BSP will not entertain your application (there goes all your effort).

Where should you send your application?
The BSP accepts applications via mail or you can choose to apply online (more in the next section). If you choose to send in your applications via mail, make sure to address it the following:
Recruitment and Examination Division
Human Resource Management Department
Room 104, Ground Floor, 5-Storey Building
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
1004 Malate, Manila
Don't forget to include your curriculum vitae (CV)! 

Can you apply online?
For tech savvy job applicants, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas now accepts applications via their online recruitment portal (click here). Applicants need to register to be able to apply to BSP vacant positions listed on the site. To register, simply fill up the required details, enter the right captcha code and agree to the terms.

Useful Activities to Do While You Wait
Your application went through smoothly. Congratulations!

But now what do you do? Wait. 

Waiting can be tough. You'd feel anxious and  probably have long, sleepless nights. 

So to help you weather through the oftentimes long wait for a response from the BSP, here are a couple of activities you can do:
  • Prepare the following documents: 
    • Original and 2 photocopies of your (a) Transcript of Records, (b) diploma and (c) Civil Service Eligibility and/or Board Rating Certificate
    • Copies of Updated Resume
    • Pictures (Passport-size with white background)
    • Certificate/s of Employment with Duties & Responsibilities
    • Certificate/s of Trainings/Seminars taken
    • NSO copy of Birth Certificate
    • Marriage Contract (if applicable)
    • NBI, Police and Barangay clearances.
These documents should be on hand and ready once the BSP requests for them.
  • Continue your job hunting. 
There's no rule that says you can't, right? This will give you a cushion in case your application in the BSP gets rejected. In addition, it will also help you measure how in demand your educational background, skill sets and training are in the current job market. 
  • Participate in seminars or trainings relevant to your career or industry.
Did you recently saw a seminar regarding updates or new trends in your industry? Why don't you attend? Or what about that training on a new skill you believe would be useful in your career? Why don't you participate?

Attending seminars and participating in trainings is a very good way to use your time. You can update your existing knowledge and/or brush up on skills or learn new ones. 
  • Volunteer
Has a calamity struck residents of a municipality nearby? Why don't you volunteer to help them? There are a number of organizations you can join to contribute money, goods, time and effort to.
  • Have a new hobby
Have you always wanted to read that new book? Or watch that new movie? Why don't you go for it?

A Piece of Advice
Before applying in the BSP, or in any position elsewhere, ask yourself if it is in line with your career path. Does the job fit in with your short-term, as well as long-term, road to career success?

If so, then by all means send in that application immediately.

But if you're doubtful about the opportunity, take a step back and examine the vacant position against your chosen career path. The following questions will help you decide if it is the right opportunity for you to take:

  • Does the position challenge me?
  • Does the position offer opportunities for growth and development?
  • Will the position help me achieve my short-term and long-term career goals?


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