Working Abroad: How to Deal with Illegal Recruiters

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Working Abroad: How to Deal with Illegal Recruiters

MANILA, Philippines - The promise of greener pastures in USA, Australia, Canada, UAE, Japan, etc. is what encourages hardworking Juan dela Cruz to pursue overseas employment. However, application for a job overseas is not as easy as A-B-C.Granting there is already an opportunity for one to work out of the country, there is still a series of procedures to follow. Such procedures are not only cumbersome but costly and time-consuming as well, so applicants seek help from immigration consultants that promise immediate departure. Unfortunately, many applicants just end up being victimized by illegal recruiters. To avoid becoming victims, here are some tips from Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.How to avoid illegal recruitment* Do not apply at recruitment agencies not licensed by POEA.

* Do not deal with licensed agencies without job orders.

* Do not deal with any person who is not an authorized representative of a licensed agency.

* Do not transact business outside the registered address of the agency. If recruitment is conducted in the province, check if the agency has a provincial recruitment authority.

* Do not pay more than the allowed placement fee. It should be equivalent to one month salary, exclusive of documentation and processing costs.

* Do not pay any placement fee unless you have a valid employment contract and an official receipt.

* Do not be enticed by ads or brochures requiring you to reply to a Post Office (P.O.) Box, and to enclose payment for processing of papers.

* Do not deal with training centers and travel agencies, which promise overseas employment.

* Do not accept a tourist visa.

* Do not deal with fixers. Tips to job applicants using the internet in job search* Read the entirety of the website.

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