How to Avoid Illegal Recruiters

When you are looking for a job abroad, make an effort to deal with reputable placement agencies. You want to make sure that there is a job waiting for you when you leave the country.

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Unfortunately, there are plenty of shady individuals that are out to take advantage of job seekers. Don’t deal with these people so you will not waste your time and money.

Disclaimer: The information posted here is based on the personal experiences shared by the OFW in the video. Please let this post serve as a guide only. If you have specific questions, you may ask the OFW by commenting on their video on their accounts.

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8 Tips on How to Be Safe from Illegal Recruiters

Dealing with illegal recruiters is probably one of the challenges you will face as you look for a job abroad. It is better if you never encounter them.

In this YouTube video from Jayson Siose Vlog channel, you will learn about the different ways that you can avoid transacting with illegal recruiters. Here are some words of wisdom from our kababayan:

  1. Make sure that the placement agency has a license to operate. The agency should also have POEA accreditation.
  2. Check if the agency has a job order for the job opportunity being advertised. The job order is from the foreign employer to be endorsed to POEA.
  3. Do not deal with unauthorized people. If you will transact with anyone at the agency, you could check for identification so you will know that they are employees.
  4. Do not meet outside the office. Even if you are transacting with an employee from the placement agency, you should meet at the confines of the office. Do not agree to meet at another location so you can submit your requirements.
  5. Do not entertain people charging a slightly higher fee in exchange for a job. The usual placement fee is equivalent to one month’s salary abroad. If you choose to transact with this kind of individual, you might never see that person again. You might as well say goodbye to your money.
  6. Do not accept a tourist visa with your job offer. You are going abroad, so you need a work visa. Check your contract to make sure that you have the right kind of visa. You do not want to encounter any problems if you carry a tourist visa as you start your job.
  7. Do not answer job placements posted on Facebook.
  8. Stay away from fixers. These kinds of individuals are the ones who will offer to do the transaction for you. Do not deal with fixers because you can process the requirements yourself. You will even save on further expenses when you do so.

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These are a few ways to avoid trusting an illegal recruiter. After all, they might not be able to help you when you need assistance abroad.

By dealing with reputable companies, you are assured of getting an actual job abroad. You will also get the correct salary as mentioned in the contract.

You can ask a trusted friend or family member for recommendations on which placement agency to choose. And you should also do some research on the company’s background to know more.

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