Wednesday, March 24, 2010

How To Avoid Illegal Recruitment

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has come up with some tips on how to prevent illegal recruitment:

1. Do not apply at recruitment agencies not licensed by POEA;
2. Do not deal with licensed agencies without job orders;
3. Do not deal with any person who is not an authorized representative of a licensed agency;
4. 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;
5. Do not pay more than the allowed placement fee. It should be equivalent to one-month salary, exclusive of documentation and processing costs;
6. Do not pay any placement fee unless you have a valid employment contract and an official receipt;
7. 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;
8. Do not deal with training centers and travel agencies, which promise overseas employment;
9. Do not accept a tourist visa;
10. Do not deal with fixers.

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