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Saturday, October 07, 2017

Wants to Work Abroad? Here are 10 Signs of Illegal Recruitment and How to Avoid Being a Victim

Working abroad is a tough choice. We all know it is not easy to leave our loved one behind and see them physically once or twice a year because of works nature while in other countries.

Applying for jobs abroad also need money to process your passport, documents, medical exams and other requirements. This is why it is important that an applicant abroad you are applying in legit recruitment agencies and not with scammers.

Scammers are everywhere nowadays especially on the internet where fake job vacancies spreading like a wildfire.

With this, it is important to know on how to spot or avoid illegal recruitment.

While Applying for Job abroad, here are things to remember:

1. Apply only through POEA-licenced recruitment agencies

2. Make sure the agency has an authorized representative

3. Check the registered office address of recruitment agencies.

4. Double-check if the job offer is POEA approved

5. Always remember that the recruitment fee or placement fee is only equal to one month salary and should be paid after employment contract is signed. Always demand an official receipt on whatever you are paying.

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When applying for a job abroad, avoid the following:

1. Jobs found on the internet that requires "immediate payment" to secure application.

2. Job ads and brochures requiring payments to a post office (PO)box.

3. Offers to work abroad through tourist visa. Legal job offers and provides authentic work visas.


When applying for a job abroad, always be vigilant for illegal recruiters or scammers. Here are some "signs" of illegal recruitment:

1. The recruitment agency is not licensed and not authorized by the POEA.

2. The recruitment agency is asking for placement or other fees but cannot issue an official receipt.

3. Promise faster deployment trough tourist visa. Always remember that through tourist visa, you cannot legally work in your host country.

4. Claims that POEA processing fee is not needed. Usually, the recruiter claims direct contact with employer abroad.

5. Requires medical and training certificate without guaranteed employment

6. Conduct recruitment activities in mall, restaurants, houses. Agencies cannot recruit outside a registered business address.

7. Charges over one month's salary for recruitment fees.

8. Incomplete and unclear information on job placement

9. False employment contract and or working visa. All job order must be approved by POEA.

10. Ask for referrals in exchange for discounts on fees.

If you have doubts about the recruitment agencies where you are applying for a job abroad, you can check on this link from POEA.