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EMPLOYMENT SERVICES and CAREER COUNSELING
Most career counseling contracts do not guarantee specific employment, despite any verbal assurances. In evaluating these services, make sure a clear explanation of fees, the time period
of the contract, services to be performed, client obligations and any guarantee or refund provisions are in writing. Do not sign a
contract under pressure and be skeptical of exaggerated claims of success or salaries.

If you are considering using the services of an overseas employment company, find out exactly what services will be provided and at what cost. Is the ocmpany offering only a list of companies which do business overseas, a list of job openings, or actual job placement?

Ask the company what percentage of applicants actually get a job. No employment firm can really guarantee that you will find employment; therefore, you should get any oral promises, as
well as refund policy and the necessary steps to take to obtain a refund, in writing.

Check with the Texas Department of Labor or Attorney General's office to see if the company is properly licensed to do business in your
state. It is also a good idea to call or write to the consulate of the countries in which you want to live to learn about regulations
concerning foreigners working in those countries.

Here's a checklist:

1) ASK FOR REFERENCES - request names of employers and employees the agency has found jobs for

2) CHECK OUT THEIR RELIABILITY - Contact the BBB in that area, as well as the Attorney General's office

3) AVOID firms that operate solely via telephone or mail

4) GET ALL PROMISES IN WRITING before you pay for anything

5) MAKE CERTAIN THE JOB ACTUALLY EXISTS before you pay to 'hold' a position for you

6) CHECK WITH THE EMBASSY OF THE COUNTRY to make sure that as a citizen of another country, you can work there

7) ASK IF YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A REFUND if the leads do not work out for any reason and get the details of the refund policy in
writing.
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