How to avoid online recruitment scams

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 18)— Job hunting need not stay within Philippine shores, but how can Filipinos avoid falling for overseas employment scams?

CNN Philippines talked to Philippine Overseas Employment Administrator (POEA) Administrator Bernard Olalia on how to stay safe while searching for overseas jobs.

Here's what he had to say on how to avoid fake job offers online:

1) Personally meet with recruiters.

The POEA chief warned against going for offers that seem too good to be true. That's why it's better to meet with recruiters offline, to better gauge the offer.

"Do not negotiate or transact online, do it face-to-face," Olalia said. He added that job seekers should make sure that they're talking to authorized, licensed agencies.

2) Sign employment contract before paying.

"Do not immediately pay. Pirmahan muna ang employment contract bago mag-bayad. Once may employment contract, for sure meron na kayong tinatawag na working visa," Olalia said.

[Translation: Sign the employment contract first before paying for anything. If you have an employment contract, for sure you already have a working visa.]

He added that having a work visa is a good sign that you're legitimately employed abroad.

3) Check with POEA if the recruitment agency is legitimate.

Job seekers can search the POEA website to check if the recruitment agency is legitimate. The POEA also has a list of registered job orders.

When in doubt, people can call the POEA hotline at 722-11-44 or 722-11-55.