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Carnie
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Domestic helpers

Post by Carnie » Mon, 03 Nov 2008 10:55 am

We're moving to Singapore the beginning of January and need some advice about hiring a helper. I know it's ideal to find a helper via friends or recommendations but are there also good agencies who could help you out with finding the right person? We'll visit Singapore twice for orientation the next couple of weeks and it would be nice to start interviewing. Thanks!

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Post by Callalily » Sat, 15 Nov 2008 9:13 pm

Hi

I had a very bad experience taking on board a recommended maid who was absolutely rubbish!! She eventually left and I got a helper through an agency. I used 2 agencies and went to the agencies on sundays and interviewed until I found my current helper. She is absolutely fantastic. I would strongly advise you to go through an agency rather than recommendation. I interviewed about 20 girls and I persevered until I found the one I thought would be most suitable to our circumstances. Also, make sure you phone the employers (current or previous) for references. I was very surprised at how honest employers were. I had 4 phone references and so glad I did because 3 didn't get hired!
Best of luck, don't rush things. I rushed and ended up with a nightmare situation.
Lily :)

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Post by road.not.taken » Sun, 16 Nov 2008 7:10 am

If your company is offering an orientation (good for them by the way), are they also providing a club membership by any chance or at least a tour? I have a feeling there will be lots and lots of maids available in the coming months as people transfer out of Singapore when they are 'downsized'. Often times notices will end up on the bulletin board of clubs or in school newsletters. There is no magic formula for hiring a maid, but a recommendation I think, along with interviews, references and of course your 'gut instinct' is the best. Check the boards at clubs if you can and tune your ear to word of mouth, let people know you are looking. Lots of expats leaving Singapore in the next few months, you should be able to find someone fairly easily. Good luck. :)

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