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Choosing between 2 helpers

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    X-NYC mama is offline Registered User
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    Choosing between 2 helpers

    One is very experienced w/ Western families (10+) yrs vs the other who has 4 yrs of experience in Singapore with a Chinese employer. Their visa turnaround is the same 4-6 weeks. I hear the helpers with Western families tend to be spoiled (?). Please provide some perspective. This process is so confusing! How can you decide who to keep after just meeting them for a few minutes???

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    What I did was I asked them to try to work for me for a few hours like cooking, cleaning, ironing, whatever that I would like them to do the most if they are working for me. I can then decide whether I feel comfortable having them around my house, or if I am happy with the quality of the work, or whather I like their attitude, etc.

    Some of my friends even asked them to try a few times before making decision.

    Also, I spoke their employers before asking them to try. Please note that, not all ex-employers are honest in telling you whether the helper is good or not.

    However, things might not work out and we might still hired a wrong person...

    Good luck!

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    "I hear the helpers with Western families tend to be spoiled (sic)"

    What does this mean?

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    Have a read through this article written by Julie Jacobson

    http://www.geobaby.com/articles/prac...ring-a-helper/
    Founder of GeoBaby.Com

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    Thanks for the article - good read.

    Jane01, this info came from the agencies. Apparently Western employers are lax in their approach and offer many perks like 2x trips home in a year, etc to them. So, they come to you with similar expectations.

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    looking for new helper

    Hi all, I am looking for a new helper, pls help!

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    hi

    Quote Originally Posted by KC2006
    Hi all, I am looking for a new helper, pls help!


    hi ..
    i've sent u a pm pls check. thanks

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    Basically I would choose the one I liked the most. You will be spending a lot of time with this person. Actually, experience means nothing. Also, whatever she got from her old employer is now irrelevant, you need to wrtie down clearly what you expect from her and what you are offering, in terms of working hours, salary, holidays, accommodation, job duties, etc. Look at this website and the other one for some of the pitfalls.

    Back to my first point - for example, my first helper was miserable the whole time and it was horrible to be in the same room as her (v. experienced). My current helper is cheerful but never stops talking. Some helpers will sulk if they are expected to do more cleaning than childcare. Just go with your gut instinct.

    Good luck!

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