For those with busy lifestyles, hiring a foreign live-in housekeeper can make life somewhat easier. Kids, family, work, and school can run you down, especially if you have to cook and clean for everyone. According to Liz Pullman Weston, on average, two weekly sessions is not only a great way to never scrub a toilet again, but is extremely cost effective at only $30 to $70 per week. Moreover, hiring a foreign live-in housekeeper has the added benefit of familiarizing your household with another culture. Nonetheless, like hiring any worker that will have access to your home, ensure that your experience is positive, fluid and safe.
Place help wanted ads. Place ads in newspapers and in culturally diverse areas. This is the best way to get speedy responses from various potential employees. List your requirements in the ad to reach those who are qualified versus many unqualified applicants.
Obtain a referral. If the idea of placing an ad in the paper to random strangers does not sit well with you, opt for a referral from a family member or friend who has experience with foreign housekeepers. This will give you an opportunity to hire someone who is reputable and reliable based upon the experience of others.
Interview each potential employee. The interview process should consist of a serious one-on-one conversation entailing expectations, capabilities, experience, salary and benefits. Have potential employees provide a resume and references. This helps you determine if they are able to meet your needs.
Verify information. After the interview process is over, you will need to verify all information including references and background. The last thing that you want is a stranger with a questionable background in your home with access to your children or family members and valuable items. Background checks can be obtained at your local police station for a small fee, while a reference check usually only requires a brief phone call.
If a language barrier exists, hire a translator or brush up on your foreign language skills.
Ask permission to place ads in cultural markets like foreign-based retail and grocery stores to reach your target audience.
David Arnold became a freelance writer in 2004. He has worked as a phlebotomist and world traveler for more than 8 years, accruing a wide range of medical and travel knowledge. David enjoys writing about travel, DIY projects and health related topics. He attends the University of Missouri St. Louis and South Western Illinois College in pursuit of a nursing degree.