Working overseas: getting help once you get there

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Last week, we talked about how to find href="/Career/1826/ITW2649/">overseas job opportunities. And now that you have your dream job in Paris, you
must face the facts -- you don't know the culture, or even how to find an apartment.
Don't fret: you can get help from your employer, private relocation agencies, and local
governments.

When Ronn Wiehler was sent to Paris by his employer, InfoVista, a provider of
performance-monitoring software, he made use of Executive Relocations, a relocation
agency that InfoVista provided. "[Executive Relocations] handled the whole
bureaucracy and paper chase," said Wiehler. "They help you set up all your utilities
and establish a bank account, and all the kind of everyday things that you take for
granted at home. I can call them every day and ask for assistance -- which is
particularly helpful when dealing with a small child."

A company that moves an employee overseas will have to pay for transportation, and
may offer some temporary assistance with rent. The relocation agency won't break most
companies -- Wiehler said InfoVista paid about $3,500 for Executive Relocations's three-
month package.

Dr. Klaus Peter Schorer, executive manager for the Baden-W

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