Working overseas: getting help once you get there

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Last week, we talked about how to find 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.

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