I have been working in the Software Testing field (Manual and Automation) for 8 years now and would like to start finding a job abroad anywhere except for the gulf countries.
I have a passport but no visa to any country as yet. I been Googling best consultants in Chennai for work abroad and also using sites like sulekha. I did find a few consultants through them. But the problem is when I rank them or visited them in person they all asked me to pay a deposit of 10K-25K INR. I am quite not sure about this because I have heard a few cases (and even read online in various forums) where the consultants first get you a job and when you are placed they will take an agreed percent from your salary for the agreed number of months. I do not mind paying an upfront fee but I do not want to be scammed.
So, what are the things I should look out for when applying to these consultancies? Also, if you can "suggest" (and not just give me a list because list of consultancies are there in Google anyway), me some reputed consultancies that has experience in finding people job abroad then please let me know.
Any guidance, please? I do not know which way to go but seriously want to work abroad. Are there any genuine consultants out there? I dont really want to give them thousands of rupees before I get placed.
Help me out guys!