Step 1: Finding The Job

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There are several ways to get started in the job hunting process. The most common method is to use one of the three government programs (EPIK, GEPIK, and SMOE).

However, I choose a different path. I used a recruiting agency, and I loved the experience.
I have lived in Korea before, therefore I knew that I wanted to live in Seoul. With the government programs you can request placement in Seoul, but it is not guaranteed and jobs in Seoul are VERY competitive. Considering that I had no experience, I thought my chances of getting a government job in Seoul were slim.

10168051_850238214991664_378787908_nI used the agency, JobHunt Korea (JobHunt Korea). I stumbled upon their website and e-mailed my resume with no expectations. Just a few days later I was contacted by them requesting to set up a Skype interview. During the interview he asked about my experiences tutoring English, experiences living in Korea, and asked where I wanted to work. He told me to make a video about 3 minutes long about myself, my experiences, and just general information about myself to send to potential employers. He provided an example video for me to reference.

After I finished my video, he instructed me to look on their Facebook page (JobHunt Korea Facebook) at a list of job positions currently open and their information. I was able to see location, salary, benefits, and more (see the example below). I chose the jobs that seemed right for me, and he sent off my resume and video to those schools.

Job Positions Example:

No. VK09BGG

– Location: Youngtong, Gyunggido (Suwon)
– Starting Date: ASAP
– Number of positions: 1
– Type of school: Private Kindergarden
– Teaching level: Kindy to elementary
– Working hours: 9:00am to 6:00 pm
– Salary: Starting from 2.1 mil. + (depend on qualification and teaching experience)
– Free housing provided
– ne way airfare ticket provided
– Medical insurance (50%), National Pension (50%)
– Severance pay after complete 1 yr. contract
– Paid vacation (10 days per year)
Application: resume@jobhuntkorea.com

Within a week I had been offered two interviews. The recruiter arranged a Skype interview with the head teacher, which I passed. Then the recruiter arranged a final interview with the school principal. I was offered the job during the final interview. The recruiter immediately sent me the contract and gave me a list of documents for my visa application.

JobHunt Korea was extremely professional, and quickly responded to my questions via e-mail. There walked me through every step of the process and even messaged me the day before I left for Korea. I arranged to have a friend pick me up at the airport, and he even personally called my friend to explain where my work is and how I can get there. I was extremely pleased and he helped the complicated process seem easier.

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