Recruiter In Korea

The Honest Truth About Recruiting in Korea

10 Things That You Should Know About The Instructor Recruiting Industry In Korea

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Okay, some of these things are obvious but some may be something new to you guys.  Again, any feedback or rebuttal is welcome.  Please keep in mind that this is not absolutely reflective of all agencies (including mine) but could be said of the industry in general.  This is not in any specific order.

1.  Good agencies offer a guarantee period to the schools they work with; if an instructor is terminated or runs away within 3 months, the next instructor is free.  What does this mean to instructors?  Basically, it means that a recruiting won’t cut off contact with you after you arrive and they receive the recruiting fee.

2.  Good agencies do not work with bad schools.  Good agencies do their research, visit schools, speak to current instructors, etc.  This leads to the next point.

3.  Good agencies think long term.  Rather than dropping a load of bullshit on a potential candidate just for them to sign the contract and send their visa documents and thus receive the recruiting fee, a good recruiter/agency provides as much possible information to the candidate and to the potential employer before they make a commitment.  Rather than trying to make a quick buck by any means possible, it’s always best that both parties are satisfied and that the instructor will complete the contract.  Happy instructors also provide good references^^.  Yes, recruiting agencies are businesses and we are looking to make money (the truth finally comes out!!).  But to be in this business for a long time, you have to think long term.

4.  There is no perfect position in Korea! There is no school in Korea that will offer a first-time instructor 3+million KRW per month with all the benefits, a luxury apartment, 20 teaching hours per week, the most ideal location, and 2 months paid vacation.  Trust me I’ve seen a lot of positions and none offered the above.  If making a lot of money is important to you, you will likely work a lot  of hours and have little vacation.  If traveling and having a lot of free time is important to you, then you will have to sacrifice a fat paycheque.  A good recruiter will try to meet all your needs as best as possible but it’s difficult to have everything that you want.

5.  Flexible candidates are given first priority and are easier to work with than demanding/inflexible ones (well duh).  The more you give your recruiter to work with, the easier it is for them to put you in an ideal position.  To be honest, candidates that are assholes on the phone and/or are unreasonably picky/demanding go to the bottom of the list.

6.  A good agency will not move forward with an application of an asshole candidate.  This goes in line with #2.  Why would we send a prick to a good school?!  They would likely find someone else to work with no?

7.  A good agency is not a ‘referral’ agency.  A referral simply passes on a resume they received to a school (sometimes without even calling the candidate).  A good agency provides as much information as possible to both parties (candidate and school), guides candidate through the visa process, and provides support after the candidate arrives in Korea and starts working.

8.  You should never, ever pay a recruiting agency a dime for finding you a position.  They get paid by the school you are placed at since they’re providing the school the service.  I think some idiots still think that instructors pay the recruiter (which is probably why recruiters have a shitty reputation).  There was actually a post on ESL Cafe about a dude complaining about it but I think it’s been deleted.

9.  Believe it or not not all recruiters make a commission or fee for placing an instructor.  Most large agencies simply pay recruiters a set salary as a regular (full benefits) employee.  Of course the agency will receive a fee per recruit.  Being that it is a performance-based job, you can’t just sit there and not recruit and expect to keep your job for long.

10.  Some things are simply out of our control.  One prime example is the issuance of the visa code.  Sometimes we get it in time and sometimes it takes weeks.  We can only press the employer to get an update from the immigration office (it’s out of the school’s control as well).  Please have patience with the system.

Well, that’s all I have for now; I’ll add more later.

Written by recruiterinkorea

October 31, 2009 at 7:18 am

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