Recruiter In Korea

The Honest Truth About Recruiting in Korea

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HT to Jim for leaving a comment regarding the post on the economy and the effects on recruiting/the ESL industry in Korea.  He left a link from ESL Daily that substantiates the hardships of landing a decent teaching gig these days.  Check out the cool study they did using an ideal applicant.

Which leads me to this:  We know that not everyone is a supermodel but when sending in your pic, use good judgement.  Extreme close-ups are a definite no-no.  A friendly looking smile is always a huge plus, and photos with children (nephews, nieces, younger siblings) show that you work well with children.  Since you’re being hired before the employer meets you, the photo is extremely important.

Sending in a random, bad photo shows that the applicant has poor judgement.  Some of the poor examples over the past years:

– photos with a cigarette in mouth or hand

– photos at a club/party obviously shitfaced

– photos with the applicant wearing sunglasses

– photo with a bong clearly in the background

– photo topless (it was a guy at the beach…)

What were they thinking?!?!  It only takes a couple of minutes to snap a decent photo.  Put some time and effort into it and it will definitely help your application.


Written by recruiterinkorea

November 1, 2009 at 9:39 pm

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  1. “A photo with a bong clearly in the background”. This just can’t be. Say it aint so Mr. Recruiter!! That goes way beyond bad judgement.


    January 11, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    • I kid you not. I would post it here but don’t want to deal with any headaches if the guy complains. I’m from Canada eh so I’m pretty certain it was a bong. It was pretty big too and half-filled with water. And believe me, he wasn’t wearing a shirt and tie in the picture. It was quite obvious what he was up to.

      Most mobile phones have cameras on them. If the best picture you have is with a bong, take a self-photo with your phone. Takes a minute to upload.


      January 11, 2010 at 3:35 pm

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