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Multiple offers, 1 position, and timing

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This is in response to Tom but will give you guys further insight:

As a recruiter is there a specific time when there is a huge crunch to find people at the last minute. I imagine people have multiple offers going and hold out until they get the one they want most. So, if I have all my documentation in order (background check, transcripts, diploma, etc.) so I could potentially leave at a moments notice (minus the visa interview at the consulate of course) do I have a chance at landing a job that would better than usual or be beyond my qualifications? Something like a lower tier university gig that usually requires a masters degree, but wants a warm body ASAP because someone backed out. Or a cushy corporate position or choice public school job. Etc.. When is this magical time, if it exists?

Schools typically request instructors 2 to 3 months in advance. The conservative timeline from the time an offer is made to the time a body is in the classroom is about 2 months. Of course it can be usually shorter than this if docs are collected quickly and the visa is processed quickly but we always have to have that leeway in case something goes wrong (which happens often!).

First of all, it’s in extremely bad form to offer multiple candidates the same position and hold off until the school finds someone they like. Unfortunately many schools/recruiters practice this at the expense of instructors. If your visa is taking unusually long, this may be the case for you (being on the backburner). A reputable recruiter doesn’t do this but if she/he is smart, of course there will be backups for positions in case someone drops out. On the other hand, instructors do this as well (send out multiple applications to various jobs). My colleagues will hate me for saying this, but THIS IS OKAY. It would be downright stupid if you applied to one job at a time. Apply to a bunch, some may call back, some may not but take the one that best suits your needs.

That being said, there won’t be a single job that will satisfy all your requirements. Make a list of the top 3 things you want (salary over xxx, location in or near xxx, hours, etc). I say if a job gets 2 of those requirements, take it (obviously after you do research, talk to current instructors, etc). I wouldn’t hold out too long for the perfect position, because it’s going to be tough to find.

Finally, there is no ‘magic time’ for landing a great position. Actually, I lied. There is, but no one (recruiters or schools) know when it is. It’s all just luck pretty much. It’s something that you shouldn’t wrap your head around too much:)

Written by recruiterinkorea

November 19, 2009 at 10:44 am

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  1. Damn. I was hoping for a some secret insider information. haha.

    This visa process, why does it take so long? If I have everything ready to go on my end, and I can get to the interview within a day or two’s notice, then how long should it take realistically? Don’t tell me that the Korean gov’t hasn’t figured a way to streamline this process considering how many people come over.


    November 19, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    • You can get a general idea of the time line here. Why does it take so long? Government bureaucracy! But it is honestly because of the number of applications. Some places take one day, Seoul takes at least 2 weeks and often much longer.


      November 19, 2009 at 2:18 pm

      • It figures. Gov’t offices are the same everywhere. Does your company recruit for just private schools or do you do public as well? I applied to GEPIK, what are they going to ask me during the interview, if I get accepted?


        November 19, 2009 at 2:42 pm

      • maybe that’s another post idea. Questions and answers during the interview.


        November 19, 2009 at 2:42 pm

      • One more thing. When my visa starts getting processed I am locked in to that employer, correct? So once I send in all my information I cannot back out and go with another employer. If I am applying for a few jobs (as you recommended) when can I back out and not mess up my visa for the job I am holding out for?


        November 20, 2009 at 11:33 am

      • You can’t process more than one E-2 visa at a time. So if you want to pursue a new position, you would need to get the current position to cancel the visa application. It’s still good to show interest in more than one job but once you submit your visa docs, that’s when you should be making a solid commitment. If something else comes up, just politely ask for your documents back (by law they must give it back). However, if they already submitted them to immigration, you would likely need to get new transcripts and a new criminal check as immigration opens the transcripts and usually do not give criminal checks back.


        November 20, 2009 at 2:21 pm

  2. […] remember advising that you send off your resume to as many recruiters as possible.  You know what?  Axe that.  […]

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