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Undesirable candidates?

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Josh suggested that I post what recruiters think is an ‘undesirable candidate’. I’ve mentioned in many of my posts the types of candidates that piss recruiters off the most here, here, here, here, and here.

However, I’ll condense it here.

1. Unflexible candidates – I only want Gangnam, minimum 2.5, and a 3-bedroom apartment overlooking the Han. In times like this when recruiters have an abundance of candidates (many willing to go anywhere), you can be sure candidates like this will go the bottom of the priority list.

2. Candidates who think that they are the only person the recruiter is working with. Mint resumes mentions this in this posting and it bears so true for the industry here. First of all, we work for the schools. Secondly, we’re (at least I am) working with over a hundred candidates at any given time (sometimes much more). While we will try to address your questions/concerns, keep in mind that you’re not the only one.

3. Candidates who expect too many things/changes too far into the process. Before you commit to a position, ask the recruiter a lot of (reasonable) questions, ask the recruiter for contact info of a current instructor and ask them a bunch of questions too, and make sure that you are fully aware of and understand the contract and working conditions. Don’t say that you want to change locations when the visa is in process. This pretty much you have to start the process all over again if immigration opened your transcripts (you won’t get your criminal check back). This is just one example.

4. Candidates that expect you or the school to make changes to the working conditions and/or contract. If you don’t like the contract offered to you, just go to the next one. You can’t accept it and say ‘I only want to work from 9 to 5’ when the hours are 3 to 10. You can’t say that you only want to teach middle/high school when the contract calls for you to teach kindergarten. Where in the world can you ask for these provisions in a job? Sounds silly? You wouldn’t believe the number of candidates that try to pull this with me.

5. Candidates that put no effort into their resume and/or photo. I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll say it again. Sell yourself and make yourself desirable to be a sellable instructor! Spruce up your resume and take out all the garbage. Smile in your photo and put on some decent clothes. It’s very competitive right now so think of what you can do to make you look better than the next candidate. Don’t think for a minute that you’ll get a job instantly just because you speak English and have a degree.

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November 27, 2009 at 10:36 am

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Foreign Teachers Unenthusiastic Over Culture Course

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This may or may not be helpful but I have to wonder what is the real purpose of offering a course on culture.

If it’s a one day thing that gives unbiased insight into Korean culture, then I personally wouldn’t have a problem with it. However, it seems to imply that there will be several sessions.

Seriously, what are they going to teach at these things? Why late payments are okay because the school is losing a lot of students (ahh, but you must understand Korean culture!?). How about unreasonably long and useless meetings, extra classes, and pimping you to another school in your off time? (anything for you boss ’cause I want to work here forever!!). Unfortunately, instructors learn ‘Korean culture’ very quickly on their own when they go through injustices like this (not everyone but a lot) so perhaps the government is going to try to justify these ‘faults’ to save face.

Cho indicated that he is seeking programs that will help native English instructors better understand local culture and also improve their teaching skills.

How the hell is understanding the culture going to make you a better teacher?!? Money is better spent elsewhere. It should be up to the schools to offer a culture course (not courses) dealing with an unbiased perspective on Korean culture (like not blowing your nose in public, etc.) to ensure that the instructor has a basic idea of what to expect/not expect.

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November 27, 2009 at 9:59 am

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