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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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Written by recruiterinkorea

November 27, 2009 at 10:36 am

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  1. […] want to stir the pot and create havoc for something that never happened.  Perhaps they’re disgruntled or just have a chip on their shoulder.  I know that lots of these guys have a severe lack of self-awareness, but in the case that you do […]

  2. […] a lot of times, it’s the applicant’s initial email or the following correspondence that turns the recruiter/school off.  Now by no means am I saying that above email sender was being a like the latter; in fact, […]

  3. […] for teaching positions in Korea, be on your best behaviour.  If you’re an average or less than desirable candidate, expect to be passed over for someone that will take the application more […]

  4. […] are looking for in an instructor.  I’ve mentioned before what candidates should not do before the application, during the application, and after getting a […]

  5. […] agree with most of it, especially the part about rudeness (as I’ve mentioned many times before), but not wholly on the part of ‘recruiting polygamy’ (I love that term!).  Maybe […]

  6. […] leave a comment » This ESL Cafe thread made me laugh.  I talked about this issue before here and here. […]

  7. […] hate this say this but if you really want to sell yourself, you should try to ‘neutralize’ your accent during an interview.  I know a lot of […]

  8. […] necessarily mean that all hope is lost.  In fact, I’m hoping that this will weed out the undesirables and ‘abnormals’ as schools/recruiters become more pickier.  This has definitely been […]

  9. […] all valid but let’s go through the ones that are particularly important to not be seen as an undesirable candidate which should also supplement this […]

  10. […] unemployment rate increases in the U.S. (currently at 9.5%), jobs in Korea will definitely become more competitive.  Teaching jobs will always be plentiful in Korea, regardless of the economy.  I would love to […]

  11. […] not picky about location, it will definitely help your cause as well and make yourself as un-undesirable as possible.  Send your resumes to as many recruiters as possible (commit recruiter polygamy!).  […]


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