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The bait and switch trick

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I read a lot of these threads on Dave’s where a recruiter informs the applicant of a great position only to be told later that the position was filled or canceled and they would place the applicant in a not-so-desirable position.  To be honest, I don’t know anyone that does this on purpose but that’s not to say that it doesn’t happen.

I want to discuss this because cancellations frequently happen with the schools that we work with.  Reasons vary from mis-forecasting enrollments, another instructor at the school taking over classes, instructor whose contract was up decided to stay on x amount of months or for another contract.  It sucks when this happens but for agencies, there’s very little recourse in terms of ‘forcing’ a school to accept someone they’ve already OK’d.

A GOOD agency/recruiter will not be a dick and try to place them in a shitty position.  We know it sucks, we know you’re pissed, so only an idiot recruiter will try to do this.  As a matter of fact, when this happens, we try to place them somewhere better than the first place so in the end the applicant may think, wow, glad that first gig fell through.

Now some of you may think that sending in documents before a job is secured is something that I won’t recommend.  But the truth is, our agency does this.  It’s simply a timeframe issue to process as many candidates as possible into our monthly slated positions.  However, I definitely don’t recommend sending your docs to anyone; obviously do your research first and have several phone calls/correspondence with the person/agency you’re dealing with.  Having said that, if you decide to go another route, simply ask for your documents back.  If he/she is not a prick, they will send it back via FedEx (our FedEx bill is astronomical by the way).  Petty recruiters may say that you must get a job through them and try to hold your documents blackmail.  If they do this, threaten legal action or just tell them that you won’t be coming to Korea after all.  Again, only a dumb recruiter will try to make something out of nothing anyways.

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Written by recruiterinkorea

December 16, 2009 at 9:30 pm

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Salaries of various professionals in Korea

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Interesting article from the Chosun Ilbo.  Tax accountants come out on top in terms of top earners.  Fresh grad salaries were touched on before.  I know a few English instructors who make 10 million+ but it’s usually seasonal work teaching AP classes.

Average salary around 2.04 but the average age of an employee was 43!  Still, those 5 mill plus guys piss me off!! HA

Tax Accountants Are Korea’s Top Earners

Tax accountants were the highest-paid professionals in Korea last year. According to figures announced Tuesday by the Korea Employment Information Service (KEIS) based on a survey of 100,000 people who landed jobs, the average monthly salary of a licensed tax accountant was W10.73 million (US$1=W1,162), the highest among 426 professions. The average salary of tax accountants rose from ninth place last year.

Managers in information and technology companies came second with monthly salaries totaling W8.86 million, followed by other business managers, who made W7.48 million on average. Managers at culture, arts, design or visual media companies came in fourth with W6.73 million, while airline pilots ranked fifth with W6.4 million. Lawyers, who ranked at the top of the pyramid last year, came in at sixth place this year with W6.23 million.

Park Sang-hyeon, a researcher at KEIS, said, “The reason tax accountants rose to the top of the rankings is that a lot of high-income, self-employed people were included in the latest survey and not because of a structural shift in the labor market.” If employers and self-employed people are excluded, then corporate managers lead the pack with W7.81 million. In second place are lawyers (W6.74 million), pilots (W6.53 million), managers at culture, arts and media companies (W6.23 million) and employees of financial or insurance companies (W6.23 million).

The average monthly pay of Korean workers stood at W2.04 million in 2008, while the average age was 43.4. The average worker was employed for 8.5 years and worked 49.3 hours a week.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 16, 2009 09:15 KST

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December 16, 2009 at 3:48 pm

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