Recruiter In Korea

The Honest Truth About Recruiting in Korea

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.


Written by recruiterinkorea

December 16, 2009 at 9:30 pm

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  1. The majority of recruiters just don’t bother with such tricks – the internet makes their reputation pretty visible to everyone. It would be the death of their contact list…


    December 17, 2009 at 5:37 am

    • You haven’t met the recruiters here in Korea. It’s a totally different breed. Most of these guys are living paycheque to paycheque (that is if they even get a paycheque at all). Definitely don’t see the big picture.


      December 17, 2009 at 11:30 am

  2. Thanks for the wake-up call. Companies can’t expect good results if they don’t pay their recruiters decently. If it doesn’t benefit everyone, it’s not really sustainable.


    December 17, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    • Absolutely right. But keep in mind that most recruiters are working freelance here so not placing means not eating. That’s why they tend to get a little ruthless. Great blog by the way; enjoy it immensely!


      December 17, 2009 at 5:38 pm

  3. This happened to me once. I thanked the recruiter for their time and turned down the second job, asking them to get in touch if anything better came up. The guy started to get angry. He claimed that I’d already agreed to work with him, I can’t look elsewhere, etcetera. He even claimed that he’d call other recruiters and warn them about me. Bit shocked by all this, but I guess it happens often enough.


    December 17, 2009 at 10:45 pm

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