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Things not to do after you get a job

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With the number of applicants that we’re receiving, it’s inevitable that there will be more than a handful of numbnuts who absolutely get under my skin, before, during, and upon being placed at their respective job.  Most of you know by now that I won’t even consider a candidate who doesn’t take the application seriously or read the advertisement properly or sends in a silly photo with their resume.  I would normally drop a candidate if they start acting funny during the application, depending on the situation.  Since there is an abundance of applicants applying 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 seriously.

Okay, so that’s just the application process.  What really pisses me off though are the candidates that apply, agree to the terms, sign the contract, send their visa docs, get the code, get the visa, fly in, and then start complaining about the terms and conditions that they agreed upon!!!!!  This not only reeks of unprofessionalism but utter stupidity.  Please do your research before you 100% commit to a position.  In my opinion, the ‘commitment’ starts at the signed contract submitted with visa documents stage.  That pretty much means that you are taking the job (but I’m not saying that you cannot back out if something really goes sour).

Of course things can go south with the school such as terms changing or you getting really shitty housing.  In those cases, you have every right to bitch and complain.  But I’m not talking about that.  What I’m talking about are guys that come over and bitch about their pay, hours, etc., that was already agreed upon via a signed contract!  You’re just creating a bad situation/image of yourself to your school and coworkers.

Even if you find a better gig, the best/honourable thing to do is to finish out your contract if you’re not getting screwed over.  However, bear in mind that you likely won’t be surprised once you arrive in Korea that there are a ton of better positions out here as long as you do thorough research from home.

Written by recruiterinkorea

January 15, 2010 at 3:29 pm

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  1. I have another question for you. I feel uneasy hitting you up for questions on a regular basis. It seems difficult to get “correct” answers in the realm of Korean ESL. Anyway, here goes: Is it “normal”, in the public sector, for a candidate to be accepted for a position prior to that person submitting all the required documentation, aside from the application form?

    Thanks again!!


    January 15, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    • No worries at all. I’m here to help~

      I’m not sure what you mean about ‘public sector’ but I’m going to assume you mean public schools. I actually don’t handle public school recruiting (different department) but I’ll take a stab at it. I think for some POEs they will technically accept you but may withdraw that offer if you don’t get all your docs in on time. Most hagwons will send a contract (after accepting a candidate) and then ask for your documents. Some send a general offer of acceptance and then asks you to collect docs. Once you have all the docs, they’ll send a specific contract.

      In conclusion, most schools will accept you even if you don’t have all the docs ready but keep in mind that it’s strongly preferred that you get everything together before you start applying. That way you can get the visa process rolling once you found the position that you like.

      Also keep in mind that a health statement is valid for only 3 months and a criminal records check is valid for 6 months from the date of submission.


      January 15, 2010 at 5:27 pm

  2. […] leave a comment » No this is not a Job Ad.  It’s an article from Fistful of Talent that can somehow relate to what some schools 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 job. […]

  3. […] for all applicants, but don’t be a douche during the interview and write a decent resume.  Don’t assume that a contract offer means that you’ll actually start working there.  Try not to get fired […]

  4. Is it true that recruiters have a blacklist for teachers? I read this in either the Korea Times or Herald? If so can we find out if our names are on it. I am so tired of hearing about all these blacklist. Things have gotten so ridiculous here. It is sad


    June 14, 2010 at 6:55 am

  5. What advice do you have for changing jobs 3 months into the contract?


    August 31, 2010 at 1:48 pm

  6. […] was commented from my post here.  My advice would be unless your current employer is seriously screwing you over or you’re […]

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