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Candidates’ Appearances

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This thread on ESL Cafe gave me the idea for this post.  Any foreigner who has been in Korea for more than a day will understand that Koreans in general are very ‘keen’ (sorry can’t think of a better word right now) of appearances.  Of course, some are just downright racist and sexist but today let’s just talk about physical appearance.

Recruiters essentially work for the schools (clients) so they have every right to reject a candidate.  However, I did state that our particular agency will not work with schools that request a specific physical ‘look’ as long as the candidate qualifies for the E-2 visa.  But of course they can still reject.  If we deem the rejection to be unreasonable, they go down on the priority list.

One of our best clients actually doesn’t care about appearance at all.  They currently have several gyopo, African-American/Canadian, Asian (non-gyopo) and basically a whole array of instructors of all shapes, sizes, and colours.  Guess what?  They’re one of our most successful and biggest clients.  Of course they look at the photo of all candidates that we recommend to them but the things they look at the most closely are their qualifications and the way their personality shows in their video (which we now provide to all clients).

That’s only one school.  There are others who are doing just as well who care more about qualifications than appearance but I would say the vast majority do care about the latter.  It’s just an unfortunate fact about Korea.  If you are overweight (especially), you will definitely have a more difficult time finding a position than someone who is not.  It won’t be impossible, just more difficult.  Also bear in mind that Koreans have a tendency to be pretty blunt.  They will tell you you’re fat or you have bad skin or that you’re short.  If you don’t have thick skin, you probably won’t last a year.

Also, I know some schools do some voodoo facial reading shit (I never understood this) which they use to rule out candidates.  Of course this is BS but whatever they’re reading on the face of a picture, they feel that they could read off some attribute without ever meeting/talking to the person.

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July 15, 2010 at 11:13 am

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