Recruiter In Korea

The Honest Truth About Recruiting in Korea

Who Wants to be a Recruiter Part 2

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Tyler asked:

hi, I’ve been in Korea 3+ years and am looking to get into recruiting by joining an existing company. Was wondering if there was any way to get in contact with you to ask some questions. Thanks.

I’ve actually received a few inquiries since my last post on the subject here.  Please read through it; the most important thing you need is an F-series visa (if you’re a foreigner).  Otherwise you’re out of luck unless the employer is willing to sponsor an E-7 visa which is difficult and unlikely.

These days, the recruiting business is not all that great unless you’re established and been around for several years resulting in loyal clients who are also in turn doing well (or better than the rest).  It’s definitely better than a year ago when agencies were referring candidates for $100 or giving them away in some instances simply because they had way too many resumes and not enough clients.  However, it hasn’t gotten that much better.  With most agencies not doing so well, you’d be hard-pressed to find a job recruiting; not impossible but difficult.

Also, if you are lucky to find a job in this field, don’t expect the pay to be anything spectacular.  You’re probably better off being an instructor if money is your top priority.  Also, to be blunt, this job sucks.  Of course every job has it’s good points and negatives and you should always be thankful for having employment especially in times like these.  However, if you read through this blog, you’ll generally get a good idea of what I mean, particularly the reputation among foreign native English instructors in Korea.

All that said though if you really want to get into this, I would suggest rather than trying to join an agency, you could start one on your own.  With visa and licensing issues in Korea, you’ll probably be better off starting something from back home.  Keep in mind though that you’ll be competing with a plethora of other individual recruiters and agencies in Korea and abroad.

If you have more specific questions, please shoot me an email at

Hope that helps.


Written by recruiterinkorea

October 18, 2010 at 5:47 pm

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