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Hilarity on ESL Cafe

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If you haven’t already, please read this post on ESL Cafe before it gets deleted.  Basically it’s about some guy trying to start up a recruiting/dispatch company.

It’s funny how so many people think it’s so easy to become a recruiter for English instructors in Korea when they actually know jack squat.  I’ve talked about this here and here.  Anyone can find teachers.  Just post a free AD on one of the many sites and I guarantee you’ll at the very least get a few applicants.  However, it’s not only finding clients, but clients who are consistently giving you business.  This is what takes time, effort and business savvy.

Anyways, back to the thread.  Some knee-slappers:

So anyways me and him had a chat and we were both thinkig the same thing. Most (I think all) recruiters basically recruit and introduce to a Hakwon/school for a fee and they are free from all obligations. However our company actually recruits teachers and they stay our employee but are contracted out for 6 months or 1 year to various Hakwons.

Free from what obligations??  So the instructor actually is employed with the recruiter and is contracted to the school?  Sorry bud but an E-2 can only be tied to a school Einstein.

When Henry T Ford introduced his idea of a production line or when Bill Gates told his collegues he was going to put a desktop computer in every home across the world, people thought they were crazy to. However it didn’t stop them from implementing great ideas and I won’t stop because some jerks on some internet forum think I’m a “giant waste of space”.

Oh but you are a waste of space.  I’m okay with it though because you’re just so funny.  Remember that you’re product is ‘people’, not cars or computers.  Humans are a very unpredictable species; they will be great one day and screw you over the next.  Don’t expect them to act kosher all the time.

Is there no union or something like that? I am quite a dreamer and I think maybe one day we (native teachers) could form an organised union and you know work towards a more secure working environment for native speakers.

Maybe you should do more research into the industry before you even dream of something like this.

Well our basic wage structure is like this:

Monthly Wage: 2 Million Korean Won
Tax: 3.3%
Pension Contribution: 4.5% of wage (we pay additional 4.5%)
Medical Insurance: 2.835% or wage (we pay additional 2.385%)

We provide housing. Apartments (between 25 and 30 ‘pyung’). Three bedroom; for three people, same gender. Fridge, Washing Machine, Beds, Wadrobe, TV, AirCon, Boiler Heating. Just your normal apartment. We think its better for people to live together, less lonely etc.

We also plan to have monthly bonuses. Employee of the month, small monetary rewards or coupons to various things.

Also we will hold monthly ‘hweshik’, like dinners for employees. Where we get-together for dinner and some light drinks (all paid for by us) where we can relax and enjoy a good time. Maybe in the long run we’ll hold big Christmas Parties and hold other events such as an Athletics Day etc. Who has been exercising regularly since they got to Korea? I mean everything is home delieverd even at 3am so it’s hard not to gain weight I found! We are just starting so most of these are just ideas and concepts we are trying to implement.


Yes, I think you’re stupid!  Monthly dinners??  Wow, how will we ever compete with that?!


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November 17, 2010 at 1:55 pm

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