If you had asked me how to get a teaching job here three years ago, I would have responded with a list of recruiters. Now, the method by which teachers are recruited has changed. Lots of schools want to cut out the middle man so here is my list of how to get a teaching job in Korea;
1. Update your status.
Everyone has Facebook, right? Some people use Twitter. These are honestly some of the most powerful tools to get you that job.
Think about it. There are so many people who are either currently living and working in Korea or used to work here and still have contacts. If you have 500 friends on Facebook and just one of them shares your status about wanting a job in Korea, how many people have you reached? Ask even friends of a friend to get in touch and keep an ear out for possible job openings.
My good friend Janet (http://janetnewenham.wordpress.com) has recruited 3 people for her school alone. She simply used the power of social media to get the word out.
2. Search the web;
Some school try to hire directly so they advertise on websites like Craigslist and Dave’s E.S.L. cafe. . Recruiters also post here. There are also group on Facebook like “jobs in Korea” that get a variety of postings from schools and recruiters you can look into.
3. Use a recruiter;
A quick survey on my Facebook page showed that people highly recommend;
1) Korvia Recruiting – For public school positions.
2) Korean Horizons– For public school positions.
3) For South Africans, Teach Korea.
With using a recruiter, make sure they are actually IN KOREA. The exception seems to be Teach Korea. They are based in South Africa. According to a friend this is because there are very specific problems with getting all the documentation in S.A. and this recruiter is excellent at walking you through what needs to be done.
From experience, choose a good recruiter and then trust them.
* All the above were recommended by friends. If you have one that you’d like to share, please comment below!