Steps one through four were pretty easy, right? By this time, you should have completed your background check, research, made a list of your personal requirements and updated your resume as described in the first article.
If you had trouble getting your background check done it’s ok because at this stage a recruiter can assist you. Just know that the longer you wait to complete your background check the longer you must wait to come to Korea. That leads us to step five…
5. Contact a recruiter. Recruiters are easy to find through many university campuses and by doing a quick Google search. You should be able to tell them exactly which month you would like to begin your work abroad.
If you do not want to work with a recruiter, you can also find teaching jobs on Dave’s ESL Cafe or Craigslist Korea. From personal experience, I can tell you that having a recruiter makes finding employment abroad a much smoother process, and you will have someone you can ask question to that speaks English. Keep in mind that you do not pay your recruiter anything, so what do you have to lose?
6. Prepare a short list of questions that you should ask each school that you plan to interview with, and send required paperwork back to the recruiter quickly.
It should be mentioned that recruiters will usually request a photo from you. Make sure it is professional because they attach this to the resume that you send them without telling you. Posting pictures to your resume is legal in Korea, so try not to look creepy. Also, make sure you are conservatively dressed. Click here to see some examples of totally important questions you should be asking. This step is important in order to reduce surprises that you may encounter in the future should you select to work for a particular employer.
7. Your recruiter will start setting interviews up for you based on the time you tell them that you will be ready to move to Korea. They will direct you through more of the process including obtaining an original diploma which you will give them and never see again. You will need to get some items notarized and sent to the Secretary of State’s Office to be apostilled which can take a few more weeks.
You are almost finished! Proceed to the next article for the final steps and be sure to hit the subscribe button above for more tips on teaching abroad and information on world travel.