How I Got my University Jobs Teaching English in Korea
A common question I get from people is how I got my university job in South Korea. I got my first uni job 8 years ago and things were different back then- it was like almost anyone with a BA, and a year or two of experience at a hagwon or public school could get a job. Someone with a Masters degree was a shoe-in. These days, even people with a Masters and a year or two of experience at a public school are finding it difficult to break in. Anyway, here’s my story.
I worked at a hagwon for a year, went back to Canada to get a Masters degree and them finished up the degree online while working at a much better hagwon. I networked like crazy during that time with the goal to get a uni job when that year was up.
I emailed all the university teachers in my city that I knew, they submitted my resume to the powers that be, I had 2 interviews within a few days, 2 offers and then I eventually chose one. It was kind of the easiest thing ever, but it was only because I had a network of people who helped me out.
Networking is Key!
After working for 5 years at my old university, I got tired of the rice paddies, so I decided to get a job in Seoul or Busan. I went the more traditional route by applying to the job ads I saw on the Internet. I only applied to jobs that were a step-up from my old uni in terms of pay and other benefits so it wouldn’t be a sideways or backwards move. I applied to only 25 of them, although there were probably around 100 places hiring in Korea. I got interview offers at a large number of them, went to a few interviews, got final offers at all the places I interviewed at and then decided on a uni in Busan, which was actually my first choice of city to live in.
An Impressive Application Package is Key!
Networking, an impressive application package and then being solid at the interview worked for me. For even more advice about getting a university job teaching English in Korea, you need this book: How to Get a University Job in South Korea: The English Teaching Job of Your Dreams. Why waste time searching around on the Internet and asking around on Facebook if could instead just get it all in one book.