Job Seeking in Korea
Finding a job in South Korea is not an easy task and seems that the resources to get to know about it are not disperse and sometimes not very clear. Honestly, since I came to Korea things has changed very much, for the better of course. One and the most important thing you should keep in mind: It is hard but very possible to get a job in South Korea.
GOLD RULE: Prepare well your resume. Please find counsel or make a company to prepare the basis of your CV, well structured, plausible data, with keywords and providing all the information that the recruiter or HR might need the first glance of you what you are and can offer:
If you are not sure if you can write, entry-level or experienced professional, please use any other sources to polish it.
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Now that your CV is professionally prepared and provide to the world a glance of the best of you, we can move forward.
Where to post your CV?
Seoul Global Center: Like the name indicates, that’s a center of help for foreigners. In their website, you can find a wide range of information for your life in South Korea, but the job opportunities and varied across industries and regularly updated. Definitely, first stop for your job search.
Seoul Professionals: It targets entry level and experienced professionals.
Linkedin: the biggest and vast networking for professionals in the world. There are good offers, mostly for experienced professionals and executives.
Craigslist: Good site for job teaching positions. Mainly English and part-time teaching positions.
Kopra: a non-profit platform listing internships and jobs related to East Asia. High potentials with East Asia focus present their profiles to employers.
Worknplay: daily updated ESL/Teaching/TEFL jobs to work in Korea.
Korea observer: teaching and non-teaching positions for experienced or non-experienced professionals.
Job Korea: Korean website where you can upload your CV and check the offers across industries. If you see D-X like for example, D-16, D-5, means that there are 16 days to go until the deadline, or 5 days until the deadline and the vacancy will no longer available to apply. A certain level of Korean is needed to navigate through the web.
Saramin: It works same as Job Korea. The most popular in fact. Lots of offers to go over and find the one that it fits you the most. You can upload your CV with all your details. You need to have a certain level of Korean no only to apply for the positions, but also to know how to navigate through the website.
Rezi Job Platform: If you are more into the startup ecosystem. You can find through their platform a job, internship or part-time job that you want in a bunch of startups in Korea. Regularly updated with increasing offers from different startup companies and projects.
ARJK: An innovative job board focused on academic and research jobs in South Korea. ARJK.net aims to link the best international candidates with Korean higher education and research institutions.
University of Yonsei: offer part time, full time, internships for foreign individuals or current students.
Seoul National University: Student Job Board. Offer mostly internships but also part-time, full-time positions for student and international students.
Korea University Business School Career Hub: Offer internships and part-time positions for entry level.
Let’s not forget the NETWORKING
That’s another excellent way to get a job through contacts. In Korea is very important that you create your own networking where you can not only hang out but get to know positions available and newcomers in the industry. You can meet a fair amount of very interesting people that came to Korea for business and you can also meet good friends.
Here are some of the networks that are highly recommended to follow. Not only the event, but also the seminars, breakfast, lunches and courses that they provide.
Korea Business Central : They offer an extended amount of very useful information about Korea and working in Korea.
KBLA Korea Business Leaders Alliance: Their mission is to connect, inform, and enable the KBLA member community in doing better, more effective business in Korea and around the Asia-Pacific region. They hold meetings and events, publish a variety of Korea Intelligence Reports, and much more.
American Chamber of Commerce
British Chamber of Commerce
Australia Chamber of Commerce
French Chamber of Commerce
Spanish Chamber of Commerce
European Chamber of Commerce
What about Job Fairs for Foreigners?
The Job Fair for Foreign residents: this one take place during October of each year. Usually in COEX Exhibition Hall, near Gangnam. It is a good place to go to seminars and find out the different processes that Korean companies have to recruit students and experienced candidates. Potentially competitive, but definitely a not to miss event.
But before ending this post, I would like to mention thatthe Korean language is relatively important for not only finding a job but to communicate with your pears. Nowadays, young Koreans they speak english well or at least can understand you, but as hierarchy ranks goes, the higher positions might not have the same understanding as lower ranks so a bit of Korean can save the day for you.