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Title: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: Ilsan_dude on September 16, 2012, 09:06:37 pm
Hello All,

I am currently living in Taiwan and I may need to provide proof that I taught in Korea. I have a letter of recommendation and the visa on my passport as some sort of proof, but I have heard that there is another more official, formal letter that they can issue to you to show that you worked in Korea.

I worked for GEPIK from September 2009-Sept. 2010. I do not remember the contact info for my coordinator, or if she even works for GEPIK anymore.

How could I obtain an official letter from GEPIK proving that I worked for them during that one year contract?

Any info on how to obtain this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: JeremyC on September 16, 2012, 09:09:52 pm
This list is as of Spring 2012, and the orignal can be found here:
http://gepikbibimbap.wordpress.com/gepik-coordis/
 
Ary Kim (Head Coordinator) - ALL HIGH SCHOOLS:
031-249-0234, arykim@goe.go.kr
 
Victoria Oh (Goyang District) - Goyang, Gimpo, Uijeongbu, Dongducheon-Yangju, Paju, Yeongcheon, Pocheon, Gapyeong, Bucheon ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS:
031-900-2858, victoria@goe.go.kr
 
Gina Kim (Anyang-Gwacheon District) - Anyang-Gwacheon, Suwon, Ansan, Pyeongtaek, Hwaseong-Osan, Siheung, Gwamyeong, Gunpo-Uiwang ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS: 031-380-7061, gina@goe.go.kr
 
JK Ko (Gwangju-Hanam District) - Gwangju-Hanam, Seongnam, Yeoju, Yangpyeong, Icheon, Yongin, Anseong, Guri-Namyangju ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS: 031-760-4062, mintjean@goe.go.kr
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: Ilsan_dude on September 16, 2012, 09:18:14 pm
Nice. Victoria was the coordinator when I was there, and is still covering the area I taught in. Thanks for the info dude! You rock!!!!!
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: skippy on September 17, 2012, 07:34:58 pm
You might be thinking of a "Certificate of Employment".  It is a just a basic "just the facts" form that tells when, where, and other facts about your employment.  There is no set official standard.

My advice is to get one from the public school.  Alone it might suffice.  If possible I would recommend getting the letter translated and notarized by a Korean notary.   Maybe even apostiled by the Korean government.  That might be overkill.  What is the standard of proof being asked for in Taiwan?
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: Ilsan_dude on September 24, 2012, 03:00:42 pm
Not really sure what the burden of proof is in Taiwan. Things are about as vague and unclear as they are in Korea when it comes to stuff like this.

I guess it's not that big of a deal, it's really only to get a salary increase, and only amounts to like an extra $45 per month.



On another note, I did call the number for Victoria and she has just recently quit. So there won't be anyone to take her place until sometime after Chuseok. I was told her name is Ellen Kang and her number is 010-9476-4734. I wouldn't be surprised if she is just temporary or doesn't last long, so if you are reading this post far into the future, it might not be her anymore.



So anyway, I'll just wait and see what happens..........
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: skippy on October 17, 2012, 02:46:03 pm
You should be able to get one by contacting your former school. It's not uncommon for Koreans to ask for such a letter or document to confirm when they worked at a certain company. The law says that former employers are obligated to provide proof of past employment.

Just to be aware, any ex-employer has to provided the certificate of employment, after three years of employee retiring from workplace.

Will post/edit more later with an opinion on it.  Later.
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: ebschob on April 25, 2013, 10:32:45 am
Is there a specific form that employers fill out? I work for a private company and need a certificate of employment as well.
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: sheila on April 25, 2013, 12:02:31 pm
You can ask your previous employer for either a 경력증명서 or 재직증명서. It shows the dates of employment as well as the employer and your position.  They will immediately know what it is. Sometimes you have to pay just a little bit of money for it. If you've worked in a private school, you can ask your employer to translate it to English and stamp and sign that. It should be on the school's official letter head. If you've worked for public school, it is all in Korean and they can't translate it for you in the office but maybe you could ask your co-teacher to translate it to English and have the translated copy stamped as well. Most people need this when transferring public schools to receive the correct pay grade so if any of you are transferring, be sure to get this before you leave.  I had to go around town and collect three to guarantee my pay grade this year.
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: ebschob on April 25, 2013, 12:06:13 pm
Thanks! This is great info.
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: climber on April 25, 2013, 01:27:21 pm

Victoria Oh (Goyang District) - Goyang, Gimpo, Uijeongbu, Dongducheon-Yangju, Paju, Yeongcheon, Pocheon, Gapyeong, Bucheon ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS:
031-900-2858, victoria@goe.go.kr
 

Victoria is no longer our coordinator. Currently it is Ellen Kang and her email address is ekang7979@gmail.com.
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: climber on April 25, 2013, 10:46:29 pm
I got the certificate of employment for a friend who was in Taiwan and wanted to work at a university. I got this form from his previous school, scanned it, and sent it to him via email. This worked for him with out any problems. I am currently living in Ilsan, so if you don't have any other options, I can help you do the same thing.

I am trying to load the certificate of employment so you know what it looks like, but I am having trouble. I will try to do it later.
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: Teacherwalters on April 26, 2013, 11:24:56 am
Well what I did was obtain a certificate of employment from the first school where I taught in Yongin, and I sent that to them. ALso make sure that the certificate is stamped with that red symbol.
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: ebschob on April 26, 2013, 11:43:57 am
Is there a generic form I can get? My boss asked me to fill it out and she will sign it.
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: climber on April 26, 2013, 01:36:40 pm
As Teacherwalters mentioned, it is important to have the schools stamp on the form or it's useless. Each school has their own stamp and it's considered the schools signature. Without it, you can't prove that it is a legitimate form. I will attach the form, but since you will need the stamp, you should ask your school for it directly.

I forgot to mention, this is what the GEPIK schools use, but it will most likely be useful for most of you.
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: climber on April 26, 2013, 02:11:05 pm
My personal computer was having trouble opening it, so I decided to put it into word. I tried to make as similar to original as possible. If you have any questions about it, please let me know and I will do my best to help.
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: ebschob on April 26, 2013, 02:53:31 pm
Thanks! I should have no problem getting the stamp from the school.
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: Foreverparadise on February 28, 2014, 10:09:20 am
An employment certificate will do. I obtained that in 2009 when I applied to teach in Taiwan. I still have it today.
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: Freeto on February 28, 2014, 10:59:56 am
Contact Samuel Wilson if you're with SMOE and he'll set you up with a letter.
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: defenderoftherealm on February 28, 2014, 12:21:56 pm
The links for the .doc seem to be broken
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: zmiller15 on February 28, 2014, 04:39:55 pm
Would they accept a copy of your old contract on top of the letters of recommendation and visa stamp? Maybe you could show a pay stub.
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: traveler on March 05, 2014, 06:12:02 pm
Get the certificate from your school.  Bring a friendly co-teacher with you to the administrative office.  :)
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: Shinigami on May 15, 2014, 07:41:45 pm
You can get a form from immigration under records and certificates. By the way, to all other new renewing teachers: they asked me for 2 letters of reccomendation which they will scan and keep in their records. That is something that is nice to have in the event of an emergency (like when you need 2 letters).
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: toddsqui on July 05, 2014, 04:32:58 pm
Is there a contact list for Gyeongsang provoince? If so, would love to have it.

I tried surfing the net, but anything that looked remotely important had too much Korean, which made it impossible for me to discern whether I could use the emails or not. Even with Google Translate.

Any help is muuuuch appreciated, as usual.

Thanks in advance,


T
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: Falling_Sky on November 26, 2014, 07:32:47 pm
I have a problem.

I have worked in a private hagwon for almost two years, and am now looking to move to a public school. I went to the provincial Education Office to obtain a certificate of my experience, but they had no record of me. I asked my boss, and was told my school didn't register me. My school said they can provide me with a letter, but a public school won't accept this as experience.

Is there anything I can do? Is a hagwon required to register you as a teacher?
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: riceboy77 on November 27, 2014, 07:15:55 am
I have a problem.

I have worked in a private hagwon for almost two years, and am now looking to move to a public school. I went to the provincial Education Office to obtain a certificate of my experience, but they had no record of me. I asked my boss, and was told my school didn't register me. My school said they can provide me with a letter, but a public school won't accept this as experience.

Is there anything I can do? Is a hagwon required to register you as a teacher?


Hey ,  I was in the same situation 3 years ago. I worked at Chungdham Inst. for 2 and half years and when I transfered to a public school, the co-ordinator said "Hagwons don't count as experience ,  because it's more like a business ."

 :sad:  I ended up at a lower pay level scale than I hoped ...
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: overdrive2023x on January 07, 2015, 01:35:24 pm
For those that interested, Korvia's partner SayKimchi I guess is offering a service to get the letter for you. They say they will either send you an email scan or send it via mail in Korea or outside of Korea. Cost is 20 bucks.

http://saykimchi.kr/downloads/employment-verification-issuance-service/
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: tamjen on April 14, 2015, 08:50:31 am
Your boss is required by law to give you proof you worked in Korea if you ask for it.


The Korean Labor Standards Act: Chapter 2 "Labor Contract": Article 38 Certificate of Employment

(1) If an employer has been requested by a worker to issue a certificate specifying term of employment, job specification, title and wages or other necessary information even after the retirement of the worker, he shall immediately prepare upon fact and deliver the certificate.

(2) The certificate referred to in Paragraph (1) shall only contain the items that the worker concerned has requested.
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: skippy on April 14, 2015, 01:26:38 pm
Your boss is required by law to give you proof you worked in Korea if you ask for it.


The Korean Labor Standards Act: Chapter 2 "Labor Contract": Article 38 Certificate of Employment

(1) If an employer has been requested by a worker to issue a certificate specifying term of employment, job specification, title and wages or other necessary information even after the retirement of the worker, he shall immediately prepare upon fact and deliver the certificate.

(2) The certificate referred to in Paragraph (1) shall only contain the items that the worker concerned has requested.


Yes, but only for 3 years after last day of employment.
Enforcement Decree of the Labor Standards Act (06/21/2012)
Quote
Article 19 (Request for Issuance of Certificate of Employment)
      
The persons eligible for requesting the issuance of the certificate of employment in accordance with Article 39 (1) of the Act shall be the workers who have been employed for 30 days or longer continuously, but such a request shall be made within three years after retirement.

Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: tamjen on May 21, 2015, 03:00:24 pm
Your boss is required by law to give you proof you worked in Korea if you ask for it.


The Korean Labor Standards Act: Chapter 2 "Labor Contract": Article 38 Certificate of Employment

(1) If an employer has been requested by a worker to issue a certificate specifying term of employment, job specification, title and wages or other necessary information even after the retirement of the worker, he shall immediately prepare upon fact and deliver the certificate.

(2) The certificate referred to in Paragraph (1) shall only contain the items that the worker concerned has requested.


Yes, but only for 3 years after last day of employment.
Enforcement Decree of the Labor Standards Act (06/21/2012)
Quote
Article 19 (Request for Issuance of Certificate of Employment)
      
The persons eligible for requesting the issuance of the certificate of employment in accordance with Article 39 (1) of the Act shall be the workers who have been employed for 30 days or longer continuously, but such a request shall be made within three years after retirement.

By any measure, that is a reasonable request.

I don't know if anyone else has had a school ID made, a plastic credit card sized thing with your picture and title on it plus the name of your school and the date you started.

My school made them for all the staff shortly after the Korean PE teacher got busted for molesting a student.

We're supposed to wear them around our necks on the supplied lanyard. No one does anymore, it's been 2 years. But I have mine. I figure that's reasonable proof of teaching here.
Title: Re: How to Obtain Proof You Taught in Korea
Post by: Mckinnis on July 27, 2016, 02:50:17 pm
How is life in Taiwan?