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  • drkhv77
  • Newgookin

    • 4

    • August 14, 2020, 02:08:53 am
    • U.S.A. otw to R.O.K.
Hi,

I'm soliciting advice for finding positions soon.  I'm looking for work ASAP in/near Seoul or Jeollado Gwangju.  I've been on facebook, eslrok and eslcafe contacting recruiters and employers, but not having much luck.  Has anyone had success posting a resume or should I network more to have success?

(-) I'm not in Korea (currently in USA)
(+) Master's in education; licensed teacher (ESOL, P.E., Health K-12) 12 yrs experience (10 in Korea); TESOL, TOPIK (Korean language profiency) and Business English certs; docs ready for visa application

My lack of luck over the last few months is presumably due to being in the U.S. (or aging out at 34). Initially, I'd hoped that resume/references would open doors as they have previously, but not having luck finding anything outside of the typical low 2s, 9am-6pm, 25+ teaching hrs/week at hagwons.  Pay is acceptable, but hours aren't.

I'm flexible on nearly all conditions except the need for a visa and avoiding long hours (preferably 6 office hours or less, 25 weekly teaching hrs or less).  Public (or private public) school work is ideal, but with semester starting in 3 weeks, but short hours hagwon is more likely. 

I was on a points-based F visa for 4 years so this sudden lack of interest/success has been humbling.  I'd rather not wait until March for hopes of another uni or public school job.  Also, this is my first time applying to hagwons so any specific advice (yes, I know they can be cagey) is appreciated.
Thanks for the input.
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  • theman3285
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1019

    • June 16, 2017, 09:01:06 am
Sorry to hear of your troubles.

Out of curiosity, why would a highly experienced, 'real' teacher (i.e. licensed/M.Ed) even begin to entertain lowball hagwon offers? Why even Korea in general?

I'm hoping to make the move to international schools (possibly in the Middle East or Thailand) once I have my PGCE (teaching license). I've been researching, and those top tier international schools are downright amazing. Surely you're eligible for these?   


  • drkhv77
  • Newgookin

    • 4

    • August 14, 2020, 02:08:53 am
    • U.S.A. otw to R.O.K.
Haha, not a 'real' teacher, but definitely one with some qualifications and experience.   
Thanks for the questions:
1. Why entertain lowball offers?  Public schools and unis are out until March at the earliest, leaving hagwons
2. Why Korea?  I miss living there, resigned my teaching job here and don't have a lot of safe working options here.
Yes, some int'l schools are phenomenal (i student-taught at an IB school), but limited in Korea.  I'm not keen on the ME and not sure Thailand pays enough.  I appreciate your questions, comments!