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  • kideumin
  • Newgookin

    • 1

    • September 04, 2020, 11:54:57 pm
    • United Kingdom
Dear, whoever this may concern 
 
I am a recently British graduated university student with a BA Degree in Creative Writing and Media from Cardiff Metropolitan University, and as well as having a 120-hours TEFL certificate under my belt too including a 20-hour TEFL course in English Business Teaching. I have experience in looking after children between the ages of 2 years old to 16 years old from working in jobs such as babysitting/nannying and doing volunteering work in nurseries, churches, and my high schoolís homework club when I was once a student. I also have experience travelling to South Korea, learning the language, culture, and history. 
 
My degree itself has also helped me gain experience in public speaking, presenting, and teamwork. I have also strengthened my grammar and expanded my English vocabulary wider, even though I am a native speaker through my works of creating stories, scripts, and documents on numerous topics. 
 
I get along with everyone, and I am a faster learner. I also know how to deal with fast-paced environments from working in retail in places like sports stadiums, and restaurants. I have also done work experience/internships in television companies. Which has helped me develop my admin skills, and researching skills.
 
I also have the best punctual skills; I am never late. I am either on time or I am early. I donít like the idea of being late, as I think lateness shows tardiness and irresponsibility. It also shows not being interested in the appointment/position applied to you. 
 
I believe having a lot of skills, and I do see myself learning more in the future, will help me be a great candidate as an English Teacher in South Korea. I am even happy to learn from others if that will make me a better teacher.

I have all my documents ready

 
Kind regards,
Madison Pateman-Chang

Please email me at: madi.pateman.busine ss@outlook.com
MPC


  • hangook77
  • The Legend

    • 2001

    • September 14, 2017, 09:10:12 am
    • Near Busan
This is an open letter to exploitation.  Don't take the first offer and search whatever company offers you a job if you can.  Salaries should ideally with the cost of living in Korea be between 2.5 to 3.0 million won a month with free housing.  One way flight should also be paid (though two way is ideal).  Many will try to lowball you on the salary.  It is hard to know the cost of living till you experience living here.  But it is not as cheap as you think.  Middle 2 millions won salary for no or little experience is a good starting point.  There is also Vietnam and other countries with a much cheaper cost of living as well meaning more savings potential. 


  • OnNut81
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1304

    • April 01, 2011, 03:01:41 pm
    • Anyang
Dear kideumin,

Ignore hangook77.  He has been doing this for years.  He complains about the salaries being offered and openly is disdainful of the teachers that accept them.  His only aim in telling you to not accept anything below 2.5 plus housing as a first year applicant is to try and raise the bar in regards to salaries.  A noble if misguided pursuit.  It is highly unlikely you will be offered 2.5 straight out of the gate, especially as you are not currently on an E2 and in Korea.  Getting 2.2 or 2.3 would be an achievement and keep in mind you will likely get many 2.1 offers.  Depending on your savings or debt requirements you should be flexible your first year.  Focus on a reasonable salary for you and good working hours.  Don't go to a sweat shop. 

As for your cover letter, you can tone it down a bit.  What they'll be looking at is photo, documents ready and when can you arrive. Yours is more along the lines of an essay that a public school might ask for.  Simplify it and be succinct.  Too much to read through and they may just move on.  Also, you're comparing yourself to another candidate. You should write "fast" learner instead of "faster" learner.  And what are "punctual skills?"  Can you run really fast?  Just say you're punctual.  You over explain it.  Of course, lateness shows tardiness, they're synonyms.  Just take that all out.  You're trying to oversell yourself here and to be honest your writing falls apart in places.  Simplify it and just present key points.  Remember photo, documents and availability are what it comes down to. 


  • theman3285
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1018

    • June 16, 2017, 09:01:06 am
Are you sure you're a native speaker? Be honest


  • oglop
  • The Legend

    • 4264

    • August 25, 2011, 07:24:54 pm
    • Seoul
Are you sure you're a native speaker? Be honest
yeah, and even if they are, probably proof-read your post if you are applying for an ESL job...
« Last Edit: September 14, 2020, 03:28:00 pm by oglop »


  • hangook77
  • The Legend

    • 2001

    • September 14, 2017, 09:10:12 am
    • Near Busan
Dear kideumin,

Ignore hangook77.  He has been doing this for years.  He complains about the salaries being offered and openly is disdainful of the teachers that accept them.  His only aim in telling you to not accept anything below 2.5 plus housing as a first year applicant is to try and raise the bar in regards to salaries.  A noble if misguided pursuit.  It is highly unlikely you will be offered 2.5 straight out of the gate, especially as you are not currently on an E2 and in Korea.  Getting 2.2 or 2.3 would be an achievement and keep in mind you will likely get many 2.1 offers.  Depending on your savings or debt requirements you should be flexible your first year.  Focus on a reasonable salary for you and good working hours.  Don't go to a sweat shop. 

As for your cover letter, you can tone it down a bit.  What they'll be looking at is photo, documents ready and when can you arrive. Yours is more along the lines of an essay that a public school might ask for.  Simplify it and be succinct.  Too much to read through and they may just move on.  Also, you're comparing yourself to another candidate. You should write "fast" learner instead of "faster" learner.  And what are "punctual skills?"  Can you run really fast?  Just say you're punctual.  You over explain it.  Of course, lateness shows tardiness, they're synonyms.  Just take that all out.  You're trying to oversell yourself here and to be honest your writing falls apart in places.  Simplify it and just present key points.  Remember photo, documents and availability are what it comes down to. 

Onnut will set you up for being exploited.  You will quickly find his low salary suggestion that your money won't go far.  Korea is a lot more expensive than it use to be.  If you come over and accept his salary suggestion, then suit yourself.  But don't say I didn't warn you.  His suggestion for salary offers are from shady employers trying to prey on new teachers ignorance of work conditions here.  Many do sadly try to pull that scam all the time.  There are plenty of higher paying job offers on various Facebook teaching groups.  Google searches and whatever. 


  • OnNut81
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1304

    • April 01, 2011, 03:01:41 pm
    • Anyang
Onnut will set you up for being exploited.  You will quickly find his low salary suggestion that your money won't go far.  Korea is a lot more expensive than it use to be.  If you come over and accept his salary suggestion, then suit yourself.  But don't say I didn't warn you.  His suggestion for salary offers are from shady employers trying to prey on new teachers ignorance of work conditions here.  Many do sadly try to pull that scam all the time.  There are plenty of higher paying job offers on various Facebook teaching groups.  Google searches and whatever. 

Haha, there is what Hankook77 wants the market to be and what it is.  It's as simple as that.  The game he is playing here is he doesn't want you to accept a position at the going rate because he thinks it's part of some negotiating tactic for raising salaries.  If no one is going to accept a position at less than 2.5 than he thinks salaries will go up.  He ignores the fact that some people have their own interests in mind and not those of hangook77.  So, he wants to scare off people from accepting certain positions because he feels it's not what's good for him.  He has no concern for your welfare and it angers him that people take those jobs.  When you take these jobs, based on your own criteria, you're weakening his position to overhaul the Korean ESL industry pay scale.  And if someone like me is realistic about the ESL industry in Korea he calls me out as a corporate shill instead of actually debating the merits of my argument.  All the wishing in the world isn't going to make something so.  Childish approach. 
« Last Edit: September 14, 2020, 10:48:31 am by OnNut81 »


  • thunderlips
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1987

    • June 07, 2012, 10:01:55 am
    • South Korea


  • Liechtenstein
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1009

    • February 15, 2019, 04:39:00 pm
    • NE Hemisphere
The OP's post certainly shows plenty of creative writing.


  • sdh1990723
  • Waygookin

    • 10

    • January 06, 2020, 04:43:22 pm
    • Incheon, South Korea
Are you still looking for a job?
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2020, 12:32:27 am »
This is Globalvillage

If you are interested in working in Korea, our proposal can be interesting.

Let me briefly talk about the terms of our contract.

1. Position: English teacher (Kinder: 5~7 years old)

2. Employment Type: Full-time (Mon~Fri) - No work on Saturday or red days

3. Working Hour : 9:30am ~ 5:30pm

4. Location: Songdo, Incheon

5. Essential Conditions
- A native speaker of English
- Graduated University

6. Required documents:
- Resume / Photo

7. We offer
- Salary : 2.2 Million Won ( Negotiabel)
- Benefit : Severance Pay / Health Insurance (50%) / National Pension (50%)
                  Housing (It also offers a variety of other benefits) / One-way ticket

 I would like to present the detailed terms of the contract via email.

If you want to hear something more interesting, please contact me.
(E-mail : globlavillage1020@gmail.com)


  • 745sticky
  • Expert Waygook

    • 735

    • March 26, 2020, 01:52:57 pm
    • Korea
Re: Recently Graduate Student - Looking for ESL Work in Hagwons (Kindy-Elem Ages)
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2020, 08:05:11 am »
Are you sure you're a native speaker? Be honest

I was going to ask if they were really a creative writing major, but didn't want to be too rude.
Glad someone else said it for me