Many people start the teaching process on their own and while I commend you, I also think that going through a recuiter can save you time and a future headache. The recruiter I am going to talk about is Korvia, and as they are the only one I have contact with, they are the only recruiter I can give accurate information on. That being said there are more than one channel/recruiter to go through and I would advise you research which one is the best fit for you.
Korvia Consulting is a recruiting company based in Seoul, South Korea that helps to place native English speakers into both private and public school as an ESL teachers. Korvia has connections to EPIK, GEPIK, and SMOE and as such you get the chance to decide which one to apply for. One of the big reasons I picked Korvia was the fact that they have access to both private AND public schools, they help with the Visa process when you are matched with a school, and will get you from the airport when you arrive.
Now onto the specifics~ the time from when I applied to when I was contacted by a recruiter was about a day and a half. Which is a very fast turn-around time if I might add! Anyway, from there I scheduled a skype interview for a couple days later. I had my interview with a recruiter named Victoria Bae and although the alloted time for the interview was 30 minutes, we talked for about an hour.
Before I went into the interview I googled what types of questions would be asked and what it was like. Overall the reviews were across the board, with some people saying it seemed unprofessional and there were other voices in the background, etc. Yes, I could here voices in the background but it never took away from the conversation and it didn’t bug me in any way. Victoria went over my resume and asked my clarifying question on things she wanted to understand better, if I was healthy enough to work in another country (Korea wants drug-free, healthy teachers in their schools), and why I wanted to go to Korea. This interview was more or less a talk about myself and why I thought I should be a teacher. It was a straight-forward interview and from there I got the green light to continue on.
The continuation consisted of obtaining 1~2 letters of recommendation, creating an introductory video (will be discussed in a following post), and making sure I had the right timing to get my FBI background check done and sent in.
Stay tuned for Friday’s post about creating an introductory video!