Finding the Perfect Job
Korea is your safest bet if you need job security before you leave your home country. It is also a great place to start because it is known to hire inexperienced teachers and offer ‘as you go’ training seminars where you not only can learn how to teach, but also make some other native English-speaking friends. The market for English Teachers in Korea is quite high considering there are like a million private English schools in every building in almost every city. Furthermore, public schools are required to have at least two foreign teachers. If you already are emailing and aren’t getting any responses please remember to be wise about what you're asking from the recruiter. If you are just emailing general questions about the position and don’t inform the recruiter your documents are all ready to go then most likely your email will be the one to be purged. I find that larger ESL recruiting sites are overwhelmed with emails from hopeful teachers and are less likely to respond. Moreover, you will be taken more seriously by a recruiter if you already have your documents ready to go. Many of these jobs need to be immediately filled and a recruiter won’t take a risk on somebody who is still in their home country and hasn’t scraped the documents together.
Finding an Honest Recruiter
Korea is always hiring from abroad through major recruiting companies. The trick is finding the right one. It is important to know which recruiters care and are most effective in relation to your objectives. Bear in mind some are sneaky and no better than human traffickers. When you find a recruiter DO NOT tell them you are looking with other recruiters. The chance of you getting a response back from them is very slim if you tell them this as they will think you are not a guaranteed client.
Another important thing to do before rushing off to Asia is ask the right questions of your recruiter. If you don’t like what is in your contract you can have the company rewrite the contract according to your needs. If the company is unwilling, then that might be a good reason not to work for them in the first place. Public Schools abroad don’t usually change their contracts because they are a one-size fits all and the pay scale doesn’t change.
Don't ask too many questions of the recruiter in the first email. Otherwise they will think you are only in your initial stages of researching ESL jobs. To them, this means you could either back away from your decision to teach in Korea or you may end up looking for a job through somebody else down the road. As a result, they won’t waste their time providing you with information when the likelihood of you using them as a recruiter is slim. They need to know that you are ready and working with them.
That being said, recruiters work in sales where you and potential schools are their reciprocal products. Some recruiters will want you to make a quick yes or no decision. If you are on the fence for too long or can’t make a decision they will quickly move to a different client and sell their product (job) to somebody else. Next time you try to contact them with a question they will think you’re not a serious buyer and promptly ignore your emails.
To you recruiters are your resources for adequate employment in Asia. They are very effective at setting you up to obtain a visa in Asia. You want to work with as many as you can in order to find that perfect job, but be sure that they don't know it. You don’t want them to ignore you. So you must balance you communications with them wisely. Koreans are very warm-hearted people, but tend not to be very trusting. So it is your job to personalize your conversations to ensure they will stick with you.