So you want to get a job in Korea. It can be as easy as applying for a job, packing your bags and coming on over to Korea. But that’s only for teaching jobs in Korea. For other jobs, it might not be that easy! Well, we’ve got a number of tips for you for any kind of job you want!
If you’re a native English speaker, teaching jobs in Korea are easy enough to come by. They’re awesome because most jobs offer free airfare, free housing and give you a decent salary (with a year end bonus too!). The basic requirements are to have a bachelor degree, not be a criminal, and from one of the following countries: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand.
If you’re not from one of these countries, or you want to teach a different language, there are teaching jobs, but it will be difficult to find visa sponsorship. It also might be difficult to find a company in Korea that will sponsor your visa if you’re young and don’t have too much experience. But here’s a few tips you might find useful:
1. Marry a Korean – This one you might be planning on doing anyway, but if you do, it’ll have the added bonus of getting you an automatic work visa in Korea! Kinda a big step, but you will be blessed with beautiful half (?) Korean babies.
2. Network – just like any job in the world, networking is one of the most important things you can do to further your career. The more people you know, the more jobs that will be available to you. Go and buy that old Korean man a drink!
3. Learn Korean – If you have business level Korean, much more jobs will be open to you (duh!). Also, you will have something that many native Koreans envy – you native tongue!
4. Get experience – Get some skillz homeboys and girls. If you’re a hot commodity in your own country, you might also be a hot commodity in Korea as well. You also might also learn some unique skills that can be hard to find in Korea
5. Work for a company that has an office in Korea and transfer – Many multinational corporations have offices in Korea, and one way to work in Korea is to get a job and get transferred.
If you’re Korean’s not so hot, see our post on teaching and non-teaching jobs in Korea
Want to Work in Korea but Korean Not Perfect? Teaching and Non-teaching Jobs in Korea