Jobs in Korea and Best Tips!

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.

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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

About Keith

Keith Kim is a Korean-American living in Seoul, Korea. He likes espresso shots, photography art and he loves his Playstation 3. He started seoulistic.com as a hobby site, and is now in the process of turning it into a full-time business. Wish him luck! Check out his blog for an uncensored view on entrepreneurship, dating and life in Korea.Personal Blog: gyopokeith.com Facebook: facebook.com/gyopokeithkim Twitter: @gyopokeith Youtube: "Gyopokeithe-mail me anytime at: gyopokeith [at] gmail.com

24 comments

  1. Rachel

    I’m correcting you again, sorry! Underneath the video, the “you’re” should actually be “your”. Maybe y’all should hire me as a proofreader. Hahahaha

  2. Kat

    So funny!!

  3. Guillaume Brière

    First face I see after a 12 hour shift is you picking your nose, I must bend on my keyboard not to roll on the floor 😉

  4. Guillaume Brière

    speak English…or Canadian ? Why you little ! hahaha

  5. Tyson

    Hello guys I am an Australian citizen and will possibly teach English in Korea from August later this year, but I was also wondering what are the chances of a foriegner working in the security industry over there? Preferably I would like to work crowd control (“bouncing”) in Korean bars and clubs – as I have extensive experience in that industry back here in Australia, as well as a proficient grasp of the Korean language that I studied back in university – despite not being of Korean heritage (rather an Australian with Vietnamese heritage!).

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  6. salma

    how about a job like landscape designer? or maybe Arabic or French teacher?

  7. Amaterashu

    How about, is it hard to get an (unpaid) internship in a Korean company?

    I’m going to be studying in Seoul this fall as an exchange student and was planning to extend my stay with an internship in a korean/global company. Do you think it will be hard to get an internship? Oh and don’t know if it makes any difference but I’m studying business.

  8. Chris

    What if I’m not English, however I live in England and I have done my GCSEs here?

  9. Alexis JR

    OMG THIS IS SO GREAT! I’m from the USA and currently training on being an English and I’m an intern! Thank You so much for your help and info! 😀 However do I have to know Korean to teach in a Korean classroom?

  10. Alexis JR

    Also @Rachel^ That is the right “you’re” because he is saying “If YOU ARE Korean or not…” the “your” you are talking about is the possessive “your”. Please correct yourself.

  11. zahra

    you really look nice with a tie keith !!!way to go hhhhh

  12. Nubi

    Do I really have to be a native English speaker, to teach English in Korea?
    I really want to do it!! By the way I am from Germany.

  13. I really want to teach english in korea ..but i dont know how to speak korean by the way iam from philippine

  14. Your comment…am from Africa na I study linguistics English nd I wich 2 study n korea wot r d chances nd how much s d visa fees

  15. Your comment…I wich 2 teach in korea nd me english is very fluent hmmm we’ll am frm Africa what r d chances

  16. Jess

    By “working as a teacher for a year” you’re referring to the “Working Holiday” Visa aren’t you?
    Isn’t there an age restriction on that one? And what about getting a job to actually stay in Korea instead of staying only for a year?

    By the way, I do have the British nationality but I’ve always studied(and I still am) in France. Would such a degree work or would it have to be a degree from an ‘English’ University? I’m majoring in English Literature by the way.(Okay. I know. I have it easy BD)

  17. Kevin Han

    Are there lots of engineering jobs in Korea? Thanks!

  18. Mizan

    I’m 19 … And I want to travail to Korea … I want to find a job for three month … And I want to have fun …. So can you help me ?!

  19. Mizan

    I’m 19 … And I want to travail to Korea … I want to find a job for three month … And I want to have fun …. So can you help me ?!

  20. stephanie

    hey, what is the average wage in s.korea ? planning to work there after finishing my master degree (M.Sc) . Is it better to get transfered ? I’m studying in Germany anyway

  21. Tina

    I’m dreaming of a job in Korea, because I want to live there, but what about freelancer jobs and those of maybe opening a private business, like a craft shop or a restaurant?

  22. Tina

    how about working in a store as a sales person, does this pays decent money to support daily living

  23. Tina

    I have a TOEFL certificate from Michigan academy, and I’m from Egypt, does the government accept these certifications?

  24. Teresa

    I work for the fashion line DKNY as a supervisor and know that there is a store located in Seoul. And I’m also studying Korean so once my korean language skills get better would I be able to transfer there with all the proper things such a visa, etc.