Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Oh no

Uh-oh, it looks like I'm too busy to work here anymore. It's possible that this blog might not exist anymore then, as it's extremely unlikely that someone as humorous and clever will be found to replace me, certainly not an employee who will dare to compare this recruiting agency to Star Wars.
Well then, last words I suppose:

1) We're not bad! I've been here for five months and the company is an honest one. Whether you believe me or not is none of my concern, but I never would have put up with five months in a place that scammed teachers.

2) Recruiters only exist because the Korean visa system is, to be blunt, s*&t. Also, the hagwons here are privately owned, compared to the ones in Japan that are run top-down. Big companies will do their own hiring and send people off to do that; small companies don't know what to do and that's why they use us.

3) Please don't write 'you' as 'u' when applying for a job. "I would like to work at ur company" gets thrown out right away. As does "work at you're company". Ha.

4) Have fun. Stay here for a long time. Form a union. Change the visa system, and heal the often toxic atmosphere here.


Friday, June 03, 2005

Star Wars vs. Easy English Consulting

From http://www.googlebattle.com

Star Wars - 45,000,000
Easy English Consulting - 820

Star Wars is better than Easy English Consulting. Not that I needed Googlebattle to tell me that.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Activist dovtor has to make a visa run

Activist doctor has to make a visa run

May 26, 2005 ㅡ A German medical doctor who has been a vocal activist for North Koreans' human rights has been ordered to leave the country by the end of May because he has been here longer than the 90 days allowed for German citizens without visas.
A Justice Ministry official said Dr. Norbert Vollertsen's 90-day limit expired April 14. Extensions can be given if the applicant is ill or needs to stay for business reasons, but ministry spokesman Han Myong-kwan said Dr. Vollertson did not meet the criteria. "He had already overstayed his limit," Mr. Han said. "Unless he was seriously ill or had his entire family here, he wouldn't have received the extension."
An Immigration Bureau official confirmed that the doctor will be able to stay for another 90 days upon his return. Douglas Shin, Dr. Vollertsen's personal aide, said he will fly to Japan and return to Korea immediately.
A former aid worker in North Korea, Dr. Vollertsen was deported from the North in December 2000 for his criticism of the regime. Since then, he has been a highly visible activist in the South for the cause of North Korean refugees, and has often criticized Seoul's policies toward the North. This is the first time he has overstayed his 90-day limit.
An Immigration Bureau official said there were no political motives behind the decision to expel the doctor. "We asked him to leave the country only because he stayed longer than 90 days," the official said. "We didn't bring any political issues to this."

by Yoo Jee-ho, Moon Byung-joo <enational@joonang.co.kr>

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Other positions

Just created an ad to remind people that we don't just deal with public schools. Let's take a look and see which one looks best; I'll post it right here:

Basic Information
Job Type full time
Name of Employer Daejeon, Little America(대전)
Contact person Mr.Park
Location Taejon
Closing Date ASAP
Needed person 3

Class Information
Students Type Kindergarten,Elementary,
Students per Class 12
Working hours/week 30 hours/week
Working days M-F
Time schedule 오전9:30에서 오후5:00 혹은 11:00오전 에서 오후 7:00 중 수업시간이 배정되고, 쉬는시간은 각각다름.

Monthly salary 180-210만 Korean won
Bonus One month salary
Type of Housing single
Over time rate 20000 Korean won
Vacation 연48주계약 Days + Korean holiday
Airfare round trip
Medical Insurance 50%
School or Housing photo

This one's not actually the best position, but it's in Daejon and those aren't all that easy to find. Anyway, this one's the featured - Position of the Day -

Tuesday, May 10, 2005


Luckily we got that ad going last week, as this week I'll be out of the office for most of the day. I'm just stopping by for an hour or so to check on the mail and then I'm gone again. Niki's still here, recruitments are still being done, so no worries.

Being out of the office is fun.

Friday, May 06, 2005


We've started advertising on a place called Bogglesworld which is quite nicely run. Dave's ESL is the first place that comes to mind when thinking of ESL sites in Korea but there are quite a few professionally run places elsewhere as well.
http://bogglesworld.com is where our ad is running - not on the main page but on quite a few of the other ones.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

It's May -0-

Yep, it's May. We don't start hiring for public school positions until the end of the month. In the meantime there's quite a bit going on here, but mostly involving renovation. There's a hagwon downstairs and apparently we work together with them from time to time when our interests coincide.

Breaking news from the hagwon downstairs: apparently a student knocked over a plant pot down into the parking lot; luckily it didn't hit a car but instead landed right on top of the protrusion over the door. I saw it lying on the top a few days ago when I left. You heard it here first.