Excerpted from the Korea Career Guide
Job Search Overview
The most effective way to get a job in Korea is through personal connections and recommendations. Expatriates often find this type of interpersonal recommendation difficult to obtain, so information about networking organizations is important, along with other methods of finding jobs in South Korea, such as recruiters and governmental employment agencies. An applicant who already has a specific idea of where he/she would like to work can also apply to companies directly. Many companies give information about job vacancies and job requirements on their websites.
Online Job Sites
http://www.jobkorea.co.kr/ (Korean, some English)
This is one of the major online job sites. It recently made a strategic alliance with monster.com enabling it to provide information about global job opportunities. This company has approximately 1.4 million clients and 5.8 million jobseekers. JobKorea provides information about hundreds of thousands of job opportunities, the largest number of opportunities of any website in Korea. There is an English version of the website that is essentially for employers wishing to hire but it does include a few job postings.
Government Employment Resources
Employment Permit System
http://www.eps.go.kr/en/index.html (Korean, English, Thai, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Khmer, Mongolian, Urdu, Bangla, Nepali, Burmese, Uzbek, Tamil, Tetun, Russian)
Primarily designed to help businesses hire foreign workers, this website also addresses issues that are important for foreign employees, such as the legal obligations of employers. The website also provides information about the government’s ‘Happy Return Program,’ which was designed to support foreign workers whose period of sojourn in Korea has expired, to help them accomplish successful return to and reentry into their home country.
Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI)
KEI offers internships for undergraduate and graduate students of political science and/or economics, as well as other students who have an interest in Asia-Pacific issues, especially Korea. Competitive candidates are offered a unique, but unpaid, internship opportunity to be integrally involved in the inner workings of an international government policy institute. Expectations for interns are high. In return, they can expect a challenging environment that will prepare them for full-time employment in a professional setting.
Korea Economic Institute
1800 K Street NW, Suite 1010
Washington, DC 20006
Staffing Agencies And Temporary Help Firms
http://www.adecco.co.kr/ (Korean only)
Adecco Korea offers comprehensive HR consulting services to foreign-owned and domestic firms in Korea. It is divided into several specialist divisions: Adecco Korea (temporary/staffing and outsourcing services), Templar Human Search (executive search service) and Lee Hecht Harrison (outplacement and career management services).
35th Floor, Assem Tower
159-1, World Trade center
Seoul, Korea 135-090
Executive Recruiters and Search Firms
Amrop Hever Korea Inc
http://www.amrop.co.kr (English only)
Amrop Hever Korea Inc. was formed as the result of the merger between SKS Consultants, Inc., a member firm of Amrop International since 1994, and PMI Inc., an affiliate of Norman Broadbent International in Korea since 1996. Amrop Hever Korea provides senior level executive search services for virtually all industry sectors including financial services, IT/telecom/high-tech, consumer goods and retail, management consulting, health care/pharmaceuticals, and industrial enterprises such as automotive, chemicals and semiconductor.
Amrop Hever Korea
14th Floor, Chongkundang Building
368, Chungjeongno 3-Ka, Seodaemun-Ku
Seoul, Korea 120-013
Newspapers that Publish Job Advertisements
http://english.donga.com/ (Korean, English, Japanese)
Dong-A Ilbo is one of the three major news sources in Korea with a daily circulation of more than 2 million. Founded in 1920, the newspaper’s motto is “For the people, democracy and culture,” which the company calls the “Dong-A DNA.” The newspaper is in a six-way partnership with worldwide newspapers in six different countries and has a digital version that is available in Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese.
139 Chungjungro 3ga
Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-715, Republic of Korea
This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete South Korea Guide.