How To Find a Job in South Korea as a Foreigner

Royal Guard Changing Ceremony at Royal Palace (Deoksugung), Seoul, South Korea

Royal Guard Changing Ceremony at Royal Palace (Deoksugung), Seoul, South Korea (source: Fotopedia)

South Korea is a country located in Asia. The official language is Korean.

Below is a selection of resources for searching for employment opportunities as a foreigner.

General Job Search Engines and Classifieds

With the sites below, you can expect to get a 0.5 to 1.0% response rate (people who will respond back to you to whom you sent your application/CV.) Nevertheless, I encourage you to give these sites a try as you never know what you will come up with or what connections you can make from a simple e-mail or application.

  • National Job CenterThe government-supported national job center.
  • Career Jet: I’m sure you’ve heard of Career Jet. They have job search options for Korea.
  • Indeed: The Korean version of the big U.S. job search site Indeed.com.
  • Learn 4 Good: Learn 4 Good tends to lean more towards teaching opportunities, but I’ve seen jobs in other sectors as well.

Teaching English

Teaching English will be your easiest option. I have quite a few friends who have taught English in South Korea.

All of the sites below are pretty similar and have a massive amount of teaching English job options. Browse through each of the sites for teaching English job opportunities in South Korea. Also, be sure to check out this cool table from the International TEFL academy that shows how much money teachers can expect to make in various countries around the world.

  • EPIK: The English program in Korea.
  • Hi Teacher: Korea’s Job Board for the English Teaching Professional.
  • ESL Teachers Board: A big job board for teaching English opportunities.
  • ESL Employment: Not the most beautiful interface, but who needs a pretty website when you have so many English teaching job options to choose from.
  • Total ESL: Also an overly busy interface but a wealth of job postings for teaching jobs abroad.
  • ESL Cafe: Dave does a great job in compiling some of the best job openings from around the world.
  • Tesall: Big teaching jobs aggregator.
  • Footprints Recruiting: One of the largest ESL teaching recruiters in the game.
  • Reach To Recruiting: I know the owner of this site. She runs a great operation.

Other Websites and Blogs

Overseas and Expat Job Portals

  • eFinancialCareersMy favorite search engine for finance jobs on the web. I used them during my Wall Street days. They are limited for South Korea though.
  • Overseas Jobs:  I find that there is often significant overlap between the postings on this site and that of other sites. Nevertheless this site has been around for a while.
  • Go Abroad: I’ve always been a fan of GoAbroad. In fact, on the visa information portion of my website, you will find where I have linked to their global embassies directory. They have a good job portal too.
  • Linkedin: Last but not least, this huge professional social network is a resource for building contacts in the field and location of your interest.

There you have it. The best places to find jobs in South Korea as a foreigner. For information on visas for South Korea, be sure to check out my South Korea visa page. If you are looking to spice up your dating life, check out my post on the best online dating sites in the South Korea.

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Further Reading

  • Worldwide Moving Guide: Everything you need to know in order to plan your move to 65+ countries around the world.

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  • Worldwide Apartments Guide: If you are interested in renting an apartment in this country, take a look at my articles on how to find an apartment in various countries around the world.

  • Worldwide Dating Guide: Also, check out my posts on the best online dating sites in 60+ countries around the world.

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