In 2021, the minimum hourly wage is about 8,720 Won (approximately 7.40 USD), and the minimum annual wage for legal employment of foreigners is 28-30 million Won. Although the pandemic has hit the job market, there are still many international students looking for job opportunities or want to earn a living for their allowance outside of their studies. In this article, Ziptoss has compiled some recruitment platforms and job recruitment fairs for you to find internships, part-time, and regular work in South Korea.
Softwares that are commonly used are Saramin HR and JobKorea. There is various recruitment information from small companies, medium-sized companies, large companies, startup companies, expatriates, internships, part-time jobs, and so on. You can subscribe to the dynamics of the companies you follow, as well as the signature calendars of large and medium-sized companies. You can submit your resume directly on their website (except for some companies). In addition, because you mainly have to use Korean resumes, it is recommended that you ask Korean friends to help you translate after writing your resume.
International job recruitment sites like Linkedin, will mainly require you to be using English resumes, and most of the recruitment information is in English. You can find the signboard information of foreign companies such as Procter & Gamble, Xiaomi, LV, etc.
Albamon and Alba Heaven are websites that gather all kinds of part-time information, but remember to look for a formal company when looking for a part-time job, and understand the work situation first, not to be deceived by the “headline party”.
Recruitment information for international students
Study in Korea (www.studyinkorea.go.kr) career center websites of various schools and social media accounts related to Korean talent recruitment (such as Korean life, Korean recruitment, 10-day Korean information station, etc.) can find recruitment information for Korean students.
Large corporate websites
South Korea’s large companies and some medium-sized companies have their recruitment pages. You can go to their official website and look for pages like “Job Posting” to look for recruitment information. Large Korean companies are usually divided into Seasonal and All-time recruitment.
Interested applicants must determine the company’s open recruitment time because there are recruitments only twice a year, and if you miss it, you will have to wait for the next recruitment period. As for recruitment at any time, you should always pay attention to the recruitment website. Also, for such a recruitment website, the resume format is usually provided by the company. Just fill the page with the information needed. In addition to the basic information, there will be 3-5 open-ended questions, such as “application motivation, corresponding to the position, abilities, understanding of the company’s business philosophy” and so on. You can find a lot of posts to guide you on how to fill these open-ended questions on the Internet. It is recommended that you prepare the framework in advance, and then change the content of the framework in different recruitments.
Projects & exhibitions
1. Employment Exhibition for Foreign Students
Every autumn, the Employment Expo for International Students in Korea is held. In previous years, it was held at COEX. In addition to registering in advance online, you can also register on-site, but last year it was changed to online due to the pandemic. There are many small companies, but there are also a few large Korean companies in the Expo. After viewing the recruitment information, you can submit your resume on the same day, wait for the other party’s review, and then participate in the interview.
2. Internship program for large companies
Big South Korean companies such as Big Bear, SK, and CJ will provide some opportunities for internship programs for international students. The competition is fierce, but it will also be helpful for your future employment. Some programs also provide opportunities for regularization. This kind of recruitment information needs close attention to the company’s official website and upload resumes on time.
3. Seoul City Hall Foreign Intern Program
During the winter and summer vacations each year, Seoul Metropolitan City Hall will carry out foreigner internship programs for about one month, working 5 days a week, 6 hours a day, and a daily salary of about 52,000 won (based on 2020). If your attendance rate is 80% or more you can obtain an internship certificate.