If there is one thing that can make or break your entry into Korea, it's your certification and your teaching experience.
As time moves forward, more and more people are starting to realize the wonderful opportunities that can be had teaching English abroad. Whether it's in the techno-historic world of South Korea, the sun-swept sands of Afghanistan, or even right here in the United States. What that means is that jobs are getting harder and harder to come by. This growing market is swelling and it's beginning to be over-saturated. So how do you make yourself stand out?
It's all about how you look on paper. So today, I'm going to tell you what can get you that coveted job. And this isn't just from my own limited personal experience, but also from those around me who have been in the field for years. What is it that makes you a better fit for a position than the person sitting next you? What can make you a better teacher? What, in the end, can get you a better paying, more enjoyable teaching experience?
Dealing with the government, no matter where you are, is always more of a process than you think it's going to be. As my husband says, "No matter how prepared you are, you're never prepared." This can't be more true than when you're trying to get a whole sheaf of paperwork processed to work in another country.
You have degrees to apostille, background checks to obtain (and then apostille), passport photos to get, and so on. It can be a nightmare. And even with the massive amount of help and walkthroughs available on the internet....well, you're never prepared.
What follows is a generally accepted list of required documentation to teach in South Korea (as of October 2014). I've also listed some tips and tricks to help you wade through the sea of paperwork and to make some sense of the process and all of its intricacies.
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