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Checklist for job hunting


Checklist for job hunting

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Do you feel that the process of getting a job in Korea is vague and complicated?

What should you prepare in advance for successful employment?

Today at ‘Job Free Pass’, we prepared content to answer your questions.
Let’s take a look at each step and job pass any company.

Step 1. List your strengths

Knowing your strengths is the most important step to get started.
Checking the strengths you see in yourself, and others see in you, will help you select a job or role that best suits you.
* It is ideal that these lists are as detailed as possible.

1) I am good at _________.
Example. I am good at producing and editing travel related video content.
Example. I am good at baking, and cookies are my specialty.
Example. I am good at explaining a product or a service to a customer in-person. 

2) People often tell me that I __________.
Example. People often tell me that I bake impressive (or delicious) cookies.
Example. People often tell me that I have good analytical skills and I am convincing when I talk.
Example. People tell me that I’m a quick learner when making things, and when they see how well I make things, they compliment my handcrafting skills.

3) I have _______________________.
Example. I have a Korean language certificate.
Example. I have experience working as a fashion designer in France for 3 years.
Example. I have experience working as a hotelier at a Singaporean hotel for 5 years.

4) What do I want to try?
Example. I want to try selling products through Instagram.
Example. I want to try working at an entertainment company. BTS is my favorite group.
Example. I want to try designing Hanbok. I respect and admire Hanbok designer Lee Young-hee.

5) I want to gain _________ through this job.
Example. I want to gain money through this job
Example. I want to gain experience (work experience) through this job.
Example. I want to gain skills to start my own business through this job.

Step 2. Gather information

If you’ve chosen the job or role you’re interested in, gather as much related information as possible.
Reviewing the information and writng down your thoughts will provide solid groundwork for your resume and interview.  

1) Background research
- You must have a basic understanding of the company’s visions, goals, directions, welfares, areas of business, and roles. After checking if these meet your ideals and visions, check if there’s a role that you can take.
- If you’ve found the role, check what qualifications are required, and should be prepared. 
- Collect relevant articles on social media, analyze the company’s recent issues and business cases, and write your own thoughts and opinions accordingly. 

2) Experiential research
- Try using the company’s products and services, and organize your thoughts by documenting any strengths or room for improvement.
- Listen to various opinions about the role through acquaintances or ‘Sunbaes’ who are working in the field. 
The focus of this research is to learn more about the role rather than only getting the job.
- If the role requires you to be on site, it is helpful to document your thoughts after an in-person visit. 

3) Comparative research
- A comparative analysis of similar companies or competitors in your country will be of huge help in making suggestions or providing opinions to the company.

Step 3. Checking and preparing required materials

There are necessary materials for employment. It becomes convenient when applying to an interview on a short notice when you have these materials prepared thoroughly. 

1) Check the employment process of the company including, application screening, exams, interviews, etc.
- You can refer to the recruitment news or recent job postings of the company’s website to check the employment process, or refer to social media accounts or blogs run by the company. It is important that you check job postings regularly.

2) Resume and cover letter (*It is recommended to prepare both an English and Korean version)
- When completing a resume and cover letter, follow the given format of the company you wish to apply to. If there aren’t any specifications, prepare them in advance in a way you can convert them into a MS Word, Hancom Office, Powerpoint file for attachment. 

3) Supporting documents (*It is ideal to have both an English and Korean version. It is important that you prepare them in advance.)
- You must have supporting document for any certification, educational degree mentioned in your resume and cover letter.
- If you’ve won any awards, prepare relevant material in advance.
- Prepare supporting documents and work-related portfolios (work experience) in advance. It may be required for document screening or interview sessions. 

We’ve gone through a checklist for job hunting in Korea.
We support every one of you with taking your first step into getting a job in Korea!
Please look forward to our next week’s ‘Job Free Pass’ where we’ve prepared useful content to solve all your questions.
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