Korean resumes & cover letters, where should I start?

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YoonHa Cho

Where do I start?

Resumes and cover letters are important documents for the recruiter when choosing applicants before the interview process.

Expressing yourself via the written word is not easy, but if you stick to a few basics while writing, you will able to compose a strong resume that best expresses yourself.   

Have you seen Korean a resume and cover letter?
Weren’t you surprised to see how the Korean cover letter is completely different from the conventional short and concise cover letter used in western countries?
If you had difficulties with your resume and cover letter, learn more about formatting and filling in the content through today’s ‘Job Free Pass’!

3 points to check before writing a resume

1. Thoroughly research and check information on the company you are applying for, the position, and the application deadline.   
2. Check the expiration date of your passport and visa.
3. Double check the names of your school, company, the complete titles of certificates, and make sure they’re all accurate and precise. 

Notes when writing a resume
1. It depends on the company, but after you are employed, you will have to submit supporting documents for the experience you’ve written on your resume. Therefore, write your resume based on facts you can support with documents.  
2. It is ideal to attach a photo that looks as neat and professional as possible.  
3. You should update your resume with the latest version of your language certificate. Depending on the company, and the type of certificate, you should be aware that old certificates may not be accepted.

Notes when writing a cover letter
1. Write the letter in the order of title -> motivation -> competencies -> goals and aspirations after joining the company.
- Write 3 issues for each item, and write what you felt and achieved through these issues.
- Specify your competencies in relation to the company or field you wish to apply for, and how you wish to contribute to the company by using these competencies. 
- Rather than highlighting your shortcomings, it is better to describe how you’ve been overcoming your shortcomings, and what the results were. Also, specify how you would utilize your strengths.
2. Your sentences should generally be structured to end with 니다”(It is). Rather than using sentences that may imply uncertainty like 
~할 것 같다 (I might~)
~했을 것이다 (I think I would have~)
~했던 것 같다 (I think I might have~)
~좋은 것 같다
 (I think it’s good that~)

Use confident and clear expressions such as 
~라고 생각한다 (I think that ~)
~을 좋아한다 (I like ~)
~을 할 것이다 (I will ~)
~을 하고 싶다 (I want to ~)

3. Don’t write long sentences, but do use expressions like “그리고 (and), 그래서 (so), 따라서 (therefore)" to write short and concise sentences. The length of a cover letter is usually about 1,500 characters, but note that this may vary depending on the company.

We took a look at useful tips on writing resumes and cover letters in Korea.

Don’t miss out on JobpassKorea content as we are planning to continue explaining writing resumes and cover letters more specifically in the future!

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