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How to Get a University Job in South Korea: The English Teaching Job of Your Dreams by [Bolen, Jackie]
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  • File Size: 1874 KB
  • Print Length: 55 pages
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  • Publication Date: October 21, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ORLRP2Y
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By S. Holland on December 2, 2015
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It's not that the book is bad, but it is unneeded. First of all, the job market for English teachers (both university and non-university) has changed dramatically in the last year. The market for university jobs is flooded. A Master's degree is no longer enough. It must be a Master's in Education. The number of incoming freshman will plummet in 2017 (and continue for years) due to a dip in the birth rate in 1999. Second of all, all of the information is available for free with a Google search.
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Do not buy this book!
I have not read it, but I have read the author's writing on her blog. She regularly insults the English teaching profession in Korea and states that it is "not for serious educators"
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Why buy a book about obtaining an English teaching job in Korea from someone who hates it?

Save your money!
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A rant by said author Jackie L. Bolen about how much Korean universities suck that will surely reduce book sales:
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OK, but need more detail.
I want to know what I'm doing wrong when trying to get a university job. I have been trying for about a year with no luck.
This book does nothing to help solve my problem..
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Before you buy this book, you might want to check out the author's blog and see what she really thinks of her wonderful university job[...]
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In the world of EFL, teaching English at a university is often seen as the pinnacle of success. With increased autonomy, less teaching hours, and more vacation days these positions appeal to teachers far and wide, and by extension allow universities to be more scrupulous in their selection. Unsurprisingly, it is not uncommon for universities to reject aspiring teachers looking to transition from the ranks of primary and secondary levels of education, and even experienced applicants who make it to the interview stage. How to Get a University Job in South Korea by Jackie Bolen is written for members of this audience – a self-published work available on Amazon for $3.73 on Kindle or $9.99 on paperback.

Unlike most books in this genre, however, content in this book is not divided into numbered chapters. The absence of such organization forces the reader to ponder where the text begins to answer to the book title the author has chosen, and presents inherent challenges to writing a review. From what I gather, it appears as though the content is arranged in chronological order to mirror the job application process: 1) where to look for employment; 2) how to craft a resume/cover letter; 3) how to pass a job interview with demo lesson tips; and 4) some bonus extras including “Not the Perfect Candidate?”, “Frequently Asked Questions”, “Cultural Tips” “Online Resources”, and a one-page explanation on “How to Set Yourself Apart”.

Baring resemblance to the book’s title, it is hard to miss the heading “How YOU can GET that Fabulous Job” listed in the Table of Contents, or perhaps because the author has consciously decided to type ‘you’ and ‘get’ in capital letters. It turns out that poor writing mechanics act as a kind of harbinger of things to come.
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I recently read this book and it offered a lot of good tips. In fact, some of the tips for things like improving your resume and building professional networks are good not only for teaching in Korea but also for applying for jobs in general. The book offers numerous excellent resources and websites. It is well-written and well-edited.

Having said that, I think that the book makes it seem easier than it actually is to be able to get a university job. I have a master's degree, a couple of years of teaching/training experience, and am currently in Korea. According to the book, I should have a decent shot at acquiring a university job. So after editing my application documents and having a current Korean university professor (and HR professional) look over my resume, I applied to over twenty-five different positions university and unigwon positions. The result: not a single interview. It wasn't just sending out resumes either- it was networking, attending KOTESOL meetings and other tips that the book recommended.

So while the book offers good tips and while I would certainly recommend it, I think that the book views the Korean university position job market with rose-colored glasses. In reality, there are so many people in Korea looking for work (and so many people with advanced degrees) that it is next to impossible to get a university job these days. Again I recommend the book, but I think it can falsely get your hopes up when the English teaching market is getting more and more competitive each year in Korea. Without a master's (or higher degree) in ESL and at least two years of university teaching experience, you're going to be hard-pressed to find a university job in my humble opinion.
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This is the best resource to help you land a uni job in Korea. Not only have I lived in Korea for years and worked for two different universities, I promote Jackie's books on my university ESL job site ProfsAbroad.com. I've also gotten to know her personally through our local TESOL chapter here in Busan and have seen her present at conferences. What I appreciate about her is that she tells it like it is. No employer or country is perfect. After reading Jackie's book, you will not only know how to get a uni job in Korea, you will know if a Korean uni job is right for you. Don't hesitate. Get her book!
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