The Best Times To Apply For Teaching Jobs In Korea
Gone2Korea has credible jobs at reputable schools available year round, however, applying early and coordinating your application date with the peak hiring periods is typically advised. Candidates who submit applications early have a greater chance of securing employment in their preferred city or region of Korea.
When are PUBLIC school jobs available?
Most Public schools hire new foreign teaching staff at the start of each semester, March 1st and September 1st (commonly referred to as the spring and fall hiring sessions). The main public school program (EPIK) begins accepting new applicants from recruiters 6 or 7 months before the start of each semester; therefore, if you’re interested in starting in March it’s best to start the application process in August or September of the previous calendar year. Likewise, if you want to start in September it’s best to begin the process in January or February of the same calendar year.
Jobs in this sector are allocated to successful candidates on a first-come, first serve basis. Because of this policy people who begin the application procedures early have a better chance of receiving an offer from one of their preferred workings areas in South Korea.
Note: Although contracts commence at the start of each semester, new teachers must arrive 7 – 10 days early in order to complete the training and orientation period. Therefore you can expect to depart in mid February (for the spring hiring session) or mid August (for the fall hiring session).
Ideal time to apply for public school jobs
Spring Hiring Session (March): Having your Gone2Korea application submitted 6 or 7 months prior to March 1st is ideal, although 4-6 months is usually sufficient. ASAP requests will be accommodated when possible.
Fall Hiring Session (September): Having your Gone2Korea application submitted 6 or 7 months prior to September 1st is ideal, although 4-6 months is usually sufficient. ASAP requests will be accommodated when possible.
When are PRIVATE school jobs available?
Employment opportunities in the private sector are available year round, although the bulk of opportunities can be found in February & August each year. Some schools tend to have decent job counts in May and October as well.
We would like to tell you that we have unlimited jobs available and we’re able to accommodate everyone who applies but doing so would only be misleading. Gone2Korea is one of the larger and more experienced ESL recruiting companies and we can tell you from experience that most people are more likely to secure jobs (with working conditions and locations they prefer) during the peak hiring periods.
We do have good private school jobs available during the ‘off months’, however, we tend to receive high volumes of applications year round so accommodating everyone during the slow season is quite difficult. Note: Due to the limited number of vacancies during the slow season applicants may need to offer some flexibility with regards to student age groups, preferred working locations, etc. Regardless, our staff obviously does their best to accommodate as many requests as possible throughout the year.
Ideal time to apply for private school jobs
Submitting your application 4-6 months prior to your desired departure/starting date is ideal. This gives all parties (you, us, the school) adequate time to address your concerns, secure your documents and complete the visa procedures without stringent deadlines.
We also have the capacity to accommodate ASAP requests when such positions are available. Assuming applicants have the required documents at their disposal then it’s sometimes possible to have new teachers in Korea within 4 weeks of their application submission date.
Note: For best results, coordinating your application date with the peak hiring periods is recommended.