I wish I could say that when I first decided to come to Korea in 2008, I knew exactly what I was doing. Truth is, Jo had a huge part in pointing me in this direction, and for that I am forever grateful. While I had worked in education since 1994, I really hadn’t taught ESL before, so prior to coming to Korea I elected to take a TEFL Certification program. As part of that program, I was assigned a recruiter to assist me getting a job in Korea.
The company that was assigned to me was DreamWorks Recruiting. I really didn’t know anything about them or, to be honest, care. All I wanted was a job. Within 24 hours I had a job interview and a contract was forwarded to me in 48. They moved lightening fast. In the years since I’ve come to Korea, I know this is normal; however, what is not normal are the people behind DreamWorks.
Joanne is an American and she came to Korea to live here. While with her family, she met Troy and they fell in love, got married, and ultimately started a recruiting business. Unlike many others, they really do a lot of work to ensure prospective teachers match up well with schools. Troy interviews the schools to ensure they’re not shady and Joanne is quick to give you the skinny on the situation. They make sure you’re met at the airport and that your apartment is just as it should be. Joanne even created a Facebook group for all of us, so we could get to know one another. Most recruiters will avoid you as soon as possible. Not here. Their attention to detail and follow-up is why I’ve been recommending them since 2008.
If you’re looking to come to Korea to teach, I have recommended DreamWorks in the past and continue to do so. When contacting them, tell them I said, “Hi,” and that we need to get together soon and grab some samgyupsal and soju!