ESL self-introduction Video submission Nowadays, when you apply to a language company, you may be asked to introduce yourself through a self-recorded video. This recording, which usually runs for not more than two minutes, is a quicker way of showcasing your qualifications, skills, and even your personality to your potential employer. These videos help you stand out among a multitude of teacher applications. Take note that some companies will not require an intro video from you during the application process. However, you may still need to make one for your teacher profile when you begin teaching. Why is an introduction video important? It makes it possible for recruiters and students to know a new teacher in person before the beginning of a course. With this, the most effective and quickest way to give an idea of who you are and how you teach is through an intro video. When it comes to screening applicants, an intro video is a real-time saver. Instead of conducting interviews, many companies these days simply review candidates’ intro videos. This, in turn, hastens the hiring process and could get you started teaching sooner. Meanwhile, an intro video is a great way to spark the intrigue of your future students or their parents and make them feel connected with you, whether it's for your class activities, your fun teaching background, or even just your amazing personality! It is also through the intro video that you can give a good first impression without pressure (absence of the interviewer). The employers can also check your English proficiency like pronunciations.
A professional resignation A resignation can either be through the expiration of an employment contract or mid-contract termination. If you would like to move to another institute, you NEED to share and communicate about it in advance due to any problems that may arise after your resignation. An unprofessional resignation will affect the reference process and negatively impact your future careers. 1. A reasonable resignation notice. A sudden resignation notice has an immense impact on the company and co-workers. Employees must set the resignation date early in advance and notify the company. Employees should first express their intentions to the employer and discuss the resignation schedule. The employee should complete the hand-over process faithfully. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind during this process: Disclosure of transfer institute: When expressing your intentions to resign, it is recommended you only give general reasons without mentioning the specific details or the transferring institute. Disclosing such detailed information is not desirable for future working relationships. Company complaints: When expressing your intentions to resign, it is not ideal to mention complaints or negative evaluations about the company. If your performance and abilities have been acceptable and satisfactory, you can instead make counter-offers such as salary increases or promotions. However, if the employer still insists on a specific reason for resignation, it’s good to be creative and safe about it. Mention things like a ‘slight career change’. 2. Completion of duty until resignation After the confirmation of resignation, discuss with your employer in detail the hand-over procedure documents to be organized, any necessary paperwork, and the deadline schedule. Sometimes helping the company find and interview your replacement makes the transition process smoother. All of this will positively influence your reputation after your resignation. 3. Letter of recommendation You should consider asking for a recommendation letter from your employer or colleagues before leaving the company. All hiring processes include a reference check, and a positive recommendation will differentiate you and act as a competitive edge in the hiring market. It will help you get the jobs you want. 4. Final greetings to colleagues and employer. Express your gratitude for the opportunities and experience with a polite in-person visit to your co-workers and employer. If the in-person visit is not possible, a text message or email will suffice.
An ESL Teacher’s Guide to Contracts Contracts in Korea are very important as they are viewed as an agreement to build a working relationship between the employer and employee. As time goes by, the contents of the contract might change depending on the progress of the employee. It is also the only legally binding document as a verbal agreement is NOT guaranteed. The content of a contract might vary depending on the terms and conditions of the company, but there is some important information that applicants should make sure are stated clearly. Dates of Employment The contract should clearly state the start and end dates. The typical contract length is usually 12 months, but there are also contracts starting at 3 months. Working Hours Daily and weekly working hours should be included and some contracts also specify teaching and office hours. Overtime Pay The contract should define what is included in ‘overtime’ and the hourly rate per teaching hour. If you agree to work overtime, you may want to get a statement in writing. Salary The monthly gross salary should be specified and in the currency that it will be paid. The contract should also state the day the teacher will be paid regularly each month. Income Tax The contract should include the taxes and the tax rates that the teacher is expected to pay. In some countries, the taxes are split between the teacher and the employer. Teachers should stay up to date with the tax regulations in their own home countries and remember to file taxes accordingly. Vacation, Holidays, and Sick Days Make sure the vacation days and holidays are listed and be sure to research the national holiday entitlement for that country. While most employers have set vacation times, some employers allow teachers to choose their own vacations. (National holidays do not qualify as vacation days, and each country has different policies on how many vacation days must be allotted.) Unfortunately, not all contracts include sick days. If sick days are not allotted, ask what may be done when a teacher is feeling too sick to work. Airfare If airfare is offered, make sure that it is listed in the contract. The employer may purchase a ticket for the teacher or the teacher may be reimbursed later, with the latter being more common. For reimbursements, check when the ticket will be reimbursed, the currency, and whether the monetary value stated is before or after tax. Accommodation or a Housing Stipend If accommodation or a housing stipend is allotted, it should be included in the contract. The employer may choose to provide housing or money for rent. Ask about maintenance fees and utilities. The housing stipend should specify the currency and whether it is after or before tax and whether the teacher will need to pay a housing deposit. The contract should also state when and how the teacher may expect to receive the stipend monthly. The housing stipend should not be included in the base salary. If a housing stipend is given, ask the employer to help find safe accommodation. Housing in Korea Health and Medical Insurance In certain countries, employers must provide health and medical insurance. Health and medical insurance may cover medical, dental, or accidental coverage or a combination of the three. If health and medical insurance are covered, the employer may pay for all of it or the employer may pay half. Be sure to ask the employer if the insurance covers international hospitals as well as local hospitals. Bonus pay If a bonus is offered, the contract should state the monetary amount and how it will be calculated upon the completion of the teacher’s work contract. Some countries must legally pay a bonus for a certain amount of time worked and must be calculated according to the law. Pension and Retirement Plans Several countries require employers to pay into a pension, or retirement plan. In most cases, the employer pays half and the teacher pays the other half. Depending on a teacher’s citizenship and the agreement with the teacher’s home country, the pension can be claimed at the completion of the contract. In some cases where a teacher’s home country and work country do not have an agreement regarding pension and retirement plans, teachers can simply receive the money that was set aside in their monthly salary. Contract Termination Should an employer or an employee wish to terminate a contract, the expectations for what happens after termination must be written in the contract. On the employer’s side, legitimate reasons for possible termination should be specified. Other clauses may be added in a contract and may include the following: Preparation Time/ Teacher Training A teacher should have allotted preparation time to adequately prepare for classes. If teachers are offered training, the contract should specify the period of training and whether it will be paid or unpaid. Duties and Responsibilities Daily duties and responsibilities help teachers understand the daily grind and what is expected.
What is a reference check? A reference check is a process of verifying and confirming an applicant’s information with their employers and co-workers. It is an essential procedure and is conducted to make sure that there is no wrong information provided about the applicant’s job performance at their previous jobs. Interviewers are therefore prepared and ready with questions to ask previous employers. Reasons for English Instructors’ reference check There are 3 main reasons why employers or recruiters conduct a reference for English teachers. 1. Teacher-school relationship: Whether the teacher complied well with the institute’s rules and regulations. 2. Teacher-student relationship: Whether the teacher was kind to students and passionate about teaching. 3. Teacher-faculty relationship: Whether the teacher had a healthy and friendly relationship with colleagues. Who to contact for a reference check? Most reference checks are conducted through previous employers or colleagues. However, in the case of non-experienced applicants, it can be done through their university’s professor or their peers. For a fast and smooth hiring process, applicants can ask employers or colleagues to prepare a reference letter in advance and attach it with the application documents. Information required for reference check Most reference checks are usually conducted over the phone or by email. Applicants should therefore, provide the following information to either the employers or recruiters. Previous job(s) Address(es) Employer’s name Position Contact information Reference check process 1. Period It is conducted before the employer makes the final hiring decision or before a recruiter recommends a potential candidate. 2. Notice of reference check to the applicant The applicant will be notified that their employer or colleagues will be contacted for a reference check. Get their consent beforehand. 3. Adjust reference check schedule. Make and adjust a reference check schedule according to availability. 4. Conducting reference check They will focus on questions about the applicant’s competence and performance. It is essential when employers cross-check the interviews to make sure there were no exaggerations or false information provided. Most frequently asked questions during a reference check. 1. Teacher-school relationship Confirm if the applicant worked at their institute during the stated period. Ask about their role and responsibilities and how they handled them. If they complied with the school’s rules and regulations? e.g., commuting time If they would work with the applicant again in the future? 2. Teacher-student relationship If the applicant’s teaching methods fit the (current) students. If the students respect and follow as instructed. What type of students would be compatible with the teacher if they were to change schools? 3. Teacher-faculty relationship: If the applicant had/have any conflicts or disagreements with co-workers. If the applicant had/have good communications with the employer
ESL teachers’ reason to work with a recruiter. Job searching can be very tedious and time-consuming when doing it alone. Working with a recruiter has more advantages for you in terms of workload opportunities here are some of the reasons you should work with a recruiter: 1. Common goal The recruiter has a common with the instructor and that is to find a job that is suitable and works hard to ensure that you are hired. 2. Variety of opportunities Recently, most employers hire candidates in collaboration with recruiters. This process has proven to be more trusting and successful. Working with a recruiter exposes you to more opportunities than working alone. 3. Effortless and time-saving It takes a lot of effort and time to find a job that suits you. Reading through all available positions and waiting for a call back can also be a long and boring process. It is the recruiter’s job to find and match you with a job that suits and meets your requirements. 4. Insights about the employer Since recruiters cooperate directly with the employer, they have a better insight into employer requirements. They are therefore able to emphasize the most relevant qualifications and abilities. 5. Confidentiality Working with a recruiter can reduce the risk of employers finding out resignation notice earlier than expected. 6. Professional advice Candidates can receive professional support with such things as resume writing, self-introductions, and Interview preparations. In other words, recruiters can advise you on how to make a good first Impression and express your abilities in a more persuasive way. 7. Future networking connection Recruiters can follow up with the candidate throughout the employment period and in the future. Even if you currently have a suitable position, recruiters can prepare for better opportunities in the future. Why choose WnP Match-up
ESL Recruitment and hiring process The hiring procedure and documents may differ depending on the institution. E.g., those of the general language academy and those of EPIK. We will focus on the general language academy recruitment and hiring process through a recruiter. TIPs Even though there are delays in visa processing, restricted entry, quarantine requirements due to the recent high spread of covid-19 and closure of some government offices, recruiters will help you with document preparations and finding positions in time. 1. Choosing a recruiter As you have heard from your friends or online, Korea is the most competitive country in terms of culture, salary, living standards, and safety when compared to other Asian countries. So, if you choose to use a recruiter, you must find one that can help you get the position you want. Recruiting agencies in Korea are operated under strict government permit policies. E.g., consultant qualifications, business permits, etc. Consultation fees are therefore paid by employers and services are 100% free for instructors. Once your documents are ready or you have a timeline for your document preparations, you are then recommended to reach out to a recruiter. Why choose WnP Match-up 2. Sending your resume and the recruiter interview Generally, instructors apply to jobs posted by recruiters, or the recruiters suggest suitable positions to them according to their preferences like location and teaching levels. The recruiter considers both the employer’s and instructors’ requirements before proposing the appropriate position to the instructor. At this point, consulting begins and it’s usually done through phone, emails, or video interviews. TIPs 1. First, you must understand the position. Adjust your resume to be suitable for the position and submit it. If you send the same resume to many positions, you can get confused about what you want and you give the same information repeatedly to many recruiters. 2. Prepare for your interview with a recruiter by practicing potential questions. Also, prepare any questions you might have. See interview questions sample 3. Position suggestions and recommendations to the employer After the interview, the recruiter re-suggests a specific position to the applicant. With the permission of the applicant, the recruiter sends their modified resume and application to the employer. 4. The employer interview While the recruiter interview prioritizes recommendations, the employer interview evaluates if you are a suitable teacher for their schools. Teachers should also seriously put into consideration whether the employer and the position are suitable for them while conducting the interview. See interview questions sample 5. Applicant’s reference check If you have experience in Korea, most employers will conduct a reference check from your previous employer. However, if you do not have experience applicants can get recommendations from professors or friends. It is advised you prepare recommendation letters early in advance for faster and better results. What is a Reference Check? 6. Negotiating conditions and signing employment contracts If the employer decides to offer the teacher it is sent to the applicant early in advance before signing. Applicants should check and request changes if required; such as salary, annual leave, etc. After agreeing to the terms, the signed contract is then sent back to the employer. An ESL Teacher's Guide to Contracts 7. Visa application The applicant must first send all documents required for visa application to the employer. The employer obtains a visa issuance number from the immigration office in Korea. After receiving the visa issuance number, the applicant applies for a visa at the Korean embassy (or consulate) in their home country. Visa application documents must be sent through shipping companies that issue tracking numbers e.g., DHL, FedEx, etc., and must be delivered as soon as possible. 8. Departure and arrival to Korea Most employers provide inbound tickets that are reimbursed soon after entry. After the applicant or employer confirms the flights and travel dates, then planning for arrival, airport pick-ups, e.t.c begins. 9. Health check-ups, foreigner registration cards, etc. After arrival, applicants will have a medical health check-up and register for a foreigner registration card. Applicants can then apply for other necessities like phone plans, bank accounts after receiving their foreign registration cards. Foreigner registration process. 10. Community activity There are so many native instructors working in Korea. Most of them have created tight-knit communities in every region where they get together and explore Korea. Also, through travel agencies for native instructors, there are a variety of cultural experience packages and trips every season. All these benefits help you maintain a good social life in Korea. Check out coffee chat
What is a professional summary? A professional summary is a quick overview of your qualifications, experience, and skills summed up into a few sentences. Most summaries are about 3-5 sentences long and usually placed at the top of a resume or online resume. A professional summary is your first impression to employers and can help you land an interview. Anyone and everyone can benefit from a professional summary! How do I get started? First, choose your desired work industry and search for positions in that field. By comparing similar keywords and skills that are listed in different job posts, you can choose the ones that are the most common and add them to your professional summary. By adding these keywords, you will grab the attention of employers right away! Write your summary in a friendly, but professional tone. Employers are looking for candidates who can communicate well, so try not to use speech that is too formal or casual, such as slang. As always, be sure to proofread your summary for spelling and grammar. Check out the tips below to write the best summary: 1. Fresh Graduates As you just graduated from university, start by highlighting your field of study and relatable coursework. If you have any internship or relatable work experience, be sure to highlight that as well. While a high GPA is important, most employers prefer to see relevant experience and skills. If you’ve been involved in any clubs or led any activities or projects, be sure to briefly include these in your summary and mention any transferable skills that may be used in a professional setting. By outlining your career goals, you can help employers know if you would be a good fit for their company. 2. Entry-Level Job Seekers If you have around 1-3 years of experience, give an overview of your work experience and projects you have worked on. Don’t forget to include any awards or certifications you have received. In your summary, be sure to cover your professional growth and how you’re pursuing your career goals. Happen to have a portfolio for marketing or graphic design? Be sure to link it to your resume and mention it in your professional summary. 3. Experienced Professionals With 4-10 years or more of professional experience, list your business-related accomplishments. In your summary, add the accomplishments that relate to the industry you are applying for. Providing statistics and numbers of the goals you’ve reached will make your profile stand out to employers. A professional summary may not be able to cover everything, so be sure to include any other relevant information in a cover letter. 4. Career Changers Looking to change careers? It’s never too late! In your summary, state the experience that you have and how it transfers to the industry you’re looking to enter. Breaking into a new career is challenging, so taking some courses or getting a certification in that field will help you stand out to employers. This is something you should mention in your summary! Employers are always interested in candidates who take the initiative to learn something new. Also, be sure to give a little background into why you’re looking to change industries and your new career goals. So, there you have it! A few tips and tricks to help you begin or continue your professional journey. Be sure to add your professional summary on your resume on TheWorknPlay to grab the attention of employers. You can create up to 10 different resumes, so you can create 10 different professional summaries.
An ELS Guide to Writing a Winning Resume Most professional recruiters have a resume format specifically created to match the items employers want to know. We receive many applications from all over the world and try to review each resume with the same level of attentiveness. However, it is difficult to move forward with the recruiting process when a resume lacks much of the information needed by employers. There will be a lot of wasted time and energy from the recruiter and jobseekers if the resume does not contain the appropriate information. Therefore, it is advisable to create a suitable resume from the start. Most employers prefer a traditional resume format. Many job seekers might think that an eye-catching resume template will boost their chances of getting an interview, but this is just a falsity. These resume templates prioritize design over the content, so we recommend using a resume style that conveys your basic information and qualifications. 1. Personal information ① Photo Your photo is the first impression you have to show your potential employer. This impression determines many future outcomes. Therefore, we suggest that jobseekers appear professional in their photo. When preparing for your picture, you should dress in formal attire and cover visible piercings or tattoos. ② Date of Birth, Gender, Marital Status, Accompanying Partner or Pet Tell us in advance if you are traveling with your partner or plan to bring your pet so that we can find the appropriate housing options. ③ Nationality, Working/Residence visa In Korea Native English teachers must hold a passport from one of seven countries: The United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, or South Africa. Then you must also have a minimum of a bachelor's degree obtained from a university in one of the previously mentioned countries. ④ Current Residence and Desired Residence Your current location is meaningful in terms of visa issuance. If you specify your desired locations, it will help us understand more clearly and meet your desired working and living conditions. 2. Professional Summary You should clearly state the reason and purpose of submitting your resume. Even though some information might be explained in more detail later in your resume, emphasizing it here is critical. By doing so, it will help employers recognize your abilities and qualifications promptly. Employers will figure out more quickly how suitable you are for them by Clearly describing what age group and area you prefer, expressing your professional goals and ideals, lesson planning, class progress, leadership, teamwork, and communication skills are necessary to maintain a good relationship with students, parents, and other teachers. Also underline your computer skills, various teaching tools, as well as your time and crisis management skills. If you have no prior teaching experience, you must attempt to show how you will be a prepared teacher. Present your educational philosophies and a premade lesson plan to show you can adapt to teaching. Also, it would be helpful to display an understanding of overseas teaching jobs. 3. Education List all the degrees, qualifications, and programs you have completed. The highest level you have achieved should be listed first. Be as specific and detailed as possible when describing your institution, major, and completion date. In particular, if you majored in education, have a teacher's license, or completed a course related to education, provide a detailed description of the process of attaining it. 4. Career For education or education-related work experience, list the institution, location, position, and detailed job description. Don’t forget to add the curriculum, subject, and level taught. List your most recent experiences first. If you have just graduated from college or have little teaching experience, emphasize teaching-related activities. Examples such as teaching or working in summer camps, tutoring, or volunteering with youth are all helpful in landing your preferred job. 5. Qualifications and Skills Here you will need to provide detailed information about your qualifications or skills: Teaching license, TEFL certificate, other spoken languages, computer skills, animation, etc. Provide the certificate’s issuing country, institution name, and expiration date for your teaching license. 6. Extracurricular Activities and Achievements List other achievements you have received, such as teaching, coaching, volunteering, climbing famous mountains, running marathons, or winning writing competitions. Many potential employers want to make sure that you are outgoing, independent, and can adapt to new environments. 7. Suggestions List the organizations you have worked for and provide their name, title, phone number (including country code), and email address. Above all, the letters of recommendation they write can be an important evaluation factor. If you have experience, Korean employers and recruiters evaluate you through a career inquiry. Sometimes, even if you have no experience, you may be asked for a recommendation letter from a professor or a friend. Employers and recruiters start evaluating you from the moment they receive your resume. Branding a resume which means expressing one's strengths and sharing those with employers to become a better candidate allows having more employment opportunities.
Factors to consider before creating a resume In most Korean education institutes, the primary role of a Native English Teacher is to help students improve on a general understanding and use of English through reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Thus, no special teaching qualifications are necessary unless teaching at an International School. Employers would prefer someone with a teacher's license or who majored in education. On top of everything, the schools seek someone who understands Korea's educational system and customs and has a passion and love for students. The recruiting process in Korea is completely different from that of the western world. If you want to receive a teaching job in South Korea, you need to create a quality resume to start the process. Understanding the standards of the Korean recruiting process beforehand is essential. Job Seekers MUST add a professional and current photo on their resume along with their date of birth. Sometimes, you may be asked additional questions about your personal life. Have you ever sent your resume to employers or recruiters in Korea? Every company you applied for might have asked you the same questions regarding your photo, date of birth, and personal life. Unlike Western societies, adding a photo to your resume is fundamental in Korea and other Asian countries. Age is also considered very important in Korea because more respect is shown to older people, thus creating a hierarchy according to age. In addition, the marital status MUST be noted to get visa approval and receive appropriate housing options. Thoroughly inspect job descriptions and company profiles. Where is the exact location of the academy? What subject am I required to teach, and how? Everyone wants to perform admirably for a company they enjoy, but they don't spend the time researching beforehand. This often results in being resentful and even quitting the job early. Because of these obstacles, please review a job posting meticulously and check the company website, social media, etc. You should apply with a suitable resume after grasping what they are looking for from an applicant. Some employers want to make a quick decision on applicants by simply reviewing their resumes. Employers are primarily concerned about your experience and certifications. You need to prioritize informing the employer of your previous experiences regarding ESL teaching, the certificates you received in preparation for teaching overseas. Mentioning prior experience living and working abroad can go a long way to helping you secure an interview. Even if you do not have any teaching experience, you will be expected to show you are prepared to teach. The best way you can do this is by constructing an educational philosophy and a lesson plan. Therefore, an interview must be conducted to determine whether or not you will be hired. Delete your resume saved on your laptop. We are constantly searching for information on the internet and learning more about AI recruitment or big data. However, we continue having our old resumes stored on our computers instead of out on job databases or websites. So, create a resume that resonates with employers. Those who actively express themselves will be prioritized in the recruiting process. Adding introduction videos to your resumes will help you stand out against the sea of other applicants. Updating your resume will give you more interview opportunities and will definitely upgrade your salary.
ESL Visa Documents Needed for South African Citizens 1. Copy of Passport 2. Copy of Apostilled Diploma (Apostille Stamp Visible) 3. Apostilled Criminal Background Check (Original) 4. Self-Health Assessment 5. Three Signed Contracts – Please make sure to sign all three copies 6. Two Passport Style Photos 7. Isolation Consent Form 8. Visa Issuance Application Form Before you start applying for teaching jobs in Korea, make sure you have the physical copy of your diploma and your criminal record check apostilled and ready to go! Preparing Your Diploma Find a notary public in South Africa. You can find one near you by searching online. Some universities can also make a notarized copy of the diploma for you. 1. The notary public will make an official copy of your diploma. 2. The copy will be notarized. In some cases, you will sign the copy and then they will sign and notarize it. 3. Attach an apostille to the copy. Preparing Your Criminal Record Check The nationwide criminal record check is conducted by the South African Police Services. Note: The original Police Clearance Certificate must be signed and stamped by the South African Police Service (SAPS) - Criminal Record Centre. Learn more here. In South Africa, the entire process may take up to 6-12 weeks, so apply as soon as possible. 1. Order a nationwide criminal record check via SAPS. 2. Attach an apostille to the original criminal record check. The Apostille Process Have an apostille attached to: 1. The notarized copy of your diploma 2. The original, hard-copy of the Criminal Record Check. Since the regulations regarding the apostille process in South Africa are subject to change, check the International Relations & Cooperation site to learn more. Remember: The photocopy of your diploma must FIRST be notarized before you get an apostille attached. Once you have both your diploma and criminal record check with the apostilles, you will be ready to go and can start applying for teaching positions in Korea! Once you have these documents ready, schools will know that you are serious about pursuing a position in Korea and will be able to move forward with your application.
ESL Visa Documents Needed for New Zealand Citizens 1. Copy of Passport 2. Copy of Apostilled Diploma (Apostille Stamp Visible) 3. Apostilled Criminal Background Check (Original) 4. Self-Health Assessment 5. Three Signed Contracts – Please make sure to sign all three copies 6. Two Passport Style Photos 7. Isolation Consent Form 8. Visa Issuance Application Form Before you start applying for teaching jobs in Korea, make sure you have the physical copy of your diploma and your criminal record check apostilled and ready to go! Preparing Your Diploma Find a notary public in New Zealand here. Note: DO NOT use a Justice of the Peace or a Solicitor. 1. The notary public will make an official copy of your diploma. 2. The copy will be notarized. In some cases, you will sign the copy and then they will sign and notarize it. 3. Attach an apostille to the copy. Preparing Your Criminal Record Check The nationwide criminal record check is conducted by the Ministry of Justice. Criminal record checks that were issued 6 months prior to the visa submission date will not be accepted by Korean Immigration. In New Zealand, the entire process may take up to 6 weeks, so apply as soon as possible. 1. Order a nationwide criminal record check via the Ministry of Justice. 2. Attach an apostille to the original criminal record check. The Apostille Process Have an apostille attached to: 1. The notarized copy of your diploma 2. The original, hard copy of the criminal record check. Since the regulations regarding the apostille process in New Zealand are subject to change, check the New Zealand Government Site to learn more. Remember: The photocopy of your diploma must FIRST be notarized before you can get an apostille. Once you have both your diploma and criminal record check with the apostilles, you will be ready to go and can start applying for teaching positions in Korea! Once you have these documents ready, schools will know that you are serious about pursuing a position in Korea and will be able to move forward with your application.
ESL Visa Documents Needed for Irish Citizens 1. Copy of Passport 2. Copy of Apostilled Diploma (Apostille Stamp Visible) 3. Apostilled Criminal Background Check (Original) 4. Self-Health Assessment 5. Three Signed Contracts – Please make sure to sign all three copies 6. Two Passport Style Photos 7. Isolation Consent Form 8. Visa Issuance Application Form Before you start applying for teaching jobs in Korea, make sure you have the physical copy of your diploma and your criminal record check apostilled and ready to go! Preparing Your Diploma 1. The notary public will make an official copy of your diploma. 2. The copy will be notarized. In some cases, you will sign the copy and then they will sign and notarize it. 3. Attach an apostille to the copy. Preparing Your Criminal Record Check Receiving your criminal record check in Ireland may take 4-8 weeks. 1. Apply for a criminal record check from any Garda Police Station. The criminal record check comes in the form of a clearance letter and must be issued from the Superintendent’s Office of the Garda station with the signature of the superintendent of your local station. Notarization is not required. The Apostille Process If you are applying in Dublin, you can go in person to the Department of Foreign Affairs, which has offices in Dublin and Cork. You may also send in your documents via registered post. Learn more here. Along with your documents, you must submit a cover letter with the following: • Your name • Return address • Telephone number • The name of the country the document(s) are for use in • The appropriate fee Once you have both your diploma and criminal record check with the apostilles, you will be ready to go and can start applying for teaching positions in Korea! Once you have these documents ready, schools will know that you are serious about pursuing a position in Korea and will be able to move forward with your application.