“I had been looking to teach English in Korea for a long time when I first came across PlanetESL, and a friend and I had both recently finished University so were ready to head out soon. We were looking for a position working and living together, I had sent some applications to a few jobs I’d seen posted online, one of which was being offered through his organization.
Michael, the director at PlanetESL, called me to find out about me and exactly what I was looking for, and also to answer any questions about his organization, the job, or about living and working in Korea in general. Once he was confident the job was a good match for my friend and I, he put us in touch with the school’s director for an interview and to ask some questions directly. It went well and we were interested in the position, however, they needed us much sooner than we could make arrangements for.
Still intent on helping us find a job that met our very specific demands, he stayed in touch with us, frequently updating us by phone and email on what he had found, what he expected to be able to find for us, etc. Then the news came that the school was interested in us again since they hadn’t been able to find anyone who could come as immediately as they had been hoping. Michael helped us through the contract signing process and was very thorough and knowledgeable throughout. Once it was certain we were coming he continued to help us every step along the way, with flight arrangements, visa arrangements, answering our endless questions, and just generally making us feel confident that this major transition would go smoothly. In the days leading up to the flight here to Korea, Michael was great, calling almost every day to make sure everything was OK, that we weren’t stressed out about everything and that we had everything we needed.
He met us at the airport in Seoul and drove us to meet out new boss at our apartment. There had been some uncertainty about what exactly our accommodation would be like and we ultimately chose to trust Michael when he told us that we would be happy. My friend and I planned our trip here long and thoroughly but it’s impossible to know and control everything when making arrangements from the other side of the world, but the accommodation, like everything else we simply hoped would work out well, was great. We like everything about out situation here and have had our expectations met on every aspect of our work and living situation, thanks to Michael. After our arrival, he would call us every week or two to see if we were OK, if there was anything he could do, and to make sure we were happy with everything. He even makes himself available to us on his cell phone, in case we ever are stuck somewhere and could use his help (he speaks borderline fluent Korean, the best of any foreigner I know here).
I’ve met a lot of people since I came here who have used recruiters and I haven’t heard of anyone who was as thorough and as supportive as Michael. Many recruiters have little contact with their placements after the job starts and few are interested in seeing if their placements are happy, but Michael has been fantastic in these regards, and I would totally recommend him to anyone considering coming to Korea.