When applying for the EPIK program, this may well be one of the most important choices you make throughout the entire process. Keep in mind that recruiting agencies are required to provide their services for FREE and under no circumstance should you go with a recruiting agency not approved by EPIK or the NIIED or one that is asking for money
Things to consider
- Recruiter applications are accepted later than direct applications
If being one of the first applicants is high on your priority list, then going through a recruiter is probably not an option you should pursue. On the other hand, when you go through a recruiter, they will know the ins and outs of the application process, preventing you from being denied in the initial stages due to small errors.
- Confidence in your application/document management skills
Recruiters handle your final documents and forward them to EPIK once they arrive at their offices. However, before they forward them to EPIK, they will do a final screening to make sure you have done everything correctly. This can be a lifesaver if you have done something incorrectly or forgotten to include anything in your final documents package.
- The location of your recruiter
Recruiters approved by EPIK are in 4 countries: Canada, Korea, USA, South Africa. I personally think that recruiters within Korea are the best option. The downside to this is that if you are located in North America, the time difference will add ~around~ a day delay between any questions you may have with your recruiter and their answers.
|캐네디언 커넥션 (Canadian Connection)||Canada|
|eZ English (이지 영어)||Korea|
|ESL Consulting (이에스엘 컨설팅)||Korea|
|ETIK/Atop Recruiting(에틱/ Atop 리쿠르팅)||Korea|
|골드키에듀케이션 (Goldkey Education)||South Africa|
|코리안 호라이즌 (Korean Horizons)||Korea|
|코비아 컨설팅 (Korvia Consulting)||Korea|
|리치 투 티치 (Reach To Teach)||United States|
- Does the recruiter provide assistance once you arrive in Korea?
Is the recruiting agency going to assist you when you arrive or will they leave you to your own devices? KorVia hosts several parties throughout the year and runs several facebook groups where you can socialize with other KorVians. I can’t speak for the other recruiting agencies, but the commitment to recruits after arrival is one of the main reasons I selected KorVia as my recruiter.
- The reputation/history of the agency
Take a look at different recruiting agencies and see how long they have been in business. We all have to start somewhere, and certainly recruiting agencies that have not been around as long as others are by no means inadequate. KorVia has been welcoming (over 10,000) Native English Teachers to Korea for over 10 years.
My experience with KorVia
The KorVia process involves several simple steps. I have included some dates to give you an idea of my personal timeline with KorVia
- Submission of application to KorVia – Late February
- Skype webcam interview with recruiter – A few days later
- Submission of EPIK initial documents and EPIK application – Mid March
- Scheduling interview – Early April
- Handling of final documents upon successful interview with EPIK – Late April
- Arrival assistance in Korea
Throughout the entire process my personal recruiter, Jessie (She is #1!!!!), was absolutely incredible. She was quick to answer any question I had regarding the application and went above and beyond in staying in touch with me to make sure I had everything lined up and ready to go. Before the interview with EPIK, she called me on skype to test out the webcam and give me words of encouragement.
I know people always say stuff like this on reviews of recruiting agencies but really, I mean it when I say KorVia is the best. Of course, many people apply directly and are accepted into EPIK each year, but when you go through KorVia, you know you are part of a community, and you have someone in Korea who will have your back and be your advocate if need be.
Ad astra per aspera,