South Korea

Always take the professional approach when writing your CV. Korean employer's attribute professionalism to seriousness and hard work. Show that you are capable of doing the job by organizing your thoughts clearly and concisely.

List your full name, address, e-mail address, phone number (with your appropriate country code) and any other contact information that you find necessary. After you introduce yourself with all your personal information, briefly touch upon your key skills (computer, language, etc). It is best to only include key words instead of lengthy, flowery sentences. You can clearly highlight your skills in your Global Workplace CV

In case an employer wants to further investigate your accomplishments and find out more about you in general, he or she may want a list of professional and personal references. Make wise choices about who to include in your list and don't forget to include their contact information and relation to you. Even if the employer does not utilize this tool, it is helpful to have it readily available just in case.


Job interview tips

There is no room for arrogance in Korean culture, especially when doing business. As the interviewee, you are expected to show respect to a potential supervisor and loyalty to the company to which you are applying. Korean culture suggests that deviating from such traditions during an interview can unwittingly be perceived as an insult.
Take the initiative and bow first, since you are in a lower position than your interviewer. Shaking hands is reserved for more personal relationships, so unless the interviewer extends his/her hand first, you are expected to bow.
Whether you are listing prior experiences or sharing any other information, do not be boastful. Arrogance is considered insulting as humility is an inherent quality in the Korean culture.


Culture and tradition are inbred into every aspect of South Korea, even in the economic aspect. Business should not be conducted afar from Korea’s long-held traditions. Among many, there are three key qualities that each person planning to do business in Korea should recognize and assimilate:
Your interview is like a test of your loyalty. Future employers want to know that you are in it for the long haul and know that they can depend on you. Be interested, alert, and know about the company to which you are applying.
There is no need to overstate any past experiences or qualities you may possess. The company already recognise your assets and ‘arrogance’ can invalidate all those qualities. Be honest, yet humble.
As the interviewee, you are the “guest.” Be grateful for your opportunity to be at the interview and respect your “host” in all manners. Allow the host to control the meeting and be attentive.
Interested in applying for a job in Sout Korea? Click here to find out more or alternatively click here to go to the main country specific CVs page.

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