If you’re going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you’re going to be locked up. ~
Hunter S. Thompson
So my job search adventure has definitely been a crazy one this week. This most notable part of it was dealing with a recruiter named Julia from ACE Recruiting. She has been kind of flaky and abrupt all along, but I just ignored it and assumed it was just an email communication thing. But a couple days ago I received an email from a guy who was letting me know that he was also a teacher who contacted ACE Recruiting and had received an email from them with all my personal details. resume, and previous email thread attached to it. He wanted to let me know since they seemed really unprofessional. I agreed it was but I was going to keep with Julia since I had an interview with Avalon (a large ESL company in Korea) that night.
Well I had the interview with the company via Skype and during the interview they mentioned the job started in May. So after the interview (which went well) I contacted Julia and asked about the starting date. First she said that was when I said I was available. I explained to her that I had stated around April 11th and then she said the process takes four weeks so that would be right since it was exactly four weeks away. I sad she must have the months mixed up because that is eight weeks away not four. She then wrote back and said this was a good school and the visa process takes at least six weeks. I wrote back with this:
I would love to but I can’t exactly afford to sit around for a month and a half. I am not sure why you are so angry at me when I had told you the dates.
Since I can’t wait two months I guess I am going to have to pass.
She then wrote back with the following email:
I didnt agnry.
Dont to go far.
The school didnt ask you to hire you. They didnt tell me to give you a contract.
You might be fallen
So, dont go far.
Ummm. What? Was I just threatened by a Korean recruiter? Weird. Anyway… not long after I got this email from her:
The AVALON school Suji Campus has a opening position start April as soon as your E2visa done.
They would like to hire you at Suji Campus in April.
Guess I wasn’t fallen after all. And then not long after that (around four hours later) I got this email:
I am sorry to say that you are declined by AVALON school because you are over age limit.
There max age is 35
Ohhhhhkkkaaaayy. So I wrote back with this:
Which is it because is the previous email you said the Suji campus would like to hire me? Previous email – “They would like to hire you at Suji Campus in April. “
Also, my friend, who is 40 years old just signed a contract with Avalon so I doubt it is an age thing.
I think that will be my last email with that recruiting company, except for the one that I will send saying I don’t need their services since I found another position, thanks!
I have an interview Sunday night with a position in Siheung city, which is near Seoul. And a few more recruiters looking for positions that should get back to me on Sunday evening. Next week I want to accept a job so I can go to the consolulate here in Seattle before I leave so I don’t have to make the drive to L.A. to see the consulate. Though a drive to L.A. would be fun too 🙂