One of our readers recently asked me to find out everything I could about Korean resumes because she needs to fill one out. So I did.
Here’s some great info to get you started:
Types of Resumes:
My wife has told me that in Korea, there are basically 3 types of Resumes:
- A generic resume (good for any job) = 이력서
- A resume for public servants and teachers = 공무원 이력서
- Specialized, creative resumes designed by the applicant themselves
The first two types of resume can be found to Download from many locations online (and I’ve linked to a few below). They can also be purchased in any bookstore.
The third resume type is quite uncommon and would probably only be used if applying for a job like Google or some other specialized company. But even in that case, a generic 이력서 would probably be accepted as well.
Top 3 most relevant How-To posts here:
- 서울특별시 고령자취업알선센터 > 이력서 작성요령
*(Seoul City Elderly Job Placement Center > How to Create a Resume)
- 대구광역시 동구 > 취업가이드 > 이력서 작성요령
(Daegu Metropolitan City > Job Guide > How to Create a Resume)
- 고용노동부 한국고용정보원 >이력서 작성요령
(Korea Ministry of Employment and Labor > How to Create a Resume)
Downloadable Files here (HWP):
- 박하사탕의 블로그: 이력서 양식 HWP 다운(첨부 파일)
*(Peppermint Candy’s Blog: HWP Download Forms (Attached File))
- 울산과학기술대학교 취업지원센터 > 이력서 표준양식 50선 – 자기소개서 작성가이드
(Ulsan National University of Science and Technology Career Development Center > 50 Standard Form CVs and Written Personal Statement Guide)
The one from Ulsan University is incredibly extensive. As you can see here, it even includes resume examples in Chinese and English:
Peppermint Candy’s blog provides 6 simple forms:
- The Most Simple Resume
- Superior Simple Resume (with some additions)
- An Additions Page for added experience
- The Korea Ministry of Employment and Labor’s Most Recommended Resume form
- The Most Commonly Used Application/Resume form
- A Basic Self-Introduction form
I will go over EACH of these in more detail in a later post.
Creating a Self-Introduction:
- 국가보훈처 > 자기소개서 작성방법
(Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs > How to Create a Self-Introduction)
- 부자병법 블로그: 자기소개서 작성요령
*(The Rich Man’s Art of War Blog: How to Create a Self-Introduction)
Resume Writing Tips:
- 프루덴셜 스토리 > 취업과 이직을 위한 현명한 이력서 작성 관리 노하우
*(Prudential Story > Smart Resume for employment and turnover management know-how)
The story from Prudential here gives tips for Resume writing for all kinds of different job seekers:
- Entry-level, no experience resumes (be as concise as possible)
- Low-level, with experience resumes (focus on your growth)
- High-level, experienced resumes (emphasize past results – show how you’re a good fit)
Korean Job Seeker Series
Because the above entries look to contain a great deal of excellent information about how to PREPARE for a job in a Korean company (and since I eventually want to do just that), over the course of the next few weeks and months, I will progressively get to work translating some of these to help our readers (and myself) learn more about what it’s like to apply for Korean jobs in Korea. The starred (*) entries above are the first ones I will work on translating.
As time goes on, and as my experience allows, I will continue adding to the Korean Job Seeker series with additional topics about:
- Job Interview Tips
- Korean Presentation Skills
- Getting Your First Korean Job
- The Korean Job Experience
And so on. Many of those topics may take years to write. It all depends on my own personal progress toward those ends.
But for now, I hope this post has provided some good resources to get you started. Stay tuned for next week when I translate the first How-To Create a Resume article from the Seoul City Elderly Job Placement Center. And I’ll try to translate the 6 forms provided by Peppermint Candy as soon as possible as well.