Jessie is a Division Manager at Korvia Consulting and a Senior Recruiter who has been with Korvia Consulting since 2010.
What is your favorite travel memory?
At the age of 29, I decided to go to the US to study, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I was fortunate to have opportunities to get myself immersed into the culture and make many friends from different countries.
Before moving to America, I didn't have a clear picture of what I would really experience. However, the time I spent there was unforgettably good, and it allowed me to pursue my dream. My friends and teachers helped me survive, and influenced me a lot to become who and what I am now.
Life may push you in another direction, but you don't need to shy away from trying new things. Especially, when you're traveling. Traveling is all about liking adventures and the unknown.
How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?
I'd rather say that my time with Korvia has strengthened my characteristics more than it has changed me, and I believe professional identity is a real part of personal identity.
Working at Korvia as a recruiter means that you should be a good judge of character, and be a person who sympathizes with people. You should be a good program operator as well.
After many years of working with thousands of people at Korvia, I became more responsible, deliberate, and organized in everything I do, and try to make sure to examine things closely.
What is the best story you've heard from a return student?
Most of my recruits came to Korea right after they graduated from college, and many of them have been teaching or traveling to Korea for years.
Some even met their wife or husband while teaching in Korea! They all were successful teachers in the country and have been happy with their Korean families. I've been invited to their weddings, and I’m so proud of being their recruiter and friend.
If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?
I've lived in Daegu for almost 10 years, and my hometown is a small city on the East Coast. Now, I've been living in Seoul for 12 years. And I even survived in America! I'd be flexible and pretty much happy with where I would be placed.
I've taught English to teenaged students for more than 4 years, and worked at private academies, aka a Hagwon, and am TEFL certified. My experience with Hagwons was positive, and I'd not be opposed to working in the private sector.
In this market of Korea, experienced teachers are eligible and can be confident to apply for any teaching job in the public or private sectors. So I'd tell my recruiter that I'll be happy with whatever has the higher probability of me getting in, and to try every opportunity that matches my qualification and preferences.
What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?
Needless to say, at the top is communication and team work. Clear communication is vital in working as a team and dealing with many clients at a time. Recruiters and each team keep the company up-to-date with the latest policies, changes, and progress report. Clear communication helps and inspires people to work more efficiently and do better.
Korvia recruiters care about people and support them. Living and working in a foreign country can be stressful, and the job may not be suited to their capabilities. It is important for recruiter/the company to invite input from clients/staff on issues, and we do our best to find the best solutions to the problems, or give in-depth answers to questions for them.
Lastly, Korvia recruiters are all unique. Each recruiter at Korvia has a unique character with their special value, and everyone is a treasure to Korvia. One is friendly and artistic, and another is ambitious and enthusiastic... I can't name or tell all here, but I can tell they all are One of a Kind! And I am proud of that.
What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?
We, Korvia recruiters are enthusiastic about what we do, and we try to do our best work. We never stop learning to improve and keep our work in perspective. Every year, Korvia establishes objectives and sets plans to accomplish the goal. The expectations should be realistic, and for that, we analyze past year's statistics, and do workshops including intensive group discussions and training sessions.
In Korvia, we remember why we are doing this, and we keep going with the belief that we have been making a worthwhile contribution. This belief and the deliberate efforts are the biggest factors for Korvia to have thrived in this industry.