Just got a phone call minutes ago from SMOE saying that I no longer had a job with them for this coming year. I expect a few people on this forum will get this as well.
Reason was they have budget constraints and are cutting all the lower level applicants and not placing in as many school. And they are doing this a week before it starts?!
Bearing in mind, I've already recieved my notice of appointment. Is there a clause in the contract to allow this? Lol
At the moment, this leaves me stuck without a job and around £500 down from all the costs. This sucks.
They said they will keep me on file to apply in either March / August 2010.
From a second poster:
It's not just low level placement people who are being dropped.
I have a MA in Teaching (English), certification in English Language Arts and TESOL in my home state, and 6 years of experience - 4 of it in Korea.
And my recruiter just emailed me saying I was dropped because I wouldn't be there the first day of orientation -- which isn't even likely true.
He had told me on Monday that SMOE had FedExed my visa number. I had told him that I knew the turn around time in the consulate in Atlanta is one day. You drop the stuff off and pick it up the next afternoon.
MY two DHLed packages to Seoul by fastest method got there within 3-4 days. I could have likely made the first day of orientation - 2nd at the latest.
Now I'm back at square one with a mother-in-law who needs help and was expecting me to arrive next week.
----- and so goes the ESL industry in Korea...
The same poster continues:
A couple of weeks ago when people started posting that EPIK had shifted 100 contracts over to SMOE and that SMOE was dropping people who already had a signed contract due to overbooking --- was the time my recruiter got back to me that SMOE now wanted a specific form letter from the hakwons I worked at 10+ years ago.
I immediately said it was highly likely one or more of them wouldn't send such a letter, because the schools had changed hands or closed and one boss (where I did finish a contract) was an ass --- I didn't use that specific language --- I just said I'd likely not be able to get all the letters).
So, I said why not give me a lower level contract to sign? That should make SMOE even happier...
They didn't do that until after a couple weeks delay and at the end of last week.
I could still make orientation on time if they had really FedExed the visa number material on Monday as I was told.
I think this is just a case of poor planning on SMOE and EPIK's part.
Par for the course in the ESL industry in Korea.
I feel sorry for the people who had gone ahead and bought tickets over. Especially those who did so after getting the visa who might now be dropped.
From a third poster:
I was dropped after I sent my contract out (never received NOA). I thought that was the only time they made their cuts. I'm sorry to those that have recently been cut. Good luck to all of you in finding jobs. I felt as though everything fell apart when I got cut, but within 2-3 weeks, I received 3 job offers (2 asap positions and 1 starting in January). It's just a matter of deciding which one to go with now.