"I had poor grades my first and second year at DU. My freshman grades were all Fs and my sophomore grades were about one point. I returned to my studies after leaving the army. I did my best to improve my grades."
Who is this positive person? He is Hwang Dong-suk, who was admitted to DU in 1998. He graduated from Dongguk University (DU) this year with a major in Statistics and with a minor in Management. Now, he is working at Daehan Fire & Marine Insurance Co., Ltd. as a probationary employee in an Information Technology Supporting Team. He started job hunting in June and succeeded after 5 months. He said, "I had written seventy resumes. It was hard to find employment. You must be prepared."
His School-Days at DU
"I didn't have a special university life. When I was a freshman I enjoyed traveling and was not interested in study. When I returned after the Army I became concerned about employment. So I applied plural major Management and started to do public service at a public library. And I attended a job training program for 6 months. Then, I worked again at a public library 20 hours every week. And I studied English steadily to prepare for TOEIC. My focus was on TOEIC, grades, studying Chinese characters."
Mr. Hwang could get a job with an insurance corporation because he majored in Statistics. He explained that insurance corporations generally prefer applicants who majored in Statistics. "Before you focus on a target, consider what kind of person a particular company wants. It is essential to plan effective strategy."
"Employment is a competition that requires information. Job seekers have to do their best to get as much information related to a job as they can. Applicants may get free access to information through the mass media, but they must be active move frequently to have substantial information. I took advantage of Job Supporter to collect various job information. For much information I organized a study group related to employment. Our group included students from Yonsei, SungKyunKwan and ChungAng University. By meeting other students I could get much hard-to-get information."
Hwang Dong-suk had tried to find his weak points and to develop himself. But it is hard to find weak points by oneself. So Mr. Hwang asked his family and friends. "I organized study groups for this purpose. We met at cafes or school and did mock job interviews, corrected others' resumes, held discussions and studied current events. It was very useful to me. I thought the best way to get a job was through various indirect experiments."
Know-how for preparing application
1. Find the Root of Your Pride.
Think about what your merits are and be confident.
2. Upgrade Your Specification
Recently, passing the document test is harder under the hardships of unemployment. The competition is rising and so are qualifications. "Before you interview for a good job, you must raise your university grades or TOEIC grade."
3. Knock on the Door of Job Support.
When you apply by using a recruiting ID, the passing rate of the document type is rise. Job Support provides students with useful information. "I had attended the programs provided by Job Support like DCEP (Dongguk Career Elite Program) and I used to practice writing my resume at Job Support. While writing resume I received help from the officer there."
4. Write as Many Resumes as Possible
"It was very hard simultaneously studying and applying for a job, but I wrote one resume a day. If you practice writing resumes, you will improve your writing skill. At first, I would consult a resume which was passed. Then, I changed the contents of that resume into my own contents. A good creation starts from imitation."
Tips for good interview
After passing the document test, success or failure depends on the interview. A good interview can lead to an applicant's success.
1. Think Critically.
It is important to have the critical thinking to pass a presentation and interview. Though self-criticism you'll find your weak points.
2. Make A Fun Atmosphere.
"I'll do my best." Aren't you tired of this comment? Sing a commercial message song of your own and make the interviewees smile.
3. Specialize Yourself.
"My friend applied to an oil refining company. When he was scheduled to be interviewed, he visited the branches of the company and posed a question about the company. And it is good for you to memorize sensible answers. For example, if I died, I would be buried here."
4. Maintain Moderate Tensions.
"When I did a group interview, my turn was over. My colleagues and I thought the interviewees were tired of the interview. So we sang a song in the interview and the atmosphere turned vigorous. The real interview began but I was too relaxed to answer the questions appropriately. I failed. I think it is bad to be too relaxed or to be strained too much."
"Employment is not accidental. But if you have will, you will succeed. Move it!"
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