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Get Out of the Library Now!

All of us face a severe economic recession, and competition is deepening more and more. Applying for a job at more than 100 companies is common experiences. Under this situation, how many strategies do you need to reach your goal of getting a job?
 We met a special man who challenges his future aggressively. He never went abroad to study English and even his TOEIC score is below average compared to recent seniors. But he has a firm belief in his experiences and has his own ideas. "Do the uncommon experiences, 'Do what people dislike to do." Mr. Choi Sung-min (Dept. of Management, graduated in 2004), who works at Hyundai Motors planning department practiced these two mottos during his school days. Let's hear a few of his anecdotes.

Becoming uncommon Choi
He is a man who really dislikes being a "common" person. He always tries to find peculiar experiences others never undergo. Even during his military service he effectively applied his career in military to later public service works. 
 "It was a delightful time when I did what I liked. I enjoyed every moment. It is true that I always tried to do unusual ones."

His Own Unusual Treasures
When we hear of his careers, we can easily see how active he has been.
He has had too many careers to enumerate. The University President's Prize, Volunteering Service at Environment Group, Volunteering Service in 2002 WorldCup, Sleeping Outdoors at Seoul Station,  Taking a Prize at Public Subscription of Thesis, Enjoying Marathon Race...... and Taking Prize by President.
When I heard of his sleeping outdoors experience, I thought it was the wrong thing to do.
Because it didn't sound like a desirable experience. But listening to him recall what he learned during the 5 days, I could see his real intention.      
"It is my precious memory. Sleeping at the subway station, I learned an important lesson: Never be a perky man. During those five days, I thought anyone can be a begger or rich suddenly. Thus "being wealthy" or "being poor" was an instant value. To me, it was shocking because I'd always valued power and money before."      
 
Get out of the Library Now; Taking lessons in Life
 He is not a dreamer but a man who has a distinct methodology toward employment.
  "Many students have language training abroad and high TOEIC scores. But do you write down these things in the self-introduction document? Never. You have to fill out YOUR OWN history," Choi said.    
 "Take part in the real world of labor. Don't throw away precious time studying TOEIC in the library. As you work and experience the real world, you naturally become what you want to be. Because you will learn many things you can't find in books."     
 He also prepared for employment like other seniors.
 "I also studied TOEIC in the subway or bus. But from my perspective, studying TOEIC at the library is useless because there are so many great  experiences outside the campus."   
 Core Skills that Lead to Success at a Job Interview
1. Prepare and practice a 30-second self-introduction.
2. When your turn comes, never show or tell your all informations immediately. Let the interviewers ask a few questions.
3. Answer the questions through your own anecdotes.
4. Have a brave attitude; beat back your co-interviewees. It is COMPETITION..

What is he doing now? What are his future ambitions?
  Mr. Choi is well-known at his company. His co-workers call him "Mr. Boston Marathon" and "the President's Prize."
  Despite a short career, he occupies two desks in comparison with his co-workers. It seems that he  already seem as an important human resource by his senior officials.        
  "There are various kinds of jobs and companies. But my destiny led me to Hyundai Motors. Working in the motor industry is what I dreamed of doing. The motor industry is one of our nation's key industries. I have full-confidence of becoming a member of this industry.
  But getting a job is just a start. My goal is always to do more. I expect to be an executive. I want to devote myself to developing our country."     
 
  The interview was postponed between 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm because he suddenly had to attend a meeting. When the Post reporter reached his office, all his co-workers were gone.
   "I am fond of working at my desk. My desk is the most comfortable place in the world."
  His ambition to be an executive is not matched by his earnest attitude to wards his company.
 

Shin Dong-kyu  korea232@dongguk.edu

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