All Korean public institutions to hire employees through blind recruitment starting Sept.

November 21, 2019 0 By Kody Olson

Having a top university label and an eye-catching
ID photo certainly didn’t hurt one’s chances of landing a better job here in Korea. But efforts are underway to change that trend…
starting with public firms. Relevant education, training, character and
experience will play the deciding factors. Oh Jung-hee gets us better acquainted with
the new blind screening process. What’s been making life more difficult for
young job seekers in Korea, in addition to the frozen job market,… is the widespread
recruitment culture — firms seeking students from high-level universities with good grades,
strong foreign language skills and extra certification. But the Moon Jae-in administration is to make
a change to that starting from the latter half of this year. (Korean) June 22, 2017
“Applicants to public organizations won’t have to write down discriminatory factors
like academic background, hometown or physical conditions. This is to have those from different universities
fairly compete from the same starting point, evaluated by their competency.” [ , ] (Korean )
“These days, students don’t give a serious thought to what their real dreams are… but
instead are busy thoughtlessly earning certifications. We want to end this and change our society
to the one where people can first think about their desired career path and diligently prepare
for that.” (Stand-up)
“The National Health Insurance Corporation is one of the very few public institutions
that’s been conducting blind recruitment. It adopted the new recruitment system in 2015,…
so has a lot to share with other public organizations on the system’s strengths, and on how best
to conduct the whole process.” 80-percent of the corporation’s work is taking
civil complaints,… so communication and problem-solving skills are crucial. Current application forms don’t ask applicants
about their academic background or language skills… but about whether they have related
experience… or took related school courses. (Korean )
“Through the blind recruitment system, we can offer opportunities to more applicants
than before. Also, the time new employees take to adjust…
is shortened from 6 months to 2 or 3 months.” Hwang Hee-yeong graduated a local university…
and went through several failures in job-seeking. But after highlighting her experiences as
a teaching assistant and others,… her key capabilities were acknowledged and she was
finally employed. (Korean )
“I also applied to other companies that weren’t ‘blind recruiting,’ but I wasn’t confident
about myself, and if I failed, I’d blame my academic background. But my current company recognized my capabilities
above anything else, and that motivates me to work even harder.” Midas-IT, a mid-sized software provider,…
has been hiring workers based on their personality and work ethic for seven years. Until 2010, the company — just like others
— had been hiring people who graduated from top universities… but now, the company takes
that only for reference. (Korean )
“We once did an employee investigation… and found out those who were doing well in
our company weren’t from good universities. And they were all more positive, proactive,
passionate and strategic than others. So we thought those traits should be the key
standards.” Kim Dong-min, who’s been working here for
11 months,… says he didn’t graduate from a famous university and doesn’t even have
a widely-required high English score. (Korean )
“I thought that it was natural for companies to consider applicants’ university degrees…
but for this company, no. During the interview, I told the interviewers
mostly about what I can contribute by working here.” Korea is only at the beginning stage of becoming
a capability-based society… and some things need to be done to successfully implement
and improve the blind recruitment system. (Korean )
There will be cases when companies have good enough reasons to see, maybe not which university
applicants are from, but what they majored in. The same goes for photos or gender. The policy will have to become a bit more
flexible if it were to be expanded to the private sector.” After blind recruitment was first announced
by the government, responses varied among university students,… with some saying it’s
a reverse discrimination against those from high-level universities. But all in all, the new system has been praised
just for veiling applicants’ university degrees… as it grants opportunities to more people
to ‘just give it a try.’ Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.