I was always fortunate to have my neighbors in California, Peru, and, now, Korea find my next job for me so when I hear someone is going off the grid by choosing not to have Social Networking Services (SNS) like Facebook (FB), I can understand. Especially, since I didn't jump on the bandwagon for Twitter or Snapchat either (I've downloaded both due to peer pressure, but less than two months later both were unused and deleted). Yet, one serious thing to consider is now, thanks to Facebook Messenger, I am employed and work Monday to Friday at a university in Seoul!
People can feel busy, but thankfully one afternoon I learned from my past not to ignore messages. So, in the instant that I received a relatively short, but prompt message from Tim, I became delighted that I didn't choose to live alone like a hermit crab. It was a job offer he saw on Facebook. Due to the promptness of seeing this fresh post and my ability to apply in a timely manner, I was able to edit my resume that day and have it proofread by Tim and another friend. Then, by the next day, I sent in my application package via email. It had been three days since the job was posted.
Unlike applying to government jobs in the US, quickly closing on time-sensitive private-sector jobs in Korea always seemed common. Thus, having SNS accounts is crucial. At least, this was a grave element in my case. (I couldn't imagine email being more satisfying or instant nor waiting until word of mouth to apply since, in my eyes, it could not have been as efficient as FB Messenger.) It was because Tim saw the opportunity and then went the extra mile to share it with me (someone who doesn't use SNS often), that I immediately saw it as a blessing. This series of events felt like magic to me--unbelievable that it happened to me. Thus, I felt tremendously honored as a result.
Although, Tim is yet to be my neighbor, I can really appreciate the networking he's done for me and I can imagine a plethora of other people he's met as well! Honestly, the first time I met him at an annual Korean TESOL event, his frank attitude about employment was so alluring; I constantly felt the urge to go get to know him more! Absolutely a delight and amazing for the amount of knowledge he has!
(Tim here. I did not pay her to write this.)
In all seriousness, thanks to Tim, the 40-minute interview went great. Actually, I ran into Tim a week before this D-day with a set of questions I could ask the university before they considered me or thought of even wanting to hire me. (This was really the best move, in my opinion. The amount of good feedback was unimaginable from Tim. No lies.) Next, the reference calls were all recommendations in Korea who believed I was an excellent pick for the job. (So, that went well, as well!)
I can't emphasize enough how valuable SNS accounts really are. For instance, after a reunion dinner, I also discovered that my college buddy found an ad on Facebook which got him into the Abnormal Summit (which is also known as Non-Summit) on JTBC's Monday night variety talk show. This was a great part-time gig for him and it as funny because he told me he had never imagined himself on TV. , I, on the other hand, always knew he would be on the screen because of his charming looks and charismatic personality--yet, all he needed was that opportunity! Can you believe it? He found it all on his own while using his phone, just as Tim was graciously perusing opportunities online for others!
My message to the readers of Tim's blog is don't lose hope; widen your horizons by continuing to hunt on social networking sites and find what you never imagined possible! Keep an open mind. Who knows who will be there to help you...