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Korea 2023 Hosts Global Talent Fair to Provide Golden Opportunity for Companies and Jobseekers Alike
Korea 2023 Hosts Global Talent Fair

As the first integrated job fair to date, the 2023 Global Talent Fair was held on August 21-22 at COEX in Seoul, S. Korea. The recruitment fair is the largest of its kind in the country, bringing together about 400 companies, including Korean companies, foreign-invested companies and overseas entities, and attracting more than 2,000 jobseekers.

Korea 2023 Hosts Global Talent Fair
Largest Job Fair of its Kind in Korea

Hosted by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and the Ministry of Employment and Labor, and organized by the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), the Korea Industrial Manpower Corporation and the National Institute of International Education, the 2023 Global Job Fair kicked off on August 21 for its two-day run.

By integrating the existing job fairs for overseas employment, foreign company employment, and foreign student employment into an all-encompassing "global talent fair,” the large-scale event attracted the attention of local and foreign companies seeking high-quality talent in Korea, as well as jobseekers who want to work for global companies.
400 Companies Gather to Recruit Qualified Talent

The fair brought together 382 companies, of which 168 were foreign-invested firms, including Umicore Korea, 3M Korea, and Otis Elevator Korea and 114 were foreign entities, such as Expedia of Malaysia, Pasona of Japan, and Tide Solution of the United Arab Emirates.

In addition, 46 of the Forbes Global 2000 companies participated in the event, including Dell Technologies Korea, Siemens Healthineers Korea, Applied Materials Korea, and Infineon Technologies Korea.

The remaining 100 companies were Korean enterprises hoping to hire foreign students studying here, including Korea’s No. 1 mobile carrier SK Telecom, major pharmaceutical company SK Bioscience, and leading chemical manufacturer POSCO Future M.
Korea 2023 Hosts Global Talent Fair
Thousands of Jobseekers Meet with Companies On-site

At the Global Job Center, 114 overseas companies set up booths to meet with jobseekers and provide them with the latest information on relevant industries and foreign employment. With the overarching goal of hiring more than 1,000 people, 99 companies sent their HR staff and recruiters to Korea to hold on-site consultations and interviews, while the remaining 15 companies met with job seekers remotely via online meetings.

By country, Japan had the highest number of companies with 66. Japan’s Pasona, Open House, and Malaysia's Expedia were among the top recruiters. In total, approximately 2,500 pre-arranged interviews were held, and walk-in interviews were also arranged based on availability.

Meanwhile, foreigners studying abroad in Korea sought out job opportunities through the Foreign Student Recruitment Center. The 100 Korean companies that participated in the fair unveiled plans to expand their global business opportunities by recruiting more than 300 global talents with diverse backgrounds and skills. In particular, companies from Korea’s high-tech industries such as Main Information System, SK Bioscience, Posco Future M, and SK Telecom also held job consultations with foreign students in Korea.
Korea 2023 Hosts Global Talent Fair
Employment Strategies, Mock Interviews, Provincial Job Briefings Extend Reach

Aside from the consultations and job interviews, the fair featured various sub-events such as special employment lectures by current employees of the participating companies, resume/cover letter consultations, mock job interviews, briefing sessions on employment strategies in major countries, and information sessions on administrative procedures such as immigration and visa issuance.

Furthermore, to promote the widespread participation of local job seekers, a series of preliminary job briefings were held in 10 provinces across the country including Busan, Daegu, Gyeongbuk, Daejeon, Chungnam, and Honam, making the job fair available to a wider audience and offering opportunities for jobseekers to become more competitive in the job market.

By Grace Park
Executive Consultant, Invest KOREA
Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA)

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