is a new Korea jobs and community site
November 3, 2009 11:28 PM   Subscribe is a new Korea jobs and community site is my entry into the slightly-crowded jobs site space for expats in Korea and people who are interested in coming here. My hope is to provide an evolving set of resources and a grow a community that breaks from the negativity that reigns in much of the K-expat web scene.

(Apologies upfront for the already-retro web2-esque URL, but I couldn't resist once I saw it was available)

The site's as ready for launch as it's ever going to be, I think, and I'm fervently hoping that people will join the community and once I start sending out emails to employers and recruiters, that job listings will ramp up.

Existing community sites for K-expats tend to be either a) relentlessly negative b) ugly c) ghost towns or d) moving to social networking platforms like Facebook, and in all but the last case they tend to be cookie-cutter PHPBB clones. I was hoping that offering something new, even if it might be a bit bewildering at first to people used to the same old same old, something focused more on people and the ways they might gather around topics and in the real world, might be received well and useful to the real-world community. My dream is a web community that, as it develops, will hew to some extent to kind of ethos we're familiar with here at Metafilter, as much as I can guide it in that direction.

Existing Korea job sites tend to be functional (sometimes barely) and ugly as sin, and I was hoping that a site that's a little warmer and friendlier might also be welcome. I'm no designer, but I hope the look and feel of the site accomplishes that. If you think my effort's as ugly as sin, too, I will understand but please don't tell me.

Anyway, the major development work is pretty much done for the moment, I think, and I'm moving in to the stage of trying to get the word out -- emails to employers and recruiters and such are my next step -- so I thought I'd start here.

I've tried to help scores of people over the years that have asked here in Ask Metafilter about working in Korea, and I'm hoping for folks like that, for the same folks if they end up coming to Korea, and for people who already live here, that the site grows to be a resource that will be as important and useful to them as Metafilter has been for me. Big dreams, I know, and nothing much will happen unless the community reaches a critical mass. We'll see.

Sorry to ramble on -- I've never put together a site that was intended to be anything but a pet project to please myself or a friend, and I'm a little nervous about throwing open the virtual doors.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken (2 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I think you did a great job with the design, stavros. That's a good looking site.
posted by empyrean at 10:22 PM on November 5, 2009

You make very attractive websites.
posted by jessamyn at 8:20 PM on November 10, 2009

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