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Simon Bureau’s “LTC, Go Abroad!”

Simon Bureau, who served as the Chairman of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Korea and is also the CEO of VECTIS, established a connection with Korea starting from his work in the International Finance Division of Yukong (now SK Energy) from 1986 to 1987.

As the CEO of VECTIS, his significant career highlights include Chairman of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Korea, Honorary Citizen of Seoul Special City, Member of the Seoul Foreign Investment Advisory Council, and Member of the Presidential Committee on National Branding.

“Simon Bureau’s Lecture at Sebasi for Job Seekers”

Simon Bureau appeared on Sebasi (Time to Change the World), known as Korea’s TED, to deliver a lecture on job strategies for job seekers.

While emphasizing overseas employment, he introduced principles that can still be applied to domestic job seekers, concluding his lecture with the phrase “LTC (Leave The Country)” and encouraging job seekers to “go abroad!”

Key points conveyed in the lecture include:

  • Have a targeted job search strategy.
  • Give potential employers what they need.
  • Learn how to sell yourself.
  • Be unique.
  • Establish a strong presence on social networks, especially LinkedIn.
  • Adapt and be smart in job interviews.
  • Leave The Country (Go abroad!)

Ultimately, rather than preparing for employment by simply distributing resumes, Simon Bureau suggests a strategic approach focused on identifying one’s strengths, considering how these strengths can contribute to potential employers, and then formulating a strategy accordingly.

For example, companies like Google receive millions of resumes annually, with a final acceptance rate of only about 0.25%. Therefore, differentiation from other applicants is essential for successful employment.

Moreover, considering the overall number of companies, expanding one’s scope beyond domestic companies to include international opportunities can be advantageous. While the number of top domestic corporations is limited, broadening horizons to include international options significantly increases the range of potential opportunities.

In conclusion, achieving desired roles in desired companies requires navigating increasingly competitive circumstances and showcasing something exceptional or distinctive compared to other candidates. This necessitates thoughtful reflection on personal strengths and crafting a strategy that aligns well with what companies seek.