Recruitment Resources for International Teachers: The long list of things to think about! (Part 3 of 3)
January 27, 2012
There are so many things to think about and search for information about when recruiting. Why not have all the links you need to reference all in one location?
Teacher Recruitment Checklist & Calendar:
Obtain registration material from recruitment agencies. Update resume and gather references.
Rethink and rewrite your educational philosophy.
Start mentally saying goodbye to your present school, even though you just started a new school year!
Register with one or two recruitment fairs and make travel arrangements, and the sooner the better. If you want to get into the Bangkok fairs, you need to get your application in VERY early to be considered.
Contact and research schools of interest. The vacancies are just starting to trickle in on the Search and Tieonline websites.
Finalize plans for the international job fairs.
Prepare 20 plus copies of your resume and 20 plus photos of yourself to include with it.
Get your suit dry cleaned and bone up on your interviewing skills.
Make a list of questions to ask the recruiters about their school.
Make a list of your priorities and / or what is important to you in a job.
Get ready to spend hours and hours of time on the internet researching during your vacation time, but don’t expect that many schools (if any) to get back to you over the break (they are on break too!)
Job fairs and lots of interviews. *Some smaller fairs are held as early as Christmas vacation!
Be patient and follow up on all leads.
Some things are negotiable before signing on that dotted line!
Ask if there are any teachers from the school you are interested in attending the fair… then buy them a drink and get the real scoop on the school!
Get Skype on your computer and practice your Skype calling skills so that you are an expert.
These months are also the time when you need to give your word that you are officially leaving your current school. (Some schools like in Europe are more flexible.)
Prepare for round two “job fairs in June” and follow up on any leads.
Realize that many job contracts are signed during these months, even though most international school teachers would like to know where they are going much earlier!
Transition, Pack up, and ship out!
Saying goodbye to your old friends and get ready to say hello to your new ones!
The overseas adventure begins (continues).
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