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A New Kind of Recruitment Fair for International Schools in Asia

November 12, 2014


The internet and Skype may have transformed the recruitment process in recent years, but technology has yet to come up with a satisfactory replacement for a face-to-face meeting. Recruitment fairs therefore remain key events on the calendar and with tens of thousands of international educators across the Asia region looking for new positions each year, fairs held in Shanghai and Abu Dhabi are convenient locations for a wide variety of schools and candidates.

Job-Fair-Woman-Interview-Career-NetworkThis is the third year that CRS Education has run their recruitment fair events and they have received extremely positive feedback from both recruiting schools and job seekers. This year they are running their fair in Shanghai from January 16th to the 18th and the Abu Dhabi event from the 22nd to the 24th, and will host over 50 individual international schools and school groups from throughout East, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

A key differentiator to other recruitment events is that PD workshops are scheduled into the event framework. Delivered by recruiting schools in 1 ½ hour sessions, they allow candidates attending to spend time with school leaders outside of an interview, gain an understanding of the educational thinking in a prospective school, network with other attendees and, of course, learn something new! CRS firmly advocates that consideration of professional and personal growth opportunities are key factors for candidates to take into account through their job search process.

The international school community across the Asia region has grown enormously over the past decade, although it remains a community and any connections made can bear fruit in both the short and long term. The fairs regional emphasis will allow interested candidates to focus their job searches, and with the huge number of international schools and educators now based Asia, an event that allows greater movement between East / SE Asia and the Middle East will provide welcome support for some of the thousands of teachers in Asia looking to relocate in 2015.

CPSCRS Education is based in Shanghai and will run their events at the Hongqiao Hilton on January 16th – 18th, and the Yas Island Rotana in Abu Dhabi on the 22nd to the 24th. For more information please contact info@crs-edu.com.

Written by: Vanessa Cumbers
Submitted by: CRS Education

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Hiring Policies at Int’l Schools

Comments about Hiring Policies #9: Int’l High School of San Fran, The American School of Kinshasa & British Early Years Centre

November 6, 2014


Comments and information about hiring policies on International School Community:

skype-interviewEvery week members are leaving information and comments about the hiring policies at international schools around the world.  Which ones go to the Search Associates Recruitment Fairs?  Which ones hold interviews over Skype?  Which ones have hiring restrictions imposed on them by the host country?  All important questions to think about when job searching, but where to find the answers to all of those questions?

Sometimes it is hard to keep track of which international schools go to which recruitment fairs and which interview style and tactic each international school employs.  At International School Community, we want to make the search for information about hiring policies easier for international school teachers. In the school section of each international school profile page on our website, there is a section topic specific to the school’s hiring policies.  The topic is: “Describe their hiring policies. Which recruiting fairs do they go to? How do they typically hire (e.g. face-to-face interview, Skype, etc.)? Are there any hiring restrictions mandated by the country?

Here are three out of the numerous submitted comments, related to the school’s hiring policies, that have been posted on our website:

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International High School of San Francisco (San Francisco, United States) – 15 Total Comments
Comment about their hiring policies: “Since it is French/American, basically they hire via Search Associates and CIS for international staff. For French staff you need to be a certified teacher from France. You can apply via the school\’s website. To be hired here, you don\’t need to be able to speak French FYI.”

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The American School of Kinshasa  (Kinshasa, Congo (DRC)) – 11 Total Comments
Comment about their hiring policies: “They will go to some fairs in the US or Johannesburg. They will hire through both, face-to-face and Skype. There are no age restrictions and they will usually prefer couples but will accept single parents very easily.”

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British Early Years Centre
 (Bangkok, Thailand) – 10 Total Comments
Comment about their hiring policies: “The British Early Years Centre generally employs teachers from the UK, however we do interview anyone with relevant experience who has a strong passion for what we do. Interviews are preferably done face to face and we like to see sample lessons, however given that we are in an international community and we employ from the UK, this isn’t always possible, so Skype interviews are the minimal requirement.”

Check out the more than 822 comments and information that have been submitted about the hiring policies on numerous international school profiles at www.internationalschoolcommunity.com.

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Salaries at Int’l Schools

Comments and information about salaries on ISCommunity #7: Blue Valley School, Ivy Collegiate Academy & Wellspring Int’l School (Hanoi)

February 12, 2014


Comments and information about salaries at international schools on International School Community.

Every week members are leaving information and comments on the salaries that teachers are making at international schools around the world.  Which ones pay more?  Which ones do you have to pay very high taxes?  Which ones offer tax-free salaries?  All important questions to think about when job searching, but where to find the answers to those questions?

Why do some international schools keep their specific salary information so secret?  Even at international school job fairs, you don’t really get to see the exact amount of your yearly and monthly salary until you see the contract paperwork.  Even then sometimes you don’t know what will be your exact take-home pay each month.  At International School Community, we want to make the search for salaries easier for international school teachers. In the benefits section of the school profile page, there is a section specifically for salaries.  The topic is: “Explain how salaries are decided (e.g. is there a pay schedule? extra step for masters degree? Annual pay raises? Bonuses?)

Here are 3 out of the many comments and information related to salaries that have been posted on our website:

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Wellspring International School (Hanoi) (27 total comments)
“The international and Vietnamese faculty salary varies. International faculty are paid once per month. Vietnamese faculty are paid twice per month. Everyone is allowed 2 meals/day at the canteen for free. Everyone is allowed 2 sets of uniforms for free and worn twice a week. Although I have a very good idea of both international and Vietnamese salaries, this information is not commonly shared. International teachers without a degree in their field or without a teacher’s license can expect to earn about $1,800/month gross. International teachers with a bachelor’s degree in their field and a teacher’s license can expect to earn about $2,500/month gross. International teachers with a doctorate degree in their field, teacher’s license, and 5+ years experience can expect to earn about $3,300/month gross. Vietnamese teacher’s salaries earn about 10% of international teachers.”

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Ivy Collegiate Academy (20 total comments)
“50000 for Taiwanese (even overseas trained) teachers. Beware: They wont tell you your pay right away. So, don’t be fooled by the pay they advertise on the web.”

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Blue Valley School (23 total comments)

“We started out around $800 per month. I understand that you can move up to $1200 per month.”

Check out the other comments and information about these schools (and 1000s of others) on our website: www.internationalschoolcommunity.com

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Hiring Policies at Int’l Schools

Comments and information about hiring policies on International School Community #8: Benjamin Franklin Int’l School, American Cooperative School of Tunis & Green School Bali

November 12, 2013


Comments and information about hiring policies on International School Community:

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Every week members are leaving information and comments about the hiring policies at international schools around the world.  Which ones go to the Search Associates Recruitment Fairs?  Which ones hold interviews over Skype?  Which ones have hiring restrictions imposed on them by the host country?  All important questions to think about when job searching, but where to find the answers to those questions?

Sometimes it is hard to keep track of which international schools go to which recruitment fairs and which interview style and tactic each international school employs.  At International School Community, we want to make the search for information about hiring policies easier for international school teachers. In the school section of each international school profile page on our website, there is a section specific to the school’s hiring policies.  The topic is: “Describe their hiring policies. Which recruiting fairs do they go to? How do they typically hire (e.g. face-to-face interview, Skype, etc.)? Are there any hiring restrictions mandated by the country?”

Here are 3 out of the numerous comments and information related to the hiring policies of international schools that have been posted on our website:

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Benjamin Franklin International School (49 Total Comments)
Comment about their hiring policies: “They go to fairs and informal meetings on the East coast in the states and canada every year. Also do Skype interviews.”

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American Cooperative School of Tunis (26 Total Comments)

Comment about their hiring policies: “The school used hire at job fairs, but now the new director basically only hires via Skpye. The hiring is done early at this school.”

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Green School Bali (27 Total Comments)
Comment about their hiring policies: “The school does not attend any fairs. Hiring is done via announcements on the school’s website. The hiring process is not quick. Expect to be interviewed, via Skype most likely, four times. Each interview is with a person a bit further up the food chain. At the moment Indonesia has an age cutoff of 60.”

Check out the more than 710 comments and information that have been submitted about the hiring policies on numerous international school profiles at www.internationalschoolcommunity.com.

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Hiring Policies at Int’l Schools

Comments and information about hiring policies on International School Community #7: Int’l School of KL, Escola Internacional de Alphaville & Guangdong Country Garden School

December 10, 2012


Comments and information about hiring policies on International School Community:

indexEvery week members are leaving information and comments about the hiring policies at international schools around the world.  Which ones go to the Search Associates Recruitment Fairs?  Which ones hold interviews over Skype?  Which ones have hiring restrictions imposed on them by the host country?  All important questions to think about when job searching, but where to find the answers to those questions?

Sometimes it is hard to keep track of which international schools go to which recruitment fairs and which interview style and tactic each international school employs.  At International School Community, we want to make the search for information about hiring policies easier for international school teachers. In the school section of each international school profile page on our website, there is a section specific to the school’s hiring policies.  The topic is: “Describe their hiring policies. Which recruiting fairs do they go to? How do they typically hire (e.g. face-to-face interview, Skype, etc.)? Are there any hiring restrictions mandated by the country?”

Here are 3 out of the numerous comments and information related to the hiring policies of international schools that have been posted on our website:

International School of Kuala Lumpur (65 Total Comments)

Screen Shot 2012-12-10 at 11.07.05 PMComment about their hiring policies: “You cannot be hired into Malaysia over the age of 60, though once hired, you can continue to work. The school attends a range of fairs, but also conducts Skype interviews. They are thorough in recruitment practices.”

Escola Internacional de Alphaville (13 Total Comments)

Screen Shot 2012-12-10 at 11.08.25 PMComment about their hiring policies: “Online Skype interviews are held with interested candidates. Selected candidates will start tenure with the school from January 15th. You need to be a native speaker of English with a teaching background with a minimum of one year’s experience to be eligible for a Brazilian work visa.”

Guangdong Country Garden School (17 Total Comments)

Screen Shot 2012-12-10 at 11.10.19 PMComment about their hiring policies: “Candidates need to send a cover letter expressing why they are interested in the position they are applying for. You should apply to this email address: bgyheather@126.com. They look for native speakers of English and must at least have a BA degree in the related field. Interviews are by phone or in person.”

Check out the more than 515 comments and information that have been submitted about the hiring policies on numerous international school profiles at www.internationalschoolcommunity.com.

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