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Job Search


Thursday, November 21, 2013

One of the very stressful things about international teaching is the way you get a new job. For many people, this job is appealing because it offers you the opportunity to move periodically and experience a different part of the world. Some people find a place or a school that they love and stay put forever, but it is also common for people to move every 3-5 years. Sometimes the school isn't a great fit, sometimes it's the community, and sometimes you just get the wanderlust.

This is great for me, because I am a person who gets bored easily.

The downside is the job search. Basically, it's like a giant game of musical chairs. Most schools require you to re-sign your contract sometime in late November or early December. Some schools offer a bonus if you either re-sign, or resign by sometime in October. By December, most schools have a good idea of their hiring need, and post the jobs on their websites and with recruiting agencies. Then it becomes a mad free-for-all as people try to find a job they want. If you've been doing this for a while, you probably have connections at a few schools and hopefully you can parley those into an interview at the very least. Sometimes however, your connections are at schools where there is not job in your field, or for what every reason you don't want to be in that part of the world. My best friend from my last job is in Saudi, but she's married; it would be a far different experience for me to be there as a single woman.

I have some connections, and I have been using them, but it's not easy. I teach a subject that is pretty over-populated with teachers. If I taught physics, I would pretty much be assured of a job, but no one in their right mind would want me to teach physics.

Today I got my first rejection letter, from a school I interviewed with via Skype last week. It's a very good job, and I have friends at the school, but it wasn't a great fit; I could tell that during the interview. But I do hate the rejection.

Unfortunately, this means that I have to go to a job fair, which is crazy expensive and will require new clothes. On the plus side, it's in Bangkok, a city that I love.
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SUNSHINE192DAY 11/22/2013 9:03AM

    I'm actually glad you didn't get accepted. Can you imagine signing a contract and then HATING your time there? I would think that would be worse than rejection. BUT I am praying that you finding the next perfect fit for you!

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ATHLETELORI 11/22/2013 8:30AM

    Good luck with your job search. I can't wait to find out where you end up!

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THEEXERCISER 11/21/2013 11:46PM

    good luck

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PHEBESS 11/21/2013 8:08PM

    The perfect job is out there, it just takes a little time to find it.

Plus this means we get to meet up in Bangkok! YAY!

(Have you looked to see if there's a school in Bali? That would be fun - we love this place!)

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 11/21/2013 4:10PM

    Best wishes!!!

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JUNEAU2010 11/21/2013 3:46PM

    Fingers crossed!

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LPRUNWALK 11/21/2013 3:24PM

    You are leading a life of adventure. Very cool. I'm sure you'll land something soon and be off to your next destination. Have fun in Bangkok, and enjoy buying some new clothes to fit your Sparky self!

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MUFFIY831 11/21/2013 2:18PM

    Job searches are always stressful, but best wishes to you!

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ADARKARA 11/21/2013 1:51PM

    I'm sure something will come up! And your physics reference reminds me of my favorite new quote, which also applies to your situation:

"Everything happens for a reason, and that reason is usually physics." emoticon

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