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4/28/13 3:28 A

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Congratulations on your new position. I hope you have a great time working with this school. emoticon

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4/24/13 7:55 P

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Hooray! I'm so happy for you!! emoticon


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4/24/13 6:06 P

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I am incredibly happy to tell you all that I have been formally offered a position and contract! I will commence my new position in August/September.

Thank you so much for the advice and encouragement.

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4/21/13 11:54 P

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Thank you everyone. A fairly lengthy thank you/proccess inquiry letter has been sent. I want this position badly so your well wishes and/or prayers are very appreciated. I'll update accordingly :)

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4/19/13 7:06 A

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I'm with our peers... personal contact via a phone call....

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4/18/13 7:04 P

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I guess I'm not sure what to tell you. Maybe some others will have advice. It sounds like waiting until Monday will be fine.


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4/18/13 1:44 P

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Hello,

When it comes to international schools typically all communication is done via email and interviews done via skype. Phone communication outside of skype almost never happen because of timezone differences. There is almost always an agent involved too, but not in this case thankfully.

If I do not hear anything back by weekend I intend to send an email plus additional documentation (practicum reports/references etc) on Monday. I don't want to come off as impatient or pushy but I do deserve to hear something. There's a lot of background stuff that needs to happen I believe with my file for final approval...so I am wondering if I should wait?

What would you say in an email to affirm that time is of the essence and that continued communication is well deserved without sounding desperate or whiney? Keep in mind this place only got back in contact after an inquiry but since then communication has been reasonable.

I am doing my best to remain positive...

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4/18/13 8:02 A

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Can you call them? It might be nice to talk to someone on the phone. I would send it Friday or Monday.


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4/17/13 11:45 P

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Thank you for the advice everyone, keep it coming if you like.

I am becoming so stressed out about this my jaw locked at 3pm and since that time I have not been able to chew or move my mouth properly :(

The last email communication was April 10th...am I right in thinking a possible email is in order for Monday? I am trying so hard to be patient and I don't want to come off as a job stalker. ...But damn it I have fought so hard and waited so long for this opportunity.

I am trying to take cultural and timezone differences into consideration.

This is miserable.

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4/17/13 11:47 A

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I would send a nice note via snail mail/post, NOT email unless that is how you have been contacted. I would follow that up with a call with in 3-4 days. I would also continue to look for a job.

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4/17/13 9:34 A

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I suggested my mom send a thank you after waiting two weeks and they called her right away, mentioning they had lost track of time and offered her the job on that phone call. Sometimes a little prompting is all the supervisor needs.

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4/17/13 7:13 A

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I agree.....Contact them by the end of th week..

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4/16/13 3:06 P

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I would contact them by the end of this week. That gives them over a week to have gotten back in touch with you.


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4/16/13 1:12 P

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I agree about contacting them and saying you are still interested and did they need anymore information.

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4/16/13 12:32 P

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Hello,

I did that after my second interview within the day. How long should I wait before I follow up next? Given there was Easter break until the 9th of April, with communication promised sometime after.

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4/16/13 12:23 P

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I would communicate with them and tell them again how much you enjoyed the interview and how much you would like to be a part of their team. I haven't applied for a job in forever so I'm not much help. I'm wishing you all the best!


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Hello fellow educators,

I hope that maybe some of you can offer words of reassurance and experience for me, some of you are probably my spark friend and have read my previous journal entries about how arduous the job search process has been since my yearlong contract ended at the end of December.

I am American but teach abroad.

(Backstory: skip if short on time)

I’ve had so many prospects start out promising…maybe around 12 by my count but then my recruiter/person I was talking to drops off the face of the Earth it seems after the second interview…I suspect often due to compensation as otherwise the interviews are positive but it doesn’t excuse cutting off all communication. The worst experience however was basically being promised a position, spending 1k in travel to another country only to arrive and have a snide co-teacher and finding out I was their second choice all along.

I even got offered a contract twice. Once it fell through to ‘internal hiring’ issues---why they felt the need to put me through five interviews, reference checks and then say that is…rough. The other couldn’t get the state government to approve my qualifications…or the last I heard…the only time I have been told I was their preferred hire…and then have all email communication stop.

To say that I have experienced some really unprofessional behaviour is an understatement. I also am feeling so pessimistic now—sometimes deeply sad, I cannot feel hopeful or happy about anything career related and I really want to.

The last 4-6 months have made me really question if teachers are the mentors, creative loving people I know they are in my eyes or just another person to be used of taken advantage of in the eyes of others. It really sucks to have these sentiments so early in my career. I love this profession but it seems sometimes just as ruthless and political as when I was a banker for a billion dollar firm!

(The question: please help)

Things probably have taken a positive turn for me. A school system (multiple vacancies) I have been trying to become part of for three years (‘dream’ job) has finally taken very keenly to my portfolio/talent. I applied months ago (again,) heard nothing but when saw the advert once more earlier this year, sent a message for feedback…maybe my portfolio was missing something. Turns out it was overlooked. Then things really went fast: first amazing interview, second amazing interview, not too much waiting in between (the longest wait was two weeks while certs got checked before interviews.) Maybe a four days between interviews.

Now I stuck in hell. I am suffering severe anxiety. It’s been about a week since the second interview, there has been a promise of continued communication but so far nothing. I am trying very hard not to let this wait tear me apart. I am wondering what else is going on behind the scenes. Obviously, I can’t find fault with them or myself as a candidate, the fit and interviews seem to be that good…but why no communication.

Teachers: what has your recruitment process post interview typically been like? If you hear nothing from weeks on end how often do you follow up before moving on. During the past four months when that lag in communication happened after the first/second interview I chose to follow up asking if they needed any more documentation and reinstating my interest after a week had passed---when that was not responded to I let it go and did not try further.

I can’t bear to even think about letting this one go, the thought of not getting this ‘dream’ job kills me especially because I feel like I am so close. The vibe is also different too---this feels right and like it should be mine.

Teachers how should I feel? What should I do?

Thanks

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