Itâ€™s easy enough to want a job and finding one is not too difficult either, but how does oneÂ get a job? Success is the accomplishment of an aim or purpose and is achieved only when one has had that hearty handshake and heard those magic words: â€œCongratulations, you have the job.â€ But what happens when this doesnâ€™t happen? Do you turn away, rinse and repeat the same tried, tested and failed technique over and over again, or do you do something more?
- Why does anÂ employer not look at a CV?
- Why does anÂ employer not respond to a candidate?
- WhatÂ difficultiesÂ are there in applying for work and how do IÂ get aroundÂ these?
This article has been designed to help document theÂ biggest and most importantÂ mistakes teachers make and the information they soÂ vitallyÂ need to know, below are listed the mistakes made and how they can be avoided to ensure that you get your dream job, wherever it may be.
So first we must ask ourselves a question, a single question but prominent and necessary. Interaction and responses are good; they show curiosity and a willingness to hire as well as a general interest into the individual involved. So that said,Â why would a client not respond to a candidate?
The first and most prominent issue teachers have isÂ out-of-date documentation,Â SeekTeachersâ„¢Â canâ€™t stress this enough, an up-to-date CV shows proactivity and organizational skills as well as demonstrating the ability to take the initiative when it comes to oneâ€™s career. Update those CVs with theÂ most updated informationÂ available;Â Contact Details,Â ExperienceÂ andÂ Qualifications. Of course, a little character in the form of an â€˜about meâ€™ section can also help demonstrate your English proficiency, which is always a bonus in the eyes of the clients.
The second thing is havingÂ a degree in line with what you teach. Up until recently not a huge amount of schools asked for this, having a degree at all was enough to show just how dedicated of an individual you were, now, however, this has changed. With the changing of times comes an era where you must have a degree in line with what you teach, at the very least, youâ€™ll have aÂ gigantic advantageÂ over other candidates with this.
Being well-travelled has never been considered a bad thing, developing a vast knowledge of the world and its cultures through the eyes of a seasoned veteran shows wisdom and a willingness to learn. However, seeing short bursts of work in different schools all over the world is enough toÂ send most employers running. Think about it, would you hire someone whoÂ lacks consistencyÂ with their career that much?
One of the other things to consider is yourÂ formattingÂ on your CV, having more colours than a burst packet of skittles in the middle of a gay pride parade and so many fonts youâ€™d make Shakespeare roll in his grave might seem like a good idea, but in the long term youâ€™llÂ put off potential employersÂ as they struggle to read the rainbow-coloured scribbles in differing sizes running all over the page. Sometimes, in fact most of the time, less is more. Honestly, SeekTeachersâ„¢Â will tell youÂ simplicity is sweet.
Finally, with the rise of crime in schools, especially lately, it is critical to haveÂ up-to-date police checksÂ and a whole plethora ofÂ references. If youâ€™re lacking in the reference department then start building up a list of employers who canÂ vouch for your professionalismÂ and dedicated skillset. Without both of these you really wonâ€™t get very far.
- Updated Information.
- Degree in line with subject taught.
- Not too much movement between schools.
- Basic format and legible fontÂ (One or Two colours in Arial, Times New Roman etc).
Itâ€™s also important to mention that due to different cultures and laws all over the world, manyÂ additional rulesÂ appear in and differ between a whole host of countries. Below are some of the most notable ones. Again, these policies areÂ notÂ those of SeekTeachersâ„¢Â and are enforced only by countries and institutions in those countries that SeekTeachersâ„¢Â operates in.
South AfricansÂ will typically require anÂ IELTS Score of 8Â or above or aÂ TEFL with 120Â hoursÂ or more to be deemed a native speaker of English. South Africans going toÂ ChinaÂ is also a problem due to theÂ difficulty in obtaining a work VISAÂ in the country. Teachers wishing to teach in most places inÂ Asia, especiallyÂ China, will typically require at leastÂ two yearsÂ of experience. InÂ Malaysia, normally at leastÂ three yearsÂ is asked for. Finally, although the retirement age in most countries is at 65, many academic institutionsÂ will not accept anybody over the age of 55.
Please keep in mind that all profiles on theÂ SeekTeachersâ„¢Â website have beenÂ specially designedÂ for the international market and so, provided all fields are filled out correctly, registration is simple, sweet & straightforward and all CVs created through the profiles areÂ ideal and tailoredÂ to meet our clientsâ€™ standards. Please donâ€™t forget toÂ registerÂ with SeekTeachersâ„¢.