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What to expect during the job search process for international teaching positions

International teachers

Are you considering becoming an international teacher? Teaching abroad can be an enriching experience that allows you to explore new cultures, expand your skill set, and make a positive impact in the lives of students from across the globe. However, the job search process for international teaching positions can also be complex and typically requires more planning than teaching domestically. To help prepare you for the job search process, we’re covered everything you need to know in this blog.

 

Research international schools

The first step in finding an international teaching position is researching potential schools and programs. This involves looking at the job listings on websites like Schrole,  as well as viewing a school’s own website to learn more about their educational philosophy, curriculum, and student body.

 

Create a strong application

Once you’ve identified potential schools and/or positions, the next step is to create a strong application that showcases your qualifications and experience. This will typically include a resume, cover letter, teaching philosophy statement, and letters of recommendation. It’s important to tailor your application to the specific school or program you’re applying to and highlight relevant experience that makes you a good fit for the position.

With a Schrole membership, you’re able to create a unique educator profile that holds your references and important documents, such as teaching qualifications, all in one location. It might sound simple, but an incomplete Schrole profile may hinder your chances at landing your dream job. Make sure all the fields are complete, including your degrees, qualifications and career history. This gives schools a complete picture of your suitability for their job vacancies. Simply sign in to your Schrole account and click on “Edit your profile” to get started. We also recommend uploading a professional profile picture, which will help to legitimise and personalise your Schrole profile.

 

Prepare for interviews

If your application is successful, you’ll likely be invited to participate in an interview. These may be conducted over the phone or via video conferencing software like Zoom, Teams, or Skype. In order to make the best possible impression we recommend the following:

  1. Research the school you’re interviewing for
    Schools love candidates who are prepared. Prior to your interview, take the time to research the school and its leadership group. Tie in your own experience and skills with the values and philosophy of the school and its leaders.
  2.  Look professional
    You only get one chance to make a first impression. Even if  you’re interviewing virtually, it’s important to look presentable.
  3. Go over interview questions
    Practice makes perfect. Be ready to answer questions on anything from how you motivate students, to your planning processes for learning, and how you collaborate with colleagues. And, don’t forget, the interview is your chance to ask questions, too! Asking about a school’s culture and approach to learning is a great way to show genuine interest and enthusiasm for a position.
  4. Choose an appropriate interview location
    If you’re interviewing virtually, don’t be unnecessarily interrupted or distracted during your interview. Choose a quiet, well-lit location, free of noise and distractions.
  5. Open up your Schrole profile for reference
    Your profile and career history can be a lifeline if you experience a mind blank. Have it open during your interview and don’t be afraid to reference it if need be.

 

Contract negotiations and visa processes

Congratulations! You’ve been offered your dream job. The next step is negotiating your contract and starting the visa application process. Often complex, applying for visas requires attention to detail, as requirements can vary depending on the country and your nationality. Some schools may offer support and guidance throughout this process, while others may require you to navigate the process independently.

 

Prepare for the move

Once you have secured your international teaching position and obtained your visa, the next step is to prepare for your move. It’s time to pack and ship your belongings, find housing in your new location, and arrange for transportation to your new school. It’s also time to get excited! Research your new home and get excited about all the new experiences you’re about to embark on!

 

The job search process for international teaching positions can be a complex and lengthy process. It requires careful research, a strong application, and careful attention to detail during the interview, contract negotiation, and visa application processes. However, with the right preparation and mindset, securing an international teaching position is just a few clicks away!

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Since signing up with Schrole we have been very impressed by the customer service, the modern-looking online platform, the absence of placement fees, and the various other Schrole products that we may be able to benefit from in the future. We have filled a number of positions this year with candidates from Schrole, during a particularly difficult recruitment year for us. The customer service is terrific. It seems that Schrole is leading the way in moving teacher recruitment into the 2020's.

Joe Lumsden Secondary School Principal
Stonehill International School
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Stonehill