The competition to teach at international schools is fierce. Here we help you to land your ultimate teaching role and dream job at an international school.
Figure out what your dream job looks like
Not sure where you want to live? What kind of school you want to teach in? Download our Proactive Long Term Vision Blueprint from our website here and start getting crystal clear on what kind of life you want to build.
Tap into your networks
Don’t have a network? Get connected on LinkedIn, and each day aim to make 3-5 new contacts. Focus on making connections at schools that you’d like to work in so you can start building those relationships.
Get in touch! Let people know that you’re on the lookout for a great new role and tell them how committed you are to finding your new dream job. We all know that who you know can make the difference.
Build your profile
It sounds cheesy, but connections are built on shared interests. Spend some time working out who you are...
Your cover letter is key to making a first impression that counts. Here, we learn how to write cover letters with cut-through, helping you to land your dream job.
Have you fallen into the trap of cutting and pasting a cover letter, changing the name only? This could be why you’re not getting an interview. It’s not enough to send a generic letter. Principals are looking for applicants who have read the school values and mission, and whose cover letter matches these core drivers.
While you’re at it, hook them with a personalised story of a time you triumphed in the workplace. If you can capture and reflect some of those school values, even better.
In fact, those keywords are crucial to getting attention. Throughout the job description the recruiter will litter key words and phrases, that not only give you clues about what they’re looking for, but also help them to find you. Using these keywords in your application will tick more of the boxes in the Applicant...
Many of the teachers that we speak to have absolutely never heard of something called ATS, (and that's ok because I am going to tell you all about it right now!).
ATS stands for Applicant Tracking Software/ System and it is used by some schools (not all) to manage their recruiting and HR processes.
If you think that you will just email off your resume in response to the job ad, and the HR person or hiring manager at the school will review it as soon as they see the email in the inbox you are mistaken.
A LOT of the larger schools and those with QA and HR processes in are using an ATS before the HR person or hiring manager even looks at your resume. It provides recruiting tools and other functions. These systems sort thousands of resumes.
If you think that schools don't get that many applications, you are mistaken. I know of a school in South East Asia that advertised a teaching role and received over 3000 applications. For a SINGLE job ad.
Schools use an ATS because it helps them...
LinkedIn (2020) have just released their latest report and it outlines loads of quality information, much of it relevant to teachers.
Teachers all over the world are finding it challenging at the moment to land their next contract. Offers are being rescinded, schools are juggling positions and reconsidering their hiring needs.
Teachers need to be fully aware of what skills schools are looking for so they have the best chance of being successful in their interview.
As we teach students, the best way to ACE your exam (or interview in this case), is to BE PREPARED.
Here are 6 soft skills that you need to have (and be able to talk about HOW you have demonstrated this at your school):
If you have an interview looming then take a moment to sit down and think deeply about these soft skills.
Make a cup of tea, find a quiet place (away from kids, the dog, the craziness! lol) and grab a notebook...