The Application Game
A successful job hunt requires both focus and flexibility. Focus means you understand your specifics to eliminate impractical goals. Flexibility means you are prepared for the unexpected.
For example, if you are Canadian there are no jobs for you with the US Department of Defense schools; it would be a waste of time to pursue it, as the DoDDS, by law, can only hire US citizens.
If you are not certified it would be a waste of time to go after those countries that require certification, as a government condition to grant a work visa.
If you have dependents there is no sense in trying to win a job with the schools that have a no-dependents policy.
If you are an unmarried couple, or a gay couple, stay away from Middle East and Christian schools. Some schools don't hire smokers, etc.
Because of innumerable combinations of skills, experiences, qualifications, preferences and personal situations a universal approach is impossible.
Generally, there are jobs for everyone. But you must narrow down your search by eliminating unrealistic options in order to save time and maximize the results.
Your Winning Strategy
Many people go straight to our Vacancy Logs and apply to the announced jobs. It is a useful, practical strategy, especially if you are pressed for time, or if it is late in the recruitment season.
If this is what you prefer, go ahead. You can apply to these jobs today, no special preparation is needed. Use your current CV / résumé in addition to the other usual files that the schools ask for.
The option we advocate, however, is to customize one of the templates from the CV and Resume Sampler, and submit your Summary, References and Photographs to us first. We covert your files into an online CV that we tailor specifically for international teaching jobs. This will allow you to make your search a bit more productive.
Remember, the schools are more likely to click on your webpage than to open an email that has attached files.
People are wary of attachments because of viruses and other security concerns. Besides, not all attachments can be opened on all computers. Many will not run unless your computers are compatible. Webpages do not have these problems.
Because your messages are personalized, the school directors will actually read them. And because your résumé is online the recruiters will actually open it, as they are not afraid to catch a virus.
Instead of elbowing the crowds (if you see a job post, everyone else sees it, too!) try to think ahead. Use the webpage we build for you as your marketing engine! Send small feeler emails that point to your online CV. Get involved! You will be surprised how many hot leads you can generate!
(*TIP: Read the Insider Secrets to learn how to create catchy messages, "teasers", that always generate response. )
As a result, your applications hit the targets while your competitors end up in the trash folder.
Why do email applications fail?
Incoming messages are often blocked by
the schools' spam filters.
D. Bad timing. Schools close for vacations.
E. You procrastinated and did not send any.
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