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Older Teaching Candidates, Age Limits

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We followed your planning carefully and were consequently offered a job after every interview we had!

We have signed a 2-year contract and are delighted with the package deal. We are working for a New Zealand principal, too!

We have told lots of people about Joyjobs and how excellent your information, service and ongoing assistance was.

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Quote: older teachers I just wanted to let you know that thanks to your website and your insiders guide to landing a teaching job overseas I received two job offers.

I was so prepared that I got a job offer from the first school that interviewed me. I couldn't believe it! I also scored interviews with nine different schools.

My two offers were from schools in Vietnam, which I found quite funny since I never in a million years even considered Vietnam.

I clicked right away with the recruiters from United Nations International School in Hanoi Vietnam and I received the offer 8 AM the second morning of the fair! WOW!

Later that day I had two other schools call me back for 2nd interviews! So it was a success!

Thank you so much for guiding me through this whole process! What a wonderful resource and I will recommend it to others.”

—Karen W.

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If it hadn't been for Joyjobs, I would have never been hired. I got calls from Amsterdam and the one in Weimar and decided to accept the Weimar one.

Even at my age (over 60) I was hired. I've already recommended your website to 4 other people!”

—Sharon, Alaska

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—Collins Moga

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Recruitment strategies for experienced candidates

By Robert Jones, Joyjobs member (67 years old)

Robert Jones - AsiaI corresponded with you a few months ago about the problems I had been having with the international schools´ rejection of older teachers. I kept at it, and have now signed a contract with a school in Southeast Asia. Age wasn't even mentioned. What did I learn from this (sometimes painful) process? Older teachers need to approach the recruiting process a bit differently.

First, skip the early job fairs and early job announcements. Between the national laws of some countries and individual school hiring policies, applying early will be an exercise in frustration. (With the usual disclaimer to not pass up an individual situation that you may really want.) Schools will not be direct. They will always find some sort of excuse to not consider your application and dance around the real reason.

Second, if you want to go to a job fair, go to one close to where you are now during the peak of the hiring season. Otherwise you run a real risk of spending a great deal of money with little result. More than a few people I know came back from job fairs very disappointed and disgusted by the treatment they received from the schools. Use the Internet and Skype to do most of your job hunting.

Third, make some changes on your résumé. Don't go back more than 10 years when listing your experience. Employers aren't interested in what you did over 10 years ago, so there is no need to emphasize the fact you have been around a long time.

Another change you should make is remove your graduation dates from your resume. You have the degree and a prospective employer will find out the date soon enough, but this tactic gives you a chance to tell an employer what you can do without giving him/her a chance to say "no" right away. For example, one of my colleagues always begins his communication with an prospective employer by asking if his age is an issue. It's is not too surprising that most say "yes, it is" and the interview is over before it begins.

Finally, do not give up on your job search. I have come across quite a number of older teachers who simply got discouraged and quit looking.

Also the schools that are hiring at this point in time are usually not the "sexy" schools that everyone wants in Europe or Asia. But if a teacher is truly interested in international teaching and not a paid vacation in Western Europe, teaching at these schools should be just as interesting. (Of course the individual school should be checked out for any serious problems present.) So, it's off to Asia and the adventure continues (at age 67)!

―Robert Jones

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A few suggestions from Joyjobs:

button Remodel your CV to include only most recent employment history.

button Verify that your CV design is contemporary. The preformatted Templates are readily available.

button Submit a high-quality photo. (Never use scanned images from the past!)

button Contemporary eyewear, hair, attire, etc.

button Refuse the temptation to list every workshop you have ever taken.

button Eliminate old references from your application. Post the best of them as "quotes" in the Testimonials section of your webpage. They will make you look good online. As quotes, they don't need to be dated.

button Use Gmail.

button Make sure you have your Skype account listed.

button Eliminate phrases like "I have 35 years of experience". "I am 65 years young."

button Do not mention "grown up children" in your summary. Say, "no dependents".

quote Make sure your recruitment presentation is top notch. Does your CV look like it was made on a typewriter? Rework it with a professional template. Delete old references. Use quality photos. Make an impression!
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When the host country does not impose visa restrictions the schools will normally recruit candidates of all ages.

Countries that have no visa limits (as reported by schools):

  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Congo
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Georgia
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Honduras
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Korea (South)
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Mexico
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nicaragua
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan (ROC)
  • Togo
  • Uganda
  • Uruguay
  • USA
  • Uzbekistan
  • Venezuela

Age restrictions:

button55: Tanzania, Vietnam

button55-60: Oman / Muscat (reports vary)

button56-60: Saudi Arabia Brunei Darussalam (reports vary)

button58: Bahrain, Morocco, China (reports on China vary)

button55-59-60: Indonesia (reports vary)

button55-65: UAE* (after 60 annual work visa is expensive)

button60: Colombia, China*, Egypt, Ghana, India, Iraq, Japan, Kuwait, Mongolia, Philippines, Qatar,  Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Singapore (unofficial), Turkey, Thailand

button60-65: Nigeria*

button62: Bahamas, Myanmar*, Netherlands Antilles, Malaysia

button63: Albania

button65: Cambodia, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Luxembourg, Nepal, *Turkey, *Taiwan, *Cambodia, *Hong Kong

*Loss of benefits after a certain age.


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