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Applying as a teaching couple

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by edmundstavros, Sep 11, 2018.

  1. edmundstavros

    edmundstavros New commenter


    I am looking for some advice from teachers who have applied for international jobs as a couple - just wondering how you went about it.

    Did you wait until there were schools that had positions for both of you, and just apply to those?

    Or did you apply to schools that had positions for only one of you, and discuss your partner's job prospects at interview stage?

    Not sure what the standard practice is here...

    Any advice would be great - thanks.
  2. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    We did this, made reference to each other in covering letters and got the jobs.

    Option B could waste a lot of time.
  3. Bytor

    Bytor Occasional commenter

    Some schools are not very organised when recruiting, or changes in their staffing needs suddenly occur. This often happens if one of you is Primary and the other Secondary, but can also occur if you teach in the same section.

    This means that sometimes a school which only has a job advertised for one of you, will then advertise shortly afterwards for the other. This second advert can appear after the deadline for the first.

    Some schools will ¨find¨ a suitable post for the spouse, if they employ the other via a job advert. Some schools actually state or imply this in their adverts.

    If you apply for a job for one of you, when you submit your application, you can try ¨piggy-backing¨ the other´s CV onto your email and refer to it, stating your partner is a teacher seeking a suitable position.

    Do you already include a line on your CV giving your partner´s name, that they´re a teacher and their subject?

    The best chance for succes is obviously to both apply to the same school. But, the other strategies do work too.

    Your combination of subjects can also have an impact on whether you are successful together, or not.

    (Then throw dependents into the mix)
  4. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    Definitely apply for every interesting school that has posts for you both.
    Also apply for really interesting schools with an interesting position for only one. It could work out.
    Long back, I applied with partner to a school that had open positions for us both. By mail. (Yep, I’m old.). They responded that both posts were already filled, and pretty much said not to bother them further. Later at the fair, interviewed with the same school, both got positions, stayed there for a decent stretch of years.
    Your shaggy dog story of the day.
  5. edmundstavros

    edmundstavros New commenter

    Interesting - thanks for the responses!

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