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Applying for a job abroad

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by srk1, Oct 27, 2015.

  1. srk1

    srk1 New commenter

    I'm looking for a job in Europe and am updating my CV to reflect everything I have done thus far. Is there anything in particular I need to add and is there anything I should be aware of before applying?
  2. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    Well, if you're already putting in EVERYTHING you've done, there's little left to add.
    As for what to be aware of, there's tons. Please do some research, actually please do a lot of research, and then come back with more specific questions. We might be able to help more if we know exactly what you're asking.
    Also, please forgive any traces of snark. It's been one of those days. My advice stands, snark notwithstanding.
  3. mikemcdonald25

    mikemcdonald25 Occasional commenter

    Whilst gulfgolf is absolutely right - snark notwithstanding - the first thing to stress in your CV/Letter in Support/personal statement etc. is your flexibility, adaptability and your willingness to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in!!!

    What recruiters certainly don't want is a whinger who will start whining about how; 'it's not like the UK', or, 'they wouldn't do this in my last school', or, 'where are all the resources', or, 'surely you don't expect me too ........'!!!!

    As for everything else follow gulfgolfs excellent advice, come back when you have done some research and have some more specific questions.
  4. srk1

    srk1 New commenter

    Thank you both for your responses. I have read most of the threads in the overseas forum and am alternately excited and anxious. I am applying in order to experience teaching in a different country as my children are now grown up and I can.
    I suppose I wanted to ensure that the agencies would seriously consider my application and be attracted by my skills and experience and not be put off by my age. In this way, I was looking to make my CV as strong as possible, hence my post.There may be specific requirements for an overseas application that I have not found yet which someone may be able to advise me on as well.
  5. mikemcdonald25

    mikemcdonald25 Occasional commenter

    Again it is difficult to be helpful without more information; 'not be put off by my age." but you don't then go on to say how old you are!!!!

    Age is usually only a problem when it comes to getting a work permit, different countries have a different upper age limit. It can be anything between 50 and 65, but even then I have known some teachers go on until they are 67 or more, if the school can make a special case. As you are looking for a job in Europe the usual EU rules should apply - age prejudice notwithstanding!!!
  6. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    My dear Mike, it simply not done for a gentleman to ask a lady's age. Whatever is this forum coming to?

    On a slightly more serious note, yes, I would agree with you that some countries can be a bit more flexible than others. Also things are usually different if you happen to teach Physics or Chemistry (higher salaries, nicer apartments, flowers, champagne, red carpet, Spitfire flypast, massed bands of the Coldstream Guards etc.)
  7. srk1

    srk1 New commenter

    Ok I didn't want to give away my age as then it would be quite easy for colleagues to identify me! Thank you 'the hippo' for your kind words and advice about specialist subjects. I do teach Chemistry and Biology but only GCSE physics so maybe red carpets, etc may not be for me.
    Thank you for all the comments. I will let you know what happens!
  8. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    Well, it does not do to be to modest.
  9. davidbowiefan

    davidbowiefan Established commenter

    The specific requirements are stated in the job ad. Read them carefully before you apply and make sure your CV reflects what they are looking for. I'm afraid it might be a waste of time to just put in everything you've done. You need to be judicious and use the CV to sell yourself.

    Have you ever worked or studied abroad before? Do you speak the language of the country? If not, you'll need to make it clear why you want to work there.
  10. mikemcdonald25

    mikemcdonald25 Occasional commenter

  11. ebislow

    ebislow New commenter

    I found your advice great and would love to hear more
  12. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    Thank you, ebislow. It is always nice to be appreciated!

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