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Asking for references during school holidays

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by cjg44, Jan 6, 2016.

  1. cjg44

    cjg44 New commenter

    Good evening,

    I am about to apply for an overseas position and one of the requirements is to provide 2 references. I know who I am going to ask - current headteacher obviously being one of them. The issue that I have is that the closing date for the application is Friday and my school is still on Christmas break. I would prefer to discuss this with my current head and head of department in person as that is only courteous, however we don't return back to school until Monday. Should I email them and let them know I am looking at other jobs or just wait until Monday and hope that the school doesn't long/short list too quickly?

    Thank you.
  2. jamesandrewpollock

    jamesandrewpollock New commenter

    The way I understand it is that most international schools will longlist and do Skype interviews before references are requested. From there, a shortlist for interview will be drawn up.

    Timescale for drawing up longlists can be quite lengthy; I would drop a courtesy email, and apply.
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  3. cjg44

    cjg44 New commenter

    Thanks for this - much appreciated.

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