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Getting references during school holidays

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' 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. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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    International schools have been known to appoint before the closing date if they see an outstanding candidate. Some schools in UK do too, by the way.

    So I would go ahead, especially as the closing date is before school re-starts.

    But write a very nice apologetic e-mail to the Head and HoD, explaining that you would have preferred not to present them with a fait accompli in this way, but get their agreement first.

    You may find this article from the Professional Advice Hub useful, by the way.

    Working in a British School in Europe

    Best wishes

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  3. cjg44

    cjg44 New commenter

    Thank you very much for your advice TheoGriff - the article was very informative. Much appreciated.
     

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