1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Hi Guest, welcome to the TES Community!

    Connect with like-minded professionals and have your say on the issues that matter to you.

    Don't forget to look at the how to guide.

    Dismiss Notice

How many jobs did you apply for before you

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by Training_2_Teach, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. Training_2_Teach

    Training_2_Teach New commenter

    finally secured a position in a school overseas?
    I have applied for two posts so far since Sept, one in Dubai,one in Abu Dhabi and haven't heard anything, should I say after approx 5 applications should consider giving up?
     
  2. Training_2_Teach

    Training_2_Teach New commenter

    finally secured a position in a school overseas?
    I have applied for two posts so far since Sept, one in Dubai,one in Abu Dhabi and haven't heard anything, should I say after approx 5 applications should consider giving up?
     
  3. 576

    576 Occasional commenter

    I can't remember exactly.
    I know I applied for a post in Israel - they called for references but didn't give me an interview.
    and I applied for at least 1 (maybe 2) post(s) in China.
    So I got lucky 3rd or 4th time.
    I would say don't ever give up...
     
  4. 35 applications this year so far (started in October). I had one job offer, which I turned down a few days ago, another school that is very interested, but teachers don't delcare their intention to stay or go until end of Feb, so the application is on hold (that's **** now, but may well be an advantage when I want to leave said school, as I can attend fairs before having to make a decision to leave). I'm going to keep going with it until the ink is dry on a contract. My attitude is, cast the net as wide as you can and see what you catch. It's a lot of work (tailored cover letters, etc), but i think it'll pay off.
     
  5. Karvol

    Karvol Occasional commenter

    My long term experience - born out with corresponding experience from other colleagues - has been that roughly 1 in 3 applications will result in an interview.
    You may feel you are perfect for all of the jobs you apply for, but you have no idea what the unwritten criteria for success is. Difficult as it may be, once you have applied for a position, write down the particulars regarding the post, and then forget about it. If they get in touch, well done. If they don't, their loss and move on.
     
  6. stopwatch

    stopwatch Occasional commenter

    First overseas job - made 1 application and got the job
    Second overseas job - made about 8 applications before I got a job
    Third overseas job - made about 6 applications before I got the job
    In my current job I have made about 4 applications but not been invited to interview for any.
    In summery in the last 10 years I have made about 20 applications, had 5 interviews from which I have been offered 4 jobs.
    However, in my current situation I think age is against me and when I chooose to return to UK in the next 2 to 3 years will have to base my aspirations on either being unemployed at worst and in any job, just to get an income at best.
    I think the current economic world situation does not bode well for most. If you have a job - keep hold of it.
    Basically when I go back to UK I think my 'career' as such will cease.
     
  7. I guess it depends on your level of experience and expertise. I have little post-cert. experience and am not a specialist. I figured it was better to go wide. However, I still tailored every application to the individual school.
     
  8. I have applied for 4 overseas jobs. Was called for an interview for the one I really wanted and wasn't successful. Gutted.

    Applying for more now because I really do not want to continue teaching here beyond this academic year.
     

Share This Page