and what to do about it. There is no doubt the overseas teaching market is competitive, but have you ever thought about what could be preventing you from setting sail? This week we cover 5 common reasons why you are not be getting a look in and tips to overcoming them.
1. Your cover letter
Are you sending out a generic covering letter to the school? You have 50-300 words to use in your covering
email on an application so make sure they count. This is an opportunity to make a connection between you and the school. Read up on the school and think about how your
experiences, qualifications and beliefs fit with the school’s requirements and vision. Make sure you are applying to schools that you have the qualifications for and that you clearly emphasise them.
2. Gaps in your application
This is more important than you may think. Often schools will not give your application a second glance if there are gaps missing between your teaching gigs. Even if you have spaces between jobs you must make sure these are accounted for. In fact, the extracurricular activities or that time you spent volunteering or honing a new skill is especially useful in creating a good character reference of yourself and highlighting your passions and purpose.
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3. Limited experience
4. Irrelevant curriculum
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This can be an incredibly frustrating scenario—you have years of experience and feel like you could offer a lot
to the school but they have age restrictions in place. Or even more frustrating, you already complete the application only to find out afterwards this is the reason. Many countries in Asia and the Middle East keep age limitations for over 60 which are often in connection with the visa, so it is hard to budge. The best thing to do in this case is to look beyond these places and explore more liberal options in Africa and Europe. Furthermore, do the research and ask beforehand about the age limit so that you don’t waste your time on the lengthy application process.
Have you had experience with any other factors preventing you from a job? Let us know your stories at firstname.lastname@example.org