…Recruiting for International School positions can take a serious toll on your self-esteem, especially if your resume & cover letter aren’t prompting replies from schools you’ve emailed them to. A contributor to the ISR Forum reports that he classifies this period in the recruiting season as “the doldrums, when the Fairs haven’t yet started & schools are inundated with applications while not yet sure what positions, if any, they will need to fill…”
…If you find yourself currently adrift in the doldrums, you are not alone. ISR Forum member,
We still are anxious to hear back from SOMEONE! We’ve applied to more than a dozen schools we thought ourselves to be well-matched for, but haven’t heard ANYthing back. It’s torture!
Thanks for sharing, as that is exactly where we are….in “the doldrums.” It is comforting to know that while others may be getting interviews & perhaps offers, we may not be as left in the dust as it seems…
I feel your pain, although I’m in primary & honestly don’t expect to hear anything until January sometime. Hoping that by applying now I will be more able to cast a wide net. I’m particularly interested in hearing from experienced teachers about how much contact is too much contact?
Opinions on how candidates should deal with the doldrums vary. Do you passively sit back & hope to hear from a school you’ve solicited, or do you start a campaign to land a teaching position? Some teachers recommend not pestering Directors once you’ve made contact. Others recommend launching a self-promotion drive to keep your name in the forefront & reinforce your interest in the position.
What do YOU do when finding yourself adrift in the doldrums?