Recruiting Annoyances Can Make Ya CRaZY!

January 27, 2016

annoyance2266059NO prospective nibbles so far …. One week after the interview and no news …. What if the school admin changes their mind? …. Schools in Sudan are not even contacting us …. My husband accidentally hit the Skype-camera button while only in his underwear!

Recruiting for International teaching positions is full of annoyances, replete with uncertainty and self-doubt that can throw even the most seasoned of us into an emotional tailspin. Are the emotional highs and lows worth it? Experienced international educators answer with a resounding YES, but going through it in isolation can be tough.

The ISR Recruiting Annoyances Blog was created specifically for sharing recruiting-related thoughts and experiences. Here’s an opportunity to “blow off a little steam” and offer fellow candidates feedback and support….and get some for yourself. Staying in tune with the progress, experiences and reactions of colleagues will help us ALL understand our individual situation and might even add some stress relief, as well!

…………..Recruiting Annoyances:

“So far, our job search has gotten us diddly squat. One ‘see ya at the fair,’ a couple of ‘your resume has been forwarded to so and so,’ and one outright rejection. In a way, I actually prefer the rejection; at least that means they’re communicating with us and our resumes haven’t just been thrown into a void. Any one else in this boat?”

“My nerves are frayed after signing a contract at the AASSA fair. I have not heard a word from anyone. People are coming to my house to buy my furniture; the realtor is listing my house, and no word. What if they change their mind? I am in a very difficult position if they do. Nothing seems to be easy, whether you get offered a job or not. Either way, we teachers seem to have to just wait, and wait, and wait. Any advice?”

“He accidentally clicked ‘camera’ and there he was in his underwear! We had our third Skype interview early this morning. Unfortunately, due to extreme time differences we needed to be up very early. My husband woke late and barely made it to the computer BUT during the interview he accidentally clicked the camera ON and there he was, sitting in his underwear!! The head of school and department head quickly excused themselves and said they would be contacting us again at a later date. Now what?”

We originally published this Article in 2013.

It will be interesting to compare teachers’ comments
from 2013 with those added in 2016.  

In what ways has the recruiting process evolved in the past 3 years?


Avoid ‘Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell’ this Recruiting Season

January 21, 2016

futuro_icons_340The just-inaugurated ISR MEMBER FORUM is off to tremendous beginnings!. Members are already exchanging Review-type information on 30+ schools from around the world & sharing the type of information that cannot be posted on the ISR Open Forum.

As always, ISR guarantees our users’ anonymity. This means you can feel safe knowing your identity is secure when asking Questions &/or posting honest responses that really matter. Now there’s a place to ask Questions & get uncensored Answers that go far beyond what a “director-appointed” teacher will/is allowed to tell you.

The ISR MEMBER FORUM is a dynamic addition to the 10,000+ Reviews of International Schools already hosted on ISR & should help you round out any Questions about a particular school you are considering for a career move. ISR wishes you the best of success this recruiting season & it is our hope the new ISR MEMBER FORUM will serve as one more useful tool in your search.

GO to the ISR Member Forum


Announcing: The ISR Member Forum

January 14, 2016

The Beta version of the ISR Member Forum was launched today! If you’re looking for the most up-to-date information on a specific International School, this is the place. Review-type information is encouraged, information that cannot be permitted on the ISR Pubic Forum. With the addition of the Member Forum, teachers are now free to ask questions & share experiences/insights in this members-only forum setting. Have a look!

Go to ISR Member Forum


Recruiting Fair Chronicles & Essentials

January 7, 2016

cronicles_91  Recruiting Fair Chronicles

To witness or contribute to first-hand accounts of various Recruiting Fairs, we direct your attention to the Recruiting Fair Chronicles in progress on the ISR Forum. Here you’ll find teachers entering day-by-day accounts of their Fair experience. As a community, teachers are additionally commenting, posing questions & offering solutions. Even if your Fair experience has already ended, here’s an opportunity to validate your interpretation of the event, celebrate a new position, or just vicariously attend the event in preparation for an upcoming Fair.

Links to Chronicles for January Fairs:

Search – Melbourne: Jan 3-6
ISSBangkok: Jan 4-7
Search – Bangkok: Jan 8-11
CIS – London: Jan 14-17
Search – Hong Kong: Jan 15-17
Search – London: Jan 21-24
Search – Cambridge: Jan 28-Feb 1
Queens University: Jan 29-31

Have something not Fair-specific to discuss or
share about recruiting? Please scroll down to post!

recruiting-fairs_update_58 Recruiting Fair Essentials

As a recruiting candidate, you need to know how to navigate a Recruiting Fair & walk out with a signed contract in hand. ISR can help! Our Articles & Info section hosts over 60 in-depth Articles & Blogs dedicated expressly to making a success of your recruiting experience. Here’s an opportunity to take advantage of the collective knowledge contributed by Fair-experienced colleagues from around the world.

Here’s a sample of Topics in ISR’s Articles & Info section:

10 Sure Fire Ways to Blow an Interview • What Should You Ask at an Interview? • Be Prepared for Tough Interview Questions • Do Buzz Words=Successful Recruiting? • Getting the Most from a Fair • 10 Questions to Ask a Director • When Recruiting Fairs Give You Lemons • ReConsidering Your Possibilities • Waiting to Hear Back • Here’s What Directors Want in a Teacher • Recruiting Fairs, A-Z • International Teaching Without a Credential? • Trailing Spouse Solutions • Going Overseas & Over 50 • There’s more! GO to ISR Articles & Information

Have something not Fair-specific to discuss or
share about recruiting? Please scroll down to post!