..Three grueling days at a Recruiting Fair & all you have to show for it is a ‘Letter of Intent.’ The recruiter did say a Contract would be forthcoming, but you wonder … Is this ‘Letter of Intent’ in your hand worth any more than the paper it’s written on?
Weeks, maybe months, pass and you’re still waiting for a Contract or (at the very least) an email congratulating/welcoming you to the faculty. You wonder some more … How long should you wait before you start looking for a back-up plan &/or another job?
‘Letters of Intent’ are offered for 3 common reasons: 1) The person representing a school is not authorized to hire you & has been sent to meet, evaluate & report back to the Board for a final decision. 2) The school is disorganized & can’t get it together to have Contracts ready by recruiting time. Consider this a potential red flag. 3) The school may be recruiting at other Fairs this season & leaving their options open (& you on the line) until all their hiring options are examined.
International Schools Review hosts more than a handful of School Reviews in which teachers recount how they gave up current teaching positions, rented out homes, sold cars and put personal belongings into storage, ALL based on a ‘Letter of Intent,’ while later informed a Contract would not be forthcoming. Schools can easily back out & leave you jobless by simply saying, for example, “One of your references didn’t check out.” One teacher tells how the rejection letter came only one day before she was to board a flight to her new school! Our advice? Don’t put all your trust/future in a ‘Letter of Intent,’ no matter how good it appears!
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