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Re: What are the chances of getting a job teaching in an international school?

Some teachers swear by job fairs. I've never been to one and I'm at my 3rd international school. The thing with the job fairs is that you may get interviews to schools in Africa, Asia, South America, as well as other countries in Europe and possibly not get an interview with any schools in Switzerland. I've always applied directly to the schools I'm interested in and visited them while on holiday. This has worked for me in the past. On the other hand, some schools only recruit at job fairs. In any case, Good Luck!!
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Old 04.01.2008, 18:09
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Re: What are the chances of getting a job teaching in an international school?

Amazing replies - thanks very much!

Should I now send an email applying for possible future positions, attaching CV?

There are no jobs advertised at any school in my subject, I could only work in Vaud so am quite limited.

What would the approach of the email be? Should I be 'testing the water' (asking about future vacancies, explaining my availability, offering my CV should they wish to see it) or going in for the 'hard sell' (say I'm moving to Switzerland, skilled practitioner seeking good teaching post, skills, experience, CV etc)?

If it's the hard sell, what would they expect? Formal letter of application, CV, personal statement, photo? Some or all of the above? All sent by email attachments?

You only get one chance to make a first impression and I don't wish to ruin my chances.

Any ideas?
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Re: What are the chances of getting a job teaching in an international school?

I would recommend sending a cover letter, CV, philosophy of education statement, a copy of your credentials and a list of references - all by email. Unless you definitely are moving to Switzerland, then I wouldn't suggest writing that. This is how I got my interviews and jobs.
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Re: What are the chances of getting a job teaching in an international school?

Definately send your letter and CV now as the first job fair of the season is this week. Even if schools don't have any vacancies now things may change over the next few months and it's good to have established a relationship beforehand.

Also think about whether you would be willing to do supply in schools. I wouldn't mention it in your emails but schools might ask this in an interview so it's good to have an idea of whether you would be willing. Of course a percentage of staff in a school will have started doing supply and then secured a permanent job from this.
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Re: What are the chances of getting a job teaching in an international school?

I agree with megs and Pepper. Get those CVs out to the schools.

Since you are limited to schools in Canton Vaud, here is a listing of the private schools in that area: www.avdep.ch/public/ecoles.cfm

Many of these schools provide instruction only in French, but there are some English-language international schools on the list.
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Re: What are the chances of getting a job teaching in an international school?

Hey mr. mtb,

You and I are in similar boats with the international teaching job hunt. I tried sending you a personal message but it seems you don't have PM capability for some reason. Drop me a line via email: photo.matthew@gmail.com and we can commiserate and share experiences.

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Re: What are the chances of getting a job teaching in an international school?

I would add that you should be aware that some International schools don't offer a fabulous package in the way that those in the Middle and far east do. No health care, housing or settling in allowance. it would be worth finding out the policy on these before accepting any job offers.
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Re: What are the chances of getting a job teaching in an international school?

Try looking at the TES as they have jobs all the time.

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Re: What are the chances of getting a job teaching in an international school?

Fantastic salary. I suppose it depends on how many hours you will be expected to work. Personally I would take it.
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Re: What are the chances of getting a job teaching in an international school?

I agree with CBB, that appears to be an amazing salary offer although it depends on responsibility and contact hours. I would also research the school on TES.
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Re: What are the chances of getting a job teaching in an international school?

I regoularly check TES and many other website about available position in Teaching Math, Physics or some related subjects, but I never found any adv about it.
Anyone know if these fileds are full of teaching offer and it is really hard to find opportunity ?

Can someone suggest me if it is better to continue check for an opportunity or if it is reasonable to send my CV for a "potential position" ?
In Italy it is common to send CV with this subject, I don't know here...

thank you in advance for any reply and suggestion

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Re: What are the chances of getting a job teaching in an international school?

I would check which schools you would like to work at. Send them your CV and then see if you can arrange a visit during one of the half term beaks so the school knows you personally.
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Re: What are the chances of getting a job teaching in an international school?

I have 2 colleagues with english-speaking wives working as teachers in Vaud/Geneva. Neither went through job fairs. Just turned up and started hunting. One is a (scots) french teacher (!) and the other is from Mauritius, so the job opportunities look pretty good from that tiny, unrepresentative sample.
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Re: What are the chances of getting a job teaching in an international school?

Hi Everyone,

Recently I applied for a Teacher's assistant position at this new international school in Switzerland. The interview went well, and they offered me the position up front. they promised to design a written contract within the next few days. so, they did, a week after.

The director of the school wrote me an email. The school would like to employ me as an intern for the first 3 months, earning a 1500.- per month, working 39 hours a week. These 3 months represents the probationary period, and after this trial time, the school would assess my performance and may offer me a full teacher position in art/design, earning more of course. Art and design is my background.

I applied for the Teacher's Assistant position because, I worked as an assistant for 5 years in the USA. I have half of my certification requirement to be a 100% teacher. I need to complete the visual communication" subject test in order to be recognized as an art teacher..... I intended to do so, while I was employed as an assistant there.

what is the minimum wage in Switzerland? isn't this illegal? I know that this is an private institution, and they can do as they like, but there are laws.....

The contract stated that my employment as a intern is for the duration of 1 year. is this a trick? because, in the email it stated only 3 months..... they offered me no medical insurance, or a job description, which is important. I need to know what I am signing for....

Let's say, I do accept this offer. how am I to live on 1500.- per month. Magic!!! I am asking around to gather some information before I decide to reject the offer, or go in and talk with them once more......

p.s. the situation gets worse, I hold an L permit.

please help!!!

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International schools, salary and responses

I've been reading all of these comments about finding employment in the international schools. Very informative.

I've been on the hunt myself recently and have found many interesting positions posted on TES. However, while I believe I am very qualified, I haven't gotten a single response to my inquiries and applications. Not even an acknowledgment of receipt of my application. Considering I'm a permanent resident in Switzerland, have a C-permit, don't need relocation, etc., I'm surprised by this.

Is this normal in today's application process?

Also, where can I get information about salaries within the international schools? All of my teaching experience has been either as a contract teacher or a private tutor on a part-time basis. I'm looking for full-time employment for the first time in 9 years.
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Re: What are the chances of getting a job teaching in an international school?

I know a lot of the international schools have been to the recent recruitment fairs so you may have missed your chance for August. Having said that there are often people leaving unexpectedly and there may be late vacancies. I know that when I was applying I didn't recieve acknowledgements and in many cases wasn't contacted with regard to interview until many weeks after I sent the email.

I don't think you'll find a table of salary for international schools as I believe they all have their own scales although I could be wrong.
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Re: What are the chances of getting a job teaching in an international school?

Interesting read. I just joined the forum and am also a teacher looking for work in an international school. Does anyone know where one might find information about Swiss teachers salary scale? I have just arrived from Australia and heard that Swiss teachers in the state system are paid about 76,000 CHF (experienced teacher), can anyone shed light on this?
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