If you are looking for an international teaching job, you may wonder which way is the best to look. You have the choice of attending some jobs fairs, or you can search for jobs on your own through the Internet, networking, or other advertising venues. If you are not attending job fairs, you are missing out on some wonderful ways to connect with those hiring.
There are several organizations that hold job fairs around the world and these organizations pre-screen candidates and invite those that meet the desired criteria, which is published on their websites. In many cases, you need two years of teaching experience and be prepared to work in several geographical regions to be considered. Many candidates are turned away each year, as it is the first step in getting a contract.
Some organizations require you to pay a fee to attend the fairs. The major organizations tend to not require a placement fee anymore for finding you a teaching position. However, these fees still may exist in some organizations.
There is an abundance of recruiting organizations, some specializing in finding positions for teaching in international schools and ones that do not specialize, but are willing to take you on as a client. It would be impossible to list them all, so I suggest doing a Google search.
Recruiters will interview you during a job fair even if you have contacted them directly rather than registering with a recruitment organization. This is not an effort to subvert the process. If the initial contact was not a result of registering with the organizing body, then the teacher job fair location may make a convenient meeting place for the interview.
Job fairs targeting those wishing to teach abroad definitely hold their advantages. They will assist you with bringing recruiters to you, and by completing their applications, you may find out whether or not you are suited to teaching abroad. However, if you would rather have the freedom to look for work on your own, that is a perfectly respectable alternative.
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