International School Recruiting Cycles vary by school, curriculum, region and country. But there is an ebb and flow to each year. Most international schools target new teachers during the same time frame each year.
Here are some guidelines designed to help you understand the International School Recruiting Cycle.
Timing your application to land on the desks of administrators at just the right time can be tricky. Too soon and you go to the bottom of the pile, too late and well.. you are too late and the positions have been filled. Let’s take a look at how recruitment works from the schools’ POV.
In the world of international schools, there are 2 main recruitment cycles: recruitment for jobs that start in August/September and those that start in January. Considering when you are available to start a new job might help narrow down which schools you will apply to and when.
For schools that normally start back in January, administrators need a few weeks to get the semester started. A few weeks into the new semester, they begin to anticipate their September student numbers, they ask existing teachers on staff who is leaving and who’s staying. By mid January / February – schools start to determine what their specific needs will be for the following semester. They start interviewing in late January, February and early March.
The best time to apply for jobs starting in September : January 15 – March 1
Jobs that start in January follow a similar pattern. The schools return in September, administration take a couple of weeks to settle in and usually start to determine needs by mid September / early October. The key difference in this international school recruiting cycle is that “turnaround period” (the time from when you sign your contract to when you actually start teaching at the school) is much shorter. It is important that you are organized and respond in a timely matter as there is much less time to screen applicants, interview, extend job offers and organize visas before the December seasonal holidays start. Therefore, interviews can start as early as the end of September.
Best time to apply for jobs starting in January: September 15 – October 15.
This is a general timeline. Start dates differ by school and country. If you have a particular school or country in mind, find out when school terms start and work backwards from there.
Larger schools and school groups will begin recruiting 1-2 months sooner than others. They know they will need more teachers and they have the resources required to start recruiting early.
If you miss your window don’t stress too much. There will always be unexpected vacancies. Schools may determine they need one more teacher late in the recruiting cycle – teachers leave suddenly and unexpectedly, new teaching needs can be determined, teachers who have accepted posts may pull out, visas are denied… so stay vigilant, check vacancies often on your favorite teacher recruiting job board and on your target school’s vacancy page.
WITH GOOD LUCK AND GOOD PLANNING, YOU CAN FIND THE TEACHING JOB OF YOUR DREAMS
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