Friday, 1 June 2012

Last Minute Jobs

Why you might need a job right away
  • Your job fell through
  • Your visa was rejected
  • You were forced to resign
  • Your school fired you without reason, warning, or notice
  • There's political issues in that country
Advantages to getting a last minute job
  • The good news is that there are jobs available and one of them just might be the fantastic job you've always dreamed of.
  • You can often negotiate. You're not the only one who's desperate Schools are pressured to find a teacher and if you aren't desperate to get the job, you could ask for a higher salary and benefits. If money is an issue, there are grants out there for people who work abroad, such as the Christianson Grant, which offers between $2,500 to $10,000.
How to get a last minute job

  • Network: Any and all jobs use networking. Use your friends, co-workers, and even online sources to help you out. For more information read, using connections to get a great job.
  • Go to conferences: Conferences are a great way to smooze and meet people. Some conference even have a room for interviews.
  • Use recruiters: they often have local contacts with schools that don't hire online. In addition, recruiters usually have a couple of last minute jobs that other teachers have backed out of due to things such as family issues, money, or visa problems.
  • Apply: If you're in need of a job now, then you really can't be picky. Look at adverts and start sending your CV. Beggars can't be choosers and you're no exception. If worse comes to worse, look for a job with a short contract, such as one with six months. This will allow you to have a job and income while looking for another position.
  • Be ready: Many countries require you to have your original degree as well as sealed transcripts. Recommendation letters might be required as well. If you don't have these, start gathering them.
  • Don't be picky: Maybe you wanted a job in a big city, but were offered one in the country. Or you wanted one in China, but were offered one in Japan. Even if it's not exactly what you wanted, you still might want to consider signing a contract. Things don't also goes as planned, but they often turn out better than you thought they would.

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