- They often pay less due to supply and demand
- There’s lots of competition
- There may be few perks and benefits
- You may have to teach a lot of hours
- There are often caps on renewal so you’ll have to leave after 2, 4, or 5 years
- They require a lot more work (committees, publications, create materials) and you're not compensated for it.
Look for well-kept secrets and undiscovered gems. You don’t have to work at the creme de la cream school to have a good job. In fact, some of the best jobs are at schools that no one has heard of. They have low turnover, happy teachers, hands-off management, and a great salary package.
People are more likely to talk about schools that they are unhappy with and have a bad reputation than good schools. If someone mentions a school you’ve never heard of, don’t automatically presume it’s a not a good place to work at, on the contrary, it’s likely to be a good school.
Many of the small, less-known schools often have less competition and due to that have to offer teachers more to work there. They may do this by offering a higher salary, less teaching hours, and longer vacations.
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