The international recruiting season has begun!

Actually it began quite a few months ago according to the administrators I talked to here at the Bangkok ISS and Search-Associate recruiting fairs. Technology is making this process easier and recruiters are showing up to the actual fairs with a focused set of people they are looking for. I hope Julie Lindsay and Clay Burell both chime in on their experiences about recruiting as it is an interesting experience that unless you have gone through it is hard to explain. I wasn’t recruiting this year but instead was on baby sitting duty as some friends of ours from Shanghai were here recruiting. Let’s see if I can put the three day crazy experience into a general understanding. Of course everyone’s experience is different but for many it goes something like this. Friday: 8am: Get to your mail box (a folder set up for you) and check to see if any schools have left you a message to meet them for an interview. At 9am you go and schedule these interviews for the next two days or if you are not interested in the school you graciously decline the interview. 9am: Go around to the 100 or so schools and see who has a job opening for you. You know ahead of time based on what schools have posted on their websites, but things are constantly changing. You do a quick look around and then stand in line and schedule interviews with schools that you are interested in. 10am – ??pm: First round of interviews are scheduled and you run from interview to interview talking with Heads of Schools, Principals, and the rest of the interview team. When you are not interviewing you are researching schools and trying to keep up to date on what jobs have been filled and which are coming open. Saturday: First and second round of interviews continue all day. The lucky ones will get offered contracts after a second interview/meeting and will have 24 to 48 hours to decide where they want to go. Sunday: Final interviews with schools and teachers start to narrow down their choices if they have been offered jobs. At this point you start to get excited about what the future holds, or worried that you haven’t been offered a job yet and what do you do if you do not get a job for the next school year (most...

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