I am taking a little vacation so the posts for the next few weeks will be responses to questions and topics suggested the readers of the blog.
What Do YOU have to Offer?
Following are some comments from an email sent to me by someone seeking a job in Korea and my responses to their requests (demands!) of a potential employer.
A reality test here . . .
I was wondering would you know of any reputable recruiters for South Korea? I want to secure a position with the least amount of BS as possible!!
Some BS is inevitable as it would be when seeking a job even in the States, no? Don’t expect it to be too different overseas. Most recruiters are reputable, Footprints is well known and good.
You also wrote:
I hope to land a position in a public school teaching ages 5-8, Monday-Friday, 8-4 or 9-5. No night shifts, no Saturdays (unless paid overtime) single accommodations (in a somewhat quieter location that central Seoul), internet and water service available BEFORE my arrival, round trip ticket paid by the school, salary of 2.3 mil KRW or more, at least 10-14 paid vacation days, and I do not want a commute of more than 30 minutes by transportation or 15 by walking.
Wow! It is good that you know what you want, but I don’t hear anything about what you have to offer for all the things you want. Have you taken a TEFL Course so that you know how to teach? Do you have any ideas about how to structure a class? What do you have to offer other than a degree in an unrelated field? What if a potential employer wants you to teach 10-12 year olds? Perhaps a Saturday morning class? Would you accept that job?
Do you have enough to offer that you can demand all the things you “want”?
Become more realistic for just a moment and pretend you are an employer reading what you have written. How do you think they would respond? In your note/email would they have heard anything about how you enjoy teaching? About how you would like to help their students improve their skills? About what you have done to learn to teach English?
I’ve read only “me” “me” “me” – nothing about what you can provide.
Come on, get real. Who would hire a teacher who sends a note only of their demands? I wouldn’t. Would you?
At the very least get a fast TEFL Certification at somewhere reputable like TEFL Boot Camp to back up your demands for all the things you want.
I hope my comments help you see the world from a slightly different perspective and help you market yourself better than you have to this point.
TED’s Tips™ #1: You never know who is going to read your email, job application or resume. Be careful how you word what you want and what you have to exchange for what you want.
TED’s Tips™ #2: Take time FIRST to say what you have to OFFER – rather than just want you want.
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