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    How do I explain "Gaps" in my CV?

    Hi,

    I just wrote this inside another thread, but wanted to put it out there.

    Just a question about "noticeable gaps" in your employment record. I have a Bachelor of Teaching degree from Australia and to date have classroom teaching experience in 5 countries: Australia, England, Ireland, USA and 5 months TEFL experience in Bangkok. The thing is, I've also done a lot of travel in between those contracts so obviously have gaps in my employment record. I am in the process of applying for some International schools in Bangkok, so now I'm wandering how this will affect me?

    Should I somehow explain this in my CV? How could I word this?

    As far as I'm concerned, the travel part of my career which has included 35 countries, has been the best education on life there is, and I'm such a better educator for this. The lessons you learn about yourself and the world through traveling are priceless! One thing I find frustrating, and this has happened when I have returned home to Oz, is these generic application forms which don't cater to individuals like myself who have lived an un-common life! Sometimes you just want to be able to sit down and talk with the recruiter and explain your situation, and that you are SO much better qualified for having done what you've done!

    By the way, and I don't mean to blow my own trumpet, but I would MUCH rather have my 2 year old little girl someday taught by someone like myself, who has very good teaching experience as well as LIFE EXPERIENCES within other cultures, open-mindedness, enthusiasm, and compassion, than someone who has taught for 50+ years in the one job at the one school and just teaches from a book and "goes through the motions!"

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by camakos View Post
    By the way, and I don't mean to blow my own trumpet, but I would MUCH rather have my 2 year old little girl someday taught by someone like myself, who has very good teaching experience as well as LIFE EXPERIENCES within other cultures, open-mindedness, enthusiasm, and compassion, than someone who has taught for 50+ years in the one job at the one school and just teaches from a book and "goes through the motions!"
    That sounds good. Put that in your CV and see how it flies.


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    I've used "self-employed" to explain hiatuses (hiati?) in my work history. If pressed, which I haven't been, I would simply say that it didn't work out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by camakos View Post
    the travel part of my career which has included 35 countries, has been the best education on life there is, and I'm such a better educator for this.
    as opposed to the on hands experience of being in a classroom and school? I wouldn't play that as my ace.

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    Bewildered wanderer, I never intend to use my travel experience as my ace, was just making the point that there is more to being a great teacher than just having a degree. And yes hands on experience in the classroom is everything, it's where you REALLY learn to be a teacher, NOT at University!

    And I certainly never lie about my "gaps" in my employment history, it just makes it hard to fill in "generic" online applications. And if I do ever get to the interview stage, I absolutely tell them I was traveling the world, if that doesn't resonate with them, that's their loss!

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    Quote Originally Posted by camakos View Post
    And if I do ever get to the interview stage, I absolutely tell them I was traveling the world, if that doesn't resonate with them, that's their loss!
    Well, there you go then. Problem solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by camakos View Post
    How do I explain "Gaps" in my CV?
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    I absolutely tell them I was traveling the world
    So, you answered your own question. Are there any other questions? Or was this just a way to say you have been to 35 countries?

    Say "I was traveling". That's not hard.

    Quote Originally Posted by camakos View Post
    I am in the process of applying for some International schools in Bangkok, so now I'm wandering how this will affect me?
    They will think "Gee. I wonder how long he's going to last before he feels the need to feed the poor children of Africa".

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    Quote Originally Posted by camakos View Post
    I am in the process of applying for some International schools in Bangkok,
    Most top level schools want a 5 year period where you have remained in the same school and gotten some proven results with verifiable back up to this.

    Having a degree and doing a bit of casual teaching here and there will just not cut it.

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    gaps? explain what you were doing and what you learnt from it. some will take this well, others maybe not. which one would you rather work for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by camakos View Post
    so now I'm wandering how this will affect me?
    You do mean 'wondering,' right?

    Not sure what you are on about. It seems pretty straightforward. I agree that staying at a school for more than 5 years will look good on your CV, so you may want to curtail the world tours and get down to the business of actually teaching. By the way, I don't see how you equate traveling the world with teaching. They are completely different. Now, if you were traveling the world and taking courses, studying languages, or working, perhaps that would be a different story.

    The mention of 'life experience' has left me thinking you are either a fake or someone who really has no clue.

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    You're sweating it too much, buddy.

    Just fill in the application, 2004-2005 ABC School, 2007-2008 XYZ School, if you make it to the interview and they ask you about 2006, tell them that you went to Nepal. Dazzle them with what you learned there.

    Or, follow my earlier advice: 2006, self-employed language instructor.

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    Top employers will be a very concerned by lots of gaps as they would no doubt think that you will get itchy feet again after less than a year in the job and do one. Just deal with the here and now and try to convince them that you are ready to settle down and use your experience to make a good name for their school etc etc.... A good personal statement may just do the trick.

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