I sent out my resume and a cover letter to a few schools regarding their job ads recently posted on this site. I got no responses.
It's been a while since I applied for a teaching gig in LOS, but when I did I would always get a response.
So I been wondering why I am not getting any responses, could it be:
A. There is an influx of applicants? (competition is fierce)
B. They want to only hire applicants that are currently in Thailand? (I am currently in the USA, which I state in my cover letter).
C. They are looking for younger candidates ?( I am 40 which I state in my cover letter)
D. They are looking for applicants with higher qualifications than stated? ( I have a BA, a TEFL cert, and over 7 years teaching experience)
E. All of the Above
F. None of the above (please explain )
By the way, the article on the main page entitled something like: "Why am I not getting any replies?", inspired me to write this thread.
I appreciate your responses. I hope all is well in LOS!
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my guess is B. also, many of the positions may have been filled already.
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My suspicion would be a combination of <B> and <F>.
<B> Schools are about 4-5 weeks into the semester. They want someone NOW (since classes are already running) and not in a month or so after the applicant finally gets everything taken care of at home and decides to get over here and actually gets on a plane.
<F> All of the other concerns that were mentioned by the employer who did respond to that article or
<F> you were applying to places next to the beach (or other major tourist destination) and there are lots of "in country" applicants for them to choose from so you are largely not relevant.
Largely, I suspect <B>.
Definitely B. When you're contacted for a job here, the school/agency wants you to start, like, yesterday.
I'm down for a 'B', too.
I find it fascinating that Thailand hires so much from in-country as opposed to China, Korea, or Japan, where the hiring is done mostly with out-of-country applicants, although the jobs pay better. Does this to do with so much demand to live in Thailand? If so, climate/girls are a powerful cultural combination.
As the person who is in charge for the selection of the candidates, based on their resumes, in my school, I can confirm that the major points of not contacting and ignore a resume is 1) Not being in Thailand (a thai mobile number is essential when you send your resumes) and 2) Age when it is approaching or is over 60 years old.
I think it is pretty much like a lottery, are you toward the end of the batch -- tough luck etc.
However, here I'm inclined to agree with B.
I appreciate all your responses
From the responses so far it seems the majority think not being in the country is the issue. This seems like a new trend; Before (within the last 5 years) I would always get a response. Can Thailand be turning into Cambodia or Vietnam regarding their recruiting process, where you have to actually be there to get considered? Obviously, this would be an advantage for both parties, anyway. However, I thought for schools to recruit directly from an English Speaking country would reflect better on the school?