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August 24, 2005

Avoiding the Scams

Hello everyone!

Do you often think that the postings for jobs you see are too good to be true? Unfortunately, not everyone in the ESL business is on the up and up, and more and teachers are wondering how they can find a position in a foreign land without falling victim to one of the scams.

We have two pieces of advice.

First of all, one of the best ways to look for a job is to fly directly to the country where you want to teach and just start looking. Granted, this will take a considerable amount of time and money, but your chances for finding a better job will be improved because you’ll be able to check out the school in person before agreeing to an arrangement. Find out when the hiring season is for the country that you're interested in, and then plan to arrive before the schools have filled their positions. If you decide to go this route, be sure to take copies of all your paperwork--passport, teaching certificate and ID's--because you'll likely need them in the interview process.

If you're not wiling or able to take such precautions, you can at least protect yourself by doing one thing--not signing a contract until you are in the country and see the school in person. Many teachers sign a contract, only to discover that the school and position aren't exactly what they were made out to be, but once you've signed a contract, you're generally out of luck. On the other hand, if you wait to sign the contract until you've checked things out for yourself, you'll have to option to leave and apply to other schools should you not like what you see.

I wish you the best in your job search!

Until next time,

Michelle

Posted by msimmons at August 24, 2005 07:52 PM

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