August 2008


Mr. Kim called me today for a phone interview.  I was not impressed to say the least.  This so called interview was more of a verbal description of the terms he was offering me, and a confirmation that I was still available and interested.

Compare this with the Poland interview.  The glaring differences make me think that Mr. Kim couldn’t care less about the quality of teachers he is recruiting and that makes me skeptical of the validity and quality of the schools he is trying to hire me for.

Even so, at least I know that I have a job waiting for me that pays a reasonable amount.  Should equal less stress.

Wow.  I don’t think I could have gotten through that interview without MTTP.  I was asked questions like ‘What is a gerund?’  Oh, I totally know what a gerund is, suckers.  Bring it.  “What is the difference between the simple present and the present progressive tense?”  You’re on.  They gave me words and I had to pretend to teach them to the low intermediate student, including giving the part of speech.  Words like ‘dangerously’ and ‘excited’ and one other word that I don’t remember now, but it was a noun.  Phew.  I am so excited and energized now.  Trying not to get my hopes up, but… Poland would be cool.  September 22nd is the orientation, so they need to get on their horse and decide that they want me so that I can be ready!

At my sisters house in GA.  Waiting until Poland calls.  Feels like an eternity.

They are supposed to be calling at 10am.  My stomach is tied in knots.  I will let you know how it goes!

Just a short update.  Today I made initial contact with Yale English School in Daegu, South Korea.  I also wrote to the Globus International people to see what was UP about them not contacting me yesterday to set up an interview time.  And… I have an interview on Tuesday at 8pm with the Daegu Foreign Language Education Association!  Two confirmed interviews!  What am I doing?  I hate talking on the phone to people I don’t know.

So, in the last week I have applied to many a school, many a country.

On Sunday, I applied to

  • Language Link, in Moscow, Russia
  • Globus International – Also in Russia
  • Speed English – Poland
  • Someone from Seoul saw my resume on tefl.com, and contacted ME (Mr. Kim)

On Monday, I spent most of my day traveling, so I didn’t get many applications out

Tuesday, I applied to:

  • Express English Language School – Siberia, Russia
  • An Assistant Language Teacher for many areas in Japan
  • Public School Position – Seoul, South Korea

I got an email back from Globus International to let me know that someone would be contacting me on the 21st (TODAY) to set up an interview time. I got an email back from SPEED English Language School, asking me to fill out further applications, and saying that they are going to call me at 10am on Monday for an hour long interview.

Wednesday I got an email from the Japan job, and realized that it was for next March… and its a super intense application process and they don’t provide housing. So… that’s a no go.

Today, I filled out the info for SPEED and sent it back to them, and I replied to Mr. Kim from Seoul. I think I will continue to look for S. Korean jobs, but otherwise, I might be set. Three prospects in a week isn’t so bad, right? I just didn’t think about how much WORK there would be to get a job. Applications, questionnaires, emails, cover letters to edit… It’s a lot of computer work.

So this application process is turning out to be quite frustrating, and I have only been at it for about 24 hours.  Even with the frustrations, I have applied or made first contact with three different schools in Russia and Poland.  I know I said that I was going to apply to places in South Korea, but it is looking pretty bare in Seoul, and that’s where I was hoping to go.  I will probably apply to other cities there, but I want to talk to Kayleigh about it first, since she is my resident expert on all things South Korean.

I was so excited to have found http://www.tefl.com, because there are so many postings for jobs on their website, but upon further review, many of these jobs I am not qualified for just because I am not a citizen of a country in the European Union.  This is pretty sucky because this means that all of those jobs are exclusively for British and Irish teachers.  The lucky dogs.

I found a couple more places that I would like to apply to, but their websites don’t have the option to be viewed in English.  Let me see…. you teach English, and you want native ENGLISH speakers (and simultaneously claim to not require your applicants to know the local language) but you don’t have a translation of your website?  Big mistake.  Also, big frustrations!  Ugh.

Either way, I have started the process.  Go me.

“Graduated” yesterday.  We even listened to the graduation theme song on a cd player while we were awarded our TEFL certificates in the atruim.  It was pretty hilarious.  I am going to miss the feeling that I always had in that place, the bonding that we as students had, the commonality of struggling through mounds of work and our first times teaching.  We did all right, really.  I am not quite as intimidated by a room full of students as I was 5 weeks ago and I know how to ‘get it done’, so to speak.

Finally finished a rough draft of the dreaded cover letter and had classmates (aw, they are so good and useful, another reason I will miss them) edit it for me.  So… sometime today or tomorrow I will start really cranking out the applications.  I will be an applying machine.  Because…well… I DO want to be hired, someday.

Lets begin.