una repuesta- parte 2

Here’s the actual email that Alison sent me. I definitely have my work cut out for me if I want to make Chile a reality

Hi Reve,

Thank you for initiating your teacher placement service and for sending your resume and cover letter. Although they contain a lot of useful information, they are not in the format required when applying for ESL jobs. Please can you take a look at the attached templates and reformat your documents accordingly?

Regarding your countries of choice:

Latin America is a popular choice among TESL graduates. When considering placement in this region, there are several things to keep in mind:

Apply in Person
Being in country to apply in person is an advantage as there is stiff competition for positions and the preference in that region of the world is to conduct in-person interviews. As there is usually an abundance of foreigners in that area applying for teaching positions, schools are often successful in filling vacancies without any type of advertising. Having said this, we do have several contacts in Latin America who prefer in person interviews but will accommodate our graduates by conducting phone or Skype interviews.

Working Visa
While working visas in general are difficult to obtain because the government prefers hiring locally, finding employment with a school through applying in person or through a recruiter can allow you to get a visa based on their sponsorship.

Salaries in this region of the world are typically low compared to North American standards, however, they allow ESL teachers to live comfortably and are based on the cost of living. Flights and accommodation are not generally included in contracts. As many positions are part-time, teachers have the option of supplementing their incomes with private tutoring or secondary positions found after their arrival.

Currently our official contacts in Chile require that applicants have at least a Bachelor of Education. However, given your extensive experience with children, I would be more than happy to forward your application to them, once complete.

Global ESL Schools Directory
I would also suggest that you use our Global ESL Schools Directory, a listing of over 18, 000 schools worldwide for you to apply on your own. While these schools are not affiliated with Oxford Seminars, the list is a great resource for conducting your own job search. If you don’t as yet have full access to the directory and are interested in using it, please let me know and I will provide you with the necessary information.

Be Prepared
Should you decide to invest in the airfare and travel to Latin America to secure a contract in person, it would be beneficial to have a short lesson plan prepared in case they request an immediate demonstration. I would be able to peruse any offer or contract that you are able to secure.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

This information is a little different from what I’ve read online about finding a job in Chile. Not drastically different, like the part about Latin America preferring to hire people when they’re in the country, as opposed to hiring them from abroad, is something I remember. However, this website recommends getting a job before entering the country:

As long as you apply for a job before you go it is very easy to get a working visa. In Chile they like to do things by the book and it’s not generally advisable for anyone to just go out there as a tourist and try to get work in a school (except if you are doing a TEFL course there which will provide you with guaranteed job opportunities). This is for several reasons:

1. If you get caught you’ll be heavily fined
2. If you find work out there then to get the proper papers you’ll have to out of the country to get it all done (you can’t change a tourist visa for a work visa)
3. If an employer knows you don’t have a visa they will pay you less.

And frankly, even if the above were not the case, I still would not want to go to a country without having a job already. I’m not *that* adventurous. Plus airfare to Chile is expensive- it’s not like going to Central America.

I also never heard about the bit that Chile prefers you to have a Bachelor’s in Education. Alison said since I have a lot of experience working with children, she’d be happy to forward my résumé and cover letter anyway, which is good, but really, if I had a Bachelor’s in Education, wouldn’t I rather try to get a full-time teaching job in America?

~ by Revé on February 1, 2010.

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