Nick Kendell is the Senior Associate for Australia and New Zealand. Nick has also taken over the organization and running of the Australasian Fair in January each year and the Bangkok Fairs, with Harry Deelman in January and March. Nick started his international teaching career in 1995, and has since worked across 3 different continents. He began at the Hong Kong International School, where he held a variety of positions in the Upper and Lower Primary schools. After spending 9 1/2 years in Hong Kong, Nick moved back to Australia to take up a Deputy Principal role at Scotch Oakburn College in Launceston, Tasmania. After 4 1/2 years in this role, Nick moved to Cairo in 2008 to become the Head of Primary at the New Cairo British International School. He completed his time in Cairo, and returned to Australia in July 2011.
Click here to see Nick speaking at the NCBIS celebration at the pyramids -
Nick and his wife Paula (also a teacher) run the Australasian Search office, and together they bring the experience of over 25 years in international schools.
With his very recent experience as a school administrator, Nick provides a unique perspective to the Search team, and is a valuable resource to both candidates and schools.
All candidates previously registered with Rob Graham (or Gavin Allen) who wish to re-register with Search should contact Nick's team at email@example.com
Paula Kendell, Executive Assistant
Paula Kendell worked in Hong Kong at Hong Kong International School in a variety of teaching roles, the most recent of which was as a Physical Education Teacher for Students from Reception to Year 2.
Paula was then invited to coordinate a 4 year old program at a prestigious British Kindergarten in Repulse Bay, Hong Kong.
After having two children of her own, Paula designed and operated her own private play school in Hong Kong for children aged 18 months to 3 years.
On her return to Tasmania Paula worked as an Early Childhood teacher and music specialist for Kindergarten children in a school that utilised the Reggio Emilia approach to education.
Her most recent role in Cairo was as a PYP classroom teacher in a British International School. Paula taught Reception age children for 3 years and worked on the development of a Literacy strategy for Early Childhood Education.
Paula provides a very realistic view of life internationally and she is willing to offer advice, counsel and share her wealth of experience with candidates and schools. Her experience and expertise in many different educational settings and her love of learning, enable her to fit easily into the Search Associates team.
Together, the Kendells' commitment to personalised service and their recent experiences in schools make them an ideal couple to run the Australian and New Zealand branch of Search Associates.
Office: 613 63311692
Click here to view our November 2017 newsletter - Tips to Help You with Your International Job Search
International School CV's need to be 2 pages in length and reflect your teaching experiences. They should be short, concise, and easy to read; exactly what recruiters are looking for, and include the following:
- Contact details
- Family status (single, married, no dependents etc)
- A passport sized head and shoulders photo
- Teaching Objectives/Philosophies : this is a statement about your belief system and the philosophical underpinnings that shape your views on education. You can include statements on your belief about student management, differentiation, assessment, or general beliefs you have regarding factors for student success. We recommend embedding this document in the resume, rather than having it separate. About a third of a page or less is sufficient for a strong philosophical statement.
- Relevant teaching experience
- Hobbies and interests outside school
- Recent relevant Professional Development
- Referees - usually 3
- These may be updated/uploaded again at any time.
Bio Notes: The bio notes, which are one of the sections of your online application, are a biographical summary of some of the experiences that have shaped the teacher that you are today. It is good to emphasise things like travel experiences, work experience, and accomplishments which have impacted your life. How have these experiences to date built your confidence, skills and approach to teaching? Why are you ready for this next move (from an education/school perspective). What can you offer, educationally, that no one else can? The online application restricts the length of the bio notes to approximately half of a page. Contact our office for examples if necessary.
Curriculum Vitae (Example ONLY)
Applying to schools directly through the DATABASE:
SEARCHING FOR A POSITION:
The daily bulletins that you receive as an active candidate list all new positions as they arise. If you wish to apply for any of these positions you should email the specific school. Alternatively, log into your dashboard using your username and password. Then click on the prompt called, ”My Job Search”. Enter your parameters as you like- less parameters entered will net a larger search, more parameters will narrow the search down. For example if you want to see all schools posting jobs in your areas from a certain country, just enter the country in the field. Then hit “submit search” and all schools from that country will pop up. If you want to find all schools in the world posting jobs in your subject area, simply enter the job description i.e. elementary years 4-6, and then all schools in the world posting positions that are a match will pop up.
Once you see a list of schools, open the school’s profile for the ones you wish to review. You can review information about the school, and you can also send them an email applying for the position.
IMPORTANT: Before you send an application! Each school has hiring policies which are influenced by the country they are located in. Please read the schools hiring policy, in particular the EXPERIENCE/CERTIFICATION/EDUCATION/VISA REQUIREMENTS. These are usually non-negotiable and if you do not qualify you will be wasting your time and the recruiters time if you apply.
Couples: If you’re part of a teaching couple we recommend that you craft an email that introduces both of you. When you click the 'email schools' button, it will take you to a blank email. This can be used for you to introduce yourselves and express your interest in their school. Because your accounts are both linked to this email, you do not need to add CV’s etc and it is fine to send one email for both of you as schools will have access to both your files directly. Explain that you’re both Search registered candidates, and your full profiles can be viewed through the Search Associates database.
Keep your messages to schools short and simple, as recruiters do not have time to pour over lengthy letters. Your goal is to direct them to your file on the website, where they can also see your information and confidential evaluations. Feel free to email any schools who are going to the same fair that you are (if you are attending a fair), and who have posted positions in which you have an interest. Also, send to other schools who won’t be attending the same fair, in which case you could offer to do a telephone interview or video conference. We always appreciate a copy of your emails if you choose not to send them through your dashboard, simply so we have an idea where candidate’s interests lie.
To Look at the School Information on the Search Website
Go to the WEBSITE; www.searchassociates.com
Enter your username and password and click 'Submit'. Please check your date of availability on the next page. (If you click that you are 'Not Available' your file will automatically go back into the ‘Inactive' part of our database – and you will have to email us so we can make you active again).
Click on SCHOOL/ POSITION SEARCH.
Note that the Dates Listed Next to Vacancies in the Database are in American Format i.e. 8/1 is the 1st of August.
HOW TO CONTACT SCHOOLS
Click on a school's name to find the information page. At the top is an 'Email School' button. Click on that and you can send a letter of application to the school. This automatically comes to us and to the school. We strongly encourage you to contact schools this way, as the email that it generates will automatically link schools to your profile and alert them that you are a Search registered candidate. You can let them know you are interested in a particular job and point them to the database to retrieve your files. Or you can email them from your personal email account – but please copy us in on the email if you are contacting schools this way so that we can assist you if necessary.
Our suggested approach is to email the school firstly through our system. In a week’s time, and if you a) do not get a response or b) do not get an automated response, please email through your own email provider, putting in the subject heading “Search Associates candidate for XX position) and resend your inquiry.
Tips on what to include
Try to be personal and stand out. Avoid the use of generic emails. When contacting a school via email, please consider the following:
- Please be personal and address the principal of a large school or the director of a smaller school by name. Do not use "To whom it may concern".
- State your name and that you are a Search Associates candidate registered with the Nick Kendell branch of Search Associates.
- State the vacancy that interests you and why you are a fit with the job and the school. (Maximum 2 sentences)
- Outline your qualification and experience as it pertains to getting you the school and the job. (Maximum 2 sentences)
- State which fair (if any), you will attend, and your availability for a Skype interview.
- Mention the name of the school in the email.
- Add something personal that will stand out from the hundreds of mails they are receiving. Why do you want to work there? What can you offer them? Make sure you have done your research on the schools to which you are applying.
- Always copy us in on the email if not sent through the system.
YOU MAY HAVE A SCHOOL APPROACH YOU DIRECTLY VIA YOUR DASHBOARD OR EMAIL ADDRESS
Please respond, even if you are NOT interested.
New Application System -
Many schools are receiving an overwhelming number of emails regarding open vacancies. The result is many of our schools are having a difficult time managing the high number of inquiries from educators around the globe. The answer, for some, was to begin directing candidates to complete an online application either through their school website or through a particular application management system they may be using.
In response to this trend, Search Associates has now launched our own application management system specifically for our member schools - “APli by Search Associates”. This new system will help our schools better manage applications for their vacancies, in one location, and will also provide powerful management and screening tools to make their recruiting more efficient and seamless. Our goal is to educate our schools about this new service and expect that a majority will begin using it over the next year.
What will APli do and how will this affect our candidates?
· APli will work hand in hand with searchassociates.com. Our member schools can now use this new system and direct interested applicants, even candidates not registered with Search Associates, to complete an application on APli for their posted vacancies.
NOTE: Any vacancy created on APli will automatically be posted on searchassociates.com giving our candidates an advantage since they will see these vacancies immediately and before any other NON- registered applicant.
· The profile and confidential references on APli are exactly the same as on searchassociates.com.
· Search Associates candidates who complete an application through APli will automatically and seamlessly have their profile information transferred over including confidential references.
NOTE: A maximum of 7 confidential references will be transferred over to APli from your Search Associates profile for those who have been with us and have more than 7 on hand.
· Once your profile is copied to APli, Search Associates candidates will only need to answer questions schools have created specific to the vacancy or school application requirements.
· All Search Associates candidates, who submit an application through APli, will have their application prominently highlighted to schools indicating they are a Search Associates member candidate who has been thoroughly vetted.
· Search Associates candidates will be able to submit applications on APLI faster and easier as our candidates will be alerted of the vacancies posted on APli immediately through our daily email updates, as well as directly on the school profile vacancy section.
How do you know if a school is using APli?
· If a school is using APli a new orange “APli Now” button will show next to the vacancy on their school profile page as well as a “Click here to APLI ” on the daily email updates. You can simply click the button and you will be taken immediately over to the APli website.
· Once on APli, you will be asked if you are a registered Search Associates candidate. Once you select “Yes”, you will be asked to enter your login credentials which are the same as your searchassociates.com email and password. After you login, all of your profile information will be copied over, including your confidential references, so you can easily and quickly submit an application for that vacancy.
Note: You will need to monitor your submitted application(s) directly on APLi. You will also receive updates from APLi any time a vacancy, for which you have submitted an application, has changed and/or the school has changed the status of your application.
· You only have to create your account on APli and copy over your information one time. After this, you can submit applications for any other vacancies listed on APli very quickly and by only answering questions schools have created for that vacancy, if applicable.
NOTE: Any changes or edits to your profile information must be done on searchassociates.com and will automatically update your profile information on APLi.
We feel very confident this new service will not only benefit our member schools but our candidates as well. APli will not only help our member schools manage applications more efficiently but in time, streamline the application process for our candidates giving them a simple and easy way to connect to our member schools.
Should I attend a job fair?
Many candidates like to attend job fairs to meet multiple schools in one place at one time and possibly walk away with a job offer in hand.
If it's possible for you to attend a job fair, we recommend joining a Search Associates Fair so that you can meet recruiters in person. During a face to face interview, you can make connections with recruiters and really get a feel for the school and the people who work there.
These fairs account for approximately 45% of total Search placements.
Before requesting an invitation to a fair:
- Check that your file is 'ACTIVE' and complete - all your tabs are blue; that you have read and signed the agreement and contractual obligation, and check that your date of availability is correct. Our job is to help you present your file in the most effective manner.
- Your photo creates an immediate impression. Make sure you have one as recruiters like to be able to put a face to a name. Use a head and shoulders shot, with a plain background in great lighting and wear professional work clothes.
- Let me know via email if you may be interested in attending any fairs - indicating interest on your application is not a request.
- Fair invitation requests can be made now.
- Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis. A request for an invitation may be declined if the fair organiser's criteria is not fulfilled, primarily to ensure that teachers do not waste their time or money attending a fair which may not suit their qualifications/circumstances or result in an interview.
- Spring fairs in Bangkok and London are open to all active teachers and invitations can be requested in the coming months.
Choosing a Fair
There are a large number of fairs around the world running from October to March. Click here for locations and schedules.
- Traditionally this fair is by far the most successful in terms of percentages of candidates being offered positions.
- Recruiters come to this fair expecting to find exceptional teachers who are passionate educators.
- Those with previous International experience and IB, MYP, PYP experience are in high demand. (If you are currently overseas and coming home for the holidays, we recommend attending this fair as you will have a unique set of skills and experiences that are valued by recruiters)
- Experienced international educators only!
- This fair is extremely competitive and teachers need to fulfil a number of requirements to qualify for an invitation.
- Please register your interest in the fair via your DASHBOARD by the end of September
- Singles or teaching couples with international IB experience preferred. Invitations will be offered firstly to active candidates who teach high demand subjects and who fulfil the fair organiser criteria.
- Invitations will continue to be offered up until the fair is closed. (Note: Last years fair filled by October).
- If you cancel after December 20th, that will be counted as using you free fair attendance.
- This is a highly competitive Fair. There may be other Fair options that suit you better.
- If you accept a place at the fair and decide to cancel, your place cannot be offered to another candidate. Please choose thoughtfully.
- Candidates will only be invited to attend the Bangkok January fair if we consider that they match the needs of recruiters who will be at the fair and stand a real chance of receiving offers.
- This fair is extremely competitive and teachers need to fulfil a number of requirements to qualify for an invitation.
- Candidates with international school experience may request an invitation to attend this fair. Exceptions to this guideline are listed below.Those who succeed in obtaining positions typically have taught any of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programmes, the British International Curriculum - the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC), IGCSE, and International A Level.
- Teachers lacking this experience can sometimes be successful if they offer shortage expertise as first choice - Chemistry, Physics, Early Childhood, Counselors, Elementary Music, Elementary PE, Technology Integrators.
- This oversubscribed job fair fills up quickly. Registration by October is recommended.
When you register with Search Associates, an invitation to a job fair is included in the registration fee. Please be aware that there is a US$75 charge for each subsequent fair attendance. Payment is required before an invitation can be issued. A full refund will be given if you cancel prior to the fair organisers cut off date.
Overseas teaching – Free seminars IN Australia and New Zealand.
Find out if a career teaching overseas is right for you from Nick Kendell, an experienced teacher who has lived the dream. Have your questions answered first hand, from Nick who worked abroad as a new teacher, a head of school, and now a recruiter.
2018 Seminar Dates (click the schedule appointment button for details)
||July 10, 2018
||The Pavilions Hotel,42 Papanui Road
||July 12, 2018
||Remuera Primary School, 25-29 Dromorne Rd, Remuera
||3 October, 2018
||Adina Apartment Hotel, 2 Lee St, Haymarket, Sydney
||26 September, 2018
||44 Ferry St, Kangaroo Point
||24 September, 2018
||St Dominic's School Hall, 145 Highfield Rd., Camberwell East
Cant make a seminar? Register your interest in a webinar or skype call - firstname.lastname@example.org
Why come to a seminar and interview?
- Nick outlines the qualities successful international teachers possess, shares tips about interviewing over Skype and succeeding at job fairs.
- Review your current CV with Nick who will assess it from the perspective of a recruiter and help you present it in the best format for international schools.
- Learn what opportunities exist for experienced teachers overseas and discover what schools abroad really want.
- Take the mystery out of the process of applying for international schools. In 2002, there were around one million international school students and it is predicted that the number of students in international schools will reach six million in another ten years and that the number of international schools will increase from 6,000 today to 10,000. All schools registered with Search Associates have been through an accreditation process and have been thoroughly assessed for suitability.
- Search Associates helps you find the school that is the right 'fit' for you.
Working and living abroad is an exciting opportunity, but it is a big step to take and we aim to help teachers get a feel for what it is really like –the challenges as well as the opportunities.
NICK ENDEAVOURS TO ANSWER ALL YOUR QUESTIONS AT THE SEMINARS, AND DISCUSSES THE FOLLOWING IN DETAIL:
- What are international schools?
- International School Facilities.
- How international schools are accredited.
- School Resources.
- Various curriculums.
- Class sizes.
- School trips overseas.
- Professional Development.
- Career paths.
- Typical packages.
- Salaries and savings.
- Health Insurance
- Travel Costs.
- Holiday periods.
- Mobility after first international position.
- Who gets jobs.
- How to use the database with access to over 600 schools. Nick looks at information supplied by the schools, such as curriculum, demographics of staff and student population, working days, holiday information, sample salary, and location listed for different schools.
- Job Fairs – what to expect and how to be successful – interviewing, what to bring, etc.
- Binding contracts- what to expect.
- CV Preparation
- Qualifications needed to succeed.
- How to navigate the on-line application form and present your information.
NOT EVERYONE who registers will get a job. A lot of times, success depends on how proactive a teacher is. Nick explains the best ways to approach schools.
- Can I attend a seminar without having started an application? You do not have to have anything prepared in order to come to a seminar. It is useful however, to have a CV that we can look at together, as international schools like to read condensed versions. We also recommend starting an application as early as possible, in order to give referees plenty of time to write their references.
- I'm not ready to leave yet – should I attend the seminar? You are very welcome to come to the seminar and listen to the presentation. You do not have to meet with Nick after the seminar. This can take place over Skype, whenever you are ready.
If you are unable to attend an interview and would like to see a free snapshot of Nick's seminar, please email - email@example.com
As you prepare for interviews during the fair (or outside of the fair), please know that each recruiter has different interview styles and purposes. Some recruiters are quite formal and might have a list of educational questions to determine your professional knowledge, experience, personality, and ability to think on your feet. Others will have more of a casual conversation and not ask too many educational questions. The recruiters (who are usually the administrators at the school) are also trying to give you a feel for their school because they want you to feel comfortable about the school and region. Here is a general list of interview questions that might be helpful in your preparation. Feel free during interviews to ask the recruiters questions about the school and the region (that you might not have gotten from the Search website and from viewing the school's website). The process of connecting schools and educators is all about a fit for both the school and the candidate.
Some people have never interviewed for a job before, whilst others come across as super-confident and seem to enjoy talking about themselves to an audience. Wherever you are on this job - seeking spectrum, we have put together a few things to consider before attending an interview for an international school position.
Know yourself - What is it you are looking for in your next job?
Begin by creating a list that covers 3 major areas of what you’re hoping to find on the next leg of your journey- 'Professionally, Personally and Financially'. Nothing you write down has to be shared with anyone, so be very straight with yourself. This list won't make the decision for you, but it will put you on the right track to making these all important and incredibly exciting decisions.
A second tool is a 'Pros and Cons' list for any offers you receive. When you have done both lists you can use your PP&F list to measure the pros and cons against.
And thirdly, research the international school itself, the country and city that it is located in, and research what it is like to work at that international school. It’s important to know as much as possible before applying for a position at an international school, not just to see if you're right for them, but if they’re right for you.
During the Interview
Many of us have trouble saying how wonderful we are, but in the space of 30 minutes you don’t have time to be coy! Aim for the fine line between humble and hero – point out the things you are good at and how you are the best for the position. Schools are looking for staff who are fantastic team members – able to get on with all community members, so aim to be likable, charming, sit straight, smile, have eye contact and be interested. Don’t forget, honesty is the best policy. Let your own personality shine through and let go of being perfect. Just be yourself!
Questions at the end
Ask questions to appear interested and engaged. Now is not the time to discuss packages and benefits, unless the recruiter facilitates this.
Here are a few questions you might like to ask in a job interview — if they weren't already answered — to help you get a better sense of the role and the school, and to leave the interview with a positive, lasting impression:
1. Have I answered all of your questions?
Before you begin asking your questions, find out if there's anything they'd like you to elaborate on. You can do this by saying something like, "Yes, I do have a few questions for you — but before I get into those, I am wondering if I've sufficiently answered all of your questions. Would you like me to explain anything further or give any examples?"
Not only may they appreciate the offer, but it may be a good chance for you to gauge how well you're doing.
2. What do you like most about working for this school?
Interviewers usually like to talk about themselves and especially things they know well. Plus, this question gives you a chance to get an insider's view on the best parts about working for this school
3. What are the challenges of this position?
If the interviewer says, "There aren't any", you should proceed with caution.
4. What type of employee tends to succeed here? What qualities are the most important for doing well and advancing at the school?
This question shows the interviewer that you care about your future at the school, and it will also help you decide if you're a good fit for the position,
5. Is there anyone else you would like me to meet with?
Knowing if a recruiter wants you to meet with potential supervisors or not will give you insight into how much the school values building team synergy. In addition, if the interviewer says you have two more interviews to go, then you've gained a better sense of the hiring timeline as well.
6. How do you help your teachers grow professionally?
This question shows that you're willing to work hard to ensure that you grow along with your school.
Search Associates Nick Kendell Branch:
Nick will be attending the following conferences and job fairs. He would love you to stop by if you will also be in the area.
- AGM Amsterdam July, 2017
- EARCOS Conference (East Asia Regional Council of Schools) October 2017, Thailand
- Search Melbourne Fair - January 3-6, 2018
- Search Bangkok Fair - January 8-11, 2018
- Search Bangkok Spring Fair - March 16-18, 2018
Nick will also be visiting schools in Indonesia over the coming months. If you are currently teaching in this country and would like to touch base with Nick, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
The cost of registering with Search Associates is US $225. GST will be added for teachers living in Australia. This fee may be tax deductible. Seek advice from your accountant and contact us for an invoice if required.
Please do not pay until we have emailed to say that your file is ready to activate. (It will expedite the process if you email us when your tabs are blue and your references have been returned).
We advise using Bank Transfer (no transfer fees within Australia) or credit card (1.32% Visa processing fee) (phone: +61 3 63311692). PayPal is available below. Their fees of 2.5% + 0.30 cents are included under 'shipping and handling.' Please note: Overseas teachers - If your PayPal account is set as an Australian PayPal account, you will automatically be charged GST - please email to request a refund.
- Bank transfer :ANZ Bank ($300 AUD).
Account Name: Search Associates Australia/New Zealand Pty Ltd.
BSB: 017042 Account number: 261384794
SWIFT code: ANZBAU3M
Launceston Branch, 69 Brisbane Street Launceston, Tasmania Australia
Please put your NAME IN THE MESSAGE and send an email to us with the Transfer Reference number.
- You may email our office to request an invoice through our MYOB accounting system and pay securely via credit card (1.8% + 0.25c per transaction) AMEX also welcome - 2.75%, or
SKYPE INTERVIEWS- 15 TIPS TO GET YOU READY.
Some of you may have been Skyping friends and family for years, especially if you have been living overseas for a while. Other will barely know how to log on! The main thing is to get up to speed with the whole process BEFORE you're under pressure to interview as well. Embrace this technology because it will make communicating overseas a whole lot easier. Practice makes perfect!
BEFORE YOUR INTERVIEW
- Write down everything you want to say. Skype and phone interviews afford you a great opportunity to have a few "cheat notes." This includes highlights of your career, teaching philosophy, the difference that you have made to kids' lives, etc. Then try to weave this into the conversation. As you do this, make sure you tick it off your list. Also, have some information about the school and have some questions to ask. Whether they be about the country or about the time-tabling of your subject or whatever else are big picture items.
- Be yourself. Recruiters want a sincere person who will get on well with others and get on with the job with a minimum of fuss. They love people with a "can do" attitude.
- Try to relax! Call a friend or family member before your interview and just chat. It will help you appear less nervous during your interview. This also gives you a chance to check your Skype connection, microphone volume and lighting in your room. If you do experience technical difficulties, ask if the recruiter would like you to turn your camera off for a few minutes. (Don't forget to include your Skype address on your correspondence).
- Dress up. Like with any interview you may have, your interviewer will expect you to look professional. Something conservative and simple works well. Also, make sure your don't just dress from the waist up. You never know if you might have to stand up or walk across the room to get something!
- Set the mood. Turn off your cell phone and lock your door so no one can come in and distract you. If you wear glasses, you may want to turn down the brightness of your monitor to avoid unwanted reflections. Make sure that you are the only living object in view. Let people in your home know what's happening and ask them to stay away! Also think about the lighting in the room at the time of day you will be interviewing. Try setting up two lights either side of your computer for the most evenly lit and flattering effect.
- Look straight into your computer camera when speaking. Some people have the habit of looking at their own picture when they are talking instead of into the camera. This gives the impression that the candidate is not making eye contact with the interviewer. Looking straight into the camera makes you appear more confident. When the interview starts, take a moment to check you look OK, then focus on looking at the camera.
- Body Language. Make sure that the camera shows your upper body, including your hands. A lot of communication and understanding comes from non- verbal cues. Remember to use good posture.
- Sound strong and slow down. A USB connected headset can improve voice quality. Also allow for any delay. Wait for the interviewer to stop speaking before you answer.
- Know your interviewer's name and use it. This gives that personal touch.
- Make sure you answer the question that is being asked. If you don't understand the question, ask your interviewer to repeat it. Answering interview questions with clarity is imperative to landing your dream job!
- Ask questions that are school specific. This lets the interviewer know that you have done your homework and researched their school. A school wants to hire teachers that want to be at THEIR school, not people who want a job wherever they can get one.
- Give your interviewer a chance to brag. Ask your interviewer what they like best about their school and the region or area of the school. This gives them a chance to talk about positive things...that leaves a lasting impression and a really good feeling when they think back on the interview.
- As the interview is finishing up - ask the question, "Is there anything that I have mentioned today that you would like me to clarify?" It gives recruiters a chance to revisit topics with you.
- Make sure your Skype call is disconnected at the end of the interview. Summarising the interview to a friend when your Skype is still connected could be quite embarrassing!
- Send a follow-up email the day after your interview. Include a ‘thank you' as well as confirmation that you are the perfect candidate for the job.
Good luck and remember that should everything go pear shaped, it was good practice for the next interview.
Please email US if a school has contacted you and requested an interview. We are here to help!
"I just wanted to thank you, Paula and the rest of your team for all the work you do at Search Associates. We are having such a wonderful experience in Vietnam and this would not have been possible if it weren't for you, your team and the great network and service that Search Associates provides. Living and working abroad continues to open up many new opportunities and gives us such wonderful experiences that we are very grateful for." - Brandon
"This is a thank you note Search Associates and specifically, a 'you are amazing note' for Nick Kendell. I would like to say that, from the very first time I spoke to Nick which was in between flights on his way back from Cairo ( he had had not even reach Australian soil), he was gentleman of his word, he was sincere, and had great integrity and professionalism. Nick replied to my many, many, many questions both quickly and with great detail. I had already investigated time and effort into collecting information about different international school programs. Also researching how some of the contracts worked but I need to say I really had only just touched on the tip of the iceberg. Nick is a wealth of information about all those little things that add up and he fills in many of the blanks. I was concerned about being able to secure a position because this was my first time in the "circuit", but Nick kept reassuring me that everything would be fine and that the "right" position would come along. His was very helpful with continuous positive and informative feedback on the choices that I was making. While in Sydney to attend the Search information session and have my interview, Nick was informative, friendly, down to earth and made me feel comfortable. The informational session was very explanatory and it was a nice way to meet other teachers that are also looking at international positions. Nick also made the interview process unintimidating and an affirming experience. It is hard to express how grateful for all of Nick's efforts and I believe he truly gives a service that is above and beyond the call of the role. If I was to apply for another position again my first choice would be Search Associates, so thanks to the Nick for making my first international school position a smooth and pleasant one, I am now looking forward to my new job in Shanghai in January." - May
"You may be asking yourself the question, why use Search Associates and how can Nick Kendall help? Our answer would be, why wouldn't you? Nick has been such a friendly and amazing associate to work with over the past few months. He has been a positive force behind us securing amazing positions in a fabulous international school. From the first moment of meeting Nick, we were confident that he knew what he was doing. He has the experience and knows the international school scene very well. What has impressed us the most is his regular and open communication where he is always ready to answer questions, support and be optimistic. We would definitely love to work with Nick again and we wouldn't hesitate in recommending him!"
"Nick Kendell is a high-quality Search Associate. His incredibly professional work ethic ensures he responds quickly to emails, phone calls and at the Sydney Fair, he worked overtime to listen to and advise candidates. He paid close attention to my individual needs and offered objective and honest feedback. Since the Fair, he has maintained regular contact with me and been available to give advice at the drop of a hat. My wife and I are very appreciative of Nick and have highly recommended Search Associates to colleagues wishing to teach internationally." - Derek
"Thank you so much for your great advice and tips. I will definitely take them on board as I know I will be embracing change and challenging myself to the fullest. I want to say a huge thank you to you personally and to Search Associates for the personal touch that you have shown me .Thanks for going the extra mile. Your support has been fantastic no matter how trivial my questions have been. I have appreciated it! I will always recommend Search Associates highly to anyone interested in teaching overseas." - Joanne
"The whole experience of registering with Search Associates has been very professional and rewarding. Once 'Active', a world of possibilities opened up and I was able to find a position that matched my interests and experience. The web site was easy to use - but demanded a thorough presentation of my credentials. As a platform for finding positions in the international arena - it was excellent" - Bill
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Head of School and Administrative Searches
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the incredible support you provided through the recruitment process. Your professionalism, management of applications, communication with candidates and the school and your guidance on the in-school process we needed to follow were all first rate. I appreciated our weekly briefings, especially the way you kept me updated on reference checks or potential issues. As I reflect on this project in its entirety, it was incredibly smooth and had minimal impact on our operations. If we had taken this on by ourselves, I know we would not have had the same level of success. As we finalised our shortlist, we were confident that we had four outstanding candidates who could all do the job. We were delighted to be in such a strong position at that point. In the end, we had a tough decision to make between two finalists." - Brett Penny - Head of School, NIST International School.
"Working with Nick Kendell of Search Associates has been a pleasure and has resulted in an excellent outcome for Vientiane International School. From the beginning, Nick was professional, helpful and ready to help guide our search committee. He was always available to answer our questions, and his knowledge of both our school and the international education world was invaluable. Nick made the search process much easier and took a lot of the stress out of the search. I would be delighted to work with Nick and with Search Associates again." - Meagen Baldwin - Board Chair, Vientiane International School.
"I am writing in appreciation of the help that Nick Kendall has given the Board of Woodford International School in our recent recruitment of a new head of school. Our recruitment started in July, when I first contacted Nick (and I think you contacted me also). Since then I have interacted with Nick, usually by Skype, at least weekly, and in some periods much more often. I have asked Nick all manner of questions, and sought his advice on a wide range of issues. He has always proven most knowledgeable and very obliging, often researching an issue within Search Associates and getting back to me to fill out initial guidance that he had offered. Our advertisement attracted 70 applicants, a huge number (we felt) for a rather resource-challenged school. The quality of the top applicants was excellent; they were clearly world class. The 7 that we interviewed all made clear that their interested had been sustained and increased by their dealings with Nick, and the information he was able to pass to them. We chose - after much hard work - two to visit our school To ensure the visits were as successful as possible, we used Nick - as at every step - to the maximum. His advice was excellent, and we were on all occasions pleased that we had followed his suggestions. I cannot speak too highly of the assistance that Nick has provided to us. I hope that it will be a long time before we need to recruit again - but if we do have to do so, I would without the slightest hesitation use Nick again. And I will recommend him to anyone else who must find a new school administrator." - Greg Terril -Board Chair at Woodford International School in the Solomon Islands.
EMCEE for Principal Meetings/ Conferences
"Nick Kendell is entertaining and informative. He keeps to time and has everything running smoothly." - Steve King
"Starting a new school is a daunting prospect. At the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines we were tasked with the job of starting an independent school for the young children of the international scientists who work here. The closest international school is a long distance from IRRI, and so the institute wants to maintain a school for young elementary-age students on-site.
Nick came for a week to help write policies and guide us through some of the initial procedures for starting The IRRI School (TIS). He even ran impromptu professional development sessions for our staff. Words can’t describe how much I appreciated his input. From the first time I met him (on Skype), his enthusiasm for our school was evident. He worked solidly the week he was here, and has been available to us since that time, to answer questions and continue to support us. He accesses others to make sure we have the best information and advice.
For me as a teacher without formal school administrative experience, Nick was a god-send, and the support he continues to provide is invaluable. He has become part of our TIS story and family." - Leanne Reinke, IRRI Head of School.
Womens' Professional Network, Hanoi