Application Process 101
How to apply for teaching jobs abroad and what you will need to do so:
When applying for our vacancies you need to be sure that this is what you want to do. It is important to understand that you approach us as recruitment consultants to find you a job so you need to be committed and ready from day one.
We know this can be a big, scary commitment, so, we have put together this little article to help you understand just what happens when you apply; what you need to do before, during and after application. We hope this helps!
APPLICATION PROCESS SUMMARY:
When you apply, whether it is via social media or via email, remember that this is the first impression we have of you! With that in mind, it is important to make sure the information on your CV is correct. There can not be any spelling or grammatical errors and your communications need to be in English, and good English at that!
Initially, all we would need from an applicant would be a detailed CV – on this note: this CV needs to indicate your degree, major teaching subjects and phase, the grades and subjects that you have taught in your career and any and all professional development or managerial experience you have gained. We can only judge your initial suitability on the CV you present us, so take the time to make sure it is detailed and correctly reflects ALL of your experience.
If your CV is appropriate, you will receive an email from our office with some important initial information to read through and some forms to complete. This step is VITAL – the info we send is very important and detailed and will answer most of your initial questions. The forms we need you to complete are just as important as it will provide us with vital information not found on your CV.
In this info pack from our office, we list the documents you need to submit (CV, copies of your degrees, passport, police certificate, photos) – these need to be scanned and sent to us.
Your paperwork is then processed, formatted and sent (with no contact or personal details) to schools where there are appropriate vacancies.
Our schools then inform us of who they wish to interview – we do not decide this.
Interviews are then arranged – via Skype – and you will received guidance and prep on how best to prepare for these interviews.
If interviews are successful, contracts will be sent and gone through to ensure you are happy with everything. This is then signed and sent to the school and then the required documents need to be authenticated.
PAPERWORK, DOCUMENTS, VISAS AND PHOTO FAQ:
Where can I get it? Apply at your local police station, but check which days and times you can apply.
How do I apply for it? You will need to fill in an application form, have your fingerprints done and pay the fee – you need to take your ID with you.
How much does it cost? Usually around R100.
How long does it take? Once it is sent to Pretoria, it can take up to 8 weeks to process. China requires this as part of the visa application and our Middle East schools require this too. It is valid for 6 months.
What is involved? Once the teacher has authenticated their documentation, this is then scanned and emailed through to the school so that the school can begin the visa application process from their side. For the Middle East, the visa is then emailed to the teacher, who then prints it and uses this visa to enter the country. Once they are in the country, the school then re-submits the original documentation with the physical passport and the visa is then put into the passport. For China, the school sends the teacher an invitation and work permit letter which they need to print out and take to the visa centre where it is then sent to the Chinese Embassy and the visa is then put in the teacher’s passport. For China, a medical report is also submitted as part of the required documentation.
What do schools require? The schools require the teacher’s degree (not a statement of results but the actual degree), academic results, passport, reference letters, police clearance and passport photographs (Middle East) and China requires those same documents as well as a police certificate and a medical report. These must then be authenticated at the relevant embassy.
Is there anything else I should know? Teachers should do their research on the authentication process, it is pretty straight forward and they can do it by themselves but it does take time – standing in queues etc – so we do recommend they make use of an agency.
What needs to be authenticated/ verified? For China mainstream teachers: they will need to get their teaching degree and police certificate authenticated. They will also have to undergo a formal medical and have these results available to hand in with their other paperwork. For TEFL China teachers: they will need to have their TEFL certificate, police certificate and degree authenticated. They will also need the formal medical check as part of their required documentation. For Middle East teachers: they need to attest their original teaching qualifications and sometimes a reference letter as well.
Who must I send these documents to? The Chinese Embassy in Pretoria no longer issues visas, there is now a Visa Office for the Chinese Embassy in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. All paperwork needs to be submitted at one of these offices and it takes 6 days for the visa to then be stamped in your passport. For Middle East: department of education, international relations and the relevant embassy in Pretoria.
Why does this need to be done? The various authentications are required to get the official Z-visa for China. For Middle East: The attested documents are required to get a teaching approval from the relevant ministry of education so the schools can process the employment visas.
What photos do the schools need? Passport photos with a clear background, you will need this for the medical check and the visa application form for China; same applies for the Middle East.
What should this photo look like? Photos in colour with a white background. White and blue background for the Middle East.
We hope this takes a little bit of the fear and guess work away from the application process. It can be intimidating but we will be there with you every step of the way.
And remember, we get sent hundreds of applications every day, if you make it this far in the process, you should be very proud of yourself. It means that you are an outstanding teacher that schools of high, international calibre want teaching with them!