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55: Tanzania, Vietnam
55-60: Oman / Muscat (reports vary)
56-60: Saudi Arabia, Brunei Darussalam (reports vary)
58: Bahrain, Morocco, China (reports on China vary)
55-59-60: Indonesia (reports vary)
55-65: UAE* (after 60 annual work visa is expensive)
60: Colombia, China*, Egypt, Ghana, India, Iraq, Japan, Kuwait, Mongolia, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Singapore (unofficial), Turkey, Thailand
62: Bahamas, Myanmar*, Netherlands Antilles, Malaysia
65: Cambodia, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Luxembourg, Nepal, *Turkey, *Taiwan, *Cambodia, *Hong Kong
*Loss of benefits after a certain age.
What did I learn from this (sometimes painful) process? Older teachers need to approach the recruiting process a bit differently.
First, skip the early job fairs and early job announcements. Between the national laws of some countries and individual school hiring policies, applying early will be an exercise in frustration. (With the usual disclaimer to not pass up an individual situation that you may really want.) Schools will not be direct. They will always find some sort of excuse to not consider your application and dance around the real reason.
Second, if you want to go to a job fair, go to one close to where you are now during the peak of the hiring season. Otherwise you run a real risk of spending a great deal of money with little result. More than a few people I know came back from job fairs very disappointed and disgusted by the treatment they received from the schools. Use the Internet and Skype to do most of your job hunting.
Third, make some changes on your résumé. Don't go back more than 10 years when listing your experience. Employers aren't interested in what you did over 10 years ago, so there is no need to emphasize the fact you have been around a long time.
Another change you should make is remove your graduation dates from your resume. You have the degree and a prospective employer will find out the date soon enough, but this tactic gives you a chance to tell an employer what you can do without giving him/her a chance to say "no" right away. For example, one of my colleagues always begins his communication with an prospective employer by asking if his age is an issue. It's is not too surprising that most say "yes, it is" and the interview is over before it begins.
Finally, do not give up on your job search. I have come across quite a number of older teachers who simply got discouraged and quit looking.
Also the schools that are hiring at this point in time are usually not the "sexy" schools that everyone wants in Europe or Asia. But if a teacher is truly interested in international teaching and not a paid vacation in Western Europe, teaching at these schools should be just as interesting. (Of course the individual school should be checked out for any serious problems present.) So, it's off to Asia and the adventure continues (at age 67)!
―Robert Jones, Joyjobs member
You will be judged based on the feel and look of your application. It is critical to eliminate all outdated elements.
Here are some tips.
Have us reformat your CV for a clean contemporary layout.
Prints are the biggest giveaway when it comes to age. Don't photograph or scan any printed matter - pictures, resumes, support files.
CVs: include only the most recent employment history.
Rather than the date of issue, indicate the expiration date of your credentials.
Eliminate old references from your application. Post the best of them as "quotes" in the Testimonials section (quotes don't need to be dated.)
Avoid legacy email services. Use Gmail with a non-gimmicky ID.
Edit your CV to remove your street address and other legacy elements.
Do list Skype in your contact info (Wechat for Asia).
Avoid cliches such as "I am 65 years young."
Instead of "grown-up children" say, "no dependents."
Make sure your photo is contemporary (eyewear, hair, attire, etc.)
Include your Joyjobs recruitment webpage in the application.
“Just accepted an offer to teach Music and ESL with a great school in Ecuador. Thanks for your support.
Here's how JoyJobs helped me do it.
—JoyJobs provided the lead.
Moral: Check the job board everyday and follow-up immediately.
JoyJobs newsletters kept me motivated and taught me to:
— Get a professional looking pic for employers to look at.
— Streamline my resume and especially my cover letters.
— Know what to put in my resume and cover letters (what schools are looking for in applicants).
— Practice my Skype skills and pay attention to lighting and audio details that support a positive Skype communication. And so much more.
And don't forget - I'm one of those "older" teachers (ha, ha) - I will be 60 in July.
Moral: don't give up!
“I got calls from Amsterdam and the one in Weimar and decided to accept the Weimar one. Even at my age (over 60) I was hired. I've already recommended your website to 4 other people!