Today on Twitter, I noticed another chat hashtag #edhire, thanks to Lisa Dabbs (@teachingwithsoul), which from what I initially gathered is a chance for teachers to discuss tips for gaining employment within the K-12 system. This gave me an idea and I’d like to gauge interest.
With the ELT industry employment in Canada shifting from one sector to another partially because of federal funding decreases, many teachers find themselves seeking new work. This can be very challenging after having taught in one school or one sector of ELT for several years. Training courses like CELTA and TESL Canada & Ontario continue to churn out hopeful graduates into a market that at its best is unstable. I’m sure this phenomenon is not isolated to Canada.
Although there is some attempt to realistically portray employment opportunities, like TESL Toronto’s March Employment Evening, Careers and Q&A pages, many applicants don’t get the real feedback they need.
The #edhire hashtag inspired an idea of providing online opportunity for dialogue to occur between potential employers, seasoned teachers, recently unemployed and new graduates. This chat, if participants exist, could give these four groups a chance to ask and answer questions about resume-tailoring, interview techniques, experience expectations and dare I say, direct communication between employers and candidates. Imagine a weekly, biweekly, or monthly opportunity to help enable great language teachers to gain great positions locally or globally. But I wonder:
- Are employers/hirers/seasoned teachers on Twitter and willing to help? (click to help me suss this out)
- Are ELT teachers on Twitter looking for employment or are we the lucky employed?
Being someone who both hires teachers and has been around the ELT block for a while, I would be happy to help out in this discussion. Anyone else out there?