Who does my job ad appeal to?
What can you do when filling your teacher vacancies becomes impossible?
If you've been around teacher recruitment in Thailand for as long as I have, then you'll know that by insisting on too many requirements, a school is narrowing its field down to almost non-existent
Let go of the past
Sent in by Mike
Stories where teachers and teaching agencies have come into conflict are all too common and allegations (on both sides) are difficult to prove/substantiate. Also, there are always two sides to every story.
Discrimination pure and simple
Sent in by Jeff
When I see racist ads like the one that accidentally made its way onto the site, it only serves to open up some old wounds and scars.
Brown and proud
Sent in by Sudharani Subramanian
Let us keep the focus on educational credentials , pronunciation, sincerity and work ethics when hiring English teachers.
Sent in by Steve B
I had tremendous trouble finding a decent job when I first arrived, in fact it was two months from the time of arriving in Thailand to my actual first day as a teacher.
Why female teachers only then?
Sent in by Paul Watson
I am looking for a decent gig up in Chiang Mai and was put off recently by a few ads asking for females only.
Sent in by Del
It's the employers who pays the salary at the end of the month, so shouldn't they be allowed to specify who they want?
Sent in by Robert
It appears that racial discrimination in advertising is alive and well in Thailand.I was appalled to see an advertisement on Ajarn.com which unashamedly advertised for white teachers only.
Conversations with agents
Sent in by Mitch
Real phone conversations with real teacher agencies. I kid you not.
I’ve given up looking too
Sent in by Sir Heath
I made the mistake of bringing some first year students' problems to the attention of the head of the section last year. By September, after four and half year at this university, despite 'an excellent record of work' the university decided to let me go.
British (male, 25 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (2), MA (1), Certificate (1)
British (male, 46 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Australian (male, 52 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (4), BA (2)
Austrian (male, 56 years old, native German speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
MA (7), BA (1), Diploma (1)
American (male, 60 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BA (1)
American (male, 46 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
British (male, 43 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
British (male, 23 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (5), BA (1), MA (1)
Canadian (male, 46 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), MA (1)
Filipino (female, 38 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Ajarn.com was started as a small hobby website in 1999 by Ian McNamara. It was a simple way for one Bangkok teacher to share his Thailand experiences and pass on advice. The website developed a loyal and enthusiastic following. In 2004, Ian handed over the reins to Phil Williams and 'Bangkok Phil' has run the ajarn website ever since.
Ajarn.com has grown enormously and is now the most popular TEFL site in Thailand - possibly even South East Asia. Although best-known for its vibrant jobs page, Ajarn has a wealth of articles, blogs, features and help and advice. But one principle has always remained at Ajarn's core - to tell things like they are and to do it with a sense of humor. Thailand can be Heaven or Hell for an English teacher. It's always been Ajarn.com's duty to present both sides of the equation. Thanks for stopping by.
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E-mailing potential employers in Thailand can be a very frustrating experience. Teacher Chris is on hand to give you some top tips.