Trying to get a job in Spain

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  • Wiseone
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    27 August, 2021 at 8:04
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    I have been trying to get work in Spain and have applied for about 20 or more jobs, but no luck. I’m wondering if it is because of my age, I’m 61, but have about 15/20 years experience. Or is it because of Brexit, or are the schools inundated with applications? Any info would be helpful.

    Thanks!

    Keith
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    27 August, 2021 at 8:15
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    Hi wiseone

    Is your experience in TEFL, and do you have a TEFL qualification?

    Age may be a factor with some employers in Spain, but thankfully there are still plenty for whom it is not a factor.

    Brexit could well be a factor (I’m guessing you mention this because you’re British?) There’s still quite a lot of uncertainty in terms of how employers will treat applicants from the UK. In theory, British teachers are now in the same boat as all other non-EU applicants, which means that they need a work visa. This brings costs and paperwork for employers, which may mean that they favour teachers with residency or a right to work in Spain without these additional costs and red tape.

    But with the pandemic, so few jobs have been advertised that it’s hard to get a sense yet of whether this will bear out in reality. This brings me to your next point – schools being inundated with applications. This may be a factor at the moment, as thousands of teachers who would normally be applying for hundreds of jobs are all applying for the very few that are being advertised…

    Hope this helps.

    Keith

    Wiseone
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    30 August, 2021 at 9:51
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    Thanks

    Hi Keith,

    I do have TEFL qualifications and TEFL experience as well as a degree. All of what you said sounds right. The thing is, do I keep applying? it gets a bit depressing when you don’t get anywhere.

    Thanks
    Aileen

    Keith
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    6 September, 2021 at 9:32
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    Hi Aileen

    My advice would be to keep applying. if you get a negative response, there’s nothing to lose in writing back and asking them why. You could ask them if it due to one of the reasons discussed above. This might then start to give you more of a sense of the situation.

    Pre-Brexit, I would have advised you to be there on the ground – many schools in Spain very often rely on teachers literally walking in off the street with their CV, rather than advertising jobs online. But with Brexit, as we talked about above, it’s still not clear how schools will treat British teachers, so it remains to be seen if this is still the most effective strategy.

    My guess would be that you would still have a better chance of being hired if you’re there on the ground, simply because it makes sense logically – the Brexit issue will be there whether you’re applying from a distance or in person, so if it was a better strategy before, it makes sense to me that it would still be a better strategy now. (Of course, doing so brings with it other complications, such as covid travel restrictions, limited length stays on a tourist visa, etc.)

    Hope that helps…

    Keith

    Wiseone
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    6 September, 2021 at 11:13
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    Thanks

    Hi there,

    Thanks for that, I did actually ask a school for feedback, but not response. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy to just take off and go to Spain, but I suppose I will keep trying.

    Thanks
    Aileen

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