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Be careful when choosing the right recruitment company…

October 31, 2014

I am sure you are aware but there is a skills shortage within education and therefore recruitment companies are clamouring over themselves to work with qualified language teachers and fill ever increasing vacancies. This may sound like heaven as you will be inundated with jobs, but is the recruiter all that they seem?

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Be wary.

After 15 years in the recruitment sector I am fully aware that there are a large number of unscrupulous organisations out there that proceed to ruin the reputation of the ethical recruitment firms simply by being in the same sector. Remember, anyone can have a fantastic website built, but is there any substance behind it?

How can you tell if your recruiter is worth dealing with?

Well, firstly, don’t believe everything you read on the forums. It is very rare that anyone will post a positive review of a recruitment company, forums breed negativity and therefore you cannot obtain a true picture from just reading the thoughts of a few teachers. There are always two sides to every story.

Ask other teachers for a referral. Check the company out on Linked In, are their consultants listed and how many recommendations do they have? How long has the company been in operation? Do they operate from a fixed address or just a mobile? Is their website updated regularly, how proactive are they? By looking deeper into a company you can begin to build up a good profile of them.

Demand for money

Remember that recruitment firms make their money through the placement of teachers. However, the ‘fee’ is paid by the hiring company, not the individual. So, tip number one, if you are EVER asked to part with any money by the recruiter, run for the hills. No professional recruitment organisation will ask for money from you, if they say it is for visa and medical fees, again, resist. You should ONLY pay this money to the visa agent directly.

Offers without interviews

I assume you will have uploaded your CV onto several job sites as well as applying for a number of roles with a number of recruiters. If you receive an offer by email without having had an interview or having discussed the role in detail, alarm bells need to ring. Ethical recruitment companies will NEVER ever simply present a contract of employment to you without having had an in depth conversation to discuss the role, location and organisation you will be working for. Obviously I cannot prevent you from accepting such an offer but I cannot understand why anyone would move countries / jobs on the whim of an email.

Lack of communication

Even if you have a conversation about a job, make sure all lines of communication remain open and the recruiter exhibits complete transparency at all times. If you get the impression they are winging it or being evasive, walk away. A good recruiter will know everything about the role, mobilisation process, package, location and start dates. Unfortunately there are too many companies that have the opinion that once the teacher has accepted the job, their work is done. Nothing is further from the truth. You should be in close contact with the recruiter up to mobilisation, after all, they are supposed to be your confidant and support mechanism. If this breaks down I would seriously question whether the role is all that is seems.

Be realistic

Of course, even the best recruitment company in the world cannot legislate for its clients or external factors that may hinder the offer and / or mobilisation process. If I can be so bold, don’t have unrealistic expectations and try not to become impatient if the process isn’t going as quickly as you would like. As I stated earlier, a recruiter makes their money by getting teachers jobs, so why on earth would they knowingly slow down the process? If you antagonise the recruiter, they may not prioritise your application, so play fair too.

Teachers are not perfect either!

Securing a new role via a recruiter is a two way process. The recruiter will expect you to be professional, communicative and react to reasonable requests too. Remember, if you are dragging your feet during the offer or visa process, the hirer may become concerned about your commitment and rescind the offer. You need to be open and honest with your recruiter, the world of education recruitment is not as big as you may think and burning bridges is never a good idea. Recruiters are not naïve enough to think that you are not applying for other roles and will then consider all offers, but if you accept a role, tell them. Don’t just vanish off the face of the earth, we do have very good memories…

In conclusion, once you are happy with your recruiter, stick with them and work together as a team. Build a good relationship and this will stand you in good stead for future positions and contracts.

How do I know this? Well, as Managing Director of m2r Education, we haven’t won 5 international business awards and received numerous glowing references plus recognition from the British government for nothing you know….

Teach English in China! Open start dates.

May 2, 2014

Teach English in China! Open start dates.

Want an ESL job in China?

Exciting new ESL roles in Saudi Arabia! Teach in brand new colleges, August 2014 start dates.

April 24, 2014

If you approach life with energy, an enquiring mind and a sense of adventure then you’re what we’re looking for.

We have ESL teaching jobs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with roles available in both Al’Quwaiiyah (male & female) & Dammam (female).

The hiring company are a UK consortium company, made up of leading suppliers of vocational skills and employment programmes in the UK. They have been awarded a five year contract to provide training services for the esteemed Colleges of Excellence in Saudi Arabia delivering English and vocational curriculum across three colleges.

A teaching job with them offers you the chance to enjoy so much more than just work. The opportunity to explore the wealth of activities on offer as well as discovering a new country and rich cultural history are just some of the benefits of joining us in one of the world’s wealthiest countries.

Landing a job in Saudi Arabia will provide you with adventures and experiences you never imagined, giving you the opportunity to tell stories back home that your friends and family will never tire of hearing.

This is an incredible opportunity for anyone seeking the chance of a life-time, whether you’re based in a desert town or large city setting, this will be an experience like no other!

All Tutors will provide high quality teaching and access to learning, teaching English Language to students within the college group.

It is expected that the post holders will contribute to course design, development and review of the English Language programmes, sharing best practice and ideas for improvement where these are identified. They have staggered contract start dates throughout the summer, including July and early August 2014.

Team work is critical to their success, so upon joining the team a full induction will take place in the UK before you depart, which will be followed by a local induction taking place upon arrival in KSA.

This will be built around understanding the business, your role and the new environment you will be working and living in, whilst providing the opportunity to make some friends within the wider team.

The minimum requirements to apply for the role are as follows:

  • A minimum of three years’ teaching experience, preferably in an adult environment.
  • Where you are not a native English speaker, have an IELTS 7.5 or equivalent. You will be required to provide evidence of this prior to your interview.
  • Bachelor’s degree in English Language or Literature, TESOL, Applied Linguistics or education.
  • Hold a minimum of a CELTA qualification or equivalent. A DELTA qualification (or equivalent) being desirable.
  • Evidence of dynamic and innovative teaching practice.
  • Knowledge & ability to demonstrate an understanding of course structures, lesson planning, along with different learning styles and teaching methods.
  • Excellent communication and organisation skills.
  • A passion for people and the challenge of taking them on a journey.
  • Excellent ICT skills, an ICT qualification would be advantageous.

The package includes the following:

  • Salary of £24,000 – £32,000pa (Tax Free), depending on skills, experience and competence.
  • Flights to Saudi Arabia, with a return flight at the end of your contract;
  • Accommodation will be provided, along with transport to and from the college;
  • Health Insurance;
  • Visa;
  • End of Contract gratuity payment;
  • Mobile phone with credit, upon arrival to ensure that you can stay connected with the important people in your life.
  • Competitive holiday allowance.

Where applications are received from people outside of the UK, web based assessments will be utilised to assess competence, skills and experience. Possible assessment centres will be arranged in Saudi Arabia too.

The Assessment Centres will require the candidates to prepare a Micro Teach session, complete a competency based interview and participate in a group activity.

We are currently planning to hold assessments in the following locations:

London: 3 & 4th May 2014

(Further locations will be added when sufficient candidates are available)

Due to the high volumes of applications, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted.

Go to www.m2rglobal.com to apply.

ESL Teacher positions across China

April 1, 2014

Packages up to up 16000RMB per month (GBP£1600 / USD$2600) plus bonuses, work (Z) visa, medical cover and paid leave. 1yr renewable contract.

We are working with this global leader in education, with over 400 language centres in 27 countries. They have a need for ESL Teachers to work in the following locations on renewable one year contracts.

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Northern China

Beijing

Eastern China

Shanghai

Hangzhou

Southern China

Guangzhou

Foshan

All language centres are conveniently located near popular shopping areas with an array of food and entertainment options as well as convenient transport links. There is a thriving expat community who teach English in all cities and you can choose between a bustling, fast paced metropolis or a more laid back, traditional location.

Minimum requirements:
• BA degree
• TEFL (online or classroom)
• 2yrs post degree ESL (any level)
• Under 60 yrs of age
• Male / Female
• Must be a passport holder / native English speaker from USA, UK, Canada, NZ, Australia, South Africa or Ireland

Roles are 5 days per week, hours dependent upon actual contract chosen. You will be teaching young adult learners (beginner / intermediate level).

Packages are up to 16000RMB per month (GBP£1600 / USD$2600) plus bonuses, work (Z) visa, medical cover and paid leave. Assistance with accommodation is offered too.

Start dates are on-going with monthly intakes. Contact us for further information.

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Cats and violins

December 13, 2013

So here we are. The final night of the final trip of 2013. And what a year. We have visited 6 countries, done 18 flights, attended countless meetings and generated some fantastic new business as well as cementing those existing relationships. It has been tiring, stressful but very fulfilling and we will be doing it all over again in 2014.
I am writing this looking out at the corniche in Abu Dhabi. Very nice it is too. If Carlsberg did final hotels to round off a business trip……..

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Abu Dhabi certainly has some great potential for us and will be explored in much greater detail, as will the rest of the UAE. As with the rest of the GCC, education and training are two areas of huge focus and demand, therefore our wonderful services should be in great demand. Based on the conversations I have had, I feel very confident of having a good client base here by the end of 2014.
Trade Missions are always interesting vehicles in which to do business. Great for contacts but I do feel that some people come on these and expect it to be a bit of a jolly. They are not. Please, if you expect to have loads of ‘down time’ and be mollycoddled from the minute you arrive, don’t come. Simple as that. You are using a place that an adult could have taken.
Regarding my current location, I have to say it is simply stunning. This hotel is incredible and thank God we are part of the soft opening otherwise I would be washing dishes to pay for it. The £50k Christmas tree in the lobby says it all.

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I arrive home tomorrow, slightly nervous as to the amount of work we are going to have to do next year, over and above what we already have, but in today’s climate, I am not grumbling. To those who moaned and complained about the intensity of this particular trip, I am sure when you reflect you will realise how beneficial all the meetings were. If you don’t, stay at home and keep stirring the cauldron.
To the St Regis hotel, thank you for your amazing hotel but do us all a favour, change the music around the pool. It sounds like a cat has been trapped in a violin.
To the Training Gateway, the trip was too hectic and no water on the coach nearly killed me. (Joke, but then you already know that). Looking forward to being part of the next one.
Merry Christmas folks.

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And now, the end is near….

November 28, 2013

Well, as there is absolutely nothing to do here at King Fahd International Airport I may as well post my last Saudi trip related blog. Oh no I hear you cry! OH NO I HEAR YOU CRY. That’s better. (Pantomime season is almost upon us).

It has been an eventful 2 weeks. Riyadh was great for business, the focus was entirely on education and training and it was a great success. The city is massive, rammed with traffic and some pretty impressive buildings and unbelievably terrible driving.

My hotel, the Al Khozama oozed old school chic and service. Very friendly staff who actually took an interest as opposed to the plastic ones you get in some much bigger properties. I have not stayed in a hotel where you hand your proper key into reception when you leave every day for some time. Pretty cool actually.

Al Khozama Hotel, Riyadh

Al Khozama Hotel, Riyadh

 

The rain was heavy. Very heavy. Closing the whole of Saudi was slightly melodramatic but considering the state of the driving, lack of drainage and dodgy bridge constructions, I could see why. It was amusing to see pictures of one guy jet skiing down a road in Riyadh and another using a polystyrene block a as a raft! However a few years ago over 1000 people died in Jeddah due to the floods so it is an issue which needs to be addressed.

I will skirt over my aching back etc as I am sure you are just as fed up with it as I am. Safe to say it still aches, thanks for asking.

As usual the hospitality of my clients never ceases to amaze me. I genuinely do not expect anything in the way of gifts and I feel very awkward accepting them but it is rude to do anything else. It is very humbling and extremely kind. Receiving a wonderful gift from a candidate was even more surprising, most people we get a job for seem to disappear into the ether, so to feel a genuine warmth and gratitude makes my job a whole lot easier and satisfying. ‘Thank you’ is such an emotive phrase when delivered with dignity and feeling.

Of course I could not remain professional all the time:
*Sitting in the middle of the family section in the poshest hotel in Riyadh (Ritz Carlton) before being rescued by my client.
*Trying to open a wall thinking it was a door in another very posh hotel (Four Seasons).
*Being mistaken and then confirming that I am the British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (he is over 6ft and white) so easy mistake…
*Killing time by going to a mall before discovering none of the shops would be opening for another 3 hours and I could not go anywhere so had to wander around aimlessly whilst the security guards wondered what on earth I was doing.

So you can see, international recruiter supreme I may be, but interspersed with bouts of idiocy.

After Riyadh I flew up to the Eastern Province to hook up with the UKTI trade mission. I always enjoy these missions as it is an excellent opportunity to make good contacts and showcase the company. As this part of Saudi was my route to entry several years ago, I always end up trying to see more people than I actually have time for. Plus the Arab culture is to arrange a meeting with nano seconds notice meaning a rigid schedule is never a good idea. I didn’t do too badly, a mix of confirmed and off the cuff meetings were had and all went pretty well. Even the bizarre client meeting (with a group that we have had tremendous recent success with) where one of the guys decided to rip into me for no reason whatsoever and I almost walked out. Even this one ended with us confirming more business and a vote of thanks! I am still shaking my head as to what twilight zone I wandered into.

It was particularly interesting to see some expat compounds. That is all I am saying on the matter!!

In summary, 2014 is going to be immense. My head hurts in trying to work out how we are going to fit it all in, but we will and it will all be a tremendous success. Coupled with the new contracts we have signed in Bahrain and Oman, plus existing clients increasing their requirements, I suspect next year will pass in a blink of an eye.

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Want to meet and discuss your recruitment plans for 2014?

September 20, 2013

Want to meet and discuss your recruitment plans for 2014?

Contact us now and we can set up a meeting!

Dear Hiring Manager. If you are fed up going through CVs, why not give us a call…..

October 30, 2012
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International customer service – 5 top tips

May 24, 2011

So, how do you keep clients happy when you are working across the globe?

Here are m2r’s top 5 tips on how to retain clients that span time zones, languages, culture and of course, distance.

1. Visit regularly

It is too easy to win the client and then resign yourself to emails and phone calls. You have to make the effort to keep developing the relationship. In cultures where friendship comes before business, if you do not want to invest in the time or effort to visit these companies, your relationship will be very short lived. Try to go at least once a quarter, depending on distance.

2. Take an interest in the country where the client is based

If the client thinks you are only after their money, again, no trust will be formed. You are a guest in their country and you need to make a concerted effort to understand the culture, at least some of the native language, the history and also, get a feel for the place. Don’t spend your time in the hotel or the bar, this will not lend itself to building client relationships.

3. Get them to take an interest in where you are from.

Building relationships is a two way process, so, involve your client by showing them your home town etc. They will feel that there is a bond and a trust and that you want to involve them in more than just a one dimensional relationship. I am from Wakefield and trust me, very few of my clients knew of Wakefield before I visited them! Now they now all about the place. It has really helped cement my relationship with them.

4. Get to know your clients as human beings.

This is especially prevalent in cultures where family comes first. If the client feels that you are only interested in their business, you may get one order but that will be it. Take an interest in their life. Again, if this does not interest you then maybe international business is not for you.

5. Go the extra mile

Companies want to work overseas, sometimes for the wrong reasons and this leads to cynicism towards your whole industry. Show your international clients that you are different by delivering exceptional service, maintaining close contact and taking a genuine interest in their business, themselves as individuals and their country. You need to act and appear that you are merely an overseas extension of their current supply chain, not just a person or company that is looking at just the financial reward. This will only lead to very short term gain and open the doors to your competition.

From my experience, using these five tips as a guide will put you head and shoulders above your competition and cement your business relationship with your overseas clients. Don’t forget to deliver what you say and always exceed expectations, but that goes without saying!

Pass us leads and we will pay you for them!

August 17, 2010

If you know any companies that could reap the benefit from our Low Cost Recruitment Service then please send me your leads and for every one we convert I will give you £25GBP no strings attached! Now this may not seem like a lot but for £25GBP you could buy the following:
A decent bottle of wine
Half a tank of petrol (in the UK that is!!)
A nice takeaway meal
Credit for your phone
Concert tickets
The list is endless!

Plus if we sign then on a long term contract, we will pay you every time they pay so these £25’s could seriously add up! All for just a name and a number!

We are converting 76% of our leads so you a pretty safe.

Have a look at http://www.m2rglobal.com/documents/low_cost_recruitment.pdf for more information and start making money!!!