So lately I’ve been keeping my eye out on any possible job opportunities here. I can’t stay jobless here forever unfortunately.
I found a posting for a teacher to teach adults travelling English and it was located in the West of Chengdu. Now Chengdu is big, so I wanted to know where exactly in the West they wanted to have class. I live in the south west, so I was thinking that it may be quite close to me and that I may not have to travel too far.
That’s all… just answer that one simple question and then maybe, if the location was suitable… then I would consider it.
So I get in contact with someone and I ask them:
“Where in the west would they like to have class?”
They reply “Please give some information about yourself please”.
Well ok… so I gave them a quick voicemail message about myself and sent it to him.
“I will give your details to a friend of mine and you can discuss it with him”.
So I still don’t know where exactly this teaching job is….
The friend then contacts me and asks where I live and when I can teach.
I reply and then ask again “Where in the West do they want to have class?”
“Oh if you know a coffee shop or a place near to yours then they can have class there”.
That’s good I thought…. but then I began to think: If they said they wanted class in the west, then why do they suddenly say near my area is also fine? I might live 1 hour away from them….
Anyway, we keep messaging each other and later he sends me a location on maps of where they want to have class.
“Is this location ok for you to teach??”
What??? It would take me 40 minutes cycling to reach there! It’s nowhere near my area!
Why say ‘They can have class near your area’ and then send me a location nowhere near me?
I replied “That place is too far for me, it would take me 40 minutes by bike to reach there. If they can come closer to my area thats ok, but maybe if they can’t then I think they should find a teacher closer to them”.
I really didn’t want to waste 80 minutes travelling just to have a 1.5 hour class. It’s definitely not worth it.
Plus, I don’t think the adult students would be too happy having to travel to my area either. So I felt it was better for them to try and find a teacher nearer to where they live.
But all this could have been avoided if they just answered my question in the first place! That’s all I wanted to know…. they wanted to know everything about me but couldn’t give me proper information about something that is rather important for teachers if they want to do some private teaching.
You know, I felt bad running them around the place, but I never said I would take the job, I was only enquiring, but to me, it felt like they were thinking ‘OH WE FOUND ONE, SHE WILL TEACH THE STUDENTS…PHEW’
I don’t think they figured out I was just enquiring. That was all.
So I’m a bit hesitant now to contact any other people about jobs. I don’t think they realise that teachers may just be enquiring about things. Especially when they don’t elaborate on info. If it’s vague (like my one) then you certainly need to be clear on place, hours, salary etc. Maybe I should be clearer next time.
I suppose that’s one lesson I learned from job postings here!