Houston, We’ve Got A Problem

As a planner, I love to have a plan. The concept of doing things haphazardly or at the last minute drives me bananas. It literally stresses me out. I like to have a plan a, b, c, d, e, and f. Leading up to the supposed interviews, I had contacted my recruiter on numerous occasions. She was such a sweetie, but I’m sure I was working her nerves. According to her, the venue had still not been confirmed. So, there I was just days away from an interview, with no idea of a time, a venue, or whether or not the interview would actually occur. The only thing that I knew was that the interviews had been confirmed in Houston.

If you’re not familiar with Houston, let me school you. Houston is massive! The last time I checked, it ranked in the top ten of the largest cities/metroplexes in the U.S. So, as one might imagine, this further frustrated me. I hadn’t (and was discouraged by my recruiter) from making travel plans until the interview venue was confirmed.

Finally, two days before the interview, a the venue was confirmed. I headed over to Groupon, purchased a room for Saturday night (my interview was Sunday morning), contacted one of my closest friends in Houston (to coordinate a quick dinner), and prepared to hightail from Dallas to Houston.


Save the Date: In-Person Interviews

pexels-photo-273011.jpegTo say that things progressed quickly would be an understatement. A month after applying to teach abroad, I had completed two phone interviews, had been contacted to submit several pre-interview documents, and had received an invitation to attend the next round of in-person interviews. Life was grand. Or so I thought. Little did I know that the waiting game had just begun.

Two and a Possible


After I finally decided to complete the application, I had no idea that so many recruiting agencies existed. I wasn’t sure which agency was the best, so I applied to them all. One of the websites wasn’t very user-friendly (maybe because I was on my iPhone), but I still completed the application. I then went on to the second recruitment website. Their website was user-friendly, but something about it just didn’t “speak” to me, but I applied with them anyway. I spent the most time (and put forth the most effort) with Teachaway’s website. They had more positive reviews online, offered a variety of jobs abroad, and overall felt right to me. (I’m a spiritual person, and lean heavily on the spirit of discernment. If I don’t get a positive check in my spirit about something or if it doesn’t feel right, it’s a no-go for me).

So, Teachaway it was. I had found my recruiting agency.  After completing the online profile, uploading documents, and applying to jobs, I was left waiting for a reply. Luckily for me, I didn’t have to wait long.

After completing the online profile, I was contacted by two Teachaway recruiters and a Footprints recruiter within a couple of days. The two Teachaway recruiters greenlighted me for phone interviews. The Footprints recruiter also greenlighted me, but never contacted me again.

I immersed myself in all things Teachaway to prepare for my phone interview.

My first phone interview was on December 10, 2015. All went well, and I was recommended for the in-person interviews. I was asked which city I wanted to interview in, and decided on Houston, which was only four hours away from me.

A few weeks later, the second Teachaway recruiter contacted me for a phone interview. That interview also went well, and I was recommended for a second interview. Conversely, this interview would be via Skype.

So, what started out as runs of a mill completed applications, had turned into potential job prospects.