List of Agencies and what you should know about them

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Re: List of Agencies and what you should know about them

Postby aquagirl » 10 Jul 2010, 11:39

Doraemon2008 wrote:Julie was helpful, I was referred by another teacher who found work through her, although I did not work for her because I found a job two weeks ahead of her got back with me, I remember during our phone convo she was informative about teaching in Taiwan.

Also, I tried footprint, reach to teach, and ESL Dewey, they were all acting interesting and serious about placing me a job, but after when they found out I had an ABC background, the follow-ups were terrible. Footprint basically told me that they only interested in white Canadians or US citizens. Mitch Gordon from reach to teach scheduled skype interview with me, and stood me up not once, but twice, and tried to tell me how he had called when he didn't, because I made the calls and he wouldn't pick up, when he was online signed into skype. ESL Dewey had a bunch of weird recruiters, I dealt with Andrew and David, Andrew basically ignored me after showing plenty of interest until I showed him a scan of my US passport where he had things against "ABC", David wasted the most of my time, exchanging like 30 e-mails in two weeks period when every e-mail he kept asking me for my college diploma/US passport scan/recent photo, while I e-mailed to him like three times and still end up telling me how at the end he had no jobs available, when he and his company (Dewey) kept posting them up in various websites looking for English teachers in Taiwan.


My husband had the same experience with this David from Dewey. He doesn't read the e-mails and he sends the same list of questions to everyone, regardless of their background. He's an idiot and after 3 e-mails, my husband told David not to contact him anymore. You get the sense that they don't know what the hell they're doing over there. They're good at wasting everyone's time.
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Age issue

Postby asiarecruiters » 02 Aug 2010, 21:14

This is Julie with ACI. Quick clarification with ACI's restriction on age: we have worked with MANY teachers who are older than 35+, and the schools were very happy with them. So, we are not saying that teachers beyond the benchmark of 32 will not get hired, but it can be harder for them. This limit is more or less a guideline, and everyone has the passion and energy for teaching children is still welcome to apply.
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Re: Age issue

Postby WolvesMon » 13 Sep 2010, 00:02

asiarecruiters wrote:This is Julie with ACI. Quick clarification with ACI's restriction on age: we have worked with MANY teachers who are older than 35+, and the schools were very happy with them. So, we are not saying that teachers beyond the benchmark of 32 will not get hired, but it can be harder for them. This limit is more or less a guideline, and everyone has the passion and energy for teaching children is still welcome to apply.


Here is a reply to ageism.

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Re: List of Agencies and what you should know about them

Postby BlackAdder » 12 Oct 2010, 19:08

WolvesMon wrote:
asiarecruiters wrote:This is Julie with ACI. Quick clarification with ACI's restriction on age: we have worked with MANY teachers who are older than 35+, and the schools were very happy with them. So, we are not saying that teachers beyond the benchmark of 32 will not get hired, but it can be harder for them. This limit is more or less a guideline, and everyone has the passion and energy for teaching children is still welcome to apply.


Here is a reply to ageism.

DO NOT WORK FOR OR APPLY THROUGH AN AGENT.


Yeah man, cos agents have control on this kind of thing.

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Re: List of Agencies and what you should know about them

Postby sandman » 12 Oct 2010, 19:21

Plus, the younger ones are often less likely to realize that the agents are putting them into positions from which they can be fined and deported. Older ones have often been here for longer and tend to be more aware of how they can be exploited.
Check it out -- there's a recruiter advertising right here on this forum for foreign teachers for kindergarten positions in Kaohsiung, "ARC provided." No mention at all that this is illegal and that people DO get caught and deported for this. Often.
Younger people might be more likely to agree with the recruiter's standard line (if they're called on it, that is -- they will NEVER admit to you up front that they're basically crooks) that "Oh, it doesn't matter! This is Taiwan and EVERYBODY does it! It'll NEVER happen to ME!"
Whereas someone with a bit more experience might say "Just because you're happy to offer illegal jobs doesn't mean I'm happy to accept them."

Don't EVER forget! The recruiter gets off scot-free in these scenarios in which they've gulled you into illegal work. YOU are the one who suffers. They get their money either way.
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Re: List of Agencies and what you should know about them

Postby djkonstable » 26 Oct 2010, 20:02

BlackAdder wrote:
WolvesMon wrote:
asiarecruiters wrote:This is Julie with ACI. Quick clarification with ACI's restriction on age: we have worked with MANY teachers who are older than 35+, and the schools were very happy with them. So, we are not saying that teachers beyond the benchmark of 32 will not get hired, but it can be harder for them. This limit is more or less a guideline, and everyone has the passion and energy for teaching children is still welcome to apply.


Here is a reply to ageism.

DO NOT WORK FOR OR APPLY THROUGH AN AGENT.


Yeah man, cos agents have control on this kind of thing.

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The agents don't have control of that portion of the business, however they do have control over who they do business with and they also have one goal in mind; SCHOOL gets a teacher. NOT A good teacher gets a good school.
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Re: List of Agencies and what you should know about them

Postby angelmae3995 » 22 Mar 2011, 23:48

If you are in Kaohsiung avoid the agent Simon/Selwyn/ and whatever other name he goes by. He is a seedy guy who lives near minzu Rd. Basically he takes all the money he can. Before I know he was bad, he put my at a school where I got paid only 500 an hour and he also charged the school 10000 a month for finding me.
The other 100 to make a complete 600 went to him. The school could not pay me, they had to pay him and he had to pay me.

He was not honest and afterwards I found out he is jut an utter snake. I had told him when I started that I would be going home in June for 2 weeks to visit my family for my sisters graduation and then, though i reminded him monthly, he claimed he didn't know when I was getting ready to leave and took more then half my pay for the month of May saying it was a fee for me needing a sub.
I argued my fee is paid by the hours I don't get paid for June since I am not here and I am not salary.

Then I didn't know as much as I do now (which is still not completely enough) but I wold like to warn all others against him.
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Re: List of Agencies and what you should know about them

Postby Fort Tiger » 11 Apr 2011, 05:07

I'm working with Julie at ACI right now. She is very informative and she is always quick to reply to any questions I have. We are in the process of finding the right school for me, and I think we have found it. I have tried some of the other agencies and they are definitely not as informative as ACI. Some of them don't even answer your questions, but instead just keep insisting that you sign a contract with lack of information!
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Re: List of Agencies and what you should know about them

Postby steelersman » 11 Apr 2011, 05:13

Fort Tiger wrote:I'm working with Julie at ACI right now. She is very informative and she is always quick to reply to any questions I have. We are in the process of finding the right school for me, and I think we have found it. I have tried some of the other agencies and they are definitely not as informative as ACI. Some of them don't even answer your questions, but instead just keep insisting that you sign a contract with lack of information!


I would have to say that while she might answer your questions, she may not necessarily tell the truth. Look at the numerous jobs she post for kindy jobs and doesn't even mention that they are illegal. Precede at your own risk!
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Re: List of Agencies and what you should know about them

Postby Doraemon2008 » 12 Apr 2011, 22:55

Julie was not bad three years ago, but recently I have heard so many negative stuff regarding her service. Three few foreigners I know lost $$$ to either the school or the government because of her not being honest.
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