I had posted on another board regarding corporate teaching jobs in Osaka and got a lot of helpful links. Now for the next step.
I am thinking of applying directly to those companies that farm teachers out to corporate sites. It's given that if I see a job ad from one of them, I will apply through the ad. But my first line of thinking is 'what kinds of questions should I ask them before I send them a cover letter and resume?' I'd like to get more dirt on the industry from them before I apply to them. Know before you go.
First, a little about me. 34 yo American with an MA in English, a year to go in an MA in Education, RSA CTEFL cert, FTBE (Internatl House Biz English cert), three years teaching experience at eikawa in Japan, speaks some Japanese but will be taking courses once back in Japan. (Not something I will share to future employers, though. they will expect me to be available for them, which I will be.) Coming under my own steam, will not need gaurantor for apartment, will need a visa sponsor.
Second, a little about what I am looking for. Corporate English training position, stable hours (such as they are in this economy), better than eikawa pay (as much as I can expect, see last comment), visa sponsor. Located in Osaka and immediate environs.
See? I've been reading the forum. I've learned! (thanks Paulh and Glenski for setting the format.)
Below is some idea of what I could say to one of the dispatch companies (ie, ALC or Phoenix, et al) but I don't really like any of them if truth be told. What would be more appropriate questions to ask them? Should I even include a resume until I am ready to send them a cover letter? That sort of stuff has me scratching my head:
"In the past, you have advertised for single company assignments or part time teaching with an option to sponsor the instructor (Kansai Time Out/GaijinPot.com). Now that you have a bit of an idea of my background (also, I have incl a copy of my resume for your convenience), could you answer a few questions for me. I don't know what volume of clients you see coming into your office and how much work you provide for your instructors; having voiced that:
1. Do you try to send the instructors to one regular assignment, or
2. Do you piece together part time assignments to create a full time load for the instructor?
3. Do you still offer the option to sponsor a visa?
4. What would be a typical schedule and employment arrangement for a full time instructor (I am speaking of mornings, evenings, split shifts, and also salaries or hourly wages, benefits, bonuses, etc.)?
5. On the understanding that you will not be responsible for my airfare or my housing (I will be taking care of these expenses), what other assistance does your company provide for your foreign instructors?
6. Is there an _____ instructor I may email for a reference? One is enough and the contact will only happen once."
Also, if anyone is willing to take a look at my resume, please let me know. Any help you can give is already appreciated in advance.