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Hong Kong, China

January 12 - 14, 2018

Drake, Dr. Barry

Fair Organizer:
Dr. Barry Drake

January 12 - 14, 2018


Fair Organizer: Dr. Barry Drake

The Hong Kong-January Fair is organized by Barry and Veronica Drake, both 30+ year international school 'veterans!' Hong Kong offers, both candidates and recruiters, a distinctly unique recruiting opportunity.



Whether you are a recruiter or a candidate you have an abundance of recruitment fair choices available to you. So what's different about the Hong Kong Fair?

The large Fairs have many advantages, but not everyone is comfortable with the prevailing competitiveness at such Fairs. The Hong Kong Fair aims to develop a more intimate sense of 'family' and connectivity than the larger Fairs. To this end, the Fair is held in a school in Hong Kong, rather than a large hotel; the number of schools attending the Fair will remain capped at 50-60 of the best institutions invited from the broader Asia region; ALL candidates who attend the Fair are fully focused on securing a job in Asia; and a significant number of Chinese teachers attend the Fair.

Moreover, the Hong Kong Fair is held over a weekend which means that for both recruiters and candidates very little, if any, time needs to be taken away from school (see the recruiter and candidate specific schedules on the HK Fairs page of the Search Associates Fairs web site).



Typical regional distribution of schools registered for the Hong Kong Fair as a percentage of the total.

The Hong Kong Fair was originally established primarily to help fill teaching vacancies in the China-Hong Kong-Taiwan region. However, in recent times increasing numbers of the schools registering for the Fair have been located in the broader Asian region.


Definitely not!!!

Typical distribution of candidates by national origins attending the HK Fair.Around 20% of the registered teachers each year are of Chinese ethnicity making this THE fair to locate Mandarin teachers.


Not at all!!!

The vast majority of candidates attending the HK fair have previous IB or other international curriculum experience with over 50% normally having worked for more than 10 years in international schools.


Not at all!!

Typical distribution of Hong Kong fair placements.

The evidence of our annual Fair placements does not support the commonly expressed view that the candidates at the Hong Kong Fair are not really interested in jobs outside of the city.

The factual evidence is that mainland China is usually the more popular destination for candidates at the Hong Kong fair with a growing interest in openings elsewhere in Asia.

Information For Candidates


contact Barry Drake for more information. Email:bdrake@searchassociates.com

Country School
China Affiliated High School of South China Normal University
China BASIS International Guangzhou
China Bromsgrove School Mission Hills
China Canadian International School Guangzhou
China Changsha WES Academy
China Confucius International School, Qingdao
China Daystar Academy
China HD Ningbo School (Hurtwood House China)
China Innova Academy
China Merchiston Castle International School
China Nansha College Preparatory Academy
China NCIC-Immersion School
China Ningbo Huamao International School
China Overseas Chinese Academy Suzhou
China Peking University Experimental School (Jiaxing)
China Shanghai Singapore International School
China Shanghai United International School(Hongqiao Campus)
China Shanghai United International School, Gubei Campus
China Shanghai United International School, Pudong Campus
China Shanghai United International School, Wuxi Campus
China Shanghai Vanke Bilingual School
China Shekou International School
China Shen Wai International School
China Shenzhen (Nanshan) Concord College of Sino-Canada
China Shenzhen College of International Education
China Soong Ching Ling School
China Springboard International Bilingual School
China Suzhou Singapore International School
China ULink College Guangzhou
China United World College of Changshu China
China Wuhan Ulink College of China Optics Valley
China YK Pao School, Shanghai
China/Hong Kong American School Hong Kong
China/Hong Kong Chinese International School
China/Hong Kong Creative Secondary School
China/Hong Kong Diocesan Boys' School
China/Hong Kong Discovery Bay International School
China/Hong Kong Hong Kong Academy
China/Hong Kong Mount Kelly School, Hong Kong
China/Hong Kong St Stephen's College
China/Hong Kong The Independent Schools Foundation Academy
China/Macao The International School of Macao
India The British School, New Delhi
Italy Bilingual European School
Japan Nagoya International School
Korea Yongsan International School of Seoul
Switzerland International School of Central Switzerland
Taiwan I-Shou International School, Kaohsiung
Taiwan Ivy Collegiate Academy, Taichung
United Arab Emirates The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Boys
United Arab Emirates The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Girls, Abu Dhabi
Vietnam American International School, Vietnam
Vietnam Renaissance International School Saigon

Friday 1/12

4:00 - 6:00pm
Early Bird Registration
L'hotel, Tin Hau
Schools and Candidates can collect registration materials

Saturday 1/13

8:00 - 9:00am
Candidate registration continues
Search Office, Chinese International School
Candidates arrive and complete registration if not done on Friday
9:00 - 9:45am
Candidate Briefing
Auditorium, Chinese International School
9:45 - 10:30am
Candidates can view vacancy lists and recruiters set up for interview sign up session
9:45 - 10:15am
Recruiter Briefing
Auditorium, Chinese International School
10:30am - 12:00pm
Interview sign-up session
CIS gymnasiums
All candidates and recruiters. CIS School Gymnasiums
12:00 - 4:30pm
30 minutes school presentations
CIS classrooms
30 minutes presentations by each attending school (optional)
12:00 - 5:30pm
Interviews take place
Classrooms and Offices at CIS
As arranged by recruiters
12:00 - 2:00pm
CIS school canteen
Lunch provided for recruiters and candidates
1:30 - 2:00pm
Renaissance Workplace Benefits
Sponsor presentation
room 422
2:00 - 2:30pm
United World Schools presentation
Service Link opportunities
room 422
5:30 - 7:00pm
Reception for all candidates and recruiters
Sponsored by Renaissance workplace benefits
Drama studios, CIS

Sunday 1/14

8:30am - 5:00pm
Candidate interviews
Classrooms and Offices at CIS
As arranged by recruiters (in CIS classrooms / offices)

Friday 1/12

5:00 - 6:30pm
Early Bird Registration for schools
L'hotel, Tin Hau
6:30 - 8:00pm
Reception for Recruiters and partners.
Sponsored by Renaissance Workplace Benefits
L'hotel, Tin Hau

Saturday 1/13

8:00 - 9:00am
Continuing School registration
Recruiter Lounge at CIS
9:45 - 10:30am
Candidates can view vacancy lists and recruiters set up for interview sign up session
9:45 - 10:15am
Recruiter Briefing
Auditorium, Chinese International School
10:30am - 12:00pm
Interview sign-up session
CIS gymnasiums
All candidates and recruiters. CIS School Gymnasiums
12:00 - 4:30pm
30 minutes school presentations
CIS classrooms
30 minutes presentations by each attending school (optional)
12:00 - 5:30pm
Interviews take place
Classrooms and Offices at CIS
As arranged by recruiters
12:00 - 2:00pm
CIS school canteen
Lunch provided for recruiters and candidates
1:30 - 2:00pm
Renaissance Workplace Benefits
Sponsor presentation
room 422
2:00 - 2:30pm
United World Schools presentation
Service Link opportunities
room 422
5:30 - 7:00pm
Reception for all candidates and recruiters
Sponsored by Renaissance workplace benefits
Drama studios, CIS

Sunday 1/14

8:30am - 5:00pm
Candidate interviews
Classrooms and Offices at CIS
As arranged by recruiters (in CIS classrooms / offices)
12:00 - 2:00pm
Recruiter lounge
Lunch provide by Search Associates

Search Associates –HONG KONG job fair

12th to 14th January 2018

Candidate Information:

Attendance at this fair is by invitation only.  “Checking” interest in the Hong Kong-January Fair on the Search Associate online application does NOT constitute an invitation.  Please see information below for invitation details.

Venue Chinese International School, 1 Hau Yuen Path, Braemar Hill, Hong Kong

Organizers:Barry and Veronica Drake:   bdrake@searchassociates.com

Invitations for a Candidate place at the Hong Kong January 2018  job fair

Is the HK fair the right one for you? We recommend you look at the general information page of the HK Fair site located on the Search Associates Fairs web site and the video used as an answer to the question: “Search Associates (HK. How can we help you find a job in an international school?” See: http://www.searchassociates.com/Job-Fairs/Fair.aspx?id=111

Before an invitation to the Hong Kong - January Fair 2018 is issued, candidates need to have registered with Search Associates, well in advance of the Fair. To be register with Search Associates and be offered a place at one of our recruiting Fairs you will need to have a) a relevant degree to the subject / age range you wish to teach; b) a relevant professional teaching qualification AND  c) relevant teaching experience at the subject or grade level with which you now wish to engage. To register with one of the Search Associates please refer to http://www.searchassociates.com/Candidates/Get-Started.aspx

Candidates registered already with a member of the Search Associates team (Jim Ambrose, Bob Barlas, Marie Bogat, David Cope, Harry Deelman, Barry Drake, Sally Gordon, Gez Hayden, Ralph Jahr, Dexter Lewis, Nick Kendall, Jessica Magagna, John Magagna,, Bridget McNamer, Gary McPhie, John Ritter, Julie Ryan, Ray Sparks, Bill Turner) need to ask their associate sponsor to send them an invitation to attend the Hong Kong – January 2018 Fair.

All registered candidates also need to have a minimum of four (4) confidential references, completed online and available for recruiters to read at the Fair. These four references must include three (3) from past and current supervisors and one (1) past or present parent of any children you have taught.  These confidential references need to be received before 1 January 2018 to ensure an invitation can be provided in time for the Fair.  Please be considerate and approach your referees in good time.

NOTE:  Your place at the Fair is only definite when you have received confirmation through our data base on your dashboard

Please see the draft candidate schedule posted on the Hong Kong fair page of the Search Associates fairs site.

Important Notes:                 

Please NOTE: Candidates MUST be able to attend the Saturday morning (13th January) briefing and interview sign up sessions and be available for interviews through the afternoon of the 13th and most of Sunday 14th January 2018 (Please note:  attendance is by invitation only).

An OPTIONAL early bird registration will be available from 4 pm to 6 pm. on Friday 12th at L'hotel in Causeway Bay. Additional registration for candidates begins on 13th  January at 8.00 am at the Chinese International School.  The latest possible time to arrive on Saturday morning is 8.30 am. (to collect your candidate pack and name badge). All candidates MUST attend the candidate orientation at 9:00 am. on Saturday.

Candidates will be able to view the school vacancy sheets from 9.40am on Saturday morning in the CIS Gymnasiums. These sheets will provide be the definitive lists of vacancies.

The interview sign-up session starts on 13th January at 10.30 a.m. (until 12.00 a.m.) – DO NOT BE LATE.  The interviews that you arrange will determine your schedule for 13th to 14th January. 


Hong Kong has many cheap hotels (review via the Internet) but for convenience of access to the Chinese International School where the Fair will take place we would recommend:

L’Hotel: 18 King’s Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 3553 2898. Fax: (852) 2553 2888 Email: info@lhotelcausewaybayhv.com   NB a special rate has been negotiated with L'hotel and a booking form can be found on the top left of the Hong Kong Fair web site.

Newton Hotel, North Point: Address : 218 Electric Road, North Point, Hong Kong Telephone : (852) 2807-2333 Fax : (852) 2807-1221. E-mail : newtonhk@newtonhk.com

Butterfly on Victoria, 33 Kings Rd, Causeway Bay, HK. info.bov@butterflyhk.com

City Garden Hotel. Address: 9 City Garden Road, North Point, Hong Kong. Telephone: (852) 2887 2888. Fax: (852) 2887 1111. Email: info@citygarden.com.hk

Harbour Plaza Hotel: Adress:665 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2187 8888  Fax: (852) 2187 8899  Email: hpnp@harbour-plaza.com /  www.harbour-plaza.com/hpnp

Regal Hotel Causeway Bay: 88 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Tel : (852) 2890 6633. Fax : (852) 2881 0777. Email : rhk.info@RegalHotel.com
Rosedale Hotel on the Park: 8 Shelter Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2127 8888 Fax: (852) 2127 3333. Email: hotel@rosedale.com.hk

Newton Inn North Point. 88 Chun Yeung Street, North Point, Hong Kong Tel : (852) 2130-3388 Fax : (852) 2130-3399.  E-mail : newtoninn@newtoninn.com

Travel: Make own arrangements early; flights in and out of  Hong Kong in January can be very busy.

Visas:             Most participants traveling from overseas will require no visa but, if in doubt, please check with your travel agent.


Requesting a place well before December 31st 2017 is preferred, to enable better attention to your needs.


There are two fees involved for candidates. The first one is the US$ 225 registration fee which is paid to the Associate with whom you register when you join Search Associates (with the exception of candidates who register with David Cope). The second fee is the ‘Fair Fee’ of US$75 which is used to defray the costs of running the Fair, including food, facility usage, salaries etc.  If you only ever attend ONE Fair during your registration period, then that Fair Fee is included in the initial US$ 225 registration fee. If you attend more than ONE Fair in your registration period then you will be required to pay 75US$ for each additional Fair you attend. All fees due must be paid to your specific sponsoring Associate before the Fair.  (NB. David Cope’s candidates need to contact him directly to find out about the Fair Fees).

Late withdrawal and ‘no show’ fees.

If your place has been confirmed, schools are informed that you are coming to the Fair, so please do not withdraw.

If you do have to decide to cancel your place at the Fair after the January 8th DEADLINE you will be charged the full US$75 Fair Fee.

Collect your candidate pack either on Friday evening (12th) at L'hotel or early on Saturday (13th) at CIS, so that you will have time to study the contents before the Candidate Meeting, the Interview Sign-up Session, the School Presentations, and your Interviews.  Candidates who are well prepared stand a far better chance of placement. NB. We will be sending out advice sheets on ‘Navigating the Fair’ itself closer to the Fair.

The Candidate Meeting will start at 9.00 am on Saturday 13th  January.  This is when we will explain how the Fair is organized. You can also view the short video located on the FAQ section of the HK Fair page of the Search associates Fairs web site: http://www.searchassociates.com/Job-Fairs/Fair.aspx?id=111    

Make sure that you have had time to study your candidate information packet before this meeting, especially the final details of which schools will be attending the Fair, so that you will know which recruiters you need to approach to request interviews with at the Interview Sign-up Session (Saturday 13th January 2018, 10.30 am) and which school presentations you would like to attend (13th). No guarantee can be given that any given Head will interview you, let alone that any job offer(s) might come your way, but part of our function is to help all candidates and all Heads to gain as much as possible from the Fair.  Dress for the Interview sign-up session in business / interview attire.

Your word is your bond, both in promising accuracy and honesty in all papers you submit and in all statements you make, and in your response to any job offer(s) made to you.  The same applies to interviewers, who have also been asked not to put any candidates under pressure for an immediate answer if a job is offered at (or soon after) the Hong Kong Fair.  In particular, any candidate attending two fairs in rapid succession should honour his/her commitment to both fairs by meeting, at least, any/all schools with which the candidate has had pre-fair communications.

Employment Offers at Search Associates Recruitment Fairs

It is in-keeping with the Code of Ethics that recruiters should give candidates adequate time to consider employment offers. This time should be sufficient for candidates both to reflect on the offer itself, and to complete interviews with other schools, during the recruitment fair.

If a candidate so wishes, he or she may accept at any point following an offer being made. Search Associates expects that recruiters observe the following guidelines, as a matter of professional ethics.

A number of advice sheets will be provided nearer the fair to help you make your decisions regarding any offers your get and to clarify what our expectations are for candidates in accepting offers.

REMEMBER: If you, as a candidate, receive a FIRM OFFER of a position and you ACCEPT that offer in writing or verbally, it is considered a binding contract. Each year we do get some confusion arising at our Fairs when some candidates misinterpret what a recruiter has said and believe they have been made an offer, when in fact they have not. Please check your understanding with the Recruiter: is this a FIRM OFFER? Or are they saying they need a bit more time to consult with their colleagues before making a final decision but they are interested in your candidacy.

At that time the school offering you a job incurs a placement fee due to Search Associates.  If you later renege on your agreement you would owe the school that fee. In the international school world, your word is your bond. Schools pass up other great educators once you have accepted a job with them and it puts the school in a very difficult position to find a replacement for you…especially if your decision comes later in the year.

NOTE: Departure best planned:  NOT before Sunday 14th January 2018, late afternoon/ evening

We look forward to meeting you all during the Hong Kong Fair next January.

Barry and Veronica Drake


Renaissance – Proud Sponsors of the Hong Kong Search Fair.

Who are Search Associates?

We are the biggest international teacher recruiting company world wide. Please see this page for more details.

Search Associates (Hong Kong): how we can help you find a job in an international school.

How does the Hong Kong job fair work?

For general explanations of how our Fairs work please see this FAQs page

For specific details of how the Hong Kong Fair works please take a few minutes to view the video below.

Are there any membership fees?

Please see the Search Associates candidates frequently asked questions located here

Why choose to attend the Hong Kong fair?

Which Fair to attend is very broad question and the answer, is unsurprisingly, that it really depends on the candidate's needs. Many candidates will be interested in the January London, Bangkok or Cambridge Fairs. These are amongst the largest we operate. This means there are more schools, and more positions in total, available at these Fairs. However, it also means more intense competition from a much larger pool of candidates. Some people find the atmosphere of large Fairs daunting and somewhat intimidating. Others thrive on the competition! The bigger Fairs tend to attract schools from all over the world whereas other Fairs like Dubai, Melbourne, Toronto and Hong Kong are more regionally specialized. Some schools will attend a number of Fairs, others will recruit at only one Fair. Which schools attend which Fairs tends also to change, to some extent, on a yearly basis.

If a candidate has a strong preference for working in a particular geographical region of the world, then they should consider registering for registering for a regionally specific Fair. So, if you are interested in working in China/Hong Kong/Taiwan or East and S.E. Asia, then they should certainly consider attending the Hong Kong Fair.

What can I expect from the Hong Kong Fair?

The Hong Kong Fair aims to develop an intimate sense of 'family' and connectivity. To this end the number of schools attending the Fair is capped at 50-60 of the very best institutions invited from the region.
The Hong Kong Fair is designed primarily to help fill teaching vacancies in the China-Hong Kong-Taiwan region. To this end the majority of schools attending the Hong Kong Fair are usually located in China, Hong Kong or Taiwan. However, up to 25% of the schools attending the Fair are generally drawn from the broader Asian region. As a result the Fair attracts top teachers from around the world who are specifically looking for positions in highly regarded international schools in the China- broader Asia region.

The recent demographics of the HK Fair were as follows



The vast majority of candidates attending the HK Fair have IB or other international curriculum experience with over 50% having more than 10 years international school experience.
68% of the candidates attending the Fair came from outside Hong Kong.
Hires: Between 30 and 40% of all candidates attending the Hong Kong Fair are regularly hired as a result of the interviews they have at the Fair. Typically around 50-60% of all hires made as a result of the Hong Kong fair are in schools on the mainland and Taiwan, 25% in HK schools and 15-20% in other Asian schools.

What sorts of organizational structures can I expect from international schools in the China-HK-Taiwan region?

It is important for candidates to note that there is no single organizational model for international schools, even amongst those registered with SA.

In the past international schools could be characterized as, small-family-orientated, non-profit making institutions, catering to a largely transient expatriate population, with children from many parts of the world who were taught largely by expatriate international teachers. The curriculum was usually based on a national model: Australian, British, Canadian, US etc. Though some of these schools still exist they are very much in a minority today. The more common model today is a much larger school, increasingly part of a 'group' of schools / educational consortium. The majority of the newer breed of international schools are entrepreneurial and profit making, the children drawn from the middle classes of the country in which the school is based with a greater proportion of national teachers. There are still schools teaching to a home national curriculum such as IGCSE / A levels or AP but increasingly the market is dominated by the IB programmes. The bottom line is that there is no single model or, indeed, any agreed right or wrong way to structure an international school. Candidates need to be very clear about the sort of school they are thinking of moving to. Questions need to be asked about their own genuine sense of flexibility: can I adjust to different ways of allocating classes / preps to that which I am used to? Will I be happy with a more top down approach to management rather than the participatory decision making I am used to? Am I excited about working in a very d ifferent organizational culture more reflective of the country I am about to move to etc. The candidate's Associate is there to advise on such issues.

For more information regarding the changing international school scene in China/Hong Kong see this linked article

What sort of schools recruit at the Hong Kong fair?

It is important to note that the growth of the international school market is exponential and each year we are seeing a considerable number of new schools coming 'on line' and looking to recruit teaching staff. There is, naturally, a very wide quality spectrum of schools available for candidates to consider and making decisions to accept a contract at a relatively unknown school is fraught with challenges. Search Associates (HK) can help candidates chart their way through this vital exercise in a number of ways.

Firstly, Search Associates (HK) does not accept all schools which request places at the Hong Kong fair. Schools attending the HK fair have to be first of all registered with Search Associates. Roughly 10% of all schools listing themselves as providing international education, world wide, are currently registered with Search Associates. This is the product of clear policy by our company to work with a certain types of schools. Each applicant school has to undertake a rigorous process of screening before it is accepted. Only schools from the better end of the quality spectrum are accepted. School performance is then regularly monitored and interventions made when concerns are raised about unacceptable practice. As a registered candidate at the HK Fair you can expect specific advice regarding schools which are of interest to you.

Is there a clear profile of candidates who are successful in getting placements at the HK Fair?

Once again this is a very difficult question as there are always exceptions to the rule especially in shortage subject areas / fields such as IBDP physics, maths, counselors etc. However, our experience over the last few years would suggest certain types of candidates have more chance of success. Please see this FAQs page for more details.

What will I get from registering with Barry Drake?

See also my biography page
40 years of international education experience incorporating time in Central Africa, the Middle East, South East and East Asia. Barry has an outstanding network of contacts in the schools in Asia and he will be able to offer his candidates a very personalized service which will seek to help candidates get placements at schools which are a good fit for them.
Part of the service provided by Search Associates is to advise candidates on the relative merits, qualities and challenges offered by particular schools.
For personal references, see this link

Specific advice can be provided to registered candidates on

  • personal bios
  • communication with Heads
  • interview tactics
  • approaches to package comparisons

and more!

CfBT Education Trust (vacancies in Brunei)

Affiliated High School of South China Normal University

Alcanta International College, Guangzhou

Beijing International Bilingual Academy

Beijing National Day School

Bromsgrove School Mission Hills

Canadian International School Beijing

Canadian International School Guangzhou

Changsha WES Academy

Daystar Academy

East China Normal University Affiliated Bilingual School

Guangdong Country Garden School

Haileybury International School Tianjin

ISA International School of Guangzhou

Ningbo Huamao International School

HD Ningbo School (Hurtwood House China)

International School of Nanshan Shenzhen

Overseas Chinese Academy Suzhou

Shanghai Qibao Dwight High School

Shanghai Singapore International School

Shanghai United International School(Hongqiao Campus)

Shanghai United International School, Shangyin Campus

Shanghai Vanke Bilingual School

Shen Wai International School

Shenzhen (Nanshan) Concord College of Sino-Canada

Shenzhen College of International Education

Vanke School, Pudong

Wellington College International Tianjin

Western International School of Shanghai

Wuhan Ulink College of China Optics Valley

ULink College Guangzhou

United World College of Changshu China

Western International School of Shanghai

Xi'an Hi-Tech International School

Yew Chung International School of Beijing

Yew Chung International School of Chongqing

Yew Chung International School of Qingdao

Yew Chung International School of Shanghai

Yew Wah International Education School of Guangzhou

Yew Wah International Education School of Shanghai

Yew Wah International Education School of Shanghai-Lingang

Yew Wah International Education School of Yantai

YK Pao School, Shanghai

American International School, Hong Kong

American School Hong Kong

Chinese International School

Creative Secondary School

Diocesan Boys' School

Hong Kong Academy

Hong Kong International School

International Christian School

Mount Kelly International, HK

The Independent Schools Foundation Academy

Victoria Shanghai Academy

Yew Chung International School

Branksome Hall Asia

The International School of Macao

Academic Bridge Program

Aga Khan Academy, Maputo

Ayeyarwaddy International School

Hiroshima International School

I-Shou International School, Kaohsiung

International School of Ulaanbaatar

Ivy Collegiate Academy, Taichung

Orchlon School, Ulaanbaatar

QSI -- Quality Schools Int'l (37 schools in 30 Countries)

Saigon South International School, HCMC

Seoul International School

Yongsan International School of Seoul


The Hong Kong Fair is sponsored by RENAISSANCE Medical and Workplace Benefits:



Employee benefits packages to suit all school budgets anywhere in the world. We offer a best in-class range of products and services to make it easier for you to build an appealing benefits package to recruit and retain the best teachers.

Recruitment Fair Comments

"Thank you to Search Associates for the professional services and assistance with our job search. We are very happy with the opportunity to join Hangzhou International school, and very pleased that they were searching for 'veterans' who could add depth to their expanding school." - Marisa Confait (2017)
"Search Associates has proven to be an essential tool for upgrading my career." - Luigi Mondino (2017)
"Just wanted to let you know I've accepted a job at OCAS. I had a great experience with Search Associates and the HK job fair was fantastic. I had eleven schools interview me and 5 offers." - Ryan Tannenbaum (2017)
"Once again I would like to take the time to thank you for organizing the fair and offering your guidance. I have already signed my contract and just deactivated my account.  I hope this will be an exciting experience for me professionally and a good choice for my family. It looks very promising!" - Emilija Simonovska Stojanovski (2017)
"I'd like to thank you for all the work you do in setting up these fair opportunities for us all. I'm glad I decided to come to the fair this weekend. It was fairly laid back and very positive. It was run efficiently and everyone I was in contact with was very professional, from associates to recruiters to candidates. I will surely recommend Search to other teachers and use you all if I'm job hunting again in the future. The hope is that it won't be for a long time! May Thanks." - Nick Staffa (2017)
"The school board were delighted with the service we received from Search Associates and particularly, the lead consultant, Barry Drake. Throughout the three months of the search for a new Head for UWC Thailand, out interactions were timely and extremely professional, aimed at providing the maximum possible support for the board Selection Committee. We would certainly use them again for a similar assignment." - Julian Whitely (2016)
"I would very much like to thank Search and Barry in particular for the support and guidance with the Search process. Placement via Search provides a level of confidence and assurance for both the applicant and school. I have really enjoyed the daily update emails and will rather miss them, seeing what the big wide world has to offer is a lovely way to start each day." - Ed Aldiss (2016)
"We are really impressed with the quality of the people and schools attending the Search Associates Job Fair. We had many interviews and all went well. When we got home, we had an offer from a school we really loved and ended up accepting it a couple of days later. Thank you Search Associates for helping us connect to so many great educators in such a short time." - Andrew and Danielle Aversen (2016)
"Thank you for organizing such a great job fair for everyone!  I am very excited for the opportunity to teach at Shanghai United!" - Adam Burgetz (2016)
"I found Barry extremely helpful and very easy to work with.  He made himself constantly available via email and skype and to visit Malta when needed.  His insights and wise council were invaluable." -Roy Crawford. Head Search for IS Verdala, Malta (2015)
"Having unexpectedly lost my job at the end of June, I came to terms with having to find an unsatisfactory one for a year and use that time to work on my Search Associates profile and prepare for a job fair in winter. However, I managed to get my profile activated in early August. Five days later I got a job that I have thoroughly enjoyed so far. Things happened when I least expected and life started to look up, thanks to my Barry’s prompt assistance and support." - Bojan Stevin (2014)
"Thanks to Dr. Drake for responding promptly to my emails. Using the Search Associates website has made the process of finding a new job less stressful. I appreciate that profiles are stored in the Search database, allowing for easy reactivation. I will be sure to sign up again the next time I am ready to search for a new position." - Ya Yun Su (2014)
"Thanks to Barry, as well as Nick, Paula, Michael, and the rest of the Search staff. Daniela and I are really excited about GEMS Singapore. It's going to be fabulous and we're deeply grateful for the placement. Thanks again for everything." - Chris Brandt (2014)
"I would like to offer a heartfelt and sincere word of thanks to Barry for his assistance in making the  move to my next position. I am relatively new to the world of international education and found Barry's words of support and encouragement to be invaluable. Barry's insight and knowledge of international schools spanned many continents, and with his guidance, I have been able to secure a position at one of the top schools in Hong Kong." - Mary Mallon (2013)
"I want to thank Barry for organizing the job fair and setting a constructive and positive environment at the fair. I feel there was a job balance between possible positions and candidates, and recruiters were fair, open and transparent with their interactions with candidates. Both candidates and recruiters were supportive and friendly with each other. I know job fairs can be a nerve racking and stressful experience, but I feel the way Barry and his team organized and managed the fair made for a more positive experience. Also, I want to thank Barry for his detailed and sage advice on the Hong Kong job market and living in Hong Kong. His advice was balanced, insightful, informed and realistic." - Michael Steele (2013)
"Barry was a patient and very well-informed mentor. No question was too trivial or too difficult. He made the process easy and seamless. His advice was always relevant, thoughtful and insightful. I can't thank him enough for his help and encouragement. I secured a wonderful job and Search, and in particular, Barry, provided a comprehensive, friendly and professional service. I wouldn't hesitate to use them again." - Marian Rossiter (2012)
"Having notified me of a suitable opening, Barry greatly supported my successful application to secure a position as a Secondary Vice-Principal for the 2012-13 academic year. The process was smooth, efficient and professional throughout and I sincerely appreciated Barry’s personal and genuine interest in my application. Barry’s long years of experience as a senior leader in international schools give him the insight to see a ‘good fit’ and I recommend him highly to candidates seeking help to further their careers. Thanks again for everything Barry!" - Tim Fryer (2012)
"I had such a positive experience with Search Associates right from the very beginning that I would highly recommend Search. I didn't really know what to expect since I haven't used any recruiting agencies in the past. My associate, Dr. Barry Drake was attentive to my concerns and questions. He always replied quickly to my emails. The Bangkok Spring Fair was organized, and the associates there were helpful as well. Barry Drake even mentioned my name to one of the school representatives at the fair. I ended up getting two job offers, and I exchanged emails with other teachers there who were supportive and friendly. A couple of teachers even recommended their schools. Since there were only 22 schools there, I can imagine it wasn't as cut-throat and super competitive as the bigger Bangkok fair. Overall, I'm really pleased with Search Associates. I would definitely use them again in the future. I'm especially impressed with my associate's personal attentiveness and prompt replies." - Kim Soriano (2012)
"I joined Search on a whim and didn't know what to expect. I have been more than satisfied with the results. With Barry's guidance, I was offered positions at two of HK's top schools. With his help I decided on one and love it. His personal attention to detail and getting to know me was key in matching me with particular schools." -Bonnie Lim (2011)
"I have been a successful applicant of Search Associates on three occasions. The application process provided an opportunity for prospective employers to fully see my potential on paper and in person at the search fairs. Search Associates then provided support and professional advice from the beginning through to the end of the process. A big thanks to Search Associates for helping me achieve my ambitions. " - Carla Nagel (2011)

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate John Ritter consults on matters of governance, planning, head and board transition, and staff development with schools all over the world.