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goldenfrost



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 8:27 pm    Post subject: International Houses in Poland Reply with quote

How long does it take to hear a reply back from them if you've applied to International Houses in Poland?
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delphian-domine



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depends very much on the individual school.

Did you apply blindly or in response to an advertisement?
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goldenfrost



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What does "apply blindly" mean?
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sparks



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think he meant "apply cold." Just sending your C.V. without knowing if they are looking for someone.
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delphian-domine



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sparks wrote:
I think he meant "apply cold." Just sending your C.V. without knowing if they are looking for someone.


Exactly that, thanks Smile

All I know is that Poles in general are quite dreadful about replying to e-mails. Silence is unfortunately quite normal.
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scottie1113



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So true
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goldenfrost



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I applied in response to job advertisements. Thanks for letting me know that. It's a bit of a relief, but at the same time, it still makes me anxious about the whole job application process.
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scottie1113



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome in Poland. Smile
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ecocks



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As in most countries, responses generally will only go to those who make the short list.

Be patient if you are going this route. You have to balance tenacity with perception and common sense.

Best of Luck!
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Master Shake



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 1:06 am    Post subject: Re: International Houses in Poland Reply with quote

goldenfrost wrote:
How long does it take to hear a reply back from them if you've applied to International Houses in Poland?
Give it two weeks. Then follow up with a polite email letting them know you're still interested.

If there's a large number of similarly-qualified applicants, this may help set you apart and get you hired.
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dragonpiwo



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:51 pm    Post subject: Don't do it. Reply with quote

Don't work for IH as the wages are dire even with the free flat, which won't be a gem anyways.
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delphian-domine



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Don't do it. Reply with quote

dragonpiwo wrote:
Don't work for IH as the wages are dire even with the free flat, which won't be a gem anyways.


That's not exactly helpful, is it?

I imagine the OP knows what the wages are and they're comfortable applying for the job, otherwise they wouldn't be asking for advice.
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dragonpiwo



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 12:00 pm    Post subject: erm Reply with quote

Warning someone that he/she will live in abject poverty on those wages is IMHO an act of public service.
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delphian-domine



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 12:11 pm    Post subject: Re: erm Reply with quote

dragonpiwo wrote:
Warning someone that he/she will live in abject poverty on those wages is IMHO an act of public service.


Hardly. Not to mention that they'll only be working 24 hours a week, leaving plenty of time to earn more money elsewhere.

For some people in Europe, a decent sized room in a shared flat and 500 Euro a month in their hand is actually not bad at all.
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dragonpiwo



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 5:55 pm    Post subject: erm Reply with quote

When I worked for the IH Koszalin group they stipulated no private work in the contract and paid you through a UK front called Glenrex to avoid Polish tax, which they stated they paid.

500 Euro a month in Europe is astonishingly awful. Free flat? enjoy the block on the edge of town a mere 25Zl home in a taxi, which is a large chunk of the 80 or so Zl you'll earn a day.

Yet more hubris from the oracle.
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