1. Not all schools use the September - June year. In Asia, depending on the country, schools can start in January, February, March, April, May or June. And guess what - this is where the majority of the new jobs are and the need for new teachers is greatest.
2. Not everyone who is hired is the right fit. Like other jobs, teachers are usually on a three month probation. This is to see if they like the school and the school likes them. Sometimes it doesn't work out and for one reason or another a teacher leaves - thus creating an opening.
3. Sometimes a teacher's credentials or references don't check out and the school is forced to terminate him/her.
4. Schools also hire at midterm and new semesters (often because of 2 and 3 above)
5. There are many reasons why a teacher doesn't stay at a school. Homesickness is quite common among young people being away from family and friends for an extended period. Even with the Internet, Skype and other forms of instant communication, not everyone can handle it.
6. Teachers also find other jobs and move on, creating another opening.
The important thing is to give it a chance. It takes time to get used to how things are done in a foreign country. You have to learn to 'go with the flow' and approach each day with enthusiasm. If you do, this will reflect on your students. If you don't, it will also reflect.
Here are the latest jobs...as of November 4, 2013:
Australia, Austria, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Chile, China, Czech Republic, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Libya, Malaysia, Mongolia, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Worldwide
Remember...be willing to go where the jobs are plentiful and you stand a better chance of getting hired quickly.