Once you have completed your TEFL-TESOL Certificate Course (see Teach English Worldwide’s “TEFL / TESOL Training Courses” section) and decided in which part of the world you want to teach (see our “TEFL / TESOL Jobs Worldwide” section), you are ready to begin searching for employment in one of thousands of English schools across the world.
In this section, Teach English Worldwide provides you with some pointers that will help you “land” your desired English teaching job overseas.
We have compiled the following sections to assist you:
Conducted when you are not physically in the city or country where you intend to teach. Ways to conduct Distance Searches include:
Make sure that any correspondence you conduct with potential employers is professional, free of spelling, punctuation, and grammar mistakes, and written in a clear, straightforward style that will be easily understood by non-native English speakers.
WARNING: Be wary of disreputable schools or recruiting scams when applying for jobs or recruiting services online. To protect yourself, ask as many questions as you can, and do not send anyone money or personal information unless you are completely comfortable with the other party. You can also visit online TEFL / TESOL message boards to find warnings about schools or recruiters that are known to have poor standards or a history of unethical behavior. (Dave’s ESL Café – www.daveseslcafe.com – is a good site for this. See Teach English Worldwide’s “Helpful TESOL Links” section for other popular discussion boards).
Conducted while you are living in or visiting your intended destination. Ways to conduct an “On-the-Scene” job search include:
Your TEFL / TESOL Certificate Course could be another important resource in your job search – no matter how you conduct it. Good TEFL / TESOL Courses often provide job guidance programs for their graduates. They should be able to put you in contact with various schools in their region, provide you with school lists, and give you job search tips.
Your Curriculum Vitae (referred to as a résumé in the US) and cover letter are your most important tools during your job search. Taking the time to compose these documents with care and professionalism will ensure that you are putting your best foot forward each and every time you apply for a job. For the most part, a TEFL / TESOL-oriented CV and cover letter require the same basic qualities as those for any other job. However, to maximize your chances you should tailor these documents specifically for English teaching positions.
Keeping the following tips in mind will help you to do so: