How to Find
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There are lots of jobs out there, so let's look at some of the ways you
can find one.
1. TEFL websites
stands for T
as a F
The market for English teaching jobs is worldwide so the internet is a
great resource for finding jobs.
There are many excellent job search sites online, but one of the best
There are advertisements there for jobs all over the world, and as the
advertisers have to pay for their ads, they are serious jobs.
It is also possible for job seekers to complete an online resume on the
site so potential employers can search the database and contact them.
2. Sending speculative resumes
Even though there are thousands of language schools and thousands of
English language teaching jobs worldwide, only a small proportion of
vacancies are actually advertised.
The rest of the vacancies are filled by people who contact the school
If there is somewhere you particularly want to work, use the internet
to research the language schools there.
Prepare an up-to-date resume and mail it to every school in the region
you want to work.
The success rate for this strategy is surprisingly high and it shows a
potential employer that you are confident and proactive.
If you can, try and meet as many other English language teachers as
Let it be known that you are looking for a position.
This way you may hear about vacancies before they become public
knowledge and you can get an application in quickly.
4. Course employment services
Many English language teaching qualifications also include an
employment assistance service. Make the most of this.
Although you won't get paid if you volunteer, it will give you
invaluable experience and will look great on your resume.
Volunteers often hear about paid opportunities while they're
volunteering, so it can be an excellent way to find a job.
There are certain newspapers, for example the TES
in the UK, which carry ads for English language teaching jobs.
Bear in mind though, that jobs advertised in newspapers – like jobs
advertised online, often get many applicants.
You will need to have a great resume, tailored for each application, to
be in with a chance of getting a good advertised job.
7. The old-fashioned telephone
People often forget the telephone when they are job hunting. If you are
trying to find an English teaching job then don't neglect this valuable
Telephone directories will list language schools.
Call them up and ask if they have any vacancies. They will probably
appreciate your initiative.
If you are invited for an interview, whether face to face or over the
telephone, be prepared to answer questions about yourself, your
experience and your knowledge of English
You may be asked to prepare a short "micro teaching" session, or to
give the school a sample lesson plan.
Don't worry about these – it is pretty standard practice.
If you follow the advice on how to find English teaching jobs, and are
friendly, polite and professional in the interview, you shouldn't have
too many problems finding a