By Jon Duckett
Experienced TEFL teacher and director at TEFL Jobs World
Are you thinking about teaching English as a second language abroad? We list 5 ways in which you can increase your chances of finding a great TEFL Job.
1. Do a TEFL course
Get qualified by doing a TEFL course. Language schools worldwide are raising their standards and getting a job just on the basis of being a native speaker is becoming more difficult. For those thinking about a life long career as a TEFL teacher or those wanting to teach in UK language schools doing a CELTA or Trinity TESOL course is advisable. These courses cost between £750-£1300 ($1000-$1750). They take a minimum of 4 weeks to complete and include at least 6 hours observed teaching practice in the classroom with real students.
2. Get work experience
Get some work experience in your home country before you apply for jobs abroad. In the UK for example there are many summer employment opportunities for teachers from summer schools that need TEFL teachers for a short period of time. They generally accept newly qualified teachers so long as they have a Trinity TESOL or CELTA certificate. If this is not possible you could always volunteer at a local high school or college. This experience will be very beneficial on your CV when applying for jobs abroad. It will also boost your confidence, and help your decide if teaching English abroad is right for you.
3. Invest some time in your CV/resume
Take time writing your CV. Make sure you tailor it to your teaching experiences and your suitability as a teacher. Include a photo or even a link to a YouTube video of yourself. The more enthusiastic and approachable you appear the better your chances. Schools often expect at least a year long commitment from teachers, so highlight you are willing to do this. Don’t forget to include the basic contact details such as email address and phone number.
4. Research locations
Think carefully about where you would like to teach. Living abroad can vary massively from one country to the next. Some countries can be quite restrictive compared to the west. You don’t want to bite off more than you can chew and end up with culture shock after two weeks. If your feeling less adventurous try somewhere close to home first, before for jetting off to more exotic locations. Read travel guides and online reports from teachers already our there, and be honest to yourself about what you can really cope with.
5. Look for jobs online
Look for TEFL jobs online. Make sure you do your research before applying to job ads. Find out more about the school by looking at their website, and by asking for advice for other teachers on online forums. There are unscrupulous employers out there so it pays to do your research.
Best of luck!
The TEFL Jobs World Team.