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How to Get Hired in the ESL English Teaching Industry Faster

How to Get Hired in the ESL English Teaching Industry Faster
Admin - Nov 13 2016

So you just attained your teaching degree and now it is that time to look out for a job, or you are already teaching but you are looking for a new challenge. Well finding a new job is very tiring and you obviously need to be fully prepared. Chances of getting an English teaching position can be very minimal and the ones available have a lot of competition. Prepare yourself thoroughly when getting into this phase of job searching. The following are a few steps to follow and you will be on your way to landing your long awaited job opportunity.


Have a good resume

So you want to get a job in a foreign country that does not know you? Then your first impression really matters, there is a cliché' that says- you never get a second chance to make a first impression. To maximize the chances of landing on the job, your resume should be next to perfect. Remember it can make or break your chances of getting an interview let alone a job.

Basics to writing a good resume

This is where you are marketing yourself, as an English teacher who is prepared to move to a new location or country. Here, you highlight any and all teaching experience or training experience. Looking for a job in Asia you will be required to present a curriculum Vitae which includes all your personal details.

Format of writing a C.V

Personal information- your name, contact information, nationality, marital status, age and many others.

Education- degree, certificates, formal training.

Skills- put a summary of skills that you have in education and others

Hobbies or extracurricular activities.


Regular visit to career centers:

In career centers which are normally located in colleges and universities that offers teaching degrees you are most likely to find advisors who are a good source of information on how to network in the teaching industry.


Have a good portfolio:

At the resume or curriculum vitae point we talked of writing about the experience that you have. But what if you don't have any or you have little experience? Well you don't have to worry and isolate yourself without much experience; you need to dazzle your interviewers with your attitude and your great portfolio that you should prepare very well. Gather your transcripts, certificates, recommendations and anything else that can be of an advantage. Remember your portfolio reflects your teaching professionalism and also your attention to detail so make it excellent.

Consider substitute teaching:

Substitute teaching gives you an opportunity to network with school administrators and your fellow teachers and this gives you a chance to preview your teaching skills. You will also get a chance to meet some of the students that you may be teaching. Who knows you might have a strong bond with the administration or students or teachers and you be offered a full time teaching job when the opportunity comes up.


Prepare yourself well for the interview:

This is a big day for you definitely and you need to be prepared. The key thing here should be, engaging relaxation mood. Being nervous can raise eyebrows this reducing your chances of securing the job. The panel can ask in defense how you can handle a class when you find your students making noise.

Make sure that you have enough information about the school where you are interviewing. This will actually make the panel have more confidence in you and hire you instantly.



Before you get hired by any institution when going to teach TEFL/TESOL you need to be qualified. Your certificate should be from a recognized and accredited institution. You should have completed the required hours of study. You not only need only that certificate but the more qualified you are the higher the chances of getting a job.


Build relationships:

So you have identified the country and the school that you want to go teach in? Build a good relationship with the administrators of your school of interest. Chances of getting an interview with them on the basis of you are a known person with a strong domain are always more leveraged.



Make HR rounds:

The aim remember is not just to sit down and wait to get a call from the schools that you have already dropped your resume. You need to make HR rounds or visit recruiting departments in this schools and enquire about any available teaching opportunity. If that school does not have your resume make a request to leave one.



Let your family, friends and friends of friends know that you are looking for a job. Who knows they might hear of an opportunity and actually recommend it to you? You can even go a step further and use social media such as Facebook or twitter to advertise yourself. Visit web sites that hire TEFL teachers and give them your details who knows they might be having vacancies. You can even get a job as their first option incase such opportunity arise. Make also maximum use of avenues such as tutoring, mentorship and many others because they are a good platform of leading you to getting a job.



At the end of the day your main aim is securing a job which shall transmute into a great resource of living so do not tire or lose hope. Continue building your portfolio, improve your skills such as listening skills, have good communication skills and others. Be a person of integrity because hello this also count. Make sure that you have more than enough to offer to your students.

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