Looking for work is stressful, especially when you are just starting out. Here are some tips that can help you with your TESOL job search.
These 6 tips will help you get your dream TESOL job and enjoy your experience teaching English abroad a lot more.
Update Your Resume – TESOL Job Tip #1
Take the time to ensure your resume is clear and easy to read. Employers are busy: your resume should enable them to scan quickly to determine whether your skills, experience, and TESOL certification are what they are looking for.
Pay attention to formatting, and proofread carefully for errors. Focus your resume on the experience and skills you have that are relevant to teaching.
Have References Ready – TESOL Job Tip #2
Ask for references before you need them. Scrambling at the last minute to find references can delay the hiring process. Ask for references from people who are able to provide some details about your ability or work habits.
If you do not have teaching experience, you can ask professors or instructors if you can include them on your reference list. It is a good idea to have at least one written letter of reference available.
Know What You Want – TESOL Job Tip #3
There are 10,000 TESOL jobs available every month worldwide! This means that there a lot of different schools and teaching situations out there. Not every situation is suited to every teacher. Of course, teachers have to be flexible, but it helps to have some idea of what type of institution or school you are interested in working with.
You may not have the experience needed for your ideal job but knowing what you want can help you as you try to gain the experience you need.
Research – TESOL Job Tip #4
Do some research about the schools you are interested in working with. Find out what specific programs they offer, or what approaches they take to teaching and learning. Identify the experience or skills you have that fit with these.
Find out who is responsible for managing TESOL, and send your resume and targeted cover letter directly to that person.
Be Persistent – TESOL Job Tip #5
Don’t send your resume and individualized cover letter once and think you’re done. Send updated resumes highlighting your new skills and experience.
Some schools receive many applications, so regularly resending your resume can help make people remember your name. You can try adding samples of materials or lesson plans you have used, too. This helps people to get a fuller picture of you as a teacher.
Volunteer – TESOL Job Tip #6
Volunteering provides valuable experience to your resume and references. You can volunteer at a community center that offers ESL classes to immigrants or a language school. Many new graduates of online TESOL courses complete the supervised 20-hour Practicum while volunteering, thus an added benefit is upgrading your credentials for free.
Looking for work is a job in itself. If you are persistent, organized and positive, you will land your dream TESOL job.
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