Applying for TESOL Jobs in Turkey
Firstly, let’s consider TESOL recruiters. It’s an interesting fact that agencies recruiting teachers in Turkey generally cater for two sectors of the market: teachers for the absolute best schools and teachers for the absolute worst institutions. If you find that you are able to get a job through a recruiter with minimal qualifications and experience, this is something worth bearing in mind because you may find yourself working for an unscrupulous employer. Consequently, if you find a teaching position this way, it is best to learn all you can about your potential employer before fully committing to the job. Despite this drawback, recruiters offer a comfortable way of landing your first job.
The best way to get a TESOL job in Turkey is still to apply in person. Managers and school owners tend to be much more willing to employ someone already in the country, plus Turks tend to value face-to-face personal relations greatly. Naturally, it seems to be a lot more risky to turn up in the country without prearranged employment, but it can be a fruitful way of getting the best job you can if you’re prepared to put in the legwork to apply to as many places as you can. What’s more, it’s often the case that an applicant who has applied from overseas never arrives, so many schools prefer to hire from the available pool of ESL teachers who are already in Turkey, rather than risk a ‘no show’.
If you’re going to find a job yourself, rather than through a recruiter, plan on a two-week schedule for applying, attending interviews and then making your decision. Istanbul is probably the easiest place to do this, although this can be done in practically any city in Turkey. The peak times are from August to the start of September and from December to the start of January. These periods correspond roughly to the two semesters of schools and universities, and they tend to be the times when most new English courses begin.