Finding a teaching job overseas can seem like a daunting task.
How do I apply? Do I use a recruitment agent? What type of school should I apply for? Which country should I go to? and the list goes on.....
When I started my journey into TEFL, I felt like I was drifting in a sea of information with no current taking me anywhere.
So I stopped and asked for help from a friend who had taught English overseas for many years!
These are the tips he gave me to ensure I wouldn't get scammed and could find a job that was really worth it and intrinsically appealing.
1) Learn From Those Who Have Done It!
One of the first things I learned was by myself. It took me a while to understand that I had learned it, but once I did I saw the true value of it.
What I learned was; "There is nothing wrong with asking for help!"
This had to be one of the biggest lessons learned and has definitely proved most useful.
Don't be afraid to ask for help! Instead, work to ensure that what you don't know, you ask other people who have done it and know the industry well.
I asked my friend who had been in Thailand and If I didn't sit down with him and ask him to point me in the right direction I would have been lost!
Ask them about schools, salaries, cultural differences, food, travel, visa processes etc. Anything that has been worrying you, you should ask someone to help you answer these questions!
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2) Make A List
The next step I took after seeking advice was to make a list off the following:
The countries I wanted to go to work.
The type of schools I wanted to work for (this can be companies as well, like TwoSigmas)
My salary expectations in each country.
The type of lifestyle I could have in each country.
By making a list like this, you can clearly map out which countries and schools will be the best fit for the lifestyle you want to live.
Have look at this handy ESL World Chart courtesy of the International TEFL Academy.
3) Narrow Your Selection
Once you have narrowed your selection of countries, salaries, schools and lifestyle, it's time to narrow that list down to your top 5!
Choosing the top 5 countries and schools will give you a better chance of getting the job of your dreams.
This will also help you manage your expectations for each position in different countries.
4) Apply To Every School.
As the investment guru Warren Buffet says, "Don't put all your eggs in one basket."
The same can be said when applying for jobs. Don't only apply to one school in the hopes they will give you the job you want.
Instead, from your narrow list, send an email application to every school on that list. Whether that list has 5 or 10 different schools in the same country, apply to all of them.
This way, you are increasing your chances of getting a job in a country on your narrowed list.
Also, if you get multiple job offers, you now have the luxury to choose the job that best suits you.
And the final step...
5) Prepare To Depart!
As soon as you have received the job offer, starting getting documents ready and make a packing list (I know, I love lists!).
Things to include in your list are
Notarised copy of your Bachelors Degree and TEFL Certificate.
Photocopy of your passport (always handy)
Any medication you may need.
Enough money to live for a month without a pay check (the first month when you arrive before your first pay check)
Book your Flights (Click HERE to find cheap flights with Trip . com)
And of course, don't forget your general luggage and electronics.
Once you have gathered everything you need and you are ready to set off, the last thing to do is say goodbye (for now) to family and friends and make your way to your new job!
From myself, personally, these are the steps I took to land a job overseas. It can go very fast, but the end result is so worth it.
So, don't forget the 5 steps!
1) Learn From Those Who Have Done It
2) Make A List
3) Narrow Your Selection
4) Apply Everywhere
5) Prepare To Leave