Teaching English in a foreign country is a rewarding, challenging, and well-paying career option. However, many potential English teachers find that after they take a TEFL course that they have difficulty landing their dream job in a foreign country. Here are a few tips that will help you during the application process and while interviewing for a job as an English teacher.
Before you even begin applying for jobs, research what countries are of interest to you. If you have a fascination with China but are attracted to the higher paying jobs in the Middle East, determine what is most important to you in an English teaching job abroad. Researching the countries you want to teach in will help you know what to expect when you land your first job in a foreign country.
Refine Your Application
After you have completed a TEFL course in London, you will have the desired skills and credentials needed to fill out applications for jobs. Since your application is your first chance to impress future employers, be diligent when filling these out. Display your abilities and characteristics in a positive manner, make sure there are no mistakes, and be sure to make your application stand out above the rest to catch a future employers attention.
Dress the Part
With any interview, it is important that you look professional and like you know what it takes to be an English teacher. Interviewing for a job in a foreign country is not the time to wear your most comfortable pair of jeans and forgo doing your hair that day. When you’ve taken a TEFL course and are ready to interview for jobs in foreign countries, wear your best clothes to the interviews you attend. Men should ideally wear a dress shirt, pants, and a tie while women should wear a nice blouse, skirt, or dress and keep makeup and accessories to a minimum.
One of the challenges of being an English teacher in a foreign country is getting to know the people’s customs and traditions. Since you may not be familiar with the customs of the country where you are applying, be as polite as possible to anyone you must contact in order to get a job in that country. During an interview, it is important that you are pleasant and polite and do not show signs of anger or frustration.
In addition to these tips, the TELF course that you take should help you with job searching and prepare you for the job searching process