6 TESOL Job Search Tips for New Teachers

TESOL Job Search Tips by OnTESOLLooking 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.

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TEFL EPIK Recruitment – Getting The Job!

EPIK job TESOL teaching in South KoreaSo you are ready to submit your EPIK application. How can you improve your chances of getting the job?

Get Some Teaching Experience! – EPIK

Get as many teaching hours as possible, even if it means doing some volunteering.  Many community centers in Canada and USA offer free ESL classes to new immigrants. Classroom experience is more valuable than private tutoring or even a 20-hour Practicum. You will need to submit two recommendation letters when applying for the EPIK position, so it is highly recommended to get one of these letters from a manager within the TESOL industry.

Complete Your TESOL Certificate – EPIK

EPIK applicants are required to submit a lesson plan. It is very important to show that you can create a professional lesson plan using the Communicative Approach.  TESOL certification is not required for the job, but having a TESOL certificate of at least 100 hours qualifies successful applicants for an extra pay level, which means $300 extra per month (Approximately, depending on the current exchange rate)!

Learn the Korean Language! – EPIK

Speaking Korean will make your life a lot easier. EPIK teachers are well-taken care of and have lots of free time for visiting natural parks, temples, museums, and having some fun. As beautiful as South Korea is, all TESOL teachers get home sick at one point or another! Becoming familiar with the Korean culture and speaking the language will improve your TESOL experience. EPIK looks for teachers who are qualified, have great personalities, and are willing to explore the Korean culture.

Apply Early! – EPIK

The application opens on the first week of October. Contact your EPIK approved recruiter and submit the application as soon as it opens. If you are interested in applying for a job with EPIK, these are 6 things that you need to know about the application process.

Get ready to teach English with EPIK! Find related articles:

 

EPIK Orientation Week

Co-Teaching in South Korea

Teaching Large Classes in South Korea

TESOL Job Boards and Recruiters

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Thailand TESOL job board: ajarn.com

Saudi TESOL job board: teachsaudi.com

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TEFL Recruitment Network– Find reputable recruiters from Asia and the Middle East

Ontesol provides free recruitment service for EPIK. Teach English at public schools in South Korea.

Gold Star TEFL Recruitment provides free job placement in China for some of the largest schools, including Disney English, Wall Street English, and English First.

Skyline Global Solutions provides recruitment services for university and private institute positions in Saudi Arabia.

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TESOL Jobs – Using a Recruiter vs Applying in Person

It is fairly easy to find a good position with the right TESOL certification. The question is whether you should use a recruiter or apply in person. There are hundreds of recruiters waiting to help you find a job in South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, and UAE. Most of these recruiters are honest, have been in business for over a decade, and do not charge any fees because schools pay them to find qualified teachers for them. In this article, OnTESOL reviews when you should use a recruiter.

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EPIK – Apply Early

Are you TESOL certified? Teach English at public schools in South Korea. EPIK is an English program run by the Ministry of Education. EPIK receives thousands of applications from qualified TESOL teachers for a total of 1,100 positions throughout South Korea. The application for the term that starts on September 2012 will open in April and it is highly recommended to apply early.

Request your application even if you have not completed your TESOL course. Applicants without a TESOL certificate will be required to submit a proof of enrollment letter and must complete the course prior to the application deadline.

Applicants who submit documentation close to the deadline are placed on a waiting list. The Criminal Record Check (CRC) takes approximately 3 months to process, so request your EPIK application early, complete the screening interviews, and obtain the required documentation as soon as possible.

Earn $2,000 per month plus accommodation and other benefits! EPIK applicants must be native speakers from Canada, USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa, or citizens of South Korea with a proficient level of English. Applicants must have a university degree from an English-speaking country and an internationally recognized 100-hour TESOL certificate or higher qualification. Teaching experience is not required.

Don’t Pay For Recruitment Services

It has come to our attention that some graduates are looking at expensive recruitment services in Argentina. This company is charging $1,300 to help teachers find a job for the school year that starts in March 2012.

In order to get a job anywhere in Latin America, you have to go there and apply in person, so we understand how some people think that paying some kind of fee for recruitment service may be justified, but $1,300 is an obscene amount. Reputable recruiters charge the schools for finding qualified teachers and if you are worried about getting a job, $1,300  pays for 3 months of rent in Latin America.

Native-speakers who hold a university degree and a reputable TESOL certificate can easily compete for a position. You just have to consider that the hiring season varies a lot throughout Latin America, so go there when it’s easiest to find a job. If you have any questions, always feel free to contact us.

Do I Need To Speak A Foreign Language to Teach English Abroad?

Do I need to speak another language to teach abroad?This is a question that many new ESL teachers ask themselves and it is a very reasonable question because moving to a different country without speaking the local language creates a lot of anxiety.  Learning a foreign language is an important part of the wonderful teaching English abroad experience, but it is not necessary to find a job or teach English effectively.

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