HOW TO FIND WORK
The majority of language schools advertise for teachers over the internet, over 20,000 new TEFL/ TESOL jobs are listed each month. Agents also advertise for teachers, agents are paid by the schools to find teachers, never pay any agent money to find you work. In the country that you would like to teach, study what the average pay and conditions are... if you find a job offering you 3 times the average wage, your alarm bells should start ringing! Many teachers decide to travel overseas and then look for work, this gives an advantage and the opportunity of doing background research before making a commitment. Check your school out thoroughly before you apply.
Prepare your documents.
Keep your cover letter plain and simple and to the point. Your life story in a cover letter is not a particularly good idea, just cover the points. Keep in mind that the person reading your letter may not be highly fluent in English.
The main points to cover are:
Why you are writing
Where you saw the advert
Who you are and what you can offer
Why you want this particular job
Ask them to consider your application
Dear Mr Chen,
I am writing to apply for the position of EFL teacher at "China English Language School" which you advertised on the Teflen Job Board on the 14th January, 2013.
Last year I graduated from the University of New South Wales with a degree in English. Following this I took and completed my 120 hour Advanced TEFL/ TESOL Certificate from Teflen Training College. During that time I was also volunteering for AMES at a local community centre teaching English to new arrivals - a job I thoroughly enjoyed!
I have longed to come to China and teach English (I'm starting to learn Mandarin) and I would appreciate it very much if you would consider me for the position of EFL teacher in your school, I have a true passion for language education.
I would be honored to work for your school. Mr Chen, please see my attached resume and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
RESUME / CV
Your CV should ideally be no more than two pages long. T h e i d e a i s t h a t t h i s i s n ’t a c o m p l e t e h i s t o r y o f y o u r l i f e b u t e n o u g h i n f o r m a t i o n s o t h a t t h e e m p l o y e r w i l l w a n t t o f i n d o u t m o r e a b o u t y o u . Touch on a few points of what they're looking for from the job advertisement into your CV. You do not need to include a photograph on your CV, the employer may ask for one later.
- EFL Teacher
Date of Birth
4th January 1984
123 Street Name
State & Country
John is degree educated and a hard working qualified EFL Teacher. He is committed to excellence and will always be supportive of a schools aims, agreed teaching styles, methods of assessment and other policies. John has created lessons for a variety of levels from pre-intermediate to advanced, he will encourage curiosity and will motivate your students. John is patient and kind with excellent communication skills and a solid understanding of strong lesson planning and classroom management.
Teflen Training College.
Bachelor of Arts (Major: Writing)
Edmundston Elementary School, Sydney. (Teaching Assistant)
Assisted the teaching staff at EES by preparing lessons in English, History, and Geography.
Corrected assignments and provided reports to each teacher on the grades achieved by each class.
Assisted course tutors in the preparation of lessons for individual tutoring sessions.
Co-ordinated presentations and demonstrations as part of the teaching curriculum.
Jackson Writing Centre. Sydney. (Instructor)
Conduct writing conferences with students.
Identify weaknesses in development and style.
Guide writers in solving problems.
Learned valuable interpersonal communication skills by collaborating with students from many fields.
Freelance Tutor (Teacher)
Tutoring high school students in English.
MicrosoftWord, Access, PowerPoint and Excel. Macromedia Dreamweaver and AdobePhotoshop.
Japanese language and culture, sport and outdoor activities.
Teflen Training College firstname.lastname@example.org
Profesor Andrew Roberts