Preparing for the Interview

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Asilah, Morocco

Interviews can be pretty stressful and intimidating but the good thing about interviews for jobs abroad is that they are usually done over the phone or Skype. With those added layers of ‘comfort’ you should be able to feel more relaxed. Just remember that silence doesn’t mean you need to talk more, your interviewer is probably taking notes.

You might be asked any combination of these questions and others but it’s always better to be over-prepared and confident than underprepared and nervous. Also, you might be asked to prepare a short lesson plan, but you will be told this in advance. Here are some really useful links to get an idea of what you can expect during the interview:

http://adultesljobs.com/top-5-esl-teacher-interview-questions-sample-answer/
http://busyteacher.org/4822-esl-job-interview-be-prepared.html
http://farwestgreat.org/ADV/07-08/ADV0610IntQues.pdf
http://www.esldrive.com/findajob/jobinterview.html#.UwQrFkJdVpE
http://www.tefl.net/esl-jobs/interview-tips.htm 

It’s really important to have your own questions for your interviewer, and you will probably have many since your new job will be in a foreign country!  You should also ask to be put in touch with a current teacher at the school to get an inside idea of what life is like there for a foreigner.

This website (which I have linked a few times before) has great advice for these questions.

GOOD LUCK!

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Marrakech, Morocco

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Finding an Employer

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Busan, South Korea

This could be the most time and energy consuming, stressful part of the entire process. Or it could be one of the most exciting, if you remember that you will find work eventually. Then you can appreciate the plethora of available job opportunities. How many job fields are booming like this one is?

If you’ve never taught English abroad before, it’s a good idea to go through a recruiting company. They are (usually) professional and have been in the business for many years, some of them even as teachers.

You will need to apply through their website with a resume. They will contact you shortly after and conduct a phone interview to get a better idea of what kind of job you’re looking for. Then they will start sending you job descriptions that suit your profile. You can choose the ones you like, then you will have an interview over the phone or Skype with the school, and you will inform your recruiter whether or not you want the job. Once you’ve accepted the job, they will then help you with the proceeding steps, especially your visa.

Remember: they are making money off you so it’s in their interest that you accept your job offer, but don’t feel pressured!

Here are some recruiting companies, the top few being the most reputable and some being country specific:

http://www.footprintsrecruiting.com/
http://www.teachaway.com/
http://www.reachtoteachrecruiting.com/
http://www.englishfirst.com/trt/
http://www.travelandteachrecruiting.com/
http://www.korjobcanada.com/
http://www.globaleducators.com/
http://www.pegasusteachers.com/
http://www.eslteacherrecruiter.com/
http://www.korearecruiting.com/
http://www.thinkoutsiderecruiting.com/
http://www.teachanywhere.com/
http://recruiting.altmoot.com/

If you’ve taught before or you’re feeling adventurous then you can search for your own jobs here:

http://www.daveseslcafe.com/
https://www.esl101.com/
http://www.tefl.com/
http://www.tefl.net/esl-jobs/
http://ihworld.com/jobs
http://www.eslbase.com/jobs/ (this website also lists all the language schools by country and city)

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Langcon English School, South Korea

Happy job hunting!

Where to Teach

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Once you have your certification you can start to seriously search for a job. I’m going to make some brief generalizations about different parts of the world and offer some outside sources for more detailed information.

1) Europe – Probably a highly desired destination but with a serious restriction – visas! Most European countries are very reluctant to hire non EU citizens. But as they say, where there’s a will there’s a way! Of course, Western Europe = higher salaries but higher living costs and Eastern Europe = lower salaries but lower living costs.

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Barcelona, Spain

2) Asia – A popular starting point for most teachers, Asia is a vast continent with countless job opportunities. The requirements start very low and the wages are quite reasonable in comparison to living costs. Jobs in Southeast Asia pay significantly less but again, lower living costs.

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Seoul, South Korea

3) Middle East – An emerging destination, especially the Gulf countries. Lots of money to be made here tax free, but the requirements are much higher and the contracts are longer.

4) Latin America – The jobs don’t pay that well but that’s not what usually attracts teachers to this part of the world. Jobs are often found upon arrival.

5) Africa – Maybe the most undeveloped teaching location and likely attracting the adventurous type. Many volunteer opportunities.

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Fez, Morocco

More country/city guides:

http://www.oxfordseminars.com/esl-country-information/
http://www.teachaway.com/
http://www.tefl.com/
http://www.footprintsrecruiting.com/learn-about-teaching-abroad/country-guides