The St Giles Educational Trust works in partnership with an increasing number of overseas employers who are seeking newly qualified EFL teachers. You will receive details of current vacancies during your CELTA course.
In this section, we have provided some useful tips for finding a job teaching English. This includes the steps to take, and the mistakes to avoid during your employment search.
It is important to fully research the locations and schools that you are interested in.
Learn as much as you can about the countries in which you would prefer to work, including local laws, customs and visa requirements. Measure the cost of living against the typical salary, bearing in mind that these will differ depending on the country and region.
Be aware of potential scams, such as institutions who ask for money for a recruitment fee.
When considering schools in which to teach, ask people who have already taught there. Always check the credibility and background of organisations for which you wish to work. With today’s online community there is ample opportunity for you to learn as much as you can about potential teaching environments; utilise technology by visiting TEFL forums and websites for international English language placements.
When applying for jobs, never send your original certification via post. Always photocopy these documents and send copies.
Find English teaching job vacancies on our ESL Jobs Database.
You can also use the following websites to find employment:
Attending conferences keeps you aware of current and future English teaching trends and the relevant skills that will help you to remain competitive as a hiring prospect. It is also a significant opportunity to network with professionals in your chosen field of employment.
The following are international ELT conferences:
The research you have carried out will help you to prepare for the interview process. Knowledge of local customs will enable you to dress professionally and appropriately for each interview. Self-knowledge will help you to capitalise on your strengths whilst minimising your weaknesses. Knowledge of the area will show your prospective employer that you are capable of the preparation and organisation that teaching requires, whilst knowledge of traditional customs will instruct you on how to behave respectfully during the interview in accordance with each culture.
Here are some questions a prospective employer might ask you:
Expectations of your teaching
About your course
Expectations of life abroad