HOW TO FIND WORK
The most common place to find international work as an English teacher is obviously over the internet. Worldwide, over 20000 TESOL - TEFL jobs are listed monthly. While agents also sell their services to teachers, they make the majority of their money from schools. A teacher should never hire an agent to represent them. A wise teacher will do some research on the country they wish to visit before travel and find their best option. If a job stands out as being too good to be true, then it probably is. Our advice is to learn as much as you can about the country, school and job you are going to before you commit.
Prepare your documents.
The most important things to remember when preparing a cover letter for a job application are keeping it relevant and succinct. Keep it simple, to the point and don’t forget that the reader might not be fluent in English.
The main points to cover are:
The reason for writing the letter
When and where you saw the ad
What makes you specifically suited for the job
Why you want to work for this specific company
Politely request consideration for the position
Dear Mr Pham,
My name is Ryan Steadman and I am writing to apply for the position of TEFL instructor at "Capital English Language Club" which I saw advertised on the Teflen Job Board on the 19th November, 2013.
I have recently completed my degree in English Education from the University of Victoria. Since graduation I have completed a 120 hour Advanced Certificate in TEFL from TEFLEN College. I also spent some time in my holidays learning Thai language in a vocational training class. This has been a huge step forward for me personally.
Thailand has always been a country that I would love to visit. I am fascinated by Thai culture and history. If you offer me the position, I would do my utmost to fulfil all your expectations as a worker. I have a passion for English education.
I have researched your company and although it is a relatively new school, it has provided high quality English language to many young people. You teach students who will grow up to use their English skills to improve their standard of living. It would be my please to work for such an important company.
RESUME / CV
As with your cover letter, attempt to keep your CV as short and to the point as possible. Your employer doesn’t need to study your life story, just get a general picture of the type of teacher you would be. Be sure to cover your relevant work history, education and any specific skills which would be pertinent to the position. If possible, touch on the points the employer has mentioned in their advertisement.
- 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