Are you considering teaching English abroad but worried about not having any experience? Not to worry! Whether you have experience teaching or not, it is actually much easier than you might think to get a job abroad. Here are a few key tips to help you land a job teaching English, even with zero experience!
Get your TEFL
One of the major requirements to teach English abroad is having your TEFL certification. This certification informs employers that you have taken at least a 120-hour course that provides you with the basic foundation needed to teach English. It also sets you apart from other applicants who do not have their certification.
Write a tailored CV
When applying for jobs, it is important to write a CV with your audience in mind. This means, that you should always tailor your CV to the job. Your teaching CV needs to be different from other CVs that you may have written and should include positions where you have had contact with children, etc. For a more detailed description of how to write a killer CV, read our blog here.
Write a tailored cover letter
Whether this is required or not, it is important to include a tailored cover letter when you are applying for a teaching position. This letter will help employers to get a better understanding of what type of teacher you will be. In addition, it will also help you to relay information that you wouldn’t necessarily put into a CV. Read our blog on how to write a teaching Cover letter.
Nail your interview
Another key aspect of getting a job teaching English abroad without any experience is to nail your interview. Dress for the part and show up with confidence. These interviews can be both online and in-person, depending on where you are in the world. Don’t worry, we have also written a blog to English teacher interview.
Highlight other experience
Whether you have actually taught before or not may not be as important as you think. Teaching English requires so many skills that can be developed in other ways. For example, have you ever tutored anyone? Do you babysit little kids? Do you travel a lot or have you lived abroad? All of these experiences contribute to your ability to teach English in a foreign country. When you are applying, be sure to highlight these experiences and the skills you have developed from them.
Lastly, you need to be enthusiastic about teaching English abroad. Show how excited you are to be applying for this job and to go on this adventure! Enthusiasm shows that you are willing to learn and will jump in head-first when you move abroad!
If you do all of these things, you will be sure to get the teaching position, even without any experience!