As previously mentioned many language schools abroad are currently advertising job vacancies for the new academic year 2018/19, therefore, it’s important to make sure that your TEFL CV stands out amongst the rest.
Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be one of those generic guides which goes from steps 1-5, instead, it’s going to give you some examples of how I began my career as an ESL teacher and hopefully it will advise newly qualified TEFL teachers and offer some ideas/ motivation to land a great ESL job.
Similar to a professional CV check list you can start off with education and academic qualifications. So far my teaching experience consists of working in three countries: Poland, Czech Republic and Lithuania within five English language schools. Don’t worry if you don’t have much teaching experience, some language schools advertise vacancies which require no experience. Keep in mind that the TEFL Institute of Ireland offers top rated TEFL courses which would look great on any ESL CV. Another top tip is to include qualities you have which a teacher would need, for example, prior to teaching ESL I had an understanding of how pupils develop and learn by undergoing teaching experience in a UK secondary school and through my freelance career working as a multimedia artist; hosting art and community engaged workshops. I was able to then expand on this information during interview stages. The best professional skills to include are: communication, time management, discipline and knowledge and an understanding of a subject matter.
Building a TEFL CV
A useful website to use is Canva. This is a free platform where you can build, edit and create graphic design templates and really make a good first impression to any language school who might view your application. There are also other useful ESL templates available on Canva, such as lesson plans, worksheets, presentations, report cards and certificates.
Another way to promote yourself is by using social media. In particular, setting up a profile on LinkedIn. This is a great website for networking with like-minded professionals who could be in your network. Searching for jobs is quick and easy, so much so, that I have introduced myself to language schools and some of my previous colleagues have found work via this platform.
Finally, contacting a language school directly via email, telephone or even in person has worked for me in the past and it could work in your favour by showing a potential employer that you are genuinely interested in what the language school has to offer.
In other news, I’m planning to spend September living and working in Berlin, Germany. I will be working on my own creative projects and will also continue to teach ESL online as mentioned in previous blogs.
Overall, teaching English abroad really does open up the doors to travelling and the chance to meet new and interesting people from all over the world. Watch this space for the next blog which will include some examples of places I’ve visited.