ESL Job Application FAQs


ESL Job Application FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Teaching Abroad – Updated February 2020

We have attempted to cover as much as possible in our ESL Job Application FAQs. If you’re still wondering why you should use Reach To Teach to help you find your next teaching position, let us know how we can help ease your mind and answer any additional questions you might have.

If you have a question which is not covered below, we have an easy solution for you: Please contact us!

What are your application criteria?

What type of candidate are you looking for?

I don't have any teaching experience! Does that matter?

Will my school provide me with teaching materials?

What time of the year do you recruit teachers?

How do I apply?

Does my country of origin matter?

Where do you conduct your interviews?

Do I need a TEFL or other teaching certification?

What happens after I submit the application?

How long does the application process take?

Can I apply with a friend or significant other?

What if I haven't graduated yet?

I tried to submit my application but it isn’t working. What am I doing wrong?

What are you looking for in a cover letter?

Who should I make my cover letter out to?

I’d like to update my application. Who do I contact?

ESL Job Application Process

ESL Job Application Process

How To Write A Good ESL Resumé

  1. Many countries require teachers to have a full university degree to get a proper work visa, but there are opportunities out there for everyone.
  2. When you apply for a teaching position you’re not qualified for, it’s likely that you’ll be rejected for that position. It’s best to apply for positions you are qualified for.
  3. TEFL certifications are second in importance to education. More and more schools around the world are making a TEFL certificate a hard requirement.
  4. Courses with observed teaching practice are excellent, but if you don’t have that kind of certification, don’t sweat it.
  5. While this practice is generally frowned upon in North America, bear in mind that you are applying for a position overseas and your employer will want to know what you look like.
  6. It’s important that you attach an appropriate photo to your application for ESL employment. DO include a head shot or a photo of yourself having fun with kids. DO NOT send a silly photo or photos where you are dressing or acting inappropriately.
  7. Your birthday is relevant and required by many schools.
  8. Many employers and agents, including Reach To Teach, search CVs by keywords. We look for words like: curriculum development, phonics, team teaching, etc. Add some keywords to your Additional Skills section to round out your CV.
  9. Tailor your CV for a teaching position. In other words, don’t send your accounting CV in for a teaching position.
  10. Most employers aren’t interested in seeing every job you’ve ever had listed on your CV. If something significant occurs in your work history, especially if it’s in regards to teaching, make sure it’s listed. Note: Jobs you’ve held for less than six months are best left off.
  11. Build on your experience. If you don’t have formal experience, you can include options like one-on-one tutoring, coaching experience, volunteer teaching or summer camp experience.
  12. Experience abroad shows you are adaptable and independent.
  13. Foreign Language, leadership, adaptability, and flexibility. Think of a way to showcase your experience in a careful and thought out approach. School directors want to know what your skills, qualifications and experience entail, so don’t be afraid to sell yourself!
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