November 13th, 2012
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The Secret to Finding Amazing TEFL Opportunities
So you’ve decided you want to teach English as a foreign language in another country. As a South African you’ll want to be sure you can find the best possible opportunities for doing this. So with that in mind we’ve put together some information to help you in this respect.
Give your CV an overhaul
Not every country requires you to have a teaching degree or diploma of some kind. Your TESOL certificate will get you in the running for lots of TEFL jobs. But it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spend some time looking over your CV to make sure it gives the best possible impression.
Of course the nature of the CV itself should be a good indicator of how good you are with English. Triple check it for spelling mistakes and potential errors in grammar and make sure it reads positively. This alone will help your case, along with that TESOL certificate of course!
Use our site to find the latest opportunities
We’re constantly updating our website to find you some of the latest and best opportunities for teaching English as a foreign language in other countries. Bookmark our site and make sure you come back daily to check for the latest information and job openings for TEFL workers.
Don’t forget some courses include placements as part of the process
You’re likely to pay more for this service but if the course provider is well known and reliable, this could be an excellent way in. Do be sure to do your research though. Make sure the provider offers accredited and recognised courses. It’s also a good idea to explore the opportunities for placements and to see which countries and locations they are offered for.
You can always swap jobs and look for better positions once you’re there
In many ways, getting the first job as a TEFL worker is the hardest. Once you are in the country of your choice and working in your first position, you can learn more about the area and the opportunities that are there.
For instance let’s say you want to get an additional part time job teaching English to someone in a one on one capacity. It is often easier to find such a job once you are in that country and able to look for ads on bulletin boards and in similar places. Simply keeping your ear to the ground can make a difference in this respect too.
Perhaps the main point to make here is that the best TEFL opportunities won’t simply come knocking at your door. Instead they will be out there for you to find and the more work you put into it the better your results will be. So don’t expect your search to be easy. There are many opportunities there waiting to be discovered – all you have to do is to put in the work to find them. That TESOL certificate is the first important step towards getting them.