How to land the best job you can teaching English overseas.
Five easy Do’s and Don’ts that will increase your odds of getting that job.
DO have an attractive passport type photo made of yourself
This should be a photo with you in professional dress, groomed immaculately and with a nice smile. If you are old and look a bit too old, just a touch of Photoshop is okay, but don’t overdo it to the point where the school won’t recognize you when you arrive.
Many cultures put great stock in appearances and in how you present yourself. Take it seriously, it does make a difference – a big difference – and that is why it is FIRST on this list.
Do have all your documents scanned and ready even before you apply
You never really know for sure for what documents a potential employer might ask. Have copies and scans of everything they might possibly ask for. Have it ready so that you can provide it immediately and the hiring authority does not have to wait for it. During that wait someone else may slip right in and fill that job.
Don’t argue/niggle with an employer or recruiter about what they are requesting
Don’t send a transcript when a degree was asked for. If you lost your degree, get a replacement before you start applying for jobs. Don’t send a photo of you out hiking when a passport type photo was asked for. Not following through makes a potential employer wonder if you will do the things required on the job or if there will always be a problem or excuse at hand.
Do make yourself available for an interview
Set time aside to be available for an interview. Don’t make an employer wait. Interview as soon as you can to lock in that job. Don’t tell a potential employer that you are too busy on a certain day or time. It makes it sound like the interview is not important to you. If you really can’t interview at a certain time or day, give a solid reason.
Do be polite and professional in all your communications
Write and speak using formal English. Writing to an employer using email shorthand or Twitter type shorthand just turns people off. If you are applying for a position teaching English, demonstrate your ability to use it correctly.
TED’s Tips™ #1: You might be surprised how many people do NOT follow these simple guidelines. And how many good qualified people don’t get the jobs they think they should get, because they didn’t follow them. As Nike says, “Just do it”.
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