By now you, the intrepid ESL champion of the world, have got the basic principles of living a happy life abroad down. For those looking to hop over the other side of the fence for the first time here they are:
It’s 2008 and I’m working as a writing tutor at the local community college in my spare time. I finish helping a Chinese student named “Sunny” who became quite un-sunny after I politely refused to write her research paper for her. My coworker calls me over to a table of three guys huddled close and I recognize it: bro talk.
So, you have followed my advice from previous blog posts – you wrote a great resume and found an awesome job. You got your visa and are getting ready to embark on the experience of a lifetime. Here are some tips from someone who has both taught abroad and vicariously experienced the successes and occasional failure of many other teachers through my job as a recruiter.
In my last article I covered how to write a resume for teaching English abroad. This week I’d like to cover some conventional and non-conventional job seeking strategies you can employ to help you find a great job teaching abroad. Many of these same strategies are also applicable to the domestic, non-teaching job market as well.
In the 1980s the streets of Japan were paved with gold for English speaking teachers looking for ESL jobs abroad. Salaries for full time English teachers at private schools in Japan often exceeded 400,000 yen per month, and English teachers were a sought after commodity.
As a part of my job I regularly give talks to groups of local TESL/TEFL/TESOL/CELTA students who are finishing their TESL courses. I get invited by local TESL schools local colleges with TESL programs to talk about international employment opportunities for TESL graduates.
From the time it was founded, America has a strong tradition of being one of the most innovative countries in the world. From the time of Robert Fulton and Alexander Bell, Henry Ford, NASA, IBM, and Boeing, to Bill Gates and Steve Jobs- the US has been at the forefront of technological revolution in the last two centuries.