Taxation and the 4 major insurances in Korea Income Tax Like any other country, taxes are generated if you have a source of income in Korea. Taxation may however differ depending on mutual government agreements. Taxation eligibility Country Public school Hagwon United States Exemption for 2 years Taxed Canada Taxed Taxed United Kingdom Exemption for 2 years Taxed Ireland Taxed Taxed Australia Exemption for 2 years Taxed New Zealand Exemption for 2 years Taxed South Africa Exemption for 2 years Taxed The 4 major insurances. National Health Insurance: In Korea, employers must provide health and medical insurance. Health and medical insurance may cover medical, dental, or accidental coverage or a combination of the three. If health and medical insurance are covered, the employer may pay for all of it or the employer may pay half. Be sure to ask the employer if the insurance covers international hospitals as well as local hospitals. This is a mandatory subscription. Employment Insurance: It is a national insurance system implemented for protecting workers’ rights and interests. National Pension Scheme: This insurance is created to prepare for the time one is not able to work. (pension after retirement). It is also determined by mutual government agreements. Several countries require employers to pay into a pension, or retirement plan. In most cases, the employer pays half and the teacher pays the other half. Depending on a teacher’s citizenship and the agreement with the teacher’s home country, the pension can be claimed at the completion of the 1-year contract. Industrial Accident Insurance: Compensates the employees for any occupational accident. This insurance option that provides both employees and their employers a certain level of financial protection in case of an injury incurred on the job. 4 major insurances Insurance Employee Employer National pension 4.5% 4.5% National Health insurance 3.495% 3.495% Employment insurance 0.9% 0.9% Industrial accident insuranc N/A Matched by employer Eligibility on national pension Country Membership Subscription Refundable Payment United States Yes Lump-sum return Canada Yes Lump-sum return United Kingdom Yes Non-refundable Ireland Yes Non-refundable/added to native country pension Australia Yes Lump-sum return New Zealand Yes Non-refundable South Africa No N/A
ESL teachers' most common interview questions. This interview usually has three parts, basic, career, and in-depth educational questions. While teaching English to other language speakers, you interact with a diverse range of students. This interview allows you to talk about your unique teaching techniques which you think are useful to students. The interviewer is also able to evaluate if you are suitable for their students. ESL Interviews are conducted on skype or zoom. If needed, in-person interviews are conducted for instructors already residing in Korea. (Covid-19 terms and conditions apply) Here are some of the commonly asked questions. Employer to Instructor Basic questions Career questions In-depth educational questions -Tell me a little about yourself -What do you like about being a teacher? -What are your strengths and weaknesses? -Why Korea? Is there a specific reason you want to teach in Korea? -What interests you about our school? -What do you like to do when you are not working? -What qualities do you have that will help you teach at our school? -What are your teaching techniques? -How would you motivate students? -How do you handle demanding parents? -What are your professional goals? -Do you have a mentor o someone you look up to? -How do you relieve your stress? -How do you handle negative responses from students? -What do you think are the advantages of knowing a different language? -What are our expectations for living and working in Korea? -What are your salary expectations? -How would your past colleagues describe your teaching methodology? -Why did you choose ESL education? -What kind of students do you think you could work with the most efficiently? -Have you ever taught in another non-native country? -What do you consider as your biggest teaching achievement? -What aspects of your teaching have changed with experience? -Which other languages are you fluent in apart from English? -Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years? -It can be challenging learning a new curriculum in a new country, how will you adapt and cope with these changes? -How would your approach with a 1:1 student differ from that of a group? -How would you go about establishing the needs and objectives of a student? -How do you think you can manage a class with students who don’t speak English well or at all? -Give an example of your most challenging student and how you handled the situation. -What factors would you consider in lesson planning? (e.g., topic, level of students, strengths of students -How is teaching online different from teaching in a classroom? -Have you ever been in a situation where students question stumped you? How did you handle that? -How do you feel about having another teacher in class while teaching? -Would you be comfortable in performing additional day duties like substituting? -Have you ever had an in-class emergency? How did you respond to that? -What do you believe is the hardest thing to teach? -How would you rate your ESL lesson planning abilities? -Have you ever disagreed with the higher management? Explain -How technology efficient are you? -What do you do to ensure you are understood in class? Instructor to Employer -What kind of resources are available to help in lesson planning? -Are there senior members/mentors to guide new teachers? -Apart from teaching, are there any additional duties I might have? -How many English levels are there in your school? -Is there any procedure for students to move up or down a level? -If there is no set curriculum, what kind of teaching preparation is expected? -Is class preparation part of the working hours or not? -Are there any professional development or internal growth opportunities? -What is a typical day like for a teacher in your institute? -How is the culture between teachers at the school? -Are there opportunities for professional and social interaction among colleagues? -What types of technology do you have/use in your classrooms? -What type of anti-bullying measures are you taking at your school? -What are some of the inevitable challenges one is expected to face at your school?
How to film Self-Introduction Videos While filming a short intro video may seem time-consuming, if you follow this guide closely, this video should help schools want to hire you. The first impression is the most important! Therefore, your video is a crucial part of getting hired in Korea. The introduction video should be around 2~3 minutes long and must be submitted as a link or as a .wav, .mp4, or .mov file. Setting Up Your Appearance Keep things professional in business casual clothing with no visible tattoos or facial piercings and make sure your hair is neat and uncovered. Video Presentation Shoot your video in front of a neutral background (like a wall or bookshelf) and stabilize your camera (or phone) in a safe place 2-3 feet (60 cm) away from you. Do not hold your phone. Make sure that there’s enough lighting to clearly see your face and that the mic can pick up your voice clearly. Try to film the video in ONE take. Speaking Look directly into the camera and practice what you’d like to say before shooting to make sure you meet the video time requirements. Do not read from a piece of paper! Speak loudly, clearly, and confidently. Be animated and speak enthusiastically in a friendly way. Caution: Try not to use “um” or “ah” when speaking and don’t speak too formally. Putting it All Together When reviewing applicant videos, school directors focus on how you present yourself. Smiling and acting energetic will help them picture you working with their students and increase your chances of being hired. What to Talk About As you are applying for an English teaching position, directors want to hear what you sound like in English. 1. Introduce yourself, including your background and education 2. Why you want to be an English teacher in Korea 3. Why you’d make a great teacher 4. Your experience teaching, tutoring, and/or experience with children Note: If you don’t have any experience with teaching, talk about the work experience you do have and how those skills apply to teaching. Do not start out by saying, “I do not have teaching experience . . .” 5. An interesting fact about yourself that makes you stand out. My Checklist The video is stabilized and not shaky My face can be seen well and the lighting is good I am smiling and speaking clearly without many “ums” or “ahs” I am speaking at a good pace; not too fast or too slow The audio is clear and in sync with the video Unless specified the video should be at least 2~3 minutes long.
An ESL Teacher’s Guide to Contracts Contracts in Korea are very important as they are viewed as an agreement to build a working relationship between the employer and employee. As time goes by, the contents of the contract might change depending on the progress of the employee. It is also the only legally binding document as a verbal agreement is NOT guaranteed. The content of a contract might vary depending on the terms and conditions of the company, but there is some important information that applicants should make sure are stated clearly. Dates of Employment The contract should clearly state the start and end dates. The typical contract length is usually 12 months, but there are also contracts starting at 3 months. Working Hours Daily and weekly working hours should be included and some contracts also specify teaching and office hours. Overtime Pay The contract should define what is included in ‘overtime’ and the hourly rate per teaching hour. If you agree to work overtime, you may want to get a statement in writing. Salary The monthly gross salary should be specified and in the currency that it will be paid. The contract should also state the day the teacher will be paid regularly each month. Income Tax The contract should include the taxes and the tax rates that the teacher is expected to pay. In some countries, the taxes are split between the teacher and the employer. Teachers should stay up to date with the tax regulations in their own home countries and remember to file taxes accordingly. Vacation, Holidays, and Sick Days Make sure the vacation days and holidays are listed and be sure to research the national holiday entitlement for that country. While most employers have set vacation times, some employers allow teachers to choose their own vacations. (National holidays do not qualify as vacation days, and each country has different policies on how many vacation days must be allotted.) Unfortunately, not all contracts include sick days. If sick days are not allotted, ask what may be done when a teacher is feeling too sick to work. Airfare If airfare is offered, make sure that it is listed in the contract. The employer may purchase a ticket for the teacher or the teacher may be reimbursed later, with the latter being more common. For reimbursements, check when the ticket will be reimbursed, the currency, and whether the monetary value stated is before or after tax. Accommodation or a Housing Stipend If accommodation or a housing stipend is allotted, it should be included in the contract. The employer may choose to provide housing or money for rent. Ask about maintenance fees and utilities. The housing stipend should specify the currency and whether it is after or before tax and whether the teacher will need to pay a housing deposit. The contract should also state when and how the teacher may expect to receive the stipend monthly. The housing stipend should not be included in the base salary. If a housing stipend is given, ask the employer to help find safe accommodation. Housing in Korea Health and Medical Insurance In certain countries, employers must provide health and medical insurance. Health and medical insurance may cover medical, dental, or accidental coverage or a combination of the three. If health and medical insurance are covered, the employer may pay for all of it or the employer may pay half. Be sure to ask the employer if the insurance covers international hospitals as well as local hospitals. Bonus pay If a bonus is offered, the contract should state the monetary amount and how it will be calculated upon the completion of the teacher’s work contract. Some countries must legally pay a bonus for a certain amount of time worked and must be calculated according to the law. Pension and Retirement Plans Several countries require employers to pay into a pension, or retirement plan. In most cases, the employer pays half and the teacher pays the other half. Depending on a teacher’s citizenship and the agreement with the teacher’s home country, the pension can be claimed at the completion of the contract. In some cases where a teacher’s home country and work country do not have an agreement regarding pension and retirement plans, teachers can simply receive the money that was set aside in their monthly salary. Contract Termination Should an employer or an employee wish to terminate a contract, the expectations for what happens after termination must be written in the contract. On the employer’s side, legitimate reasons for possible termination should be specified. Other clauses may be added in a contract and may include the following: Preparation Time/ Teacher Training A teacher should have allotted preparation time to adequately prepare for classes. If teachers are offered training, the contract should specify the period of training and whether it will be paid or unpaid. Duties and Responsibilities Daily duties and responsibilities help teachers understand the daily grind and what is expected.
What is a reference check? A reference check is a process of verifying and confirming an applicant’s information with their employers and co-workers. It is an essential procedure and is conducted to make sure that there is no wrong information provided about the applicant’s job performance at their previous jobs. Interviewers are therefore prepared and ready with questions to ask previous employers. Reasons for English Instructors’ reference check There are 3 main reasons why employers or recruiters conduct a reference for English teachers. 1. Teacher-school relationship: Whether the teacher complied well with the institute’s rules and regulations. 2. Teacher-student relationship: Whether the teacher was kind to students and passionate about teaching. 3. Teacher-faculty relationship: Whether the teacher had a healthy and friendly relationship with colleagues. Who to contact for a reference check? Most reference checks are conducted through previous employers or colleagues. However, in the case of non-experienced applicants, it can be done through their university’s professor or their peers. For a fast and smooth hiring process, applicants can ask employers or colleagues to prepare a reference letter in advance and attach it with the application documents. Information required for reference check Most reference checks are usually conducted over the phone or by email. Applicants should therefore, provide the following information to either the employers or recruiters. Previous job(s) Address(es) Employer’s name Position Contact information Reference check process 1. Period It is conducted before the employer makes the final hiring decision or before a recruiter recommends a potential candidate. 2. Notice of reference check to the applicant The applicant will be notified that their employer or colleagues will be contacted for a reference check. Get their consent beforehand. 3. Adjust reference check schedule. Make and adjust a reference check schedule according to availability. 4. Conducting reference check They will focus on questions about the applicant’s competence and performance. It is essential when employers cross-check the interviews to make sure there were no exaggerations or false information provided. Most frequently asked questions during a reference check. 1. Teacher-school relationship Confirm if the applicant worked at their institute during the stated period. Ask about their role and responsibilities and how they handled them. If they complied with the school’s rules and regulations? e.g., commuting time If they would work with the applicant again in the future? 2. Teacher-student relationship If the applicant’s teaching methods fit the (current) students. If the students respect and follow as instructed. What type of students would be compatible with the teacher if they were to change schools? 3. Teacher-faculty relationship: If the applicant had/have any conflicts or disagreements with co-workers. If the applicant had/have good communications with the employer
ESL teachers’ reason to work with a recruiter. Job searching can be very tedious and time-consuming when doing it alone. Working with a recruiter has more advantages for you in terms of workload opportunities here are some of the reasons you should work with a recruiter: 1. Common goal The recruiter has a common with the instructor and that is to find a job that is suitable and works hard to ensure that you are hired. 2. Variety of opportunities Recently, most employers hire candidates in collaboration with recruiters. This process has proven to be more trusting and successful. Working with a recruiter exposes you to more opportunities than working alone. 3. Effortless and time-saving It takes a lot of effort and time to find a job that suits you. Reading through all available positions and waiting for a call back can also be a long and boring process. It is the recruiter’s job to find and match you with a job that suits and meets your requirements. 4. Insights about the employer Since recruiters cooperate directly with the employer, they have a better insight into employer requirements. They are therefore able to emphasize the most relevant qualifications and abilities. 5. Confidentiality Working with a recruiter can reduce the risk of employers finding out resignation notice earlier than expected. 6. Professional advice Candidates can receive professional support with such things as resume writing, self-introductions, and Interview preparations. In other words, recruiters can advise you on how to make a good first Impression and express your abilities in a more persuasive way. 7. Future networking connection Recruiters can follow up with the candidate throughout the employment period and in the future. Even if you currently have a suitable position, recruiters can prepare for better opportunities in the future. Why choose WnP Match-up
ESL Recruitment and hiring process The hiring procedure and documents may differ depending on the institution. E.g., those of the general language academy and those of EPIK. We will focus on the general language academy recruitment and hiring process through a recruiter. TIPs Even though there are delays in visa processing, restricted entry, quarantine requirements due to the recent high spread of covid-19 and closure of some government offices, recruiters will help you with document preparations and finding positions in time. 1. Choosing a recruiter As you have heard from your friends or online, Korea is the most competitive country in terms of culture, salary, living standards, and safety when compared to other Asian countries. So, if you choose to use a recruiter, you must find one that can help you get the position you want. Recruiting agencies in Korea are operated under strict government permit policies. E.g., consultant qualifications, business permits, etc. Consultation fees are therefore paid by employers and services are 100% free for instructors. Once your documents are ready or you have a timeline for your document preparations, you are then recommended to reach out to a recruiter. Why choose WnP Match-up 2. Sending your resume and the recruiter interview Generally, instructors apply to jobs posted by recruiters, or the recruiters suggest suitable positions to them according to their preferences like location and teaching levels. The recruiter considers both the employer’s and instructors’ requirements before proposing the appropriate position to the instructor. At this point, consulting begins and it’s usually done through phone, emails, or video interviews. TIPs 1. First, you must understand the position. Adjust your resume to be suitable for the position and submit it. If you send the same resume to many positions, you can get confused about what you want and you give the same information repeatedly to many recruiters. 2. Prepare for your interview with a recruiter by practicing potential questions. Also, prepare any questions you might have. See interview questions sample 3. Position suggestions and recommendations to the employer After the interview, the recruiter re-suggests a specific position to the applicant. With the permission of the applicant, the recruiter sends their modified resume and application to the employer. 4. The employer interview While the recruiter interview prioritizes recommendations, the employer interview evaluates if you are a suitable teacher for their schools. Teachers should also seriously put into consideration whether the employer and the position are suitable for them while conducting the interview. See interview questions sample 5. Applicant’s reference check If you have experience in Korea, most employers will conduct a reference check from your previous employer. However, if you do not have experience applicants can get recommendations from professors or friends. It is advised you prepare recommendation letters early in advance for faster and better results. What is a Reference Check? 6. Negotiating conditions and signing employment contracts If the employer decides to offer the teacher it is sent to the applicant early in advance before signing. Applicants should check and request changes if required; such as salary, annual leave, etc. After agreeing to the terms, the signed contract is then sent back to the employer. An ESL Teacher's Guide to Contracts 7. Visa application The applicant must first send all documents required for visa application to the employer. The employer obtains a visa issuance number from the immigration office in Korea. After receiving the visa issuance number, the applicant applies for a visa at the Korean embassy (or consulate) in their home country. Visa application documents must be sent through shipping companies that issue tracking numbers e.g., DHL, FedEx, etc., and must be delivered as soon as possible. 8. Departure and arrival to Korea Most employers provide inbound tickets that are reimbursed soon after entry. After the applicant or employer confirms the flights and travel dates, then planning for arrival, airport pick-ups, e.t.c begins. 9. Health check-ups, foreigner registration cards, etc. After arrival, applicants will have a medical health check-up and register for a foreigner registration card. Applicants can then apply for other necessities like phone plans, bank accounts after receiving their foreign registration cards. Foreigner registration process. 10. Community activity There are so many native instructors working in Korea. Most of them have created tight-knit communities in every region where they get together and explore Korea. Also, through travel agencies for native instructors, there are a variety of cultural experience packages and trips every season. All these benefits help you maintain a good social life in Korea. Check out coffee chat
What is a professional summary? A professional summary is a quick overview of your qualifications, experience, and skills summed up into a few sentences. Most summaries are about 3-5 sentences long and usually placed at the top of a resume or online resume. A professional summary is your first impression to employers and can help you land an interview. Anyone and everyone can benefit from a professional summary! How do I get started? First, choose your desired work industry and search for positions in that field. By comparing similar keywords and skills that are listed in different job posts, you can choose the ones that are the most common and add them to your professional summary. By adding these keywords, you will grab the attention of employers right away! Write your summary in a friendly, but professional tone. Employers are looking for candidates who can communicate well, so try not to use speech that is too formal or casual, such as slang. As always, be sure to proofread your summary for spelling and grammar. Check out the tips below to write the best summary: 1. Fresh Graduates As you just graduated from university, start by highlighting your field of study and relatable coursework. If you have any internship or relatable work experience, be sure to highlight that as well. While a high GPA is important, most employers prefer to see relevant experience and skills. If you’ve been involved in any clubs or led any activities or projects, be sure to briefly include these in your summary and mention any transferable skills that may be used in a professional setting. By outlining your career goals, you can help employers know if you would be a good fit for their company. 2. Entry-Level Job Seekers If you have around 1-3 years of experience, give an overview of your work experience and projects you have worked on. Don’t forget to include any awards or certifications you have received. In your summary, be sure to cover your professional growth and how you’re pursuing your career goals. Happen to have a portfolio for marketing or graphic design? Be sure to link it to your resume and mention it in your professional summary. 3. Experienced Professionals With 4-10 years or more of professional experience, list your business-related accomplishments. In your summary, add the accomplishments that relate to the industry you are applying for. Providing statistics and numbers of the goals you’ve reached will make your profile stand out to employers. A professional summary may not be able to cover everything, so be sure to include any other relevant information in a cover letter. 4. Career Changers Looking to change careers? It’s never too late! In your summary, state the experience that you have and how it transfers to the industry you’re looking to enter. Breaking into a new career is challenging, so taking some courses or getting a certification in that field will help you stand out to employers. This is something you should mention in your summary! Employers are always interested in candidates who take the initiative to learn something new. Also, be sure to give a little background into why you’re looking to change industries and your new career goals. So, there you have it! A few tips and tricks to help you begin or continue your professional journey. Be sure to add your professional summary on your resume on TheWorknPlay to grab the attention of employers. You can create up to 10 different resumes, so you can create 10 different professional summaries.
An ELS Guide to Writing a Winning Resume Most professional recruiters have a resume format specifically created to match the items employers want to know. We receive many applications from all over the world and try to review each resume with the same level of attentiveness. However, it is difficult to move forward with the recruiting process when a resume lacks much of the information needed by employers. There will be a lot of wasted time and energy from the recruiter and jobseekers if the resume does not contain the appropriate information. Therefore, it is advisable to create a suitable resume from the start. Most employers prefer a traditional resume format. Many job seekers might think that an eye-catching resume template will boost their chances of getting an interview, but this is just a falsity. These resume templates prioritize design over the content, so we recommend using a resume style that conveys your basic information and qualifications. 1. Personal information ① Photo Your photo is the first impression you have to show your potential employer. This impression determines many future outcomes. Therefore, we suggest that jobseekers appear professional in their photo. When preparing for your picture, you should dress in formal attire and cover visible piercings or tattoos. ② Date of Birth, Gender, Marital Status, Accompanying Partner or Pet Tell us in advance if you are traveling with your partner or plan to bring your pet so that we can find the appropriate housing options. ③ Nationality, Working/Residence visa In Korea Native English teachers must hold a passport from one of seven countries: The United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, or South Africa. Then you must also have a minimum of a bachelor's degree obtained from a university in one of the previously mentioned countries. ④ Current Residence and Desired Residence Your current location is meaningful in terms of visa issuance. If you specify your desired locations, it will help us understand more clearly and meet your desired working and living conditions. 2. Professional Summary You should clearly state the reason and purpose of submitting your resume. Even though some information might be explained in more detail later in your resume, emphasizing it here is critical. By doing so, it will help employers recognize your abilities and qualifications promptly. Employers will figure out more quickly how suitable you are for them by Clearly describing what age group and area you prefer, expressing your professional goals and ideals, lesson planning, class progress, leadership, teamwork, and communication skills are necessary to maintain a good relationship with students, parents, and other teachers. Also underline your computer skills, various teaching tools, as well as your time and crisis management skills. If you have no prior teaching experience, you must attempt to show how you will be a prepared teacher. Present your educational philosophies and a premade lesson plan to show you can adapt to teaching. Also, it would be helpful to display an understanding of overseas teaching jobs. 3. Education List all the degrees, qualifications, and programs you have completed. The highest level you have achieved should be listed first. Be as specific and detailed as possible when describing your institution, major, and completion date. In particular, if you majored in education, have a teacher's license, or completed a course related to education, provide a detailed description of the process of attaining it. 4. Career For education or education-related work experience, list the institution, location, position, and detailed job description. Don’t forget to add the curriculum, subject, and level taught. List your most recent experiences first. If you have just graduated from college or have little teaching experience, emphasize teaching-related activities. Examples such as teaching or working in summer camps, tutoring, or volunteering with youth are all helpful in landing your preferred job. 5. Qualifications and Skills Here you will need to provide detailed information about your qualifications or skills: Teaching license, TEFL certificate, other spoken languages, computer skills, animation, etc. Provide the certificate’s issuing country, institution name, and expiration date for your teaching license. 6. Extracurricular Activities and Achievements List other achievements you have received, such as teaching, coaching, volunteering, climbing famous mountains, running marathons, or winning writing competitions. Many potential employers want to make sure that you are outgoing, independent, and can adapt to new environments. 7. Suggestions List the organizations you have worked for and provide their name, title, phone number (including country code), and email address. Above all, the letters of recommendation they write can be an important evaluation factor. If you have experience, Korean employers and recruiters evaluate you through a career inquiry. Sometimes, even if you have no experience, you may be asked for a recommendation letter from a professor or a friend. Employers and recruiters start evaluating you from the moment they receive your resume. Branding a resume which means expressing one's strengths and sharing those with employers to become a better candidate allows having more employment opportunities.
Factors to consider before creating a resume In most Korean education institutes, the primary role of a Native English Teacher is to help students improve on a general understanding and use of English through reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Thus, no special teaching qualifications are necessary unless teaching at an International School. Employers would prefer someone with a teacher's license or who majored in education. On top of everything, the schools seek someone who understands Korea's educational system and customs and has a passion and love for students. The recruiting process in Korea is completely different from that of the western world. If you want to receive a teaching job in South Korea, you need to create a quality resume to start the process. Understanding the standards of the Korean recruiting process beforehand is essential. Job Seekers MUST add a professional and current photo on their resume along with their date of birth. Sometimes, you may be asked additional questions about your personal life. Have you ever sent your resume to employers or recruiters in Korea? Every company you applied for might have asked you the same questions regarding your photo, date of birth, and personal life. Unlike Western societies, adding a photo to your resume is fundamental in Korea and other Asian countries. Age is also considered very important in Korea because more respect is shown to older people, thus creating a hierarchy according to age. In addition, the marital status MUST be noted to get visa approval and receive appropriate housing options. Thoroughly inspect job descriptions and company profiles. Where is the exact location of the academy? What subject am I required to teach, and how? Everyone wants to perform admirably for a company they enjoy, but they don't spend the time researching beforehand. This often results in being resentful and even quitting the job early. Because of these obstacles, please review a job posting meticulously and check the company website, social media, etc. You should apply with a suitable resume after grasping what they are looking for from an applicant. Some employers want to make a quick decision on applicants by simply reviewing their resumes. Employers are primarily concerned about your experience and certifications. You need to prioritize informing the employer of your previous experiences regarding ESL teaching, the certificates you received in preparation for teaching overseas. Mentioning prior experience living and working abroad can go a long way to helping you secure an interview. Even if you do not have any teaching experience, you will be expected to show you are prepared to teach. The best way you can do this is by constructing an educational philosophy and a lesson plan. Therefore, an interview must be conducted to determine whether or not you will be hired. Delete your resume saved on your laptop. We are constantly searching for information on the internet and learning more about AI recruitment or big data. However, we continue having our old resumes stored on our computers instead of out on job databases or websites. So, create a resume that resonates with employers. Those who actively express themselves will be prioritized in the recruiting process. Adding introduction videos to your resumes will help you stand out against the sea of other applicants. Updating your resume will give you more interview opportunities and will definitely upgrade your salary.
Choosing the Right TEFL/TESOL Course Do you want to become TESOL/TEFL certified, but not sure which course is the best for you? This guide will point out some tips to help YOU make the best decision for your ESL career and lifestyle. When can I become TESOL/TEFL certified? As long as you’re 18 years old, you can take a TESOL/TEFL course. Whether you’re in college, working, or both, you can find TESOl/TEFL courses that will fit your needs and your lifestyle. There are online and in-class courses that are located all across the globe from which you can choose. Does TESOL/TEFL certification increase my chances of securing an ESL job? In most countries, TESOL/TEFL certification is required to qualify for job positions in the English teaching field. Several countries view TESOL/TEFL certification as a preference, not a requirement. However, holding a TESOL/TEFL certification will definitely make you a more marketable candidate and will increase your chances of finding a better position with higher pay. Online, in-class, or combined? Choosing an online, in-class, or combined course depends on where you live, your lifestyle, and your timeline. Let’s first take a look at online courses. Online TESOL/TEFL courses offer flexibility for any schedule and can be completed within 1-3 months, depending on the number of hours you choose and how often you work on the course. Upon purchasing an online course, you have instant access to the modules online and you can start working through them accordingly. Most online courses include short quizzes at the end of each module and one final written assignment that will be graded. Once you have passed the course, you will receive a digital certificate as well as a physical certificate. Some online courses also require a minimum number of practicum hours of teaching to real ESL students. Online class prices can start at $200 USD. In-class TESOL/TEFL courses vary depending on your location and larger cities offer more programs. You can even take a TESOL/TEFL course in a country in which you are interested and start teaching right after you’ve received your certification. In an in-class setting, you have the opportunity to practice hands-on teaching and gain real experience teaching ESL students. Most in-class TESOL/TEFL courses are small, and you will be able to build friendships with your classmates and instructor. In-class courses cost significantly more than online courses, with basic 4-week classes starting at around $1490 USD. Combined, or hybrid, TESOL/TEFL courses typically include an online TESOL/TEFL certification course along with several hours of practicum. While the in-class practicum times are set, the online modules are more flexible to work with your schedule. The length of hybrid classes ranges from one to four weeks and the cost includes the online TESOL/TEFL certification course, registration, and tuition fees. In some cases, you may choose the length of the online TESOL/TEFL certification, which will affect the overall price. Which level of certification should I take? If you want to teach abroad, most English teaching positions require a basic 120-hour TESOL/TEFL certificate. However, there are longer in-depth courses that may be more beneficial to you. There are also short 40–100-hour courses which may be helpful if you’re looking to gain knowledge on a particular subject, such as teaching young learners or classroom management. What do employers want? As long as you are TESOL/TEFL certified, an employer is going to hire you. While some employers prefer candidates with practicum experience, most aren’t picky. In fact, most teachers who go abroad to teach English aren’t education majors and don’t have teaching experience. However, some teaching positions have higher requirements, so if you are interested in teaching at a university or an international school, do some research to find out the certifications that are required. Employers are looking for certified teachers who are energetic, active, and passionate about teaching. If you have these qualities, then finding an ESL job abroad will not be hard at all!