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Navigating the EFL Job Market in 2023

01/16/2023

hi Linda here welcome back to another live session from ITT
um I'm so happy to be here this week again with another exciting topic so this week we are actually going to talk
about how to navigate the job market for English teachers in 2023 and I'm going
to talk about um all the things you need to know for finding a job for getting started as an
English teacher abroad and also online so if your plan is to start teaching
English in the near future this live session will be for you today and I hope you're going to learn something
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time is it where you are and where are you and how are you doing let me know in the comment section below
um also I want to start off by saying we do have 30 off today again we have a
discount code for you so um if you want to start teaching English in 2023
um take advantage of this discount uh you get 30 off so why not why not
right so what you can do is you can scan this QR code with your phone or with any
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you guys in the comment section now so it looks like this it ends with Facebook live minus Linda and then you know you
get 30 off with this link so you just click on it it will lead you straight to
the application page and you will see a congratulations you get 30 off
um right at the top something like that and you're good to go hi there we we have katamala I'm saying
that correctly katamala from Bangladesh hi thank you so much for joining what
time is it in Bangladesh awesome I love your picture too looks
very nice love it how are you doing Daniel is here hi Danielle from Mexico
awesome what time is it in Mexico Danielle
I think it's we're probably like I don't know are we like 12 hours apart
is it like 10 30 in the in the evening maybe something like that I don't know
okay so in Bangladesh it's 7 33 a.m okay
nice so we have a three hour time difference from Korea and Bangladesh okay
oh it's 7 33 p.m wow that's a big time difference oh
okay cool all right I see you're about you're welcome no I really
love it and orange and teal I love that color combination of your dress or your
top that's very pretty all right good so yeah like I said we do
have 30 off so if you're not yet tefl certified if you're thinking about it now is a great time to do so to get
started in the new year to kind of check that one of your lists it's a good opportunity to do so
um and again today's topic we are going to talk about how to navigate the job
market for teaching English as a foreign language abroad or online in 2023 in this new year so uh
yeah let's talk about it before we jump in I want to just give a quick introduction about myself and please
keep commenting on where you are located I'm curious to know and then I'm just gonna make myself smaller so you can
read this text but I'm still here um so my name is Linda I am many
different things but I'm a travel writer and content creator under the name Linda
goes east east because I'm super interested in Asia I love Asia I love living in Asia I've been living in Asia
for the past 10 years yeah almost so uh if you're interested in Asia and
want to move here as well um are interested in teaching English in Korea go check out lindagosis.com and
also on Instagram I'm very active I share content on there but my uh travels
um at Linda go seized so do check that out and I'm originally from Germany slash USA
um my mom is German my dad is American and I am based in South Korea before I
moved to South Korea I also lived in China I taught English there and I'm still teaching English now and I also am
a Teflon tesl marketing professional for ITT which stands for international tefl
and tesol training I know it's a mouthful but there we go uh many of you
already know ITT and many of you have taken courses so you know all about it
um but just in case you can find our courses uh we offer online courses combined courses in-class courses many
different types of courses for teflon tesol do check that out at tefl course.net and if you choose to take a
course use this link that I shared a couple minutes ago and save 30 do not pay full price use this link save 30
um ITT is a leading Teflon tesol course provider World worldwide
um so if you want to teach English as a foreign language abroad or online or
maybe in your own country this is a great way to get started um really tefl or tesol is your foot in
the door of English teaching basically so this would be your first step to um
yeah get this journey started so yeah thank you guys so much for joining and
this is enough about me and this is what we're going to talk about today guys so
let's get this out of the way uh this is what's on the agenda today basically so
first up we're going to talk a little bit about some Trends and also the demand for English teachers in 2023
um we're gonna look at how to find English teaching jobs and then once you find one how to
negotiate your salary and benefits what you kind of need to look out for what you can do and number four here standing
out in a competitive job market so what you can do to kind of stand out and to boost your resume and then we're going
to have some final thoughts and also a q a session so at the end you will be able to again ask your questions but if you
have any questions throughout the live session I can also answer them if they fit in so uh yeah this is what we're
going to be talking about today and Daniel says Linda the pictures you share of South Korea are beautiful thank you
so much Danielle I appreciate that I also actually edited some pictures of my
latest trip that I took in November to Cambodia um I'm just now kind of going through
all the pictures because they didn't really fit in with the Christmas season so I didn't post anything but a lot of
Cambodia content is also coming if you're interested in visiting there it was really good so uh look out for that
on my Instagram as well and on my blog all right cool so this is what we're
going to talk about today if you have any questions if there's something that's not clear throughout this live session you'd like me to repeat or
um I don't know elaborate on let me know and if there's some technical
difficulties if at some point you can't hear me or see me anymore also let me know
um and yeah and Daniel says show us more of that please yes I will show you more of all
of my travels it's coming up uh 22 2023 is going to be a very exciting year as well I already have some travel plans
lined up I'm super excited so look out for that but today we're actually going to talk about how you too can move
abroad and travel and get paid to teach everything together so this is how you
can get started right here with a Teflon tesol course and teaching English abroad
so first up let's have a look at some Trends and the demand for English language teaching
and again this is today's topic for any of you who just joined navigating the job market for English teachers in 2023
teaching English abroad and online let's have a look all right so let's have a
look at the demand for teachers abroad and online so English teachers of course and as we all know and that's why we're
all here I think English language education is still regarded a valuable
skill in today's globalized world and that's why we see we still see a huge demand right English is the world's
language right it's everybody should be able to speak English in today's world
if they want to uh you know work in an international company and things like
that so in many many countries this agenda is pushed very very heavily and
we see a lot of programs that bring English teachers to their country to teach and that's why also there are
actually many many options available so there's not just one way of teaching
English abroad or teaching English as a foreign language but there's so many different options nowadays it's not just
going abroad and teaching in a classroom you could work at a language School of course you could also do some private
tutoring um and also online teaching is super super popular nowadays and actually this
is getting more um more possible even combining online
teaching with moving abroad and this is something we talked about I believe last week when we talked about
um yeah also some Trends we mentioned for uh teaching in 2023 I can't remember
exactly but um the topic but um yeah so many countries are rolling
out digital Nomad visas nowadays and this would allow you to live in a
country but do online work and this could include online teaching so you can actually combine the two even if you're
into online teaching and the flexibility that it offers you could still uh move
abroad and teach so very very exciting stuff so this is something we see and
then also um of course in terms of the demand and things so the factor factors such as
qualifications experience and adaptability are considered important so
these are the three main things that you should have and bring to the table if you want to teach English as a foreign
language so and especially of course we know qualifications and experience
um is important but I think a lot of people also neglect the adaptability
so what does that mean a lot of employers actually hiring someone from
abroad right like a foreign English teacher is very expensive for schools and companies so they want to make sure
that when they hire you you obviously stay with their school and with their company so adaptability if you already
have some experience living abroad maybe you have some language skills maybe you
travel to that country before where you want to go that shows that you
um you're aware the culture you can adapt to a new culture you're not afraid
you're not because there are a lot of people actually they experience culture shock and things like that and they um
end up quitting it then moving back or leave the country uh that happens and so
that would be really bad because then they lose money they hired you they spend a lot of money to hire you but
then you quit and they have to hire someone else so adaptability is very important for these employers actually
and you want to showcase that and I'm going to give you some tips how you can showcase that in your application in
your in your resume so these are just three key things about the demand for
English teachers abroad and online that you should be aware of for 2023.
good let's have a look yeah and we're starting right off with
the qualifications so what are the qualifications that you need to have for
teaching English as a foreign language in 2023 and we've Claudette here I hope I'm saying that right Claudette Hi how
are you doing where are you from Claudette where are you watching from let us know please
all right so let's have a look at the right qualifications that you will need to teach English as a foreign language
in 2023 what are people looking for and maybe a little disclaimer I know this is
too small give me a second um little disclaimer of course the qualifications the requirements vary
from country to Country sometimes even school to school okay so there's not just one Set uh list of qualifications
that you need to have so it varies and these are just the main things that we see most often
all right Claudette is from Brazil I almost wanted to Guess that because of your uh last name Silva ruas uh sounded
kind of Portuguese or Brazilian to me cool how are you doing what part of
Brazil you watching from Claudette okay so let's have a look at the main
qualifications that you need to have um first of all of course I mentioned a
tefler tesol certification this is like the most basic thing so if you don't have anything you want to at least get
that one and that is already a good boost and not only any tefler T Cell
qualification but a tefl or tesol certificate of at least 100 hours is a
common requirement and this just demonstrates that you have the knowledge
and the skills to teach English as a foreign language obviously that's what the tefl certificate is for right and
employers want to see that especially in 2023 because the competition is a little
bit more this year because it's post sort of postcovid and um a lot of
countries are open again and a lot of people who have delayed their teaching English abroad plans are now coming back
to it so we see a lot more applicants this year so you really want to have a tefl certificate of at least 100 hours
Hi how are you doing I'm great how are you okay and then also University degree is
very important but also not always not always so we see some destinations where
you actually can teach without a University degree but if you have one you definitely have a lot more options
to choose from so a completed undergraduate degree so this is a three-year degree in the UK I believe
and then four years in America it depends but a undergraduate degree from an accredited University of course and
that's a general requirement for teaching English abroad however as I said not always so if you
don't have a degree there's still some options out there it's just a little bit more limited and it might take a little
bit more time to find a job but still possible not impossible and then also I
wanted to mention prior teaching experience again this is not always required but if you have prior teaching
experience this is a huge plus actually so some schools are institutions they
may require that you have prior teaching experience in order to be considered for a position but this is we see this a lot
in the Middle East and the Middle East is actually the highest paying
um region for efl teachers so they have the highest salary and uh highest
salaries and also tax-free salaries which is really really cool and that's
why their requirements are usually a little bit more strict and higher than other regions and they oftentimes
actually want prior teaching experience at least like two years that's why I always say like if you want to teach
English in the Middle East the Middle East is a great region to go to after you have taught somewhere else first for
example like Asia if you taught English in China or in Korea or in Japan or any other country for that matter if you
have like two years of teaching experience somewhere else then you have really great chances of making it big in
the Middle East all right so these are the main qualifications that we always see definitely a tefler tesol certificate
and then a degree is great but even if you don't have a degree it's not impossible and also teaching experience
actually when I was teaching in China in Korea many of my co-workers they did not
have any teaching experience there they came fresh out of college this is a lot of teachers are doing it like that so
um yeah it is not necessarily required teaching experience but it's a huge plus if you have it okay
all right good again if anything is not clear do let me know
and then let's have a look at how long things take and this is something I also talked about in last week's live session
but um I'm sure we have some new viewers so I just wanted to pop it up here again
so this is the teaching English timeline sort of how long things will take from
number one here choosing your tefl course so from taking your tefl course all the way to starting to teach how
long does it take between oh sorry between four and six months sometimes even longer especially for teaching
English abroad especially if you want to teach in a very competitive place where interviewing and things and job search
might take a little longer but um so you want to choose your tefl
course first again there are many different options and um I would be happy to walk you through them or you
can also email us um you know courses I'm gonna pop that in the comment section courses at tesol
mine is tefl and you just send us an email and you tell us hey I want to teach English in blank whatever country
and then we will be able to recommend a course to you but as I mentioned in this
slide before you want to have a tefl certificate of at least 100 hours so that's why the 120 hour course is our
most popular because that's the international standard so this one's always a good place to start
then um yeah you would choose your tefl cores and then you would start working through
the units this is number two here you work through the units and if you have an online course it's super easy to do
that you can log in you can study from anywhere at any time you want from any
device that you want so that's that's really flexible and convenient for a lot of people
um you work through the units and this can take anywhere from a month to you have up to six months to complete the
course so a lot of people finish it much quicker it depends how much time you have and your study style for me I
completed it in uh three to four months I believe in 2014 I was already teaching
full time at the time so I only did a few units a week and um I passed in
three to four months so um yeah if you have more time you can
finish it much quicker than that so but you have up to six months to do it
um and then of course you would receive your certificate so you get a hard copy an actual paper copy and you also get a
pdf version and with this pdf version you can already start applying and um
doing that number four apply for jobs um so you can do that and yeah you would
apply for jobs I'm going to give you some tips on how to do that especially this year what is different
Etc some good platforms to look out for and then you'd apply you would interview
and then you would hopefully start teaching and this whole process here it says four to six months I think more
realistically is six months and more um depending on where you want to go for
teaching English online it's usually faster than yeah four months is probably more realistic for teaching English
online so this is typically how it works so that you just know kind of time wise and
you can plan a little bit better okay good
and then let's have a look at finding English teaching jobs so the first step
would be to choose your tefl course and now you do that and you can actually while you're working through your course
you can already start your job search so you don't need to actually wait until you complete each step you can do them
all simultaneously and you can start finding a job you can start networking and all of those things I'm going to
give you tips on how to do that in just a minute I just want to check in with you guys real quick everything cool
everything good can you hear me can you see me again where are you at right now I know
there's some new people that joined let me know in the comment sections and also don't forget to like And subscribe guys
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let me know where you are watching from and I'm just gonna have a drink real quick
not alcoholic I know it looks like it could be whiskey but it's not
it's like uh it's a Korean corn tea Korean quarantine
yeah all right good I guess everything's clear then I
sometimes give it a few seconds there is a delay sometimes and it takes you guys some time to type of course so I get it
um but yeah let me know and then I'm gonna pop it up oh we have a response here
Jacqueline hi thank you so much for letting me know video and audio are great okay I'm pleased I do have a
little mic here I hope um you know it's it's a little older already so I hope it's still working pretty well
um and you can hear me clearly I'm Jacqueline from the US Wisconsin cool how are you doing Jacqueline thank you
so much for watching and letting me know that everything works well thank you all right then let's have a
look at how to find English teaching jobs because that's of course I think one of the most important things and why
a lot of people are watching today right taking the tefl course is maybe the easy
part but then finding a job kind of gets harder but I will say though if uh you
are if you take a course from ITT you do have access to job support and um which
means you can let us know hey I want to teach English in Thailand hey I want to teach English in Argentina and we will
help you find a job there so we actually have a big database a big network of schools around the world and recruitment
partners that we partner with um and we can connect you we have a big Network and um
yeah that is what you will get access to if you are at ictd course graduate just letting you know
but of course there are many other ways how you can find a job as well and I always like to combine all of these
resources because why not it can enhance your chances right so let's do that
let's have a look oh over here I do have two laptops I'm always operating okay getting confused
all right over here so I kind of came up with four main uh options or ways how
you can find English teaching jobs for a broader online so let's go over these real quick one of course the most
obvious ones the ones that we're probably most familiar with are the job search websites right and here are five
that I've identified that are pretty good this year um that should be on your radar of
course as always Dave's ESL Cafe is very popular um good stuff there then we also have
ajarn we also have and I think a lot of people don't know this there's actually the guardian jobs and they also have English
teaching jobs in there so the guardian is the this UK um news is it a newspaper
yeah they have um a job site job section very good job job section actually and
um they have some English teaching gigs on there as well and even sometimes also summer jobs which I find really good
because um some people might not might not be ready yet to commit to like a full year
abroad so if you want to just get started or you want to boost your resume
um you can find a summer job like a summer camp or a winter camp position in
there as well I've seen many of these in the guardian jobs um and then also ESL base is really good
every a great job site and also seekteachers.com so do check out these
These are pretty good um and I like I like their content as
well so that's recommended then we also have to talk about recruitment agencies recruitment
agencies are great because they're free for the teacher so the teacher never
pays for the recruiter but the school does so I think a lot of people are confused about that I I certainly was
when I first started with the surgeon I thought oh my God I don't want to hire recruiter I don't want to pay for that
but you actually don't pay the recruiter the school pays the recruiter so that's important to note you can use this for
completely free and so why not why not they know the market where you want to go to they have
connections with schools and institutions that are not advertised on these job search sites most of the time
right so they have really good insight and they can also give you tips on your resume and on your uh for your interview
and they also sometimes help with Visa processes and things like that so that's
why especially for first-time teachers I always recommend recruitment agencies and we at ITT we we are partnered with a
lot of these so if you go through us and you take your tefl course you also get access to our partner recruitment
agencies because there are some scammers out there for recruitment agencies we hear this or I know this a lot uh actually
back in the day when I worked with a recruiter my recruiter was not very good um I would not recommend that one
um but the ones that we partnered with here at ITT um they are really good and we've been
in contact or like in in partnership with them for a long time so these aren't the two most common ways
how you can find a teaching job abroad or online but then um I also always like to
recommend social media especially in our time 2023 you know social media is
everything and you also want to look for or you can look and you can't find English teaching jobs on there they're
very well advertised on Facebook you have a lot of groups on there Facebook groups
um I always recommend those like English teachers in Korea English teachers in China English teachers in blank any
country any City there will be a group for that and a lot of teachers
um because a lot of uh English teachers abroad are staying maybe for a year or
two and then they leave so actually um this is most common that they don't stay that long or they move on to a
different destination or they go home and so what many people do is uh actually also from my experience
so when you teach at a school and then you're leaving they will ask you hey could you like ask your friends or ask
someone if they are interested in taking over your position when you leave and so
a lot of people actually put these in those Facebook groups or also groups like expats in X country so expats in
Korea expats in China they would put um job offers in there so this is one of the first steps that they take because
it is free it's not like a recruiter right because the school needs to pay for the recruiter so it's just very easy
to just put this job offer like in a Facebook group it's quick and easy and a lot of a lot of times this would be
their first move nowadays to do same also LinkedIn
um of course we all know LinkedIn has a job section but also LinkedIn has groups
as well and in these groups you can also uh find jobs
for teaching English and also a lot of online positions as well for LinkedIn and then also Instagram a lot of schools
nowadays they have Instagram profiles and if you search for example English
school in Paris or something hashtag in your school in Paris something like that you can also actually find suitable
schools if you already know like hey I want to go to Paris France 100 there's
no other option you can kind of use Instagram or other social media to kind of narrow that down
instead of using job sites that are more broad right usually on job sites maybe you can only filter for the country but
if you have like a specific City where you want to go to especially maybe a smaller city
um then this approach might work really well and then also networking will be
really important and this is also kind of what uh social media also kind of ties in of course Facebook groups
LinkedIn groups all of these are great ways for networking as well and reaching
out to other teachers and also I would always recommend bloggers you can reach out to bloggers a lot of bloggers are
out there writing about hey what it's like teaching English in Paris or France or teaching English in wherever it is
and you can email them you can reach out to them and they are usually more than happy to give you advice and give you
some connections um so that's a great way and then you can also just attend some
teaching events they're usually some events in bigger cities related to that
job fairs more often and not will now also have English teaching information
um but yeah use social media to find connections and then network with your
new connections right it's super easy just to click on join group on Facebook
but then actually to do the networking um that's what's a little bit more uh
challenging or takes a little bit more time but it's so worth it in finding like a good job
so yeah these are my four top options for finding English teaching jobs abroad
and online um let me know if you have any questions or if you want to add something to that
and then we could um move on to the next point but yeah these five job search
websites are great place to start and then obviously also recruitment agencies we actually have a site
let me see we have a page on our website
I'm going to pull that up with our recruitment Partners so you could also reach out to them let them know hey ITT
send you uh and then you can also do that
here
here we go this is the website with all of our recruitment Partners so you could also
contact them um but yeah nothing no ittt Linda from ITT sent you
if you send an email they'll they'll know oh I think the link is actually wrong no
it is Facebook not the whole Facebook okay with my discount code well it doesn't
matter too much right sending this again
this is it with the discounted part I wrote that this kind of part wrong
here so you still have 40 off
foreign okay good good stuff good stuff just checking in everything cool we good let
me know are you still there or did you fall asleep let me know thank you
and let's see what we're gonna talk about next yeah okay now it's all about tailoring
your resumes now you found a couple of jobs you want to apply to now it's all about tailoring your resume and your
cover letter and what you should do so something very important to note first off you should definitely use keywords
that are relevant to teaching right put in tefl teaching English as a foreign
language efl ESL all those things they should be in there because nowadays many
hiring managers many HR departments they actually use automated systems to scan
resumes for Relevant keywords right so they put all the resumes they
received through this uh system and filter those out that don't match these
certain keywords and then they only look at those with keywords so very important
to put in as many English teaching keywords as you can so efl ESL tefl
tesol um everything like that teaching English as a foreign language
etc etc teaching business English Young Learners all of this good stuff you should put that into your resume and
your cover letter Daniel says not sleeping at all okay I'm glad I'm glad you're still here and
listening cool um of course you should also emphasize your certifications
um for this job of course English teaching you want to emphasize any certifications or qualifications you
have in teaching English as a second language right you have to put your Teflon on there you have to put your
tesol on there and also and some people forget that you have to include your study hours so if it's a tefl course
120 hour tefl course 220 are tough of course very different a hundred hours a
hundred study hours of a difference right so put that on there and the more hours you have the better
the more hours you have the better and then also of course include any relevant
experience right so include any relevant volunteer or teaching experience
um even if you haven't taught yet if you've tutored someone of course if you taught English abroad already you should
put that on there but if you don't have an experience you can easily find something related to teaching right if
you tutor somebody at some point in your life um or if you were just like a summer
camp person or it did some kind of volunteering somewhere uh you can put
that on there just that shows that you something related to like teaching and like leading a group
um tutoring all these things definitely put that on there that is very important
um so yeah uh definitely definitely and I think uh
yeah once you do that you already have good chances you might already have a resume right from a previous job but
just make sure that for teaching English you need to tailor your resume and cover letter to that new job right so use the
keywords and also use some words that they themselves use in the job offer so
if they call somebody a teaching assistant or something like that use that same phrasing in your cover letter
and your resume as well so they they see that you a you read the job and B you um
yeah you care you make an effort um you use those same keywords they resonate with them
I hope that makes sense okay and then we're moving on to negotiating your salary and benefits
also very important so you uh applied for a job you did all the things that you needed to do they invited you you
had a good interview and now you are there to negotiate your seller and your benefits or maybe even during the
interview right so and to do that first we obviously
need to know what is the typical salary and benefits for English teachers around the world and I've kind of categorized
this into three different uh places regions so we have high
earning potential medium earning potential and low earning potential ins in terms of salary now of course
um a high salary might not be important to all of us right some teachers they
don't go abroad to teach for the money um so what whatever your incentive is to
teach English abroad um just be aware that you know for some people money is not
important and that's also cool so they are set on teaching in certain regions without you know no matter how much they
get paid um we're all different so it's all cool it's just um yeah for your information
how uh the salary ranges in different areas so first High earning potential
here you can make anywhere from two thousand to five thousand US dollars per
month and like I mentioned in the beginning the highest paying region is the Middle East so Middle Eastern
countries Saudi Arabia United Arab Emirates Oman Qatar all of these places
very very good salaries and also um
tax-free salaries more often so this is really really great you don't pay any taxes on it you usually get insurance
you get housing you get airfare you get everything there um so this is very good but also very
competitive other places include East Asia in particular we have China Korea
Japan Taiwan they also have one of the highest salaries here not quite up to
five thousand but between two and three thousand US Dollars would be a good range and they also offer a lot of great
benefits so you also have housing Free Housing here free airfare so free airplane tickets to and from there
health insurance and then sometimes even a pension scheme that you pay into and then when you leave you get this money
back so really really great so a lot of people choose these destinations if they
are in for the money um they work a couple years there they teach a couple of years there they save
you can save because of these great benefits you don't have to worry about event you don't have to worry about
airplane tickets and nothing you can actually save half or even more of your salary every
month depending on your lifestyle so you could send that money back home you could save it of course you could also
spend it and travel and do all that um so that's why a lot of people choose these high earning potential areas
then medium earning potential we have countries like Thailand Mexico and Spain
for example they're more than that of course but these are just three of like the main and they're all in different
places too as you can see they're all over um here you can make anywhere from 800 to 1 500 US Dollars and in many cases
they also offer benefits they might not offer all of these housing airfare
health insurance but at least most of them will have at least insurance and then sometimes you can also have housing
um sometimes you also get airfare so this would be up to you to negotiate
um you know and we're going to talk a little bit more about negotiating after this how you can negotiate your salary
and these benefits better to your benefit and then we have the low earning potential areas where you can make
anywhere from 500 to a thousand US Dollars this would be most of Latin
America and then also certain European countries like France actually they
don't pay very well um where else many European countries actually Italy I
believe also um that's why we actually usually recommend Eastern European countries
like the Czech Republic is really good and their salaries are a little bit higher um and usually in these places you will
not get any benefits so you have to pay for everything and then it will be very difficult to really save any money at
all or even uh you know have a somewhat decent lifestyle so that's why a lot of
people who go to these areas they do not care about the money they are there for the experience or
um they take on additional like jobs they take on private tutoring or they
might also teach English online or do something completely different you could do like translation work for example if
you can speak those languages as well so really depends um but yeah this is kind of what it
looks like typical salary and benefits for English teachers around the world and now we are going to look at how you
can negotiate for a fair package so fair salary a fair benefit package how do you
do that so first of all you need to know what is what right so first of all do your research research the typical
salary and benefit packages for English teachers in the country where you want
to teach it and also for the type of school you want to teach at because salaries are different sometimes for
private schools public schools universities international schools they all have different salaries and
different benefits so you need you need to know first of all what is normal what is what can I get what can I not get so
this will give you just a good idea of what to expect and what a fair offer would be
because maybe they're already offering you a fair offer right and uh you don't want to go over that uh you might lose
your chance and then for your negotiation what you want to do is you want to highlight of course your
qualifications and your experience your expertise all of that so emphasize again
any qualifications and certifications that you have in teaching English as a second language and any related work
experience yes you would already put that in your resume but when you negotiate you can say that again right
and you could be like well but I actually have a um I have the standard
120 hour tefl certification course but I also have three additional
specializations which actually puts me above average in terms of tefl training
compared to other candidates so etc etc so you can kind of Leverage that and again the more tefl hours you have the
better here you can negotiate that any experience so if you worked on something
before or maybe you applied for this job and after you
applied for a job you actually got some experience then you want to mention that in the interview
you could say uh yeah since um actually since I applied for this job
I started teaching English online to improve my skills and to get experience
so I've been doing that successfully I gained five regular students within two
months something like that if you can put out numbers that is really great so you can mention something like that
um and that will be able to give you kind of a leverage for a higher salary as well and then as always be flexible
and be open to compromise so just be willing to compromise on certain aspects
you know don't just expect to take take take uh just be willing to compromise on
certain aspects in order to reach an agreement that works for both parties right that's why it's so important to do
your research which is also why you're here and watching right so do your research know what's a fair what it what
does a fair uh salary and benefit package look like for this country in this specific school so you know how far
you can go right but these are just some tips on how you can negotiate for a fair
package here and I hope um this helped you um if you want to add anything to this I
know some of you have already started teaching and maybe have had already these negotiation talks
um so if you want to add something to that feel free let me know in the comments and we can share that with
everybody
yeah and I I think the most important step here really is doing your research because if you when you know okay this
is like the average salary for this type of school in this country in this city whatever you will be able to obviously
recognize right away hey this is a fair offer or no this is actually not that fair and then you can also mention that you
could say oh but from what I researched um and from the people the other teachers that I've spoken to who work in
Korea this and this and this is like the average salary so um I wonder you know
how how do you come up with your number how did you calculate the um average
salary that you offer because I heard I heard or after my research and after
speaking with different teachers they told me this and this and this is the average salary
and this and this and this are the average or regular normal benefits that you get
so that's why doing your research is super powerful knowledge is power again
knowledge is power all right
good and Daniel says yeah we always want to hammer out a good deal we do and they
also want to do that right the school also wants to hammer out a good deal but it needs to be just fair for everybody
okay let's see what's next okay let's have a look at how this all
looks like for teaching English online so a little bit different of course why
first of all a little bit on teaching online why do you want to teach English online or what are the benefits uh of
course because you can work from anywhere you can work here from your own place from your office but you can also
like we said you could move to a different country be on like a digital Nomad Visa or wherever you can go Visa
free live there and teach online also possible so you can take command really
of your own workplace your own environment and your own schedule you could make up where when you want to
teach uh what times you want to teach how many hours a week or a day you want to teach it's very flexible
here the average salary range is between 15 and 30 US dollars an hour
and some requirements again like in the beginning what we mentioned um might be also a University degree a
graduate undergraduate degree however not for every platform actually there's some platforms where you can
also teach without a degree and a tefl certification of course will boost that
you also need online teaching equipment of course you need a webcam a fast
internet sometimes you might also want to have a mic or like a headset you might want to have a ring lights I have
a light right here uh things like that and yet fast internet connection is very
important so a lot of platforms they will actually do an internet speed check
for the interview or as part of the interview and if your internet is too slow you
might not be able to get in so that is also very important so just a few things to know here about this teaching English
online and then also some platforms listed that are popular um to teach for
but basically yeah you would register at one of these platforms and then uh
pretty quickly usually they would invite you to an interview um and you might even have to teach a
muck class a mock lesson and then once you pass that then you are in and you're ready to
start teaching English online so this process is usually a lot faster compared to teaching English abroad of course
where you need to move to a different country you need to apply for visas Etc so if you want to teach English online
you can do so usually a lot quicker than a teaching issue brought right
AK and then oh yeah if you want to know more about teaching English online I did
a live session before very comprehensive a complete guide to teaching English online everything you need to know how
to get started all the platforms that are good if you have a degree if you don't have a degree if you're not a
native English speaker Etc all of that you can find out in this previous live session and let me see oh
no I can't click on this wait I want to share the link with you ah
yes okay
I'm gonna share the link with you guys so you can watch that if you are interested in teaching English online
then you can have a look at it let's see
give me one second
okay okay here we go so this is the link to
this video right here
previous live session all about teaching English online go ahead and check that out if you're interested in getting
started with that kind of teaching lifestyle I've been teaching English online since
I think 2020 yeah 2020. uh and I love it I never thought like before covet that I
would teach English online and I would like it but it's really good like you just need to be ready for your class
like five minutes before it starts of course you need to prep your material but
um yeah you can just sit do this at home in the comfort of your own home which is great uh you don't need to leave and go
anywhere and you can reach so many different people all across the world you have access to such a huge like
student pool it's great so I recommend it all right and then
next up we look at how can you stand out in a competitive job market because we
talked about 2023 is a little bit more competitive than previous years because
now most countries are open again and they're hiring at full speed but also all the people who wanted to teach
abroad in the previous two or three years who waited because of kobit are now also jumping in so you have a little
bit more competition especially if you want to go to very popular places so
again these are the factors that will make you a competitive candidate and these are things we already talked about
like the requirements so of course a University degree is going to boost that but there are some places where it's not
necessary but it will definitely boost your chances if you have one also for these regions then again a Teflon a
tesol certificate will also show that you really want to be a teacher and you did the training and you're ready
Etc and in some countries it is also a requirement to get a work visa so you
need to do your research and know which countries those are and then you are ready but even if it's
not a requirement a tefl will really boost your chances and then again any teaching experience you had before any
tutoring experience anything like that will also be really great and then something we did not touch on yet is
language proficiency so being proficient or at least knows something about the
language of the country where you're applying to teach can really help better understand and adapt to the culture
adapt adaptability what we talked about in the beginning the trends and like the uh for
the demand so a lot of employers for a lot of employers adaptability is very
important so if you already know something about the country if you learn the language if you've been there before
this really shows that you are familiar with the culture you are not going to
it's not going to get too much for you likely and you're going to leave because hiring again for them is very expensive
and they want to make sure that when they hire you you're going to stay and fulfill your contract and the worst
thing that could happen is that you up and leave right and then they have to
hire somebody again so they want to avoid that at all costs and yeah if you
could speak a little bit of the language of the country where you're going to that shows them oh yeah you really want
to be here you're not going to leave so that also makes you a competitive candidate
how can you boost your skills and experience if you don't have all of these things
very easy you can get additional qualifications right so we talked about having the standard 120 hour tefl tesol
course again yes this is the minimum requirement that you should have but
2023 is a little bit more competitive and because this is the standard
many people are also going to have that many people are going to have a 120 hour tefl certificate so specialized
additional tefl tesol courses they can really help you stand out get additional
study hours and also develop new skills and techniques for for teaching and yeah
let's just help you stand out and boost your resume um if there's someone who has 120 hour
tefls or you have the exact same uh resume that person has a 120 hour tefl
you have the 220 hour tefl course they're most likely going to pick you because you have more hours more
training so these additional courses are really great they don't take that much time very easy to get they're also not
that expensive especially with our 30 off link not very expensive so you can
easily get those and this really will boost your resume and then if you don't have any teaching
experience yet you can volunteer or work as a tutor start teaching English online
before you go and this can really give you valuable experience teaching English to non-native English speakers and can
help you also build your resume you have something you can put on there to hit those keywords in your resume that we
talked about before right even if this is just in your own local community you don't need to go out into the world in a
different country and teach of course that will be a huge plus but if you can't do that what you can do right now
is go somewhere tutor someone in your community and super easy teach English online right super easy you don't even
have to leave your home to do that so that's a great way to boost your resume
and then the other thing for the adaptability part if you already know okay I really want to go and teach
English in Argentina what you can do now is take a Spanish course uh you know
immerse yourself in the culture get to know the culture read books about it
take language classes anything you can do to develop your language skills you
can put that on your resume and that will also show um that you're you're already taken steps to learning about the culture
you're adaptable you really want to be there so these are some easy ways how you can
boost your skills and experience for your resume to stand out in the competition
okay and here are some final thoughts
it's a little recap and then I'm gonna get back to Daniel's question here so the most important
takeaway from today what I want you to have and I hope you can read this is a little small but remember that there is
a high demand for English language teachers but certain markets are competitive in 2023 most popular
countries like China competitive Korea is competitive Middle Eastern countries
competitive so all these places Japan Taiwan
if you want to go to those places it's a little bit more competitive know that the right qualifications they will bring
you closer to your desired goal right so have a Teflon certificate if you don't
have anything else at least have a tefl certificate it will really really help you and always use multiple resources
for your job search and tailor your resume right so we talked about the job search
job what was it job site job board sites what was it you know
what I'm talking about the job search sites there we go job search sites uh we talked about recruitment agencies we
talked about social media how you can use that we talked about networking all of these things so don't just use one of
these use all of them use all the resources and again if you are an ITT course graduate you also have access to
our job support so you can also use that and don't forget to tailor your resume if you have a resume for that you've
written like a couple years ago for a different job tailor it don't send out the same resume right tailor it to English language
teaching add in relevant keywords efl ESL teaching English as a foreign
language all of these things you want to add that in because if they scan it you're and you're you don't have these
keywords you might already be out okay so very important then if you feel like
you lack some skills boost your skills and enhance your resume with additional courses with teaching English online
with language courses all of these things really boost your resume and make you stand out and then most importantly
of all I think the last tip here be patient and flexible when looking for the ideal teaching position maybe you
have your heart set on a specific country but it turns out oh this is too competitive right now or oh I don't have
the the necessary skills yet to teach their be flexible choose a different
destination and maybe once you've been there a year or two then you can go to the place where you actually really have
your heart set on right so yeah these are my tips and I hope this
is what you can take away from today um and thank you guys so much for watching
and I think now we do have the Q a so feel free to throw your questions at me
we still have a couple of minutes here for Q a and again we have 30 off as well
if you want to get started with your teaching English career abroad or online
um take the course 30 off don't pay full price this is the link down here ends
with SB live minus Linda and this will get you 30 off
and here Daniel says you guys have got us covered we do we do and that's why
I'm here and giving you this information all for free because knowledge is power the more you know the more you've done
your research the better and Danielle has another question I'm gonna answer right now
Daniel is asking and I'm gonna make myself bigger here Daniel's asking Linda
how long did it take for you to feel 100 adapted to South Korea did you feel
homesick at some point okay I think uh there is no such thing
as being 100 adapted to a place especially in a place like South Korea
where it is pretty clear when I step outside my door and people are looking at me it's pretty clear I am not a local
right so you are never 100 going to fit in here right this might be different
than when you go to different European country or you know somewhere different where you
also could actually pass as a local I do not hear so I never will 100 fit in
um and also because cultures are very different I don't feel like you can ever 100 adapt
um I am also in an all Intercultural marriage so my husband is Korean
uh we've been married for six years uh and
I don't know what I've learned is just what we talked about today as well compromise it's all about compromising
it's all about you know understanding each other and also if you work at a
school in a different country they know you're not from there um and they will also understand you likely
right because they know oh things are different where you're from because they hired many teachers before
and at the same time they also hope you will respect their uh culture and their
their work culture Etc so um I mean I've lived in South Korea now
for seven and a half years close to eight years in in May it will
be eight years um so yeah it never 100 you never get 100
adapted to I think a different country because you're not from there and your
culture is still very much in you but you learn how to deal with it better how
to compromise and I think the beauty of this is also that you learn you see things from a
different perspective and this is very important that makes you a better person and if you decide to go to a different
place go back home this is something that a lot of employers are looking for
somebody who has spent time abroad and who can see things from a different perspective many different perspectives
um I think that I don't know does that answer your question uh I don't know
that's how I feel at least oh and did you feel homesick at some point so I in the beginning I actually did not feel
very homesick I loved living abroad and new experiences but now uh the older I
get and the the longer I've been away from home I think the more homesick I get because
now it's and especially for the holidays that you miss right the birthdays that
you miss and then whenever I do go back home and I see you know how people have moved on
or like even like the the like what's on the news or like the the TV shows that
I'm not aware of and things like that it's like oh it's so weird like it's
very everything moved on right you move on here but also everybody in your
country moves on with different things and things change um but yeah I think this is a whole uh
is this something we could talk about for hours reverse culture shock culture shock and adaptability and things like
that so it's not easy it takes many many years and I think nobody can ever 100 adapt to
one place because you still want to be very much yourself as well it's all about compromising and understanding
each other that's what I would say to that I hope that makes sense
but thank you for the question um yeah let me know anybody else has a
question I don't want to ramble on too long um if anybody has a question about today's topic about teaching English
about tefl tesol let me know and I will do my best to answer that
hmm also if you have a uh suggestion for
future live session topics let me know what you want me to talk about in the
future perhaps Jacqueline says thank you very
informative oh thanks yeah I'm trying sometimes I don't know how to talk I hope I make sense
all right Daniel says it did thank you for sharing your experience with us it's always nice to hear from others
experience when they move abroad yeah I agree I agree and also don't forget like
everybody's experience is different right everybody's experience is different my experience is not going to
be your experience it's not going to be Jacqueline's experience it's not going to be who else is here
laughs amitaba's experience claudette's experience right
everybody's experience is different so
but I think that's something yeah you should you need to be aware of like if you want to move to
um yeah as a western person if you want to move to Asia it's something maybe to
think about that people are gonna know your Foreigner always right you always look like you're a foreigner it's not
like if I went to um if I went to maybe I don't know France or something they
might not you can't see like I'm a foreigner there um probably as much
maybe like just the hairstyle and the clothes might be like a giveaway but
um just from looking at you or looking at me people wouldn't know that
but here people always know right so amitaba says how does it feel to
change oneself one's mindset as well as experiencing different culture shocks from the accident of oxidant to the
Orient love it yeah um you know I I think
you don't like in the moment feel like oh I've changed like my mindset's different now but you you've you feel
that maybe when you go back home and you talk to your old friends and you talk to your family after living abroad for many
years that's when you realize oh yeah I changed or oh I have a different view now
um it's not like you suddenly realize that yourself because it's a gradual process also so I
think yeah you only kind of realize that looking back maybe on I don't know your
yourself from before um yeah but I think we always change right
we always change no matter if you live abroad or not like you just change you're different
amitaba today is different than amitaba two years ago I would probably say right
um but yeah living abroad definitely changes you right definitely changes to
you but um I think that becomes more clearer once you go back home
um and then you see like oh this is what life back home was like and you talk to
your old friends and you talk to your family and then you realize oh yeah I did kind of change so
yeah Daniel says so true we can't simply control everything that might happen to us especially when moving abroad as you
can tell yeah I agree I agree interesting yeah good stuff thank you
for your questions that's very interesting I'm glad you're interested as well
yeah
yeah and there's this quote isn't there like every what is that everywhere I go I
left a piece of my heart or something like that or it's like everywhere you go you buy
like a souvenir but the souvenir is in yourself like something changed in
yourself it's kind of like that is that too cheesy I don't know
oh man all right good
um does anybody else have one more question oh okay here amitaba well Linda
did your father and mother experience a new daughter or rather a newer and updated version of Linda after a gap of
these two and seven and a half years um
yeah well I mean you know I we I always spoke with my parents uh
regularly or I speak with my parents regularly right um but I think definitely they uh
you know I've grown I mean I'm 30 now and so when I moved here I was well when
I moved abroad the first time I moved abroad to China I was that was 10 years ago so I was like 20 it was actually 19
I believe 19 20 I think it was 20. um definitely different now than it was 20
but I think everybody is different now than or different at 30 than when they were 20 right
um yeah but definitely definitely I think
they see yeah I've changed um but it's you know it's hard to say because everybody changes I don't know I
don't know how to answer that that's a difficult question we should ask my mom we should invite my my parents next time
on to the live session and you can ask them
I mean I can definitely tell that I I I would probably be very different if I
had stayed in Germany or in America and not lived in Korea for seven and a half
years I would probably be a very different person yes for sure I think with anything your environment
um has an effect on how you change right um yeah
I don't know what to say very philosophical yeah that's deep I know I
know very deep deep conversations good
all right well that's a good question amitaba thank you so much anybody else have one more
question I'm going to take one more question and I'm gonna go I think we're one hour 13 minutes in we don't
want to go too long but this is very interesting um so if somebody has one more question
and then maybe I'll leave or we just leave write it up right away let's see
I want to give everybody the opportunity to ask away so I don't want to leave too early but um let me know
let me know if you have any questions
before I go and yeah don't forget like And subscribe as always
and um I hope to see you all again next week
same place same time if you have any topics suggestions let me know
I think I don't know yet what I'm going to talk about but we'll figure that out
oh Daniel does the negotiation Talk change depending on the country that you are in
or where you're from oh yeah I mean definitely there's some cultural differences right how to negotiate in
different countries um some Intercultural things some countries might find it maybe more rude
if you're more direct in some countries you might have to be a little bit more indirect so this really depends on the
country yeah that's a good point um there might be different negotiation techniques right
um yeah so again do your research do your research and maybe ask people network with people who are already
teaching in the country and see um if there's anything that you need to be
aware of but yes definitely there are cultural differences in negotiating as well that's a good point yeah
good point but then again I think
um and this is also something from experience from living abroad um people are usually very open-minded
because they know like you are a foreigner you're not from this country and this culture how would you know that but then there's
probably also some people who don't think like that and they're like oh you're rude um but most of the time people don't
expect you to know all of these things because you are the Foreigner um they kind of usually give you the
benefit of the doubt with that so don't be too worried about that
I can always be polite right you always want to be polite you're not yelling at people and
I don't know always yeah track with caution and be
always be polite right so yeah but that's a good point all right good maybe we can talk about
some cultural differences in the future that'd be a really good topic but I think we're going to end it here now so
this was today's topic uh let's go back yeah navigating the job market for
English teachers in 2023 I hope you took away something today something
interesting that will help you in your job search um in navigating and getting that
started for you with English teaching a broader online and um yeah it's very
good thank you so much for your questions today and I hope to see you all again next week I will be here and I
hope you will be too and um yeah guys don't forget to like And subscribe and have a great weekend
wherever you are whatever you're doing stay safe and I hope to see you all again next week thank you guys so much
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