I just got my 120-Hour TESOL certificate online, a few days ago, and I’m looking to start working as soon as possible. I’m a native of Canada, I have my sights set on Chile, Panama, Peru and possibly Spain. I also made a profile on seriousteachers.com and uploaded my resume, a picture and a copy of my degree I had received a few years ago — now do I just wait for offers? I also applied to a few positions I saw online there and haven’t gotten any news back.
Thanks for any advice!
18 September, 2020 at 9:32
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Hi Brave Chicken
Congratulations on your TESOL cert. I think now is the time to be proactive, rather than just waiting for offers.
Uploading your CV to sites is fine (as long as you choose reputable sites) but bear in mind the following:
– You’re limiting your choice to whichever schools choose to contact you, so you’re ceding some control over your destiny…
– It’s worth asking why some of the schools need to recruit by contacting teachers who upload their CV, rather than attracting teachers on the merits of their school. I’m not saying that this means of recruitment isn’t legitimate – it is a perfectly legitimate way of recruiting for many good employers – I’m just saying that you are probably more likely to be contacted by a less than reputable employer this way. So it’s just worth bearing in mind this risk.
So I would also keep applying to jobs you see online. Have a look at several different TEFL jobs sites, see what interests you, check their requirements, and keep on applying. Be realistic but ambitious at the same time. What I mean by this is, if you see a position that requires 5 years of experience, it’s probably not worth applying for when you’re newly qualified. But, if you see a position that requires only 1 year of experience, don’t necessarily rule yourself out – there may be other things on your CV that catch the employer’s eye and persuade them to give you a shot.