How to find a TEFL job in 2021

If 2021 is the year you want to step into the wonderful world of TEFL, but you haven’t got the foggiest clue on how to find a TEFL job, then look no further… We’ve got you covered.

From knowing which TEFL qualification to take, through to applying for TEFL jobs, it can be a lot to take in. That’s why we’re here to help. Follow this easy 10-step guide and you’ll find your perfect TEFL job in no time! Bring on 2021.

1. Get TEFL qualified

This might sound obvious, but without a TEFL certificate, you’ll struggle to find a TEFL job teaching English abroad, or online. If you’re not already qualified then start looking into TEFL course providers now. You’ll need to make sure the TEFL course you choose is accredited and recognised globally by employers, just like ours!

The next step is choosing whether to complete a Level 3 or Level 5 TEFL Course. If you need some help deciding which TEFL Course to complete, then take our 2-minute quiz to find out.

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2. Write the best CV

Your CV is SUPER important when applying for TEFL jobs. Double check it for spelling and grammatical mistakes – nothing will make a potential TEFL employer throw your CV into the “no” pile more than bad grammar and spelling, especially when you’re applying for a job teaching English. Along with good grammar and spelling, you need to make sure you’re giving your CV the edge it needs! Make sure your layout is clear and easy to read, pop your TEFL qualification and any relevant experience at the top where it’s clearly visible and won’t be missed. The best CVs are concise, so although you might have loads to fit in, be selective and only include relevant information. Want some more information? Check out our blog post with tips on how to write the best CV to help land your dream TEFL job.

3. Apply for jobs on TEFL jobs sites

Now you’re qualified and you’ve perfected your CV, it’s time to start your job hunt. The best place to start looking for your first job is on TEFL job sites. There are loads of TEFL jobs boards out there and if you completed your course with us, you’re already one step ahead: anyone who completed a course with us is auto enrolled on our sister company, LoveTEFL’s jobs board, where you’ll find 1000’s of TEFL jobs, both abroad and online. Over there, you’ll be able to search by country, salary, passport and education requirements to find jobs that suit your needs. Plus, they’ll send you emails with job updates that match your search criteria – winner.

The recruitment process for TEFL jobs is very similar to any other job – you’ll need to send your CV or apply online and have an interview (normally via phone or Skype) with the school’s owner, Director of Studies or Recruitment Coordinator.

4. Send your perfect CV to language schools

Sending your CV to a large number of language schools in your chosen TEFL country may seem like a lot of hard work but it’ll pay off! Not all language schools advertise their TEFL job vacancies online, so even if there is no job advertised, there might still be one available. Reach out to the Director of Studies or Recruitment Coordinator at the school with a polite email, the worst they can say is no.

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5. Apply for jobs teaching English abroad

Maybe you’ve fallen in love with Hong Kong or Hanoi and decided to complete your TEFL course online while you’re there. If this is the case, you’re at a huge advantage when it comes to finding a TEFL job. Being in country means you already have a feel for the place, might already have some contacts and you’ll be able to go to schools in person to apply for jobs or interview. Much like reaching out to language schools online, you might find a job that hasn’t been advertised yet. Plus, there are a lot of language schools, especially in Western Europe, that prefer to interview in person.

6. Apply for jobs teaching English online

Teaching English online is a brilliant option to earn from the comfort of your own home and gives you the freedom to set your own hours. Or, perhaps you are travelling the world and want to earn some extra cash on the side? Teaching English Online is so flexible, you can take your work anywhere around the world. You can choose to work for yourself (freelancing) where you can set your own hours and be your own boss. If you’d rather work for a company, there are tons of online companies that you can apply to.

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7. Get some experience

Struggling to find a TEFL job in your chosen location that don’t require experience? Well, there’s no harm applying for the ones that request experience as they might still be interested in you – but the easiest way to get around this is to get some experience. Find out if there are any expats living in your area and offer them free English classes, volunteer to teach at a local refugee or migrant centre to get you started or take part in a TEFL Internship to get yourself started. You’ll be helping people that need it, getting good experience and volunteering looks really good on your CV too – win, win, win!

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8. Stay in touch with jobs you’ve applied for

Don’t be disheartened if, once you apply for a job, you don’t hear back. Some language schools and recruiters have a policy of only responding to successful candidates – annoying, we know! This is no reason not to chase your application though! Even if you haven’t been successful in landing the job, they can give you helpful tips on your application or CV.

9. Ace your TEFL interview

To make sure you stand out from other applicants, make sure you get across your enthusiasm for the job! Remember, you’re applying for a job as an English teacher, so you need to demonstrate in your interview that you’re confident, good at communicating and ready for a challenge.

Need some tips on acing your interview? Check out this blog post.

10. Ensure your contract is all in order

Congratulations, you’ve managed to find a TEFL job – yay! Your TEFL employer will send over all the details on your job including your TEFL contract. Read your contract carefully and make sure it doesn’t include anything unexpected or different than you were lead to believe. If there is anything in there that you’re unsure about, reach out to your employer to clarify the situation.


Good luck and happy TEFLing!

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