How to find a TEFL job online or abroad

Congratulations on completing your TEFL course! You’ve gained all the knowledge and expertise you need to be an amazing TEFL teacher and now it’s time to put those skills to the test. Whether it’s online or abroad, there’s heaps of amazing TEFL opportunities out there for you! Carry on reading to find out how you can land a top TEFL job once you’ve completed your TEFL course…


What you'll need

  • A TEFL qualification
  • Tons of enthusiasm!

Top Tips

  • Check out TEFL jobs boards
  • Get in touch with our TEFL jobs team
  1. 1. Go where the TEFL jobs are

    You’re far more likely to land a TEFL job if you focus your search on areas where the demand for English teachers is high. Although you might not be able to visit these countries during COVID-19, you can start to research your ideal TEFL destination in preparation. Companies are still interviewing and hiring candidates for TEFL roles so get ready to travel when it’s safe to do so!

    If you’re looking to land a top TEFL job after completing your TEFL course, we’d recommend destinations such as China, Japan, and South Korea. With a high demand for TEFL teachers and generous salaries, you’ll never be out of work – amazing!

    A girl TEFLing in China
  2. 2. Use TEFL jobs boards

    Looking to land your first TEFL job but don’t know where to begin? We’ve got your back! Check out our sister company’s site LoveTEFL to find the latest and greatest TEFL jobs. From Asia to Africa and everything in between, there’s heaps of teaching roles available to you. Plus, they even offer online roles – sign us up!

    LOVE TEFL logo
  3. 3. Network, network, network

    Now that you’re TEFL qualified it’s time to shout it from the rooftops! Word of mouth referrals play an important part in the TEFL world so, make sure your friends, family, and social media followers know that you’ve got your TEFL certification. Once your name’s been put forward, you’ll be one step closer to landing your dream TEFL job!

    TEFL job networking
  4. 4. Sell yourself

    Finding your first TEFL job is all about selling yourself so make sure you emphasise your skills, knowledge, and experience in your application. You only have a short amount of time to impress potential employers so let them know exactly why they should hire you.  Tailoring your cover letter is a great way to show why you’re the perfect candidate for the role. Now all that’s left to do is proofread your application and you’re good to go!

    A woman applying to a TEFL job
  5. 5. Focus on your skills

    Don’t worry if you haven’t got any teaching experience, you’re not the only one! Over the course of the years, we’ve helped thousands of students just like you to find their first TEFL job. You’ve already created lesson plans and delivered activities as part of your TEFL course so you’re 100% ready to take on the task!

    To help your application stand out, make sure you highlight any relevant skills that you’ve gained through paid or voluntary jobs as well as your studies.

    Have you worked with people of different ages, given presentations, or travelled to other countries? You might find that you’ve got more to offer than you realised!

    TEFL job CV
  6. 6. Get experience

    If you want to give your CV a boost then why not volunteer online or abroad? This is the perfect way to gain insight into the world of TEFL as well as build your experience and self-confidence. Sites such as Paper Airplanes are a great place to begin or you can join one of our Internship programmes. Check them out if you haven’t already!

    Two woman smiling abroad
  7. 7. Keep going

    Don’t give up if your first application is rejected. Most TEFL graduates apply for several positions before they land a job. The right role will turn up as long as you keep looking for it!

    Man smiling with thumbs up
  8. 8. Get in touch with our TEFL Jobs Team

    Our TEFL Jobs Team are on hand to give you help, support, and guidance throughout your job hunt. They’re super friendly and are always happy to help so please feel free to contact them if you need them!

    Good luck and happy TEFLing!

    i-to-i TEFL jobs team

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