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Vietnam has become one of the most attractive places to teach English. The stunning scenery, rich culture, tropical weather and proximity to many other exotic travel destinations has aided to making Vietnam such a popular place to live. When you take into consideration the comfortable lifestyle, affordable standard of living and decent salaries you will realise that Vietnam is one of the most profitable places to teach English. Successfully finding a teaching English job in Vietnam is not challenging though many people, find the process of job hunting in Vietnam daunting and overwhelming. Fear not as this guide will point you in the right direction of where to find a teaching English job in Vietnam.
Create a teaching-tailored CV
With lots of teachers considering jobs in Vietnam, the competition is increasing. Thankfully for everyone reading this, there is still demand due to a high turnover of English teachers who are interested in short periods of employment. The bad news is that teachers who find themselves in great positions tend not to give them up easily. Therefore when applying for teaching positions you will need to make sure you stand out from the crowd in order to land one of these great teaching positions (which of course you want). Before you start applying for teaching English jobs you should consider creating an eye-catching CV. This needs to showcase your skills and explain their relevance to teaching.
Some general CV tips include trying to limit all your information to one or two pages, include useful contact details (i.e. your Skype handle), a professional photo and double-double-check your spelling and grammar – particularly important considering you’re applying to be an English teacher. And of course, don’t forget to include details of your TESOL/TEFL certification under the education section.
What are the requirements for teaching English jobs in Vietnam?
Once you start searching through all the teaching English jobs on offer you’ll see that there are some general requirements that are requested for EVERY job in Vietnam. You’ll want to make sure you have proof of all these before you start your job search as most companies will ask for them during interview. The most important things that recruiters are looking for are that you:
- Are native (or native level speaker)
- Have a TESOL/TEFL/CELTA (or equivalent)
- Hold a 4 years university degree (or diploma – depends on the schools)
- Have a clean criminal background check from your home country (or country of last residency)
More often than not these criteria are required for the work permit process which is why companies request them upfront. While most schools ask for native English speakers, those who have native fluency of English will also be considered by most companies, at least in our friends experience.
If you do not have TESOL/TEFL Teaching Certificate, you can register for the course at INTESOL Vietnam, a part of INTESOL Worldwide which is among the top TEFL/TESOL course providers in the world.
Where to find a teaching English job in Vietnam?
The best choice is joining our website: www.vietnamteachingjobs.com
This is the bit that throws most people – where do you actually find a teaching English job?
Once you start looking for them you’ll discover that there is a plethora of Facebook groups dedicated to living and working abroad, with each country having its own groups. Recruiters actively use these Facebook groups to post job vacancies with details and an email for you to apply via. Doing a quick Facebook search for “teaching jobs in __” will point you in the right direction for finding some of these groups.
When should you start looking for a teaching job in Vietnam?
As mentioned, there is a high turnover of teachers within teaching English positions in Vietnam so there are always English teaching jobs on offer. Starting your search a few months before you plan to move/start which will give you an accurate idea of what sorts of jobs are available and what the benefits are.
Start applying and make your interest known to companies you would like to work for, even if they aren’t specifically hiring or are looking for immediate starts (of course disclose your full situation in your cover letter so you don’t waste their time). If you’ve succeed in creating that eye-catching CV then you’ll be on their radar when they next need a teacher and hopefully they’ll contact your first!