At many schools in Thailand, the academic year is already over and you may be looking for a job at a new school.
There are many reasons to do so: perhaps your current agency didn’t get the contract renewed, perhaps you want to move to a different area in the country, perhaps you are looking for your very first job as English teacher in Thailand, or perhaps you simply are ready for a change.
If this is you, here are some tips for you if you are currently looking for a job.
You most likely are already familiar with the job board on Ajarn.com. It is the number one place for schools and agencies to list their jobs. But don’t limit your search just to one website. There are other great websites that list attractive teaching jobs. Teaching Thailand and Ajarn Recruit are two of the sites that list a good number of jobs. And then there is always Craigslist.
Visit Schools Directly
Make a shortlist of the schools in your area, prepare a nice folder with your resume and a cover letter, add supporting documents and a nice portrait photo, put on your best teaching outfit and spend a few days visiting the schools in your area. Ask for the head of the English department, introduce yourself, and state your interest and reasons for wanting to work at that particular school. You might be surprised about the effectiveness of this approach.
Join Dedicated Facebook Groups
Did you know that there are some dedicated groups on Facebook with job listings for English teachers in Thailand? Here are two with a good number of jobs: English Teaching Thailand and Bangkok Teaching Jobs (despite the name, they list jobs all over the country and all of the jobs posted must offer at least 40k in salary).
Prepare Well – Avoid Common Mistakes
When applying for a job online, there are some mistakes that I have seen people make. A while back I wrote a blog post to help job searchers avoid these mistakes. Have a look at my article 7 common mistakes when applying for an English Teacher job to enhance your application’s success.
If you are looking for a job, I wish you much success in finding that very special home for your teaching skills and background. Use your time during the break well and start your search early.
If you already have a position secured for the new school year, enjoy your break. Relax, recharge your batteries, and spend some time improving your skills – either read a book about teaching English as a foreign language, or look through YouTube to see what you can learn from other English teachers.
What are your job-hunting strategies? What websites are you visiting to find a job as English teacher in Thailand? Please share your tips in the comments below to help others to succeed in their job search.