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Dishes You Absolutely Must Eat in Spain

Posted: April 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Teaching jobs in Spain | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

One of the main reasons that people decide to teach abroad is because they want to explore a foreign country while working there and earning money. European countries seem to be popular destinations for teachers who want to teach abroad. This is because Europe is steeped in history, culture and art. For such a small continent, it is made up of countries that are so varied and unique even though you can get to one country from another in a matter of hours. Among the European nations, Spain is one of the most popular destinations for those who want to teach abroad. Read the rest of this entry »


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A Quick Crash Course About Italy

Posted: March 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Teaching jobs in Italy | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

The best part about teaching abroad is that you get to immerse yourself in the culture and heritage of the country you are immigrating to. When it comes to teaching abroad, Europe seems to be the preferred destination for most. This is the continent where countries are ultra-modern, yet have a unique and rich history with a culture that is still thriving to this day. Italy is one such country that is known all over the world for its culture and cuisine. Read the rest of this entry »


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Tips to Keep In Mind if You Want to Teach in Spain

Posted: February 27th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Teaching jobs in Spain | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Spain is an exciting and feisty country with a vibrant culture and cuisine that is very unique to Europe. The Spaniards love the good life and cities in Spain have some of the most interesting and unique architecture on the planet. The architecture of Barcelona is designed by Gaudi and you will not see anything similar anywhere else. This is why people are so interested to teach in Spain. However, when you decide to take up teaching in Spain, here are a few things you should keep in mind.  Read the rest of this entry »


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Want to Teach English in France? Here are some pointers

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Country Teaching Guide, Teaching jobs in France | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

France is the country of good food, good wine and fine living. The country is one of the gems of Europe and visiting France is on the bucket list of most people not lucky enough to live in the country. Teaching in France is one of the ways that you can visit this beautiful country and soak in its beautiful culture and heritage. France is one of the top destinations for those wanting to teach English abroad and there is a huge demand for quality English teachers in the country. Read the rest of this entry »


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Which city in Spain is the best for teaching English?

Posted: December 29th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Teaching jobs in Spain | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

Spain is a great place to live. It has a great climate and is full of friendly and passionate people. And despite being a relatively large country, it is very easy to travel around once you are there.

The hardest decision is then where to live. As with most countries, the initial choice should be based on your level of interest in living in a big city. Spain is a big and developed country, but even its large cities do not necessarily have the same really big city feel that you can find in say London, Paris, or New York. Even the two major cities, Barcelona and Madrid, do not have the global feel that you associate with these other places.

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This is probably partly to do with the still lingering after effects of the still not so lately departed of ghost of Franco and the spectre of his dictatorship. Spain was to all intents and purposes a closed society during his rule and in real terms it is still perhaps twenty years behind in some aspects of its cultural and global development.

The past might not necessarily need poring over when deciding where to live, but it should still be a consideration when making your decision. Spain is by no means a united country. A Catalan will readily tell you that Catalunya is not Spain, as will a Basque. This kind of opposition to the country provokes an over-reaction in those who consider themselves to be truly Spanish. These uneasy tensions should be understood before arrival.

Living in Madrid

Madrid is the capital; the home of the King, the government, and the world famous Real Madrid. It is a bustling, growing capital with a great nightlife. The city is dominated by its large squares, huge park, and its desire to prove itself as a viable alternative to the more traditionally open and creative city of its great rival, Barcelona.

Madrid is a great city to live and work in, but it also has its limitations. It was a custom built city, one placed in the centre of Spain solely in order to be its capital. Thanks to this, there is little relief there from the suffocating heat of the summer. Neither the mountains nor the sea are especially close and the only immediate relief is to head to the shade of the trees in its big park.

For a teacher, work is in abundance, as it should be for a major European capital, but unless you truly embrace Madrid and all that entails, you may feel this choice is also a little restrictive.

What about teaching in Barcelona?

Barcelona, Madrid’s great rival, is one of the world’s great cultural capitals. Its streets are forever touched by the genius of Gaudi and it has been home to people such as Picasso, Dali, Hemmingway, and George Orwell.

If Madrid is defined by its duty to Spain as its capital, Barcelona is sometimes defined by its desire to be everything Madrid is not. It is a creative, yet surprisingly small place, narrowly hemmed between the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and the hills of Tibidabo and Montserrat.

It is a city that barely sleeps and which is home to a constant flux of tourists and permanent visitors from all parts of the world. It is a liberal city that allows and expects freedom of expression and protest, but which is also the home of an overly zealous, often indiscriminately violent, police force.

Work is perhaps more difficult to find than in Madrid, but it is there for those willing to go out and actively look for it.  Barcelona is a city to fall in love with, and not one that will leave anybody feeling indifferent.

Can you work as a teacher outside of the cities?

Outside of the big cities there are a whole plethora of smaller towns and villages that will welcome visitors with open arms. And in many ways these are the places to look for if you want to avoid the politics and petty squabbling and opposition that can sometimes seem to be an everyday part of life within one of the big two cities. Small towns in Spain undoubtedly harbour ghosts and memories of the past, but there is more of a sense of a desire to carry on with life within these communities.

In Andalucía there is the easy going life style of those accustomed to obey the power of nature that burns its vast expanses for months on end during the spring and summer months. People take a relaxed approach to life and work. The days start late and lunches are long. If you buy a beer, you will get some tapas for free. People here are friendly and do not take life too seriously. It may be harder to find work in these parts, but it could well be worth the effort to do so.

The Northern extremes of Galicia and the Basque Country can offer equally enjoyable, slow-paced living. The vast, dry, sandy planes of the South are replaced with lush green hills and the Atlantic Ocean. The people, who might at first be closed are guarded, will welcome you into their communities and make your experience amongst them an unforgettable one. Again, it will be more difficult to find work in these small, sometimes quite isolated places, but the rewards will be returned tenfold.


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There are many teaching jobs in Europe for native English speakers

Posted: December 22nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: English jobs in Europe | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Despite the economic woes of Europe, there are plenty of ESL jobs. Some of these jobs have been created because of the crisis, for example a students who once would have spent the summer at a language school in North America, now save their money and stay at home but still want to reach their goal.

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VISA option and Requirements

In general in EU countries, the requirement is a bachelor’s degree or better, a CELTA certificate or the equivalent (a Trinity, university course, or another course that includes at least 20 hours face to face grammar, and at least 8 hours of practice teaching with an examiner present- this disclosed many online courses, although they will try to tell you that they are equivalent).

However, lesser qualified teachers may find off-the record conversation classes (or less reputable schools) in some regions that will pay cash in hand.

Citizens of the EU, the British and Irish, are at a huge advantage here because they do not need work visa. Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders can get working holiday visas, if they are under 30 in a number of European countries such as Britain, Ireland, Holland and Germany, but unfortunately not in the countries where the most ESL jobs exist.

Most EU countries require sponsorship from a company for a non-EU worker of any description. It’s difficult to prove that an American teacher can do what a British teacher can’t so most applications are rejected.

But North Americans and other native speakers take heart. A lot of countries in Europe would prefer a more exotic English teacher. The Spanish haven an oversupply of partying British tourists, and are far more fascinated by faraway places like North America and Australia. A lot of Spanish employers have no problems with hiring at North American under the table but it will be a short term job paid under the table. For qualified North Americans and Australians it a great holiday job but is unlikely to lead to a career.

If any of your grandparents were born in a European country, you may be eligible for an EU passport. (But do your research as it will mean dual citizenship and all the responsibilities. For example, you may get conscripted into the army and you may need to check that the agreement between the US and that country allows dual citizenship and that you won’t have to give up your US passport.)

Then there’s the emerging and sometimes wonderful new Europe of the Balkans and East.

Central Europe

Central Europe including countries like Holland, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland has excellent language programs in their schools, and being smallish and central the people are apt at languages and usually know at least 3 foreign language and often more. Indeed it’s hard to tell a Dutch teenager from English teenager sometimes, their English is that good. As a teacher trainer.

In other central European countries it’s normal to have accented but excellent English. Germans typically make mistakes with certain verb tenses but it’s more of a quirk than an abstraction to communicating. There are few jobs teaching English in Germany and those that exist should are for high level learners and only experienced teachers who know grammar inside out should attempt to teach them. The Germans will ask those difficult questions and you will be expected to answer succinctly and logically.

Students in central Europe do focus on passing the Cambridge First Certificate and other Cambridge exams to help university and job opportunities. You’ll want to be an experience teacher with qualification to approach the Cambridge exams.


Young French are getting better at English than before with improved high school programs and more access to nearby England.

There are language schools and business classes available in the big cities like Paris. These are quite strict and demanding, you need to have a bachelor’s degree and a CELTA certificate or the equivalent. You’ll also want a professional but casual presentation and a legal visa status.

There are less general conversation schools than in other parts of Europe, because England is just so close and the students can’t catch the train for a few weeks in the summer and do classes in London.

Au pair & Language Exchange Programs in France & Italy

Some middle class French and Northern Italian families take au pairs, usually but not exclusively young women. Normally you get free board and food, and a small amount of money (not even enough to socialize with). You are expected to help with their children in the mornings and evenings, and study their language during the day at a local language school. The main motivation for these jobs is not usually money, but immersing yourself in a culture, getting free board in a beautiful historic town and learning their language. Their motivation is usually that they want their children to learn English early.

This work is usually through agencies and they will help you with your visa status. Because little money is passed, often a tourist visa is fine.

You can find these jobs through travel agencies: i.e. Greenheart, STA Travel or just Google ‘au pair France’.

Southern Europe: Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece:

The Mediterranean regions are all about lifestyle rather than efficiency and their school programs lag behind those of central Europe which is great news for ESL teachers because it means there are more jobs in the countries with the most desirable locations.

Spain, Portugal and Italy have many serious language schools and many more casual. To pick up a full time job or a job in management you will probably need to have an EU passport, and speak Spanish, as well as a CELTA equivalent and degree. However, there are a lot of jobs for casual conversation teachers or teaching English over the summer to students on a break. These jobs are usually short term and cash in hand and nobody asks about your visa status. You can’t plan for them but just have to be in the right place at the right time.

Northern Europe and Scandinavia

Like Holland, some of these countries are almost bilingual, among younger people anyway. If you have an EU passport or residency you may find jobs teaching children in their after school care programs.

The best hope for teaching English in Scandinavian countries would be kindergartens and after school programs. The progressive Scandinavian governments provide a lot of support for working parents and it is normal that students go into these programs funding by the government. However, you will need a legal visa status.

The Baltics & Eastern Europe

These are emerging markets and there are some pockets of fascinating and beautiful beach towns or black seas towns, and some new riches being found. Many of these countries are not full members of the EU thus North Americans are on the same visa status as EU members.

The countries are also lenient on qualifications and occasionally offer bonus and return airfare in order to attract native teachers. However, the pay is not enough to save money and this kind of teaching is usually down for the experience.

It may be a good time to get your foot in the door in these countries. Some have oil and other are being discovered by tourists.

Look at online notice boards such as ESL cafe for advertised jobs. You’ll find all levels of jobs in elementary schools to university and business schools.


Turkey is not a full EU member but considers itself European. A degree and a TEFL certificate are usually required (but not the full CELTA equivalent). You will probably find work on one or the other. Schools are usually very well run and the students you will deal with include doctors and business people.

Turkey is a moderate and modern Muslim country but not a Muslim state. While Western Europe can be a bit suspicious of Turkey, non-European countries are taking advantage of this gem- teacher’s rave about their cultural experiences in Turkey and teachers are treated well plus have easy access to nearby Europe. There are a lot of Australian and New Zealand teachers in Turkey and a lot of Australian schools have set up not just to teach Turks but also to teach Australians to teach Europe (it’s an essentially part of the Australian backpacking trail). But don’t let Aussies and Kiwis have all the fun! If that doesn’t work out you can also check out some International Schools in India as well for different kinds of opportunities.

Britain and the Republic of Ireland

Even if you are not British or Irish there is a chance of picking up seasonal work teaching English here, particularly over the summer and especially in university and tourist towns. It’s quite common that students from mainland Europe spend their summers in England at a language school and for this reason the language schools have a splurge in student numbers for a couple of months of the year. Sometimes a director of studies would prefer to hire a non-local for these temporary jobs as they do not have to feel bad about putting them off at the end of the summer.

You will definitely need at least a Bachelor’s Degree and the CELTA or an equivalent like the Trinity certificate. The British are very strict that these certificates have a connection to a legitimate University such as CELTA does to Cambridge University so forget about online TEFL certificates here- they are not considered at all.

You will also need permission to work in Britain and Ireland. Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders under the age of 30 can obtain the working holiday visa. US citizens might have to go to a bit more trouble, i.e. if one of your grandparents was born in any EU country (doesn’t have to be Britain or Ireland) you could consider getting a second passport.


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Recruiting Teachers: What Schools in Europe look for in your CV

Posted: September 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: CV - Resume - Cover Letter Tips | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off

The most important thing in your Teacher CV

Experience is what a recruiter will first look for when taking on a new teacher. Nobody really wants to send an untried teacher into the classroom. If they have no visible history of you having already successfully completed previous roles, employers are going to be wary about giving you an opportunity, especially if the person, or people, you are going up against do have some prior experience.

What if I have no experience?

This is not to say that all is lost. Every qualified teacher has some amount of classroom time under their belt thanks to the nature of the TESL training course. It isn’t a lot of time, but it is something, and it is this point that is perhaps most pertinent to keep in mind when writing up your CV. If you want to describe the things you have done in their most basic terms, you will struggle to produce an eye-catching CV. If, however, you are able to flower up and add some spice into your descriptions of previous roles and experiences, you will have a good chance of grabbing the interest of a potential employer.

Don’t lie, you will always be caught out somewhere along the line, and it’s just not a good place to start a relationship from.

Do exaggerate. Be careful, it is easy when faced with this advice to cross the thin-line into lies. It is not necessary, all you need to do here is to add a touch of creativity and sparkle to your words.

How can I make my CV more engaging?

Think about what you have done and the ways in which that can be spun into something engaging and interesting to the person who reads it. You did four supervised teaching sessions as part of your teacher training. In itself this is not engaging information, and some people will not even put it down as experience. Think about. Who were your students? What was the context? Don’t be afraid to give your own opinion as to how successful this type of experience was, both for you and the students.

Another option that you may want to consider is to engage with a Pro CV writing service who can offer a range of services to help you prepare not only your CV but LinkedIn profile and cover letters. The more you can sound like a teaching professional in your writing, the more you will be treated like a professional in your teaching.

However, when you have very little to work with, you need to draw as much out of what you do have as possible. Think about how other aspects of your education and life experiences can be seen from a different perspective now you are looking to become a teacher. Maybe you used to babysit. Perhaps you have first-hand experience of language learning through your own studies of a foreign language. Go back through your own time-line and reassess everything that you have done. You have become a teacher for a reason. It may not seems obvious at first but there will be instances from your past that have shaped your journey up until this point and which you can touch on now.

Really put yourself into your CV

If you think in detail like this when preparing your CV you are forcing yourself to engage with exactly what it is that you are doing. This will come across when read by another person. If you don’t put this effort into your CV, nobody will care to put any effort into reading it because you have not really asked them to.

As a teacher it can be hard to stand out so another option that is worth serious consideration is investing in a professional CV writing service like CV Made Better. If you think about the money or opportunities you gain from a new job it’s probably worth spending some money to present the best possible version of yourself.

For those with experience, the CV still needs to be approached in the same way. List your experiences but don’t fall into the complacent trap of feeling that will simply to get you in the door. You need to apply the same level of detail to your CV as those who don’t have experience. Employers are looking for fresh, exuberant individuals, not jaded, old-timers.

Make your CV sing. Think about what was the best for you about the experiences you have had and put that down on the paper. In many cases this is your first and only chance to tell an employer who you really are. If you can somehow leave your passion for your past experiences on the page, rather than just writing them out as a list, you will be much more likely to be taken on by a new employer.

Your CV is a picture of you. Make it pretty. Show them that you are passionate and that you care. The majority of people going up against you will not bother to do this. If you take the time to do so, you will stand out and be halfway there to getting that job you have shown them you really want.


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Do Teaching Jobs in Russia Pay Well?

Posted: September 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: English jobs in Russia | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

There are many reasons why teachers go to Russia- adventure, money, romance and to build a CV. But do the jobs pay well?

The simple answer is that depends on your qualifications and professionalism. Russian respect education but in the current markets there is an undersupply of native English speakers living in Russia, so there are opportunities for non-qualified, no degree native speakers to teach English in Russia but don’t expect the same respect or pay.

The Russians work on the theory, you get what you pay for. With time and dedication qualified, professional and popular business teachers can start setting their own rates of pay based on their skills and feedback and by developing a network of loyal students and getting recommendations to other students, which increases the agencies overall business.  A business teacher should consider their student also to be clients.

Russia’s Cost of Living

The cost of living is varied but can be high in Russia, and a number of surveys have identified Moscow as being Europe’s most expensive city. In remote cities such as Vladivostok, the cost of living is among the highest in Russia but villages and smaller cities are cheap. If you are eating with the oligarchy or high end tourists, you’ll pay for prestige, a $100 dollars but it is possible to live cheaply in Russia depending on your lifestyle

However, many local people survive on salaries below US$300 per month in Moscow and the average being around $US800. Housing is expensive, but local groceries, public transport costs, petrol, books and some other items are cheap.

Here’s a rundown of some normal prices. Loaf of bread $0.35, Litre of milk $0.80, 10 eggs $0.65, Kilo of potatoes $0.50, 1 fresh chicken $2.50, a bottle of vodka $2.80, a Metro pass – $0.35 and a Cinema ticket $10.00

Russians ignore international copyright and are very smart at finding cheap or free ways of doing things- that goes for the rich and the poor. With help from your Russian students or employers you’ll be able to download all those expensive textbooks for free, as well as download movies and music for the West for free. The idea of paying to download stuff is foreign to Russians.

Where the money is.

Business classes in Moscow

A full-time contract will usually run at 24 hours a week with virtually all your lessons before 9am and after 6pm.. A good packages, whether including or not including accommodation should be around $US1500. This is an okay living in Russia but not a great one.

However, if you consider yourself a small business, there is the additional possibility of taking private students from university or teaching on Skype during the day.  Just 3 private lessons per week day would bring that salary up to $US 3500 a month which with the cost of living, means a great lifestyle in Russia and a little money to save.

Private Lessons

Charge around $10 for a conversation lesson, and $12 for general English and 15 for exam preparation or business classes. Consider the travel time as well, perhaps offer cheaper if it’s near home or your other work, but don’t cut your rates if you are traveling for hours. Charge less outside of Moscow.

Make sure that none of your students have been sourced through your school or agency, or have any connection that might make it seem like you stole business.

Your ‘brand’ is your reputation and this is what can bring in the dollars if you put the time and effort in.

High Schools & Universities

Private schools can be Russian-only, or mixed (catering for the children of expats and wealthy Russians), the latter including Examples include the British International School and The Anglo American School and the Montessori School.

University positions are prestigious both worth a look if you have a Master’s Degree or higher in a field or in TESOL. This may not just include English but teaching certain subjects like International Business in English.

Salaries are report at up to $3000 plus accommodation, meaning the majority of your pay is entertainment and saving.

Where the money isn’t quite as good…

Language Schools

These schools advertise for qualified teachers with degrees, but if they get them, rarely retain them for long because of the management systems, long hours and low pay.

A normal contract will ask for 30 hours of teaching. An experienced teacher it would need 5 or 10 hours preparation and marking a week, but why would you stay at a low pay when there are higher paid and less stressful options?

TEFL trainers will usually recommend that teachers take on only around 20 hours a week to be fresh during face-to-face teaching, 25 maximum. So it is not surprising that teachers are tired and unmotivated, and that students are dissatisfied and disappointed.

For a newly qualified teacher this might mean an extra 20 hours a week preparing making it a 50-hour week. The rate of pay is $650 but it does include accommodation.

You will be asked to complete a CELTA course or another TEFL course while in Russia, which will put you several thousand dollars out of pocket upon arrival.

In addition, you will have no time to supplement your income like the business teachers with private lessons.


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Learn Italian by Teaching English in Italy

Posted: August 25th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: English jobs in Italy | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

There are many reasons why somebody might choose to go into teaching English in Italy as a foreign language. The job allows you to travel and get first-hand experience of new people and cultures. It helps you to gain a greater understanding of your own language. And the very nature of the job helps to instill confidence and self-belief in you through its constant contact and communication with other people.

In order to get the most of this experience, however, it is my opinion that the learning of the language in the country in which you live is one of the most essential and rewarding elements of a teaching job. None of the other reasons mentioned above can be truly taken advantage of if you do not have the ability to speak the language of your host country.

How difficult is it to learn Italian?

Italian is not the easiest of the Latin languages to learn, but nor is it the most difficult. Spanish is easier, and French is more difficult. Portuguese probably falls somewhere between the two, but is perhaps more similar to Spanish. So for the novice, the task at hand is quite a difficult one.

If you work for an academy once you have arrived in Italy, there is almost certainly the opportunity to take an Italian course at a reduced rate with your own school. In some cases, perhaps where the school is a small one, the owner may actually be happy to give you lessons personally, and probably for free!

Do I need to take a course to learn while teaching in Italy?

Some people are of the opinion that just being in a country will mean that they automatically pick up the language. This is true for tiny daily things, but to get a real grasp of the language, you need to go back to school and start studying properly. For a new teacher this exercise in itself is an interesting one as straight away you become not only a new teacher, but also a student of a new language. This should be something you can use to your own advantage when thinking about how you teach.

So you sign up for a language program, either formally or informally, and you hit the books. This is the moment when you need to open yourself up to the culture you have found yourself in. Read the newspaper. Go to the cinema. Listen to the radio, or watch Italian MTV. TV in general is pretty dire in Italy, but watch the news, or find the least commercial channel, and try to follow what is going on. Listen to conversations and exchanges as they go on around you. Right here you have full immersion in the language you are trying to learn, don’t close yourself off to this opportunity, embrace it.

What about language exchanges in Italy?

Another way to supplement your taught classes is by finding an Italian who would like to do a language exchange with you. You will have literally hundreds of people falling over themselves to do this with. Or at least they would like, but they might be too shy to suggest it. Take the initiative, place a little advert in a coffee shop you like to visit, or ask a more established teacher if they can point you in the direction of somebody they know. Don’t agree to do this with just anyone, though. The person you talk to needs to be somebody you can actually have a conversation with. Or, more importantly, somebody you would want to have a conversation with if you both spoke the same language anyway.

What are Italian students learning English like?

Finally, make friends with your students. In almost all cases you will be teaching adults similar in age to yourself. These people would love the opportunity to get some free English face-time in with the teacher. Understand and make sure they are aware that you too are a student. They will be more than happy to help you along.

Italians are a very proud and hospitable people. Once you develop a good relationship with your students, they will love to invite you out with them for a coffee and even ask you to meet their parents or family for dinner. More often than not their friends or family might not be great English speakers, so these occasions open up many more opportunities for you to interact with people who might not even be able to communicate in English.

Be open. Be proactive. Be willing to share. In no time at all you will be conversing (and gesticulating!) in Italian like a pro!


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How to Write a Good CV for English Teaching Jobs in Europe

Posted: August 18th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: CV - Resume - Cover Letter Tips | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

If you are interested in obtaining a position teaching English in a European country, a strong CV is the first thing that you want to prepare. The rules for international CVs are not the same as rules for CVs that you would give to local employers. There is a great deal of additional information that you need to include, and you need to be specific about the country of each of your attended schools and workplaces. Some countries have very competitive application processes, so a great CV is especially important for you to get your foot in the door. The following is a list of things that you need to keep in mind during this process.

Are there any particular formatting guidelines that I should follow?

Commonly, the CV should be limited to one page; if you have more material than that, limit the content to the most relevant. You should include a photo; even though CVs in your home country generally do not have this requirement, it is a common convention for international CVs. This photo should be in the top right corner of the page. Make sure the photo is professional; you should not have bare shoulders, alcoholic beverages, or other people in the photo with you. Make sure that when you are incorporating the photo into the file, you compress the photo so that your CV is less than 1.5 MB. You should only include one or two fonts in your CV; they should be standard fonts, such as Verdana, Arial, and Garamond. If you include a personal statement, it should not be longer than one page, and it should be teaching focused.

What personal information should I include?

Your name should be on the very first line; typically it is centered and in a bold font. State your marital status as well. This will be very important for the immigration and housing procedures. You should also list the ages of any dependent children you have under the age of 18. Include your nationality or nationalities as well. Also, include your date of birth, as this is important for visa consideration. Spell out the month of your birth, rather than using the common numerical format. Although these do not seem like pieces of information that you should be including in a CV, it is important for international CVs.

How should I list my work history and references?

When you list your work history, include primarily what is most relevant, since you don’t want your CV going over a page. Explain any gaps in employment. List the most recent position first, and from there, move backwards. List the names of any schools where you obtained teaching experience, as well as the locations, subjects, and levels of the courses that you taught. If you had any leadership positions, you would do well to include them. Additionally, you should include any specific achievements in these positions, as well as experience in working with children who have special needs. You should definitely include honors that you received in teaching children English as a second language. Also, list your references at the end of your CV. These individuals should be supervisors or teachers. For each reference, include the name of the person as well as his or her title, the school location, and the contact information for this institution. Do not include the personal contact information of the references, since potential employers in other countries will not be calling them; they will instead be calling the institution to which they belong.

Are there any requirements for teaching in European countries that should be on my resume?

Most countries will require that you have a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification. Generally, it is very difficult to get a job without this qualification. If you have completed one of these programs, you should definitely include it on your CV. Generally speaking, you are required to have at least a high school diploma in order to be considered for a position. However, a bachelor’s degree is preferred. For your education, list every degree earned after high school. Include the university name and the country where is located, as well as the years that you attended the school.

This blog post about CV writing tips for Europe was originally published on TeacherHit.com


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