TIPS FOR A GREAT PROFILE PHOTO
Choose the right picture. A professional photographer can make it easier to get that professional photo, but you don’t need to hire a pro. Simply ask a friend or family member to take several photos of you. A warm, friendly smile will make you look approachable, and encourage people to engage with you. The photos that we require as part of the recruitment process, is a head and shoulders photo of you alone.
Dress Professionally. Your photo will likely be shared with your future employer, and this will be your opportunity to impress with that power outfit! Choose solid dark colours, like blue or black, white and greys. Avoid wearing a strapless dress or top as some countries are more conservative than others. Dressing professionally also means dressing cleanly and simply: avoid wearing too much makeup, a hat, sunglasses or any over-the-top, distracting hairstyles and jewellery.
Keep it current. Do not forward a dated photo. Use a current picture so that people aren’t surprised when they conduct a Skype interview with, you and you appear drastically different.
YOU should be the focus. Don’t crop a group photo to obtain a profile picture of yourself – you don’t want the edge of someone’s shoulder to feature in your photo. Also refrain from using a busy background, as this could be distracting. The ideal is to keep it simple.
Have fun. Remember to smile with your eyes.
TIPS ON COMPILING A SHORT INTRO VIDEO
The purpose of the video is to provide your potential Employer with a snapshot of who you are, what your pronunciation is like and what you bring to the table.
- Duration – most countries would require a short 60 to 90 second video, as part of the recruitment process.
- The tools. Candidates sometimes ask a relative or family member, to use their cell phone to shoot the video. You can also use a pc and programmes like Skype, YouTube or Adobe Spark to create your introduction video. Take the size of the document into consideration, as it will likely be sent via email or WeChat.
- Compile a framework. Write down what you want to give through and practice this beforehand. Use these core topics as your guideline.
- The content. Typically start of by stating your name, age and where you come from. You can also expand on your qualification and interests and share why you would be interested in this opportunity and going to that specific country. This is also a great opportunity to mention why you would be a benefit to an employer. Sell yourself.
- Practice makes perfect. It is a good idea to practice what you want to say in front of the mirror, before making a recording.
- What to wear? Imagine you are going to a face-to-face interview. A corporate or conservative outfit would be ideal.
- Think of your background. You don’t want to distract the watcher from WHAT you are saying.
- Speak slowly. The likelihood is that the person that will be viewing your video, is likely not a native English speaker.
- Body language is key. Keep your hands mostly still and try not to sway back and forth.
- Smile. You want to come across as genuine and warm. Imagine you are speaking to your caring grandmother.
- ‘Take two’? Watch the video and ask friends to give input and if necessary, retake the video.
- Enjoy! it is not every day that you will be asked to compile an introduction video on yourself.
TIPS ON HOW TO ACE YOUR SKYPE INTERVIEW
The aim of this Skype interview is:
- To determine if you have a solid and clear English accent.
- To provide you with an opportunity to share your preferences in terms of location, salary and the preferred age group that you would to teach as well as the type of schools that you are interested in.
- For you to learn more about the Company/Employer that is interviewing you.
In some cases, there might be a second Skype interview with the school directly.
What to wear?
- Your ‘power outfit’ is a good choice, as it will make you feel confident, even for a virtual interview. A bonus is that bare feet or your favourite pair of slippers will go unnoticed.
- Some countries might be a bit more conservative, therefore it is a good idea to stick with more conservative colours when you get dressed for success.
What to share?
- Talk slowly. English might not be the first language of the person interviewing you.
- Show that you are enthusiastic and have a genuine sense of adventure.
- Emphasize the reasons why you are a great fit for the position. Your background, education and appropriate interests are important to share.
- Before you Skype, take your ‘backdrop’ and environmental noises into consideration. YOU should be the main subject matter.
- Maintain eye contact. As awkward as it might feel, look straight at your webcam. It works to minimise the screen in which the interviewer appears, and move it just below your webcam, as this creates the illusion that you are looking directly at that person.
- Remember to double check and confirm the time differences beforehand.
- It is a good idea to test your connection ahead of time with a friend.
- Don’t let a technical glitch throw you. Stay calm and determine where the error lies and try to remedy it. Take a deep breath and connect again.
- Before your interview, make sure to read up on the culture; history; news and current events of the country that interests you.
- We suggest that you prepare some questions to ask at the end of the interview. For example, enquire on company benefits, the duration of the application process, work permits etc.
Have fun and relax
It is not every day that you get the opportunity to have a Skype interview with a foreigner. View this as your first meeting with your future employer.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: TEACHING JOBS ABROAD
Should I be a native English speaker in order to apply?
Excellent written and verbal English skills are required. English as mother tongue is not a prerequisite.
Do I have to speak the language of the host country?
The ability to communicate in the local language is always beneficial, but not required. You will be able to function successfully without the ability to speak the local language.
Will I be expected to compile an introduction video?
Most countries require an introduction video to determine your accent etc.
Do I need a passport
Most definitely. If you don’t already have one, apply for it as soon as possible.
Why do I need to complete a TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certificate?
It is one of the requirements in order to apply for a Work Permit as an ESL Teacher in most countries. These courses also provide valuable insight and guidelines when it comes to teaching English as foreign language. The 120-hour course is preferred.
If you have a B.Ed degree then most countries will not require you to complete an additional course. Countries like Spain and Thailand also have the option of completing the TEFL course as part of your programme in that country.
Can I go abroad with my spouse?
Some countries will allow your spouse to go over on a family visa. These positions are however not ideal for applicants that want to take their children with them as the accommodation could be a challenge.
Will foreign Teachers from any country be able to apply?
Candidates from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa are preferred (as these are viewed as English speaking countries). Spain is open to citizens from any country, as long as they have a very good English accent.
Do I need Teaching experience?
Teaching experience is not required for most of the countries, although it would be beneficial.
Will there be someone to ‘meet and greet’ me upon arrival at the airport?
A Company Representative will be waiting for you at the Airport and assist you along the way.
Would I be able to buy western food?
Although it may be cheaper to eat local food, you will find a wide variety of Western shops and restaurants in most countries.
Do I need to be able to pay for an airplane ticket to the country that I am considering?
Yes. Take note that some countries offer flight benefits or similar incentives after your arrival or upon completion of your contract.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SCHOOL
What type of schools are available?
- Public schools
- Language schools
- Private schools
- Training schools
Where are the schools located?
Various cities and towns are available.
Do Teachers get 2 days off in a week?
Yes. For training schools however, these off-days will likely be in the week.
Is there an Assistant Teacher to help foreign Teachers?
Yes, an Assistant Teacher that can speak both English and the local language will be assigned to help where needed.
How many foreign Teachers will be employed by the school?
It is up to the school to determine their exact need for foreign teachers. There is however a large demand for ESL Teachers across the globe.
Can I be placed at the same school as a friend/ partner when applying?
Yes, it is great to spend a gap year with a friend. Teachers do however make friends relatively quickly while abroad.
What happens when I get sick at the school?
Most schools have a school clinic. The Assistant Teacher will help you, should you wish to go to the doctor or hospital.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE APARTMENT
Do all contracts include a housing benefit?
Countries like China and South Korea offer fully furnished accommodation. For Thailand and Vietnam, you will receive assistance in finding suitable accommodation close to your school.
Spain has an option to live with a host-family.
What will typically be included in the furnished apartment?
A fridge, washing machine, bed with linen, crockery etc.
Do the Teachers share an apartment?
The majority of the time, single accommodation apartments will be provided to each teacher.
How far away is the apartment from the school?
At some schools, the apartments are located on the school property. If the school does not have housing facilities, then apartments close to the school will be arranged.
How is the salary paid?
The salary is paid into your foreign bank account.
Will I receive assistance in opening a bank account while abroad?
Yes, the school or partner company will assist you with this. They will also help to obtain a sim card for your phone.
How much money should I take along to survive for the first few weeks until the first salary is paid?
It is suggested to take $300 to $500 with you.
Will I be able to save money?
Most of the countries have a relatively low cost of living, which enables candidates to return to their home country with savings.
Will I be fully reimbursed for my flights?
Several countries offer flight bonusses or incentives for completing a contract.
How much do I pay to GoAbroad?
Our service is free of charge to candidates.