So you’re looking to teach English in Vietnam? Well, it’s really easy. It’s especially easy in Hanoi, which is where Zoey and I teach English. Here’s how you can get an English teaching job in Vietnam too.
- Get a TOEFL/CELTA certificate. In addition to your university diploma, having a TOEFL or CELTA certificate will help you land a job faster. Not only that, but it will also give you some insight on teaching if you’ve never taught before.
- Go to Vietnam. Yes, that means to wait to apply for a job until you get to the country. Don’t apply for an English teaching job from home. Don’t sign any contract from home. Wait. You’ll realize that there are many teaching jobs, so don’t worry about not securing something before your arrival. Most people who sign a contract before their arrival end up in an underpaid position.
- Add yourself to all the Facebook groups. Every city has different groups on Facebook that help teachers find jobs. In Hanoi, we have ‘Hanoi Massive’ or ‘Hanoi English Teaching Jobs.’ That’s just a couple, but there are tons of Facebook groups. We’ve gotten all of our jobs from these groups. So, this is probably the most important step to getting an English teaching job in Vietnam.
- Advertise yourself. Use the Facebook groups mentioned above to tell English centers about yourself. Recruiters are often on the lookout for new teachers, so go online and make it easy for them to find you. Post something in ALL of the Facebook groups that cater to English teachers. Your post should tell people where you’re from, your qualifications, your experience (if any), your availability, and any additional information that makes you unique. Make your ad concise and informative.
- Reply to job advertisements, but be selective. Recruiters post job advertisements all the time, so if you haven’t already received a flood of messages from your personal ad, you can always reply to them. Again, this is on Facebook groups. What would we do without Facebook, am I right?
- Ask a lot of questions. This is especially important because you’ll get messages from centers that want you to start teaching that same day. Before you decide to start teaching for anyone, ask them all the questions. Don’t be shy. Ask them about money, hours, location, student’s age, contract information, company information, and anything else you’re curious about. If possible, ask them to get you in contact with one of their current foreign teachers, so the teacher can tell you about their experience with the company.
- Interview THEM. When you go for the demo or interview, ask them about their company, their class sizes, their students, their staff, their teachers, and their contracts. Make sure you don’t end up teaching a class of fifty 4 year olds and getting paid a skimpy salary.
- Give yourself options. After you filter through all the messages you receive from recruiters. Pick the ones that sound more appealing, and the ones who took the time to answer all of your questions. You’ll notice some people will just send you automated responses or dodge some of your questions. You want to work with a transparent company, so at the end of all the messaging back and forth, choose a few companies that sound best, do a demo class, and you should be able to choose from there.
- Do your research on the company before you sign any contracts. Once you have chosen 1-2 companies that you like, Facebook them like they are your new Tinder date. See if you can find any trash on them. Sometimes, they seem perfect on paper, but it turns out that they have a psycho ex-girlfriend, or in this case, they don’t pay their teachers on time. Cover all your bases, and you’ll be grand!
- Teach English. If you do all of the things above, you should have no problem landing an English teaching job in less than a month. Have fun!
Hope that helps! 🙂