19 Sep

Five things to think about before you apply as an English teacher in China

You want to go abroad, you figured China is the country for you, you want to have that experience you read so much about or heard your friends talk about. As with a lot of things there are some steps between actually wanting something, and realising your dream.

China seems far away, and far away may equal ‘difficult’ in our minds, right? Nothing could be further from the truth, but the question is now: which steps do you have to take, what can you do yourself, and mainly: where do you start?

1. Update your CV
Of course you want to go to China to see that panda, a part of the Great Wall, eat the famous Beijing Duck, check out Shanghai and travel around. But the main reason for applying for a job in China should always be that you actually want to work there. Taking your job seriously, starts – as in any country – with providing your possible with a representative, complete CV. Explain yourself briefly with each relevant earlier position, add a professional photo, don’t use an e-mail address that you made when you where in the first class of secondary school (who wants to hire a teacher who corresponds under, right?) and add important out of work experience too. Having traveled is for a teaching position in China a huge plus for example.

2. Go the extra mile
If you apply for a job at an agency specialising in jobs in China you expect them to go the extra mile for you, right? Guidance through the whole process, finding a school based on your exact preferences, being able to call them at all times? Go the extra mile yourself too! The whole smoothness of the procedure depends a lot on your own motivation. Start with a small cover letter for example, or a small video in which you introduce yourself. Tell about your motivations and why you are the right candidate, we’ll look forward to meeting you even more!

3. Check if your documents are valid
Believe it or not, it happens that people who apply forget to take their passport to the Chinese embassy for their VISA. Or forget that their passport has an expiration date. Check if all your necessary documents to apply for the position are valid. Make sure to communicate clear about degrees, about university certificates (if you received them or not) and ask for new ones as soon as possible at your university if you lost yours. We would love to accept you with a transcript of your university results, but the Chinese government really needs a (legalised) certificate!

4. Prepare and do research
Going to China to teach can come with a lot of questions. Of course you can ask all of those questions to us, but why not inform yourself a little bit before your application? Look into regions you’d like, cities you’d like, ask information from friends, find out what your flight possibly costs,
check on personal insurances, etc. We’ll be able to help out better if you have a bit of an idea of what you want. And let’s be fair, if you want to take a big step like this, a bit of research isn’t going to hurt you, right?

5. Get in touch!
Of course we’re willing to assist you with everything needed in the process of preparing going to China. Send us your CV, photo (and short motivation) and we’ll be in touch with you within a day. Also, even if you have the most silly question, your doubts about something or simply want to review something with us – we understand some things can be confusing, we’ve been there – just get in touch.

Written by Bas Kragt, Program Consultant at China Plus

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