Should I find a job before going abroad?
If you are adventurous and have a good TEFL certificate, you can jet off hoping that you would be able to find a job when you land. If you don’t like taking risks, you should find a job before you leave. Generally speaking, arranging a job before you leave is not very easy although it is possible. Most employers are not interested in internet interviews. They want to see you in person and talk to you before offering you the job.
How can I arrange a job from home?
Some employers may have agents in your country. By contacting those agents you should be able to find a job before you leave. You can also try finding jobs online. Check out the job offers on popular ESL and TEFL websites. Some of these job boards also allow you to post your CV or resume. Before accepting a job, make sure that the employer is reputable. This is not always easy and may involve doing a little bit of research. Go online and try finding other teachers working for the same employer. Many ESL teachers are active on online forums.
Is there a specific time for recruitment?
Most ESL schools work all year round and you can join any time. Some ESL teachers work for short periods. If they leave during the course of the year, vacancies may arise. ESL schools in Europe tend to do most of the recruiting in September or October.
Do I have to sign a contract?
Employers who provide accommodation and airfare will usually ask you to sign a contract for at least one year. But if you are already in the country, you can perhaps work on a monthly basis.