Finding your dream job teaching English in China

By Altiné Moumouni

Are you looking for the perfect job teaching English in China? It can be a complicated process, but with enough research and preparation, you can find the right opportunity and make your dreams come true. 

The good news is that China has almost totally lifted all Covid-related restrictions. Let’s explore the best ways to find a job teaching English in China.

Research is key 

There are many different types of opportunities for teaching English in China. You could teach at a university, private school, public school, international school, or even online. The key is to do your research to find out what type of job best suits your skillset and interests. 

Before you begin applying for jobs, take some time to research the different types of positions available and what kind of qualifications are required for each one. That way, you’ll know exactly what job you’re looking for before applying. 

Bear in mind that some employers prefer applicants with specific educational credentials, such as a master’s degree or TEFL certification; others may require more years of teaching experience than you have. It’s important to consider all of these factors before applying so you can determine which positions are best suited for you. 

Know what you need 

When it comes to getting a job teaching English in China, certain requirements must be met. For example, most schools require teachers to have at least two years of experience teaching English as a Second Language (ESL/EFL/ESOL etc) or Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL/TESL/TESOL etc).

Additionally, they will likely require that applicants have some TEFL certification (most schools will prefer 120-hour TEFL certification) or other credentials related to ESL instruction. 

Make sure you have all these qualifications before applying for any jobs so that your applications stand out from the competition. 

The table below shows the nationalities eligibility to teach English in China:

NationalityAustralia
Canada
Ireland
New Zealand
South Africa
United Kingdom (UK)
United States (USA)
Nationalities eligible to teach English in China

Build an impressive resume 

Having a well-crafted resume is essential when applying for jobs teaching English in China. Take some time to create an eye-catching resume that highlights all your relevant experience and qualifications. 

Make sure that it includes things like educational background, work experience, and any awards or honors received while studying or working abroad. 

A strong resume can help you stand out from other applicants and increase your chances of being hired for the position.

Prepare your application materials 

Once you’ve identified potential employers and narrowed down your list of options, it’s time to start preparing your application materials. This includes putting together your cover letter and introductory video, obtaining any necessary documents (e.g. transcripts or letters of recommendation), and gathering other evidence that might support your application (such as professional references). 

Depending on the employer, you may also need to provide samples of your teaching materials or lesson plans. 

Make sure all your materials are up-to-date and tailored specifically for the position you’re applying for – this will help ensure that your application stands out from the crowd! 

Apply and follow up 

Once all your materials are ready, it’s time to apply! Here are some of the best websites for getting a good job in China: 

I suggest you send as many job applications as possible. Most of the recruiters will provide you with their WeChat or Skype accounts. Ensure you have at least an active WeChat account. 

If you don’t hear back within two weeks, follow up with an email or a WeChat message and make sure they received your application – it never hurts to be proactive! 

Final words

Teaching English in China is an exciting opportunity with endless possibilities! If done correctly, it can be very rewarding both professionally and personally (it has been great for me).

Finding the right job teaching English in China requires researching different types of positions available as well as gathering all necessary qualifications beforehand, such as having two years of ESL experience and having proper TEFL certifications or other credentials.

Written by Altiné Moumouni for Tefl.NET January 2023
Altiné is from Toronto, Canada, and currently teaches mathematics at a high school in Guangzhou, China. He has a master's degree in International Economics and Finance from Ryerson University in Canada and is passionate about helping people worldwide through his blogs. He writes about TEFL Teaching and Health and Fitness. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, running, traveling, and anything that allows him to experience the beauty of nature. You can find him at altinify.com.
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