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TESOL | How to Find a Job in China

Updated on February 8, 2014

How To Find a TESOL Job in China!

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) or TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) positions are available in many Asian countries, but China offers the most variety, cultural richness and demand for teachers. Follow the steps here to find a job in China. You will need a good resume, letter of introduction and the correct documentation to let employers make a decision about you, then pack and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!

Take advantage of a recruiting resource website like "China TESOL Jobs', where you can upload your personal details and browse through the site, at your leisure, for a position that suits you.

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The main requirement to be a Foreign English Teacher in China is to be a native English speaker from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK or the USA. Higher qualifications, such as a graduate or post-graduate degree or teaching certificate will get you a good job in a university or government school.

Additional qualifications, such as a TEFL or TESOL Certificate are very handy to demonstrate training in English language teaching techniques. My advice is simply to place your resume on 'China TESOL Jobs' and apply for a position!

Prepare or polish up your resume.
Prepare or polish up your resume.

Step 1 - Prepare and/or Polish Up Your Resume

A simple resume is the best one. Remember that English is probably the second language of the person who will read it. Follow these 8 steps to make a resume that will get results:

  1. Make sure that the resume has, at most, only 3 pages. Keep it shorter, if you can.
  2. Make sure your resume includes a passport sized photo of your self.
  3. Use MS Word to give your name & address (header) and contact information (footer).
  4. Insert a sub heading for "Objectives" and state them.
  5. Insert a sub heading for "Qualifications and Skills" and state them.
  6. Insert a sub heading for "Professional Assets" (previous job roles) and state them.
  7. Insert a sub heading for "Experience" and state previous jobs (reverse chronologically).
  8. Insert a sub heading for "Referees" and state them.

Write a punchy cover letter.
Write a punchy cover letter.

Step 2 - Write a Punchy Letter of Introduction

This need not be too complex. Create the letter as a text or MS Word document by following these 10 simple steps:

  1. Type your full name as the main (centred) document heading.
  2. Next, type the (centred) subheading "International TESOL English Teacher".
  3. Next, type any specialisations relevant (e.g. "specialised in teaching adults").
  4. Next, type your mission statement in italics. An example could be

    "Passionate about teaching English in China to make a difference in people's lives"

  5. Write a paragraph about yourself and why you would be a good teacher for them.
  6. Write a paragraph on your vision and your skills which will lead to achieving it for them.
  7. Type the stand alone sentence "I would love to use my high energy levels, self-motivation and demonstrated personal initiative to make a difference in students' lives".
  8. Type the stand alone sentence "I am ready to go to the People's Republic of China and I am looking for a 12-month contract to start in {Month/Year}".
  9. Type the stand alone sentence "I can be contacted at my email address: {email}"
  10. Type your Full Name as a signature.

Add your profile to 'China TESOL Jobs'.
Add your profile to 'China TESOL Jobs'.

Step 3 - Add Your Profile on 'China TESOL Jobs'

Posting resumes on 'China TESOL Jobs' is really simple. Here is a step by step guide:

Go to and then complete the following 5 steps:

  1. Click on "Register as a Jobseeker" on the Home Page and enter your details.
  2. Activate your account using the email link you receive shortly afterwards.
  3. Login to China TESOL Jobs and update your user details.
  4. Go to Jobseeker Dashboard and copy and paste or upload your resume.
  5. Go to Jobseeker Dashboard and copy and paste your cover letter. You're done.

Search for jobs
Search for jobs

Step 4 - Search & Apply for TESOL Jobs in China

Now it's time to look for a job! My personal advice would be to do some research into the Province, and even the city that you prefer to live and work in. A quick search on Wikipedia can help you with this. When you are ready to find a job in your dream location, follow through with these steps:

  1. Search for jobs in China on 'China TESOL Jobs' using the search engine provided.
  2. Apply directly to any school or position that interest you.
  3. If you simply want to mark a position for future reference, mark it as "saved".
  4. If you cannot locate a suitable position, carry out a search on the major search engines, using "China TESOL Jobs" for keywords.

Check your messages regularly
Check your messages regularly

Step 5 - Check Your Messages Regularly

Make sure you check your email, and login to 'China TESOL Jobs' regularly to keep up with any schools requesting further information from you.

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      sara 3 years ago

      if you are not interested to teach you could join other careers related to the English Language such as interpreter, journalist,reporter, newscaster, public relation officer and others which the English use is in high demand.

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      ESLinsider LM 5 years ago

      Wow, that's funny I have the same TEFL certificate, same company and same year!

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      potovanja 5 years ago

      Great lens, with suoper informative content. I give you LIKES:).

      tHANK YOU 4 VISIT MY...

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      james g pete 6 years ago

      Good stuff about TESOL and the process of getting a job. The visa will loom large. The good news is there's lots of jobs. The Chinese love their education.

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      slihn21 6 years ago

      This is so interesting to me because my brother moved to China a year ago for this very reason. I am going to forward him this, if that's okay with you.

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      Trireme 6 years ago

      I would like to experience teaching English in China and no doubt your lens provides some helpful information one i will keep an eye on thanks. ; ]

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      nickupton lm 6 years ago

      Excellent and clearly given advice. I taught in Thailand for 7 years and can confirm that TESOL teaching in a foreign country is very rewarding.

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      David Schroeter 7 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      @poc: Thanks very much for your kind words, Paul.

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      poc 7 years ago

      Great Advice for any person wanting to be an English Teacher in China

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      poc 7 years ago

      Excellent site, I have known

      David for many years and know he will do what he says and is also a very credible TESOL teacher