As I briefly mentioned in this article, one of the oldest and most popular websites for EFL professionals, http://www.tefl.net, has decided to do their best to filter out all ads which specify the candidate must be a NEST (Native English Speaker Teacher) from their listings. Not only that, but they are also working on including a section to their website especially devoted to nNESTs (non-Native English Speaker Teachers), as well as redesigning their ESL Jobs section to include anti-discrimination information.
An article I wrote is one of the first of this ‘new wave’ to be featured there. In it I attempt to give advice to nNESTs who are looking for a job and who have been faced with discrimination based on their mother tongue:
You’ve sent dozens of CVs and your inbox is still empty. The only replies that have come through have all politely rejected your application based on the fact that you’re a non-native English-speaking teacher (NNEST). Some have even complimented you on your qualifications and experience, regretting the fact that you were not born in an English–speaking country. Sound familiar?
When this happens, the most common reactions are twofold. You get hot under the collar and you might even fly off the handle, yelling a few juicy swearwords at the silent computer screen. Also, soon after, you’re likely to sink into despair, and blame “the system” for your plight.
If you already have, or if you’re about to, then please take a few deep breaths and count to ten. I’d like to share with you a couple of the more practical solutions, which will help to vent your spleen in a more productive way, save you from sulking and ultimately help you land your dream job.
So if you’re tired of being turned down for teaching jobs because you’re a nNEST, and if you’re interested in some practical tips, then this article is for you. You can read the rest of it here.