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Seven Steps You Need to Follow to Get Hired as a Non-Native Speaker Teacher

The more I talk to ‘non-native speaker’ teachers on social media (join our FB group to hang out with lots of like-minded ELT professionals) and face-to-face at conferences and training events, the more I realise how many of us still unfortunately struggle to get hired.

I don’t need to tell you that there’s a widespread preference for  ‘native speaker’ teachers’. I’m sure you know that by now.

So rather than dwell on the problem and blame it all on recruiters’ prejudices, let’s try and find a solution. How can you as a ‘non-native speaker’ overcome this bias and start getting the TEFL jobs you deserve to be getting?

And I don’t mean just once. I mean repeatedly and predictably.

How would you feel if you could live and teach practically anywhere in the world because you had the necessary knowledge and confidence to get hired as a ‘non-native speaker’ teacher?

How would this change your life and career?

In this post I want to outline a simple 7-step process I’ve used time-and-time again and that you can use to repeatedly and consistently start getting positive replies from recruiters.

But before we dive right into it, just a little disclaimer.

If you’re looking for a magic pill that’s going to instantaneously solve all your job-hunting problems, then this post is not for you. It will take some time, and you’ll need to put effort into it. But if you’re ready to do that and follow these tips, then sky is the limit.

Before I give you all the steps, let me just very quickly explain where I’m coming from. If you’ve struggled to get jobs as a ‘non-native speaker’, then I completely get it. I’ve been turned down on numerous occasions.

You have the right qualifications, the right experience. You send off your CV, but never get a reply.

Or when you do, it’s a polite no: sorry we only hire ‘native speakers’.

Sounds familiar?

But it really doesn’t have to be like this.

I’ve worked in 7 different countries in universities in language schools from the UK, through Europe to Latin America. And what I’ve learnt is that it is possible to overcome this initial prejudice against ‘non-native speaker’ teachers.

It is possible to get TEFL jobs as a ‘non-native speaker’ again and again, even in places that would initially only hire ‘native speakers’.

For example, when I arrived in Belgium in 2015, it looked again like all the jobs were for ‘native speaker’ teachers. Wherever I looked, job ads for ‘native speakers’ only.

Fast forward to 2018 and I’ve been working at the university of Leuven for over two years as an English teacher.

Why should you care?

Because I am confident that you can and WILL have the same results.

I am confident that you will be easily able to get the TEFL jobs you deserve despite the preference for ‘native speaker’ teachers.

Let me break down the whole process for you into seven easy steps. 

OK, so here are the 7 steps you must take in order to succeed as a ‘non-native’ and start getting hired easily.

1. Understand native speakerism – this is vital, because the ideology underpins the whole discriminatory recruitment process. You need to know what you’re up against and how to tackle the ideology. Watch this video to find out more.

2. Bust the ‘native speaker’ myth – you will be told time and time again by recruiters that ‘native speakers’ are better teachers. In order to be able to get past that initial bias then, you need to know exactly how to challenge these arguments.

3. Learn to market your unique strengths – all too often we forget as ‘non-native speakers’ that we’ve got some amazing superpowers. You’re guaranteed to boost your chances of getting hired if you know how to market yourself! Here’s a video where I discuss your three unique strengths as a ‘non-native speaker’ teacher.

4. Create an irresistible professional profile – while you might tend to think you’re not getting TEFL jobs because recruiters are biased, you might be missing out on many because your profile isn’t right. So you will need to up your game on social media and LInkedIn to start with. For specific tips on how to do this, check out this post.

5. Apply for jobs like a pro – even having a great professional profile and a million light years of experience topped with a trillion qualifications ain’t going to get you nowhere if your CV and application letter suck! Here I explained exactly how you should improve your CV. And if you’ve seen a lot of job ads for ‘native speakers’ only, don’t despair. I prepared an email template for you that is guaranteed to boost your opportunities to get hired.

6. Ace the interview – everything you’ve done so far can either pay off or go down the drain. So you really need to learn how to sell yourself at the interview stage.

7. Reflect, repeat and succeed (forever) – you don’t want to stop after you succeed once, right? That’s why I’ll show you how to repeat and perfect this process so you NEVER have to worry about not being able to find a TEFL job.

So that’s it – the entire process. Super simple. BUT…

It would be good to know the details of each step, though, wouldn’t it?

I thought so 🙂

That’s why I’m going to regularly release blog posts and video lessons where you will learn the details behind each step, so you can start getting the TEFL jobs that you DESERVE to be getting as a ‘non-native speaker’ teacher.

To get you started, I prepared a FREE e-book with 5 steps you need to take now in order to get TEFL jobs as a ‘non-native speaker’.

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