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So I spent about 6 years teaching English in Asia (and almost 2 living in Japan). This is how I got jobs in each of these places.

Basically I flew there and looked for a job.

Ooooh, scary.

Not that scary actually. It's more fun and there are a lot more benefits to doing it that way vs. lining one up ahead of time.

You have to have guts.

You're going somewhere new. No one is going to hold your hand. Don't expect it or you might be led astray.

How I got a teaching job in Taiwan

First it started off with a flight to Taiwan. I took a TESOL course, bought a ticket and flew to Taiwan to find a job in Taichung. I did a little substitute teaching here and there for the first few months, did a few visa runs and then found my first job in Taiwan by going door to door to buxibans. I also looked on Tealit for a job.


For my second year I moved to Tainan. I found a pretty good job searching online at Tainan Bulletin.

How I got a job in Korea

For my third contract I flew to Korea to get a job in Busan. I started off on a tourist visa and then I found my job by looking on Koreabridge. I also found my fourth contracted job on that site too. Korea now requires a considerable amount of paperwork to get a job.

Learn more about teaching in Korea.

How I got a job teaching English in China

In China I got an L visa and flew to Shanghai to get a job. While there I found a job while looking at EnjoyShanghai and another good place to find a job there is Echinacities.

So the web is of course a good way to find a job in Asia, but if you're abroad already don't discard old school tactics such as pounding the pavement with a fistful of resumes. I have found jobs by both means. Some employers don't always know where to look for a teacher online, some haven't gotten around to doing it yet, and both parties prefer to meet in person than they do online.

The failure rate for this way could be pretty high. You could go to a lot of schools before you get a bite or find one that needs a teacher.

But it's one more way to find a job.

There are some places where that is pretty much the only tactic that's available. For example, if you wanted to find a job on the east coast of Taiwan that's how you would do it. Jobs are rarely posted on sites there. Meeting with the school is also another tactic for finding a good job.

Learn more about teaching English in China.

And I lived in Japan

Learn more about teaching English in Japan.

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