Anybody care to dispense some quick pointers on how to job hunt more efficiently? Finally I’ve finished the CELTA, leaving me just a week and a half left to pack up my stuff and go. So, I really don’t have much time to do some extensive research. All I’ve been applying to are Tealit listings. But ofcourse, everybody knows about it so I’m sure there’s like a million applicants for each listing. I’ll hit up those ones too nonetheless upon arrival.
If I’m not sure of what city I’d like to teach in, is there any extra advice with how to get started besides just going into a city and calling up the directory of schools? Of course, alot of schools also aren’t advertised/listed. How do I sift out the schools rather than to just go walking in/cold calling to try to save time and energy, if such ways exist?
I’d also like to toss an unrelated question in here. Which places are the cheapest to live in while still having a decent amount of teaching jobs? (Taoyuan, Tainan, Hsinchu, Maoli, Taichung, Kaohsiung, etc.)
The best strategy is to be on the ground in the city where you want to work. You need to advertise on job boards (as many as possible) and hand out dozens of resumes. Just walk into schools. A lot of schools that I walked into I had never heard of online.
If you don’t want to live in Taipei then your best bets are TaiChung and Kaohsiung.
This appears to be the dry season for jobs. I saw a lot of jobs advertised (legit jobs and not the standard chain fishing posts) in July, August and early Sept. I’m not sure if it’s going to pick up for CNY or not. It usually does but it seems that a lot of schools prefer to hire in the summer.