[quote=“lizamli”][quote=“woda123”]What would you guys and gals suggest one do when looking for work in Taiwan? I am thinking of staying there for quite a while definitely more than a year. Should I pound the pavement looking for a job or go with a chain school?
If you decide to “pound the pavement” looking for jobs when you come to Taiwan, I suggest you bring enough money to tide you over for at least 3 months. Should you decide to apply for jobs with a chain school, (e.g., Hess, Kojen, etc.) you should contact them before you come. Big chains like Hess have a website where you can actually apply online. Chain schools offer more hours, as well as provide health insurance. If you plan on teaching for public schools (elementary, high school, university) you should at least have a Masters degree and a TESOL/TEFL certificate. Letter of Recommendations are also required by most of the schools here. If you can get them before you leave, it would be helpful. Public schools also do not pay as well as most cram schools do. Most universities only pay NT400 per hour–some might even offer you NT380, which is what they pay ESL Lecturers who holds a Masters degree sans a Taiwan teaching certificate.
Sorry lizamli but you are wrong about the pay scale for lecturers at Taiwan universities. The pay is in the 500-600 nt range. I sincerely doubt that anyone holding a master’s degree would even consider working for 400 nt at a university.