First: Are you a certified teacher?
If yes, you’ll find a job very easily.
If not, you’re going to be looking for Private schools, also called Buxibans (Bush-E-Ban)
Second: Are you coming alone?
If yes, your costs will be pretty low for your first chunk of time.
If no, plan on spending a decent amount of money.
Third: You need to bring a decent amount of money with you regardless.
Plan on bringing at least $2,000-$3,000 USD with you ($50,000-$80,000 NTD). This is the amount the Ministry of Education recommended, and was just enough to get my wife and I through August-September. It will cover your food, transportation, phone, housing, and the little knick-knacks you need along the way.
Fourth: Make connections asap.
Forumosa is a good start, but you should also look at TeaLit, another site with lots of connection opportunities. You should also look to find foreigners where you settle down to help you get set in the beginning.
Fifth: Find an area and make a plan.
There are success stories of people walking off the plane and making it, but it’s become harder and harder over the years. My wife and I came here in 2017 and we’re just now becoming comfortable. Had a plan, had a job, had help, still had to deal with many extenuating circumstances that we could not plan for.
Finally: I would recommend Taichung and Caotun.
We live in a burb south of Taichung and Caotun and love it here. There are jobs, Good housing, lots to eat, and a very close community of foreigners that help each other out A LOT. Made friends with Taiwanese that helped get us housing and work. Made friends with foreigners that helped us with money, jobs and advice.
Remember, you’re going to have to work, and until you’ve proven yourself, it’s going to be hard to get a job that pays really well. I started here as a public school teacher, with pay that my veteran Taiwan friends laugh at, and my wife started here with no job. Next year, I’m looking at a pay increase of almost 40% and my wife does paid tutoring. We had no vehicle, now we have a bicycle and a motorcycle (150cc). We had no room of our own, now we have a fully furnished bedroom of our own with two roommates, and are going to get our own place next year.
Make connections, make friends, work hard, and don’t forget to plan. Here in Taiwan, we’re building our dream. Just remember to be persistent!