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Making the Most of Your TESOL Certification: Tips for Job Seekers

For those seeking career opportunities in teaching English as a second language (ESL), having the knowledge may not always be enough in the competitive job market. However, obtaining a TESOL certification may just be what you need to boost your chances. 

To make the most out of TESOL certification, here are some tips and tricks that can help you stand out from the rest. 

  • Networking with other TESOL professionals

An essential part of any job search is networking. Reaching out to other TESOL-certified professionals not only increases your connections but might also bring in countless opportunities to further your career. You can join TESOL organizations on social media, and attend workshops, conferences, and seminars. 

The best part? You may even learn about job openings and opportunities that aren’t posted anywhere else.

  • Highlighting your TESOL certification

Like with every job application, your resume and cover letter serve as your first impression to potential employers. Showcase your TESOL certification and other relevant skills and knowledge you gained from the program. You can also share how it has improved your skillset and other teaching strategies in the job objective section of your resume. 

You can also read this blog from us on how to include your TESOL certification in your resume!

  • Create a teaching portfolio

While the resume serves as a base reference for your skills and experience, it may not be enough to contain all the relevant experience you have. A teaching portfolio is an excellent way of collating information about your professional experience in one place. It is a collection of materials that showcase your teaching expertise, which can include lesson plans, work samples, teaching evaluations, and other relevant records such as other certifications.

Making a teaching portfolio can easily be done online and you can link this in your e-resume to make it easier for employers to view it.

  • Preparing for the interview

You’ve followed the tips above and you finally get the call for an interview—now what?

The key to any successful interview is preparation and research. While it can be nerve-wracking, research and practice can help you feel more confident and prepared. You can start by researching the company or organization you’re applying to. Learn about their mission, vision, and goals. Also, review the job description and how your skills and experience match who they are looking for. You can also practice answering common interview questions to give you a feel of what to expect.

On the day of your interview, practice proper etiquette by dressing appropriately and arriving early.

Most importantly, relax and trust in yourself. The interview is a chance to showcase your personality and why you would be a good fit for the position.

Trying out these tips can take your TESOL certification to the next level and help you land the job of your dreams!