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Ok, ok, so you’re in search of an English teaching job in China and have not a single clue as to where to look. Or, you know to hit up the notorious Dave’s ESL Café, but is that really the best website to find English teaching jobs in the country?
The short answer: no. Here are the best websites for finding English teaching jobs in China. Enjoy.
Asia Teaching Jobs is another website to consider for ESL job positions across China, but it's definitely not anywhere close to the others listed next when it comes to popularity. As their name suggests, they do provide job listings across a number of countries and regions in Asia including Cambodia, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and more.
Teaching Nomad provides job listings in China, Korea, Saudia Arabia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, United Arab, and more. You may even search by school subject you’d like to teach, ages of students, and popular cities. The job descriptions are pretty detailed, and they seem to have hundreds of jobs listed. They also have an official WeChat account where you may search for job postings. Sweet.
ESL Teachers Board… *sigh.* Sure, ESL Teachers Board provides job listings, ESL and travel resources, and lots of stuff for ESL students; however, in my opinion, it is very sloppy put together.
Take a look at the website and you’ll see that items are all over the place. Additionally, I’ve only used ESL Teachers Board to post my resume. Each time I have, I’d receive a lot of spam emails. I don’t know if they’ve updated their security since, but feel free to take it into consideration.
I saw Hired China advertised on Instagram quite a bit, so I figured I'd check it out. They've got jobs in China listed across numerous fields and seem to be pulling in more English teaching jobs on a daily basis. You can search by industry and type of employment, ie full-time or part-time.
Ok, everybody knows about Dave’s ESL Café. It’s definitely one of the top branded original websites catering to ESL teachers searching for jobs abroad. You can look at open job positions in China, South Korea, and other international countries. You may also post your resume (no pictures allowed) and it will go into a database for ESL employers to explore.
Dave’s ESL Café gets points for providing a very simple and user-friendly design, and there are plenty of jobs to choose from.
First, this is not associated with China Daily, China’s premier newspaper. Nevertheless, “China Daily Information” provides a long list of jobs across cities such as Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Tianjin, Suzhou, Dalian, and more. It’s definitely worth taking a look.
Lingua Tutor helped me secure my second ESL teaching job in Shanghai, but they actually found me via my resume posting on EChinacities. They are an agency that provides ESL job listings for schools, tutoring, and corporate training. I suggest at least sending them your resume so they could help find jobs for you.
Social media giant Facebook has tons of public and private groups promoting English teaching jobs in China. Plus, there are job groups dedicated to specific cities. Head to Facebook, click on the search bar, and type in "China teaching jobs," "Shanghai English jobs," "Beijing ESL teacher" and see what you'll come across!
Wechat Groups & Accounts
Some very cool users on WeChat, China's most popular messaging, social media, and mobile payment platform, have created groups for agents and ESL employers to post job listings. Most groups receive lots of postings 365 days a year, too. Unfortunately, there's no way to actually search for these groups; instead, you'll have to be invited by a friend. Hey, it wouldn't hurt to ask around!
There are some official WeChat subscription accounts that post jobs as well, in addition to providing articles covering expat life, ESL games, funny teacher stories, and more. You can follow "EnglishTeacher" on WeChat for starters.
JobTube is a great resource for teaching and non-teaching jobs in China. They have a website, an app, and dozens of private WeChat job groups. You'll need to pay a fee to enter their group chats, though, which can range between 70-100RMB for a year.
Local Expat Websites
One thing you might want to consider in your search for ESL jobs in China is looking over popular expat websites and community-centered websites in specific cities. Shanghai, for instance, has Shanghai Expat, SmartShanghai, Timeout Shanghai, CityWeekend Shanghai, The Shanghaiist, That’s Shanghai, and more, that provide everything from forum boards, company listings, and blog articles geared towards expats, to travel and tourism resources, tickets for events, and coupons for activities across the city.
Furthermore, sites like these usually provide job listings in various fields. If you know what city in China you’d like to teach in, then try searching for their expat and community websites.
Angelina’s ESL Café list jobs across popular cities in China, and only China. In fact, Angelina’s ESL Café is responsible for finding my first ESL job in China.
They're an agency, so once you register and apply for a job, an agent will work as the liaison between you and the employer. Once you’ve found something you’re interested in, you can notify the agent and they will contact the employer.
I like Panda Teachers. It's got a simple format, list jobs across some of China's most popular cities, and details whether the job is at a training center, school, or for private tutoring. You can also search for part-time or full-time jobs, too. Plus, they've even got a blacklist of shady schools, teachers, and agents to be on the lookout for. You can't beat that!
Use an Agent
Teaching English in China is a lucrative industry. With school and training teachers popping up all clover the place, comes a high demand for foreign English teachers. And with that, English speaking locals have caught on and created an entire industry as agents connecting ESL employers with native and non-native English instructors, and they receive a hefty sum form doing so. Everything from professional companies serving as agencies to single entrepreneurs with a good network is fair game. In fact, many of the job ads you may come across might just be from an agent and not directly from the HR recruiter at the school.
Outside of using as an agency like Angelina's ESL Cafe, the best place to find agents is on WeChat. In the case you'll need to know a friend already living in China that can link you to them. Tell them what you're looking for and they'll find the best jobs that can match your schedule and needs.
Search By Brand
I’ve been in China for long while and one thing’s for sure, when it comes to the world of ESL teaching, you’ll end up becoming very familiar with the top branded ESL employers (training centers) whether you want to or not. It’s like they become the McDonald’s, KFC and Subway of the ESL community in China. With that, you should strongly consider searching for their official website and applying for a job. Popular English training center employers in China include but are not limited to:
Kid Castle / English First (EF) / Aibee (American Baby International English) / Disney English / Web International English (WEB) / Longmen Schools / Panda English / FastTrack English / American Eagle Institute / Webi English / Elan School / Wall Street English / New Oriental Education & Technology
EChinacities jobs page is probably the best website to use for finding English teaching jobs in China. The site is loaded with teaching jobs located all across the country and most ads provide a sufficient amount of details regarding the job position.
You can also search by location, salary range, and whether you’re looking for full-time or part-time work, in addition to posting your resume.
What’s more, EChinacities also list jobs across various categories such as administration, hospitality, and entertainment, to name a few, and you can also read up on user submitted articles from expats covering life in China. They also have an official Wechat app where they post jobs cross China. This one's a highly recommend!
Have anymore essential websites or apps to share for finding teaching jobs in China? Well, let me know down below! Oh yeah, just remember to always do a thorough background search on your potential employer before accepting any positions.
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