Be cautious of job advertisements containing excruciatingly bad grammar and pronunciation. Though legitimate ads also fall privy to abuse of the English language, obvious scammers are usually the worst of the worst. With that being said, some scanners may take their time and carefully post elaborate information. So, learn to protect yourself by viewing our others examples.
Absolutely do not pay any ESL employer any upfront money for airfare, visa processing fees, housing fees, or mailing fees. Illegitimate employers will usually ask you to wire them money via Western Union or Money Gram. If they ask for any of these, it’s 99.9% a scam. Applying for a ESL job overseas DOES NOT REQUIRE you to SEND ANY MONEY to an Employer. As a prospective ESL employer, the only “fees” you’ll need to pay are for your airfare travel (if necessary) and Visa (to the local Consulate). Beware!
Most people will drop their defensive guards when they receive a check in the mail from anyone. This scam is very popular amongst those applying to be “secret shoppers.” An employer will send you a nice looking check for you to use freely to shop and report on the service of particular stores. They’ll expect you to cash the check, spend the large amount, and wire them back a small portion of it. If something like this happens for any reason, immediately stop what you’re doing. A legit employer will not send you any currency in any form, including cash, wire, account deposit, or check. Beware!
Scammers can be found on both Paid and Free Job Advertisement boards. Expect that they will pay a small job advertisement fee of their own money in order to gain a huge chunk of yours.
Once you have established communication with an employer, it is perfectly normal to exchange information via chat services. However, when it comes to interviewing, absolutely do not conduct your interview by writing alone. Some illegitimate employers will try their best to get you to answer all their questions in your written chat, and then tell you excitedly, “Congratulations, you’ve got the job!” This is definitely a scam. In addition, if an ESL employer claims that their internet isn’t functioning well enough for a video interview, tell them that you’d like to arrange the interview for another time. Lastly, in reality, you should expect that some legit ESL employers may only seek to call you; after all, they have your photo and to hear your voice is all they need. Still, I strongly suggest asking to conduct a video interview.
There is a longstanding phrase that reads, “If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.” Make sure to do your research. Check ESL websites for the average salaries of new teachers or by their teaching experience. Look at other job postings to compare your employers and others. Use a currency convertor to see if the salary amount is disproportionate to that of teaching positions in your local country.