jimmij jimmij posted July 17th, 2013 at 3:19 pm to Other. Viewed 395 times. Answered 14 times.

Hi everyone,

I've recently arrived in Hanoi, and I'm looking for a job teaching English.

I've completed a 120 hour TEFL (20 hours live and 100 online, have a 4 year BA (Hons) in Communication Advertising & PR and I'm a native English speaker. However, I don't have any teaching experience.

Does anyone have advice on the best ways to go about finding my first EFL job? The best schools to apply to, how to go about it etc.

I'd also be open to working in HCMC, Hue, Danang or Dalat if anyone has tips for these cities.

Thanks in advance.

Last answered by ltmagnificent about 78 months ago.

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JuanBTong wrote on July 17th, 2013 at 4:09 pm

IMHO Strikes me the second thing you should do is turn your computer off and go around to all the schools and ask for a job.

amabush wrote on July 17th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Or leave your computer on and look under 'Jobs' at the top of this very page.

slim110 wrote on July 17th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

directly above your question is an ad that says:


"ILA - teachers wanted!
for more information visit: www.discovereltvietnam.com

ILA Vietnam - ho chi minh, vung tau, da nang, ha noi"

i dont work there but they haave a good reputation in vietnam, hope it helps!

amabush wrote on July 17th, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Perhaps jimmij should consider taking the CELTA?

newmoon wrote on July 17th, 2013 at 8:01 pm

My first and foremost advice for the OP is keeping the computer on to study how to utilize this useful website, their features like ANH(search before posting a question), Top Spots of Education, and Jobs in the Classifies, etc.

sfitzmorgan wrote on July 17th, 2013 at 9:45 pm
Good Answer jimmij marked this as a good answer

I have another suggestion for you Jim...
Make friends with some other teachers here, then ask one or two of them if you can sit-in on one or two of their classes BEFORE you go for your first interview...

Even sitting in on a semi-private class or two will give you insight as to what kinds of problems you'll be dealing with and what the "typical" students are like.

If you get the chance to sit-in on classes in very different environments (public/private schools and centers) then you may also have a much better idea of where you'd enjoy teaching the most. It could make your job search much simpler!

sfitzmorgan wrote on July 18th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Hey Giayluathom,

I'm just curious why you gave my suggestion a "Fail"?

It's true that I didn't give Jim the name of someone to call, or be like some others suggesting that he open his eyes before he trips over one, but don't you think him having an idea about what he'd be getting into be advantageous, both to him and to his employer?

One of the biggest complaints from employees is that they didn't realize what they were getting into before they agreed to work, and for employers they say they are so frustrated when their staff leave after just a short time, usually because they find that they don't like the environment!

So again, don't you think it would be a good thing for him to audit a few classes in different environments BEFORE he starts hitting the streets?


Newman wrote on July 18th, 2013 at 3:14 pm
Newman (elite user)

Aw, the fitz has a special friend.

Lucky you!

sfitzmorgan wrote on July 18th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Not just ONE Newman, I've been willing to help out anyone that has a genuine interest in something that I can help with...
In this case I don't know jimmij, nor have I ever met them, knowingly anyway...

Grant wrote on July 18th, 2013 at 3:34 pm
Grant (elite user)


Yes, you should feel special getting failed by The Giay. Don't try and put any reasoning into it though.


amabush wrote on July 18th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

If jimmij is going to sit in on classes he should make very sure that the people in charge of the school are aware of this and have okayed it. Does he have CP clearance? If not, there may be a real problem with him being in a classroom at all.

Giaylongname failed me too. I think it's a personal form of sortes virgilianae.
Or perhaps he has divined my fondness for collecting stuffed creatures and thinks it a suitable form of chastisement.
I eat meat too. And I like it.
AND I killed two cockroaches last night.
AND the next time I see a triangle fly, it's a goner.
So fail that, Giaylongname.

Vegas wrote on July 18th, 2013 at 10:25 pm
Vegas (elite user)

'Does he have CP clearance?'

He won't need one if he has a CELTA.

Vegas wrote on July 18th, 2013 at 10:49 pm
Vegas (elite user)

OP: without knowing specifics of your TEFL cert, it's difficult to say what your prospects will be at the more reputable schools around town. If your certificate is a genuine CELTA equivalent, then you should definitely be in with a shot at Language Link, Apollo, Cleverlearn, ILA etc. If it isn't then you'll have to take your chances with the lesser known centres. Some are fine, others notoriously dodgy. It won't be hard to find a job at these kinds of organisations, however keeping it can prove more of a challenge.

ltmagnificent wrote on July 22nd, 2013 at 12:04 pm
ltmagnificent (elite user)

@Vegas and the OP;

From what you have put in the description, I highly doubt that it is a CELTA equivalent. The OP clearly says it is mostly online, which is frowned upon by the reputable schools (especially with no teaching experience to back it up). Granted it is better than a totally online weekend deal, but it is pretty worthless for quality employment.

IMHO the OP should have just made a trip to Bangkok and picked up a CELTA on Khao San Road. It would've been cheaper and worth more than the piece of overpriced toilet paper he currently has... that or just take the damn CELTA.

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