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The online English teaching job market has matured significantly over the last few years and continues to grow in demand for teachers. Students from China compose the majority of the student body. Teaching English online offers flexibility for those who are looking for part-time teaching jobs and can turn into a full-time job for those who are willing to put in the time and effort.

We have helped thousands upon thousands of online English teachers landing great online English teaching jobs. This ultimate guide is a pearl of collective wisdom and direct experience contributed to our teaching community and working with the recruiters of the online ESL companies and schools directly.

It should be noted that the highest demand for teachers is from countries such as the US, Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. However, do not be discouraged if you’re coming from other countries. Yes, you can still get a job if you are a native English speaking teacher from another country, or a non-native who has put in the time and reached a level that is good enough for online teaching. Read the following tips to thrive and score high paying online English teaching jobs!

We hope the guide will help you get started or provide a further leap in your online teaching jobs! Please do leave comments under if you have any questions!

This is a great RESOURCE for anyone who might be contemplating / considering On-Line Teaching.   

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Short Version

Prepare Resume for Online Teaching

Highlight your teaching-related experience and relevant information in your resume to engage the recruiters. Take the time to read each school’s requirements and simply list them out. Ex. the method you used during teaching ESL students, how you helped students to improve their test scores, pronunciation, grammar issues in an effective manner. There is a complete guide to creating a resume for online schools.

Get a TEFL Certification

TEFL is a common and the most cost-effective type of certificate to start your teaching journey, whether it’s online ESL teaching or teach English abroad. If you can get a TESOLor CELTA that is even better. This gives a head start for new teachers and boost the salary greatly. Here is the ultimate guide to TEFL.

Create a Self-Intro Video

Create a well thought out self-introduction video that you can link to in your resume, which greatly boosts your visibility and chance of being viewed during the screening process.

Setup the Technical and Teaching Environment

Make sure that you have a quiet place to teach from, with a plain backdrop, good headsetwith microphone, and as fast of an internet connection as possible. Many schools prefer a wired connection. Include this information in your resume. You can find a review of the top headsets for teaching online.

Practice Your Interview

You can learn it by making a good intro video and make an adjustment by watching your own presentation. Here are some working and interview guides for companies including Palfish, Magic Ears, DaDa, etc. If you’re teaching younger children, be sure you also know the TPR well!

Find ESL Teaching Jobs

If that is enough for you and are ready to go then you can have us find you a job by submitting your application to us or check out the comprehensive online ESL school list, online English teaching jobs.

You can find a similar step by step guide for both online ESL teaching and teach English Abroad here.

The long version of teaching English online:-

Can I Teach English Online?


Edited by David_LivinginTalisay
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