- For Teachers
Even more than the perfect TEFL CVs and cover
letters mentioned in previous articles on Usingenglish.com, a good job reference
can really make up for any lack of qualifications and experience someone might
have when applying for a higher level TEFL job like teacher trainer. For those
of us not lucky enough to be able to suggest to our boss what he or she puts in
our job reference (actually something that is acceptable more often than you
might think), the closest thing we can get to ensuring that it is exactly what
we need is just to make sure we do what we would want to be written and make
sure that it is noticed.
Here are some ideas for things you could suggest to a particularly generous boss whose daughter's life you have saved, or of extra things that might be worth doing (usually for free, unfortunately) in your present job in order to be able to get a future job where such things are paid. Hopefully our DoSs will read it as well, and give us all glowing references from now on.
In no particular order, here are some things you could try doing in the hope that they get on the job reference that will get you that (first or better) teacher trainer job:
If you are already doing teacher training, as well as things above here are some extra things you might want to try and get into your job reference one way or another:
And finally, as doing all the things above the wrong way could just end up with your boss thinking you are a goody two shoes smarty pants, just be nice and be yourself!
Copyright © 2008 Alex Case
Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com