How to Get an Online Teaching Job

By Bridge
March 30, 2020
Jay Teaching English Online

Feeling the economic impact of coronavirus, more people than ever of all ages, professions, and backgrounds are looking for jobs they can do online from the comfort and safety of home. Fortunately, teaching English online provides an option to do just that –  and arguably one of the best ones. What makes this field such a good choice? The demand for teachers is high, the schedule is flexible, and the pay competitive. Not sure how to get an online teaching job? Follow these three steps get started– even if you’ve never taught before!

Step 1 – Find out what you need to get qualified

Requirements to teach online vary from one company to the next, with almost all requiring TEFL/TESOL certification and some also requiring a college degree, a background in teaching, or experience working with kids. Don’t worry if you don’t have a degree or experience, or even if English isn’t your first language; there are online tutoring opportunities for people of all backgrounds and experience levels. Start by assessing your current qualifications and choosing a TEFL/TESOL certification course that’s right for you (a minimum of 120 hours is recommended).

Teaching English Online Course With Practicum

The Bridge Teaching English Online Certification Course

Better yet, contact an experienced Bridge Advisor, who can help you choose the right TEFL/TESOL course for your specific plans. Get started with teaching online by filling out a short form to tell us a bit about yourself and we’ll follow up with a recommended TEFL/TESOL program, such as specialized certification in teaching English online (or perhaps a combination of general and specialized training) to prepare you for the job you want.

Bridge advisors can even start matching you with potential online teaching jobs well before you complete your TEFL/TESOL certification. Which brings us to Step 2.

Step 2 – Connect with online teaching jobs

Bridge helps course graduates connect with online teaching jobs in a few ways.

Preferred Employment Partners

If you’ve already been in touch with a Bridge advisor (Step 1), then we can use the information you’ve shared about your qualifications and job preferences to recommend online teaching jobs with our Preferred Employment Partners. These Preferred Partners, such as VIPKid, GoGoKid, iTutorGroup, Open English, and others, are reputable, fully-vetted online tutoring companies Bridge works closely with that are actively seeking qualified teachers.

Rachel tutoring with VIPKid

Bridge Job Board

If you prefer to connect with employers on your own, you can also search for online teaching jobs using the Bridge Job Board. Simply filter and browse the available teaching jobs and apply directly to any position.

Teacher Portfolio

To streamline the process further, you’ll have the option on the Bridge Job Board to create a Teacher Portfolio, highlighting your certification, education, experience, and skills. Your Portfolio can then be easily shared with Bridge Preferred Employment Partners as well as other employers on the Job Board.

Step 3 – Ace your online job interview

Whether you apply to jobs directly or let Bridge match you with Preferred Employment Partners, the next step to get an online teaching job is the interview. Most online teaching jobs require several steps in the interview process, including the typical Q&A as well as a demo teaching lesson. Don’t panic! You’ll likely get detailed instructions on what they’re looking for in this demo teaching session and you can even find example videos on YouTube, like this one from Bridge Preferred Partner, VIPKid, so you know what to expect.

There is much more to a strong teaching application than just meeting the basic requirements. Listen to recruiters from top online English teaching companies to learn how to set yourself apart from other applicants.