How to write a great personal statement

This month’s ‘How to…’ on completing a great application for your next job in TEFL.

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Part 1 – the Personal Statement

It’s easy to find a lot of information on employers and interview techniques for most ELT jobs, from disgruntled rants on Dave’s ESL cafe to informative reviews on Glassdoor. However, information in one of the market’s best-known employers seems thin on the ground.

The good news about their application process is that it’s uniform and transparent and aims to be as objective as such a procedure of selection can be, so there is a process you can follow.

I’ve experienced three BC interviews and a number of applications so far in my ELT career, two of which have been successful. Each time I’ve refined my process using help from others and what minimal internet resources I’ve found. Here’s my guide to making the best impression you can.

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How to move to a new country #1: before the leap

On the brink of another international move, I sat down to think about all the things I do to settle in to a new job, in a new city, in a new country.

This will be the third move in just over five years, not including briefer sojourns such as short contracts and a recent study break in Thailand. The basics – packing up the house, planning the move etc. – are common to any moving experience. The removals might be handled by international shipping rather than Uncle John, and if you’re moving pets internationally there’s a whole raft of paperwork, depending on where you’re going, but it’s manageable and your new job will probably have a lot of experience supporting people through the practicalities.

This is the extra stuff for when you really are boldly exploring a strange new land and have no previous point of reference on What To Expect. What are the dos and don’ts in your new home-to-be? What’s the local language? How will you find like-minded people? How do the buses work?

You will notice as this post progresses that a lot of what I do post-interview but pre-actual-moving involves the Internet as the key line of information from the greatest number and variety of sources. Nothing in this post is revolutionary; everything is common sense, but here’s my one-stop guide to how I go about answering those questions.

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