Take the first thing you can get, and THEN be picky.
A person asked me a great question the other day. He said he's here in Bangkok, he's been given a job offer of 35,000 baht a month, but wanted to know if it's the norm.
Unfortunately yes it is.
But honestly, it's not that big of a deal.
The guy I was speaking to said he's been a teacher for eight years and personally speaking, I get where he is coming from not wanting to get the same starting salary as someone with little to no experience. That is the kind of pay you give to granola eating vegetarian stinky backpacker hippies (I'm joking, relax) not skilled professionals.
There are "Teachers in Thailand" rooms that I belong to that say don't settle for anything less than 40K, and although I do agree with them, that's easier said than done.
Back in college in America a friend of mine brought up an excellent point about getting your first job out of college. He said, "Take the first thing you can get, and THEN be picky." It was a brilliant point that can easily be applied to TEFL jobs, especially if you are applying for work from outside of Thailand.
What if the job sucks?
So what? Who cares? With most jobs there is generally a 60-day probationary period. That probation is more for the school to sell themselves to you, than for you to sell yourself to the school. During that time, if you don't like it, then you can leave pretty quickly. Just please be smart and try and find a new job before you leave your other one.
Once you get a work permit, that's a different story. You can still leave, but the school needs to turn in your work permit before you can get another job.
What if it doesn't suck?
GREAT! Even better. Just get the first year under your belt and take your time getting to know the area. Network, do your research, and find better paying jobs. You could even step up your game by getting a higher level certification (Trinity TEFL, or Cambridge CELTA). I wrote a blog post about getting certifications on my website clarifying the differences between TEFLs. When you get those high end certifications, you get opened up to a whole new world of options for this career.
Please check out my youtube video that I made a few years ago regarding this topic.
Good luck with the new school year and getting your first job here in Thailand, whether it be here in Bangkok or anywhere else in Thailand.
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