Is your Reputation affecting your ESL Teacher Recruitment?

ESL Teacher Recruitment

A major complaint from ESL/EFL job seekers is that they don’t hear back from employers when applying for a job.


According to teachers who applied for jobs on the EFL Sensei Job Board, only 25% reported to have any contact with the employer.


Teachers become frustrated and dissatisfied with ESL employers that do not communicate receipt of applications and do not let them know whether their applications were accepted or rejected.


Stay in Touch during the ESL Teacher Recruitment Process


ESL teachers are more vocal than ever with the emergence of Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and ESL blogs and forums. Now, an English teacher in China can instantly communicate with someone in the United States who is thinking about teaching English abroad.


Word gets around fast about ESL recruiters that are respectful towards teachers and those that are not.


Even though you may get hundreds of resumes, it is important to find a system of contacting applicants and staying in touch. If you treat teachers well during the recruitment process, they will tell others.


Acknowledge Receipt of Applications


When ESL teachers apply for a job, they want to know if their resume and cover letter were received.


If teachers don’t hear back for a long time, they may think that their application was never received or the email address didn’t work.


This is especially true when employers use free email accounts such as Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail. It’s difficult to know whether the company is even real or not, so it is reassuring to the teachers to receive a message back letting them know their resume was received.


Here is an example:


Thank you very much for your application. We are reviewing applications and will contact you if we wish to arrange an interview.


We appreciate your interest in ABC, Inc. Best wishes in your job search.



Send Rejection Notices


According to employers who posted positions on the EFL Sensei Job Board, less than 10% reported to have used the feature to automatically accept or reject applicants.


With the push of a button, an automatic email gets sent out to the applicants letting them know their status.


How to reject applicants on the EFL Sensei Job Board:


  1. Login to your account.
  2. Click on “My Job Listings” on the right bar.
  3. Click on “Applications” next to your Job Title.
  4. Click on the gear icon to the right of the applicant.
  5. Select “Rejected” (This automatically sends an email to the applicant).

How to reject applicants
The automatic email feature is fast and easy. However, a personalized email is even better.


For example:


Thank you for applying for the ESL position with ABC, Inc. We have completed our review process and an offer has been made to another candidate.


We wish you all the best in your job search and future endeavors.


Whichever method you choose to contact applicants, the most important point is to stay in touch. Teachers will respect you for it and tell others about their good experience.

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