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Getting a SAFE & LEGITIMATE Teaching Job Overseas - DIY

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:56 pm    Post subject: Getting a SAFE & LEGITIMATE Teaching Job Overseas - DIY Reply with quote

I subscribe to some different newsletters and two of them focus on all the teaching job scams. and here is something I cut from China Scam Patrol's "Better Safe Than Sorry" newsletter that is worth sharing I think:

"Over 90% of all the job ads you see posted online are either fraudulent "magnet ads" of job that are designed only to get a large amount of resumes sent in that then become sales leads for the recruiters. They typically feature high pay and great benefits - the ideal job. About 30% of the ads are posted by identity thieves fishing for new victims. So here is how to avoid these risks...

1) Only put minimal personal information on your first resume sent. Go heavy on your qualifications and very light on your identifying data. For example, if your name is Paul David Robinson, only put "P. David Robinson" on your resume and NEVER give your address, date of birth, or even a city. It is good enough to say you hail from the State of Illinois. Passport Scans should not be sent to anyone except direct employers, not agents, nor third party recruiters. It is sufficient to say, I am a native-born U.S. citizen, and will provide a PP scan upon receipt of a suitable written job offer from a direct employer for security reasons.

2) Never ever upload you resume online that the whole world can view or even "subscribers" to a website, which will surely include at least a dozen ID thieves. This explains what happens to 40% of people who upload their resumes:

3) Go the FIY route and avoid recruiters and agents, most of which are unlicensed and unregistered in foreign countries which means - ZERO ACCOUNTABILITY. Send your own resume and photo directly to the HR departments of training companies, and to "FAOs" of schools (Foreign Affairs Officers) - they all speak English these days.

Cool Know the visa laws and teaching requirement of the country you want to work. Never think nor believe an agent or recruiter is obligated to tell you the truth. They will tell you only what they want and need you to know to sign their contract ASAP. In China for example, you can visit the government website of or

5) Start using ESL & TEFL white and blacklists. The global TEFL & ESL blacklist can be found at For all other blacklists you need to search on Google or Yahoo for them with keywords like
"China, TEFL, ESL, teaching, blacklists".

If you follow these 5 basic rules, you will be keeping yourself out of harm's way. If you ignore them you will probably get skimmed on your salary or cheated in another devious way. Good luck to you and bon voyage. Visit our blog for more tips and Scam Alerts at"
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