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Using Teacher Employment Services

Teacher employment services and what it means to you. Many want the freedom that working for yourself offers but don’t know how to get started. To be perfectly honest, it’s not the simplest thing to do. Renting space is not only risky but requires big money to start up and can be quite the nerve racking experience.

It’s no secret that in order to make decent money you pretty much have to go into business for yourself. But here’s the rub. It’s kind of a catch 22. You don’t have the money to start your own school because you don’t have the students. Yet you need students to generate the cash for start up. And around and around it goes. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Teacher Employment Service- A Fast Way to Find Jobs in Japan

One fairly clever work around is to use free student finding services to begin building your student base. They allow you to quickly build your OWN student base. In a nut shell, these services maintain and build a gigantic data base of students who are looking for English teachers. You then register with them by filling out their teacher profile and attaching a picture. Then, they list you in their bank of available teachers. This gives you instant and massive exposure to thousands of students looking for teachers in your area.

From there on out, when potential students come across your profile, if interested, they contact you according to the contact options that you decide. You then set up a meeting at a location you both agree to and a price you want to teach for. These students who are looking to learn English lessons privately, pay Sensei Bank to receive your contact information. (That’s how they make money.)

The great thing about using teacher employment services is that those looking for teachers are not “idle speculators” thinking about possibly taking an English class. They’re motivated and actively looking to make a decision and make it soon. So by using their free services, you’re standing right smack in the middle of the traffic path. This is why they’re so effective in helping you get started.

Teacher Employment Services 

How they help You get started with no risk & no overhead.
Because your first and subsequent meetings occurs at meeting places you both decide on like a coffee shop or your own house/ apartment, you can build up your private student base without paying huge rents.

Furthermore because you’re using their massive internet and networking presence to gather students, you don’t have to pay money and time eating stuff like printing fliers, running classifies ads or doing direct mail pieces. Their size and prominence in the market does all the advertising for you - for free. (Small side note. There is no such thing as "free". Someone picks up the tab. You don't. The student does when they register with the service.)

Basically, hands down, it’s the easiest, fastest and cheapest way to get your own students teaching English in Japan free-lance. If you’re tired of making money for someone else and want to start making it for yourself, you definitely should check these teacher employment services.

Hello Sensei

One of the largest in the field and the most widely used and respected teacher / student matching service in Japan. Thousands of students scour their pages every day looking for teachers. Solid customer service and prompt replies to e-mails. Their website is easy to navigate - bordering on intuitive. A very readable and easy to understand sign-up page streamlines the whole otherwise cumbersome sign-up process.

Teacher Employment & Finding More Students 

If you have not been contacted by any students although you have a published teaching profile, or if you'd just like to take on more students, you might like our tips for getting more exposure. The most popular teachers on such sites have a teaching profile that fulfills all the criteria listed below.

  • Do you have a photo in your teaching profile? If not, we suggest you add one. Having a photo of yourself adds a personal aspect to your teaching profile, putting students at ease with you. It  helps them find this process more comfortable. 

  • Do you have a reasonable lesson fee listed for one-on-one lessons? If you took a language lesson how much would you be willing to pay per hour for a 1 on 1 lesson?

  • How many train stations have you selected in your teaching profile? We have a landing page for each train station in the Kanto area (TokyoKanagawaChibaSaitama, etc.) and in the Kansai area (OsakaHyogoKyotoNara, etc.) for students who search for teachers with the name of a train station in a search engine. This means that the larger amount of stations selected, the more widely exposed your teaching profile will be. 

  • Have you described yourself in detail? Most Japanese students will look closely at your teaching profile and read everything written there, so you should also fill out the fields that are not required.

  •  Use the 'message to students' field to describe yourself as much as possible. Teachers who have simply written “Hi everyone, I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon!” are less likely to find students easily. 

  • It’s also a good idea to describe exactly how you carry out your lessons. For example, what materials you use, how you allocate time during lessons, etc. 

  • Another real biggie is to push the workload onto the student. Ask them what they want.  When you get your first meeting with them, draw a pie chart on a piece of paper and ask THEM to fill it in in percentages.  For example, How much grammar?" How much free conversation? Idioms? Technical areas you want to speak on? How to be polite in in spoken English beyond the beaten to death "Please XXX". There is a world of difference  between "Please sit" and "Have a seat and make yourself comfortable."

  • When was the last time you updated your teaching profile? As you may or may not know, the ”Updated” mark is displayed on your teaching profile for 4 weeks after it has been updated. We strongly recommend that you update your teaching profile at least once a month, as students generally prefer teachers who have recently been active in their account..
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