6 Tips to Stand Out With Self-Introduction Video for Online English Teaching job
In the crowded world of online English teaching applicants, your resume, photo, degree(s) and TEFL certificate aren’t enough to help you stand out. But an excellent self-recorded introduction video will! It can prove your capabilities to the schools by hearing your English skill and teaching experiences as well as your voice. It creates personal connections with the schools and builds rapport with your prospective students.
A self-introduction video may not be required by the schools but is easy to do and will earn you extra brownie points. It makes them remember you!
What To Say In An ESL Teacher Introduction Video
Remember that it’s a short video of only 1-3 minutes long. Be concise and to the point!
Here are some of the things you should mention:
- Your full name, obviously
- Where you’re from and your educational background
- Why do you love teaching English?
- Your relevant experiences (past teaching jobs, experiences with kids, things you love about that particular culture, etc.)
It’s not that scary really. Make sure you plan it out well. Writing a script in advance will help prepare yourself to talk smoothly and comprehensively. However, don’t look at the paper while recording yourself. Practice a couple times so you can speak naturally.
Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine and show your strengths. You don’t have to follow any specific structures. Think about your particular group of students and say whatever that would make you stand out as a perfect teacher for them.
6 Tips For An Excellent Online English Teacher Introduction Video
Below are 6 tips to help you create a perfect self-introduction video for your online English teaching job application:
- Speak clearly and not too fast. Imagine you’re talking to non-native speakers with rather weak English listening skill. Make sure they can understand you well.
- Show your energy and confidence. The students would prefer somebody easy to speak with and passionate about his or her subject. Look happy, confident and natural. Oh, and smile!
- Dress to impress. Though you’re recording yourself, probably at home, you must look presentable. Wear what you would wear to teach a live class.
- Frame the video well. Clear away any background clutters and make sure the video focuses on you without any distractions in the back. You should be recorded from the waist up with your face and hand gestures visible to the audience.
- Find a well-lit spot. Good natural lighting is best for your video. Otherwise, make sure the light is not placed directly behind you, lit enough and not casting any weird shadows on your face.
- Record in a quiet place. The mic will pick up any background noises such as traffic, surrounding people, etc. If possible, you can borrow or even invest in a high-quality portable mic that should be easily bought online. Remember, your voice is the deciding factor here!
Review Your Self-Introduction Video
It’s absolutely normal to record a few times before you get the perfect result. After recording, you should review your video to see if it matches your desires.
- Did you sound clear and convincing to the recruiter?
- Can the viewer see you well without any distractions?
- Is the video stable (not shaky) and good quality?
- Was the video recorded full-width with high quality?
- DID YOU SMILE?!
Ready to Share Your Intro Video?
Once you’ve recorded an excellent self-introduction video, you may upload it on YouTube. However, remember that YouTube is blocked in China. Thus, if you’re applying for an online English teaching job in China, you will have to find an alternative channel or send the file directly to the schools.
Share an URL to the recruiter instead of sending the entire video file, because video file tends to be relatively large in size, gmail only allow you to attach up to 25MB and Microsoft hotmail and outlook only allow up to 10MB per email attachment.
- YouTube – A most effective way is uploading to YouTube and set the view privacy to unlisted if you only intend to share with specific personnel.
- Cloud Storage – Sharing via Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, or Dropbox, etc is another option.
- Youku – It would be the best if you’re willing to take an extra mile and upload to the Chinese YouTube equivalent video sharing site, Youku. YouTube is blocked in China. HR of the ESL teaching companies in China have to use a VPN to access the video, but in significantly slower speed.
Let The Video Work Its Magic
Now you are all prepared! It’s time to let us help you find you a great online ESL teaching job!
Good luck and have fun with it!