Thailand is an awesome place. It is one of those countries that you visit and don’t want to leave. As a matter of fact, when I polled the top travel bloggers on the web to find out their most favorite country and why, the overwhelming favorite was…drumroll please….Thailand!
If you are one of the many foreigners that has traveled to Thailand and got hooked, you are in luck. There are job opportunities available, especially in the area of teaching English. Like most non English-speaking countries, teaching English will be your best way to make some dough while you are in the country.
Below is a selection of resources (based on word of mouth and personal research) for searching for employment opportunities as a foreigner in Thailand.
General Job Search Engines and Classifieds
With the sites below, you can expect to get a 0.5 to 1.0% response rate (people who will respond back to you to whom you sent your application/CV.) Nevertheless, I encourage you to give these sites a try as you never know what you will come up with or what connections you can make from a simple e-mail or application.
- ThaiWebsites: ThaiWebsites has links to the major Thai job search engines.
- CareerJet: A gigantic search engine that I’m sure you are already familiar with.
- Monster: Monster has been around since the dawn of the internet era. It is not what it once was, but you definitely need to take a look to see if there is anything worthwhile.
- JobsDB: JobsDB is a good search engine with lots of job opportunities in Thailand.
- Riley Guide: Handpicked sites that enable you to search for employment in specific countries and/or regions around the world.
- Learn4Good: Learn4Good has a good portal for jobs on a number of levels.
Teaching English will be your easiest option (if you are a native English speaker that is). All of the sites below are pretty similar and have massive amounts of teaching English job options around the world. Browse through each of the sites for any Thailand job opportunities. Also, be sure to check out this cool table from the International TEFL academy that shows how much money teachers can expect to make in various countries around the world.
- Ajarn: Ajarn is the king of kings with respect to searching for TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) jobs in Thailand. I would begin my job search here.
- ESL Employment: Not the most beautiful interface, but who needs a pretty website when you have so many English teaching job options to choose from.
- Total ESL: Also an overly busy interface but a wealth of job postings for teaching jobs abroad.
- ESL Cafe: Dave does a great job in compiling some of the best job openings from around the world.
- Tesall: Big teaching jobs aggregator.
- Teaching Thailand: I really like Teaching Thailand’s no nonsense interface. See an opportunity that you like and send an e-mail.
- This article at Yahoo Voices shows you “5 Quick Steps to Getting Your Dream Teaching Job in Thailand.”
Thoughts of Other Bloggers and Websites
- Transition Abroad tells you in step-by-step detail about how to go about doing a 10 day job search in Thailand.
- Thailand Musings blog has a bunch of great articles on the different job options in Thailand for a foreigner. Although outdated, the information is still pretty relevant to this day. Check out the posts, “What Work Can We Do Other Than Teach English in Thailand?”, “Thailand Jobs“, “Teaching English in Thailand in 10 Days: Part 1“, and “Teaching English in Thailand in 10 Days: Part 2.”
- Check out KhaosanRoad’s Working in Thailand post for brief rundown of some of the work options in Thailand.
- InterNations has a good write-up entitled, “Working in Thailand.”
- AngloInfo has a good up-to-date list of the job search procedures for Thailand.
- While there are some who talk about getting a job in Thailand in 10 days, this Yahoo Voices article explains how you can get a job in a week.
- Thailand Forum is a good one-stop shop for pretty much anything dealing with moving or living in Thailand.
- Retail plus has a succinct list of jobs in Thailand for foreigners.
Overseas and Expat Job Portals
- eFinancialCareers: My favorite search engine for finance jobs on the web. I used them during my Wall Street days. They are limited for Thailand though.
- Overseas Jobs: I find that there is often significant overlap between the postings on this site and that of other sites. Nevertheless this site has been around for a while.
- Go Abroad: I’ve always been a fan of GoAbroad. In fact, on the visa information portion of my website, you will find where I have linked to their global embassies directory. They have a good job portal too.
- Career Builder: These guys have been around a long time. A pretty good site to check out but not the best of the bunch.
- Linkedin: Last but not least, this huge professional social network is a resource for building contacts in the field and location of your interest.
There you have it. The best places to find jobs in Thailand as a foreigner. For information on visas for Thailand, be sure to check out my Thailand visa page. If you are single and are looking to spice up your dating life, check out my reviews of the best dating sites in Thailand.
Finding a Place to Stay
If you are looking for a cheap apartment in Thailand, the best sites are MrRoomFinder, Thai Apartment, 9Apartment.com and the Thai Visa Classifieds. You can also find some good tips here at Transitions Abroad and here at AngloInfo.
Visa Hunter Jobs: Check out Visa Hunter Jobs, a site that aggregates job listings (mainly teaching jobs since those are the easiest to get as a foreigner) from the top sites around the web so you don't have to go from site to site.
Worldwide Moving Guide: Everything you need to know in order to plan your move to 65+ countries around the world.
Worldwide Jobs Guide: Be sure to check out my posts on how to find jobs in any country in the world.
Worldwide Apartments Guide: If you are interested in renting an apartment in this country, take a look at my articles on how to find an apartment in various countries around the world.
Worldwide Dating Guide: Also, check out my posts on the best online dating sites in 60+ countries around the world.
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