Finding jobs in Hoi An is not overly easy. There is work, but you are more likely to find it by making contacts after you arrive. Because Hoi An is a ‘tourist town’, job opportunities are mainly in the field of hospitality and tourism. Thus, positions such as managing a restaurant or a section of a hotel come up, as do other hospitality-linked types of work. But again, finding jobs in Hoi An is very much a ‘word of mouth’ situation.
There are more job opportunities in Da Nang, particularly in the teaching sector. As Da Nang is only 30 minutes away by motorbike, it is relatively easy to commute. Other increasingly sought after skills for jobs in Hoi An and Da Nang are editing, social media or website design / graphic designer skills. With all the many businesses popping up all over the place, it’s not surprising.
Join Danang Expats Jobs on Facebook to advertise ‘your wares’ and to see which companies may be looking for staff.
Da Nang has quite a lot of English schools, so it is relatively easy to find jobs teaching English in a school there, as well as private tutoring jobs. Hoi An does not have the same opportunities, as there are few language schools here. However, Greenshoots International and GLC (the English school section of Greenshoots) are sometimes looking to recruit teachers (see web addresses below).
Other English language schools in Hoi An include STEC, iLEAD, ILA, and GreenstarMLB. For more information, check their websites, and also search on Facebook: there are plenty of pages and groups for people teaching/looking to teach English in Da Nang, Hoi An, and Hue. Just search “English teaching in [insert city]” or some variation of this. Also, check out this page for a comprehensive foreign English teaching resource: Dave’s ESL Cafe.
After arriving in Hoi An, many people choose to start their own business and there are endless opportunities for new business ideas in places like Hoi An and Da Nang. In fact, it’s hard to come across an expat that doesn’t have a ‘great idea for a business’.
Websites for Teaching in Hoi An
Hoi An International School (HAIS) – Kindergarten, primary and lower secondary school
Greenshoots International School – Kindergarten, primary and lower secondary school
Greenshoots Language Centre (GLC) – Offers language courses for children, adults and corporate clients
STEC English School Hoi An – Send your CV with covering letter to Mrs Chi email@example.com. You will need a degree and CELTA or equivalent certificate
Topica Native – Topica is an impressive organization that is slowly cornering the massive online English-teaching market throughout South East Asia. As they expand so do job opportunities and many expats in Hoi An have jumped on board. Topica pay a fairly decent hourly teaching rate ($10 – $16) when you take into account there is no teaching preparation. Classes follow a scripted format – so after the training, you simply turn up and teach.
Send your resume/CV to: Online Teacher Recruiting And Training Department- Mr. Dao Duy Nam (Edward) via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Online Teaching sites – Big thanks to Olivia Bentan who shared with wonderful resource on Hoi An Expats facebook pages. There are many online sites to choose from and should keep you in work for quite some time. Thanks again Olivia!
Vietnam Teachers – Advertises teaching jobs throughout Vietnam
Dave’s ESL Cafe – A well known web-site for teachers and travellers with teaching qualificationss. Dave’s Cafe has a host of jobs offered from many parts of the world, including Vietnam. Worth checking out.
Websites for Jobs & Freelancers
Pangian – A job posting site for remote workers and freelancers.
UpWork – Another remote freelancing job site.
Vietnam Works – A huge website advertising jobs throughout Vietnam
Workaway – You can find varied employment through Workaway anywhere in the world, although you’re often working for free rent and/or food rather than cold hard cash. It’s a popular site for backpackers who move around every month or so.
Expat.com – Jobs appear here from time-to-time, and there’s also a forum with related job and volunteer information.
The New Hoi Anian – Another expat-related jobs’ site, mainly focused on teaching but some other opportunities sometimes appear.
There is a huge need for good editing skills in Hoi An. Just look at the many tourist brochures filled with basic English problems. If you have this vital skill, it is a good idea to advertise it on one of the Facebook.
Hoi An Expats and Danang Hoi An Expats are great places to start. Neither site is purely dedicated to jobs and both provide a great deal of information on a range of topics. Once you’ve joined, look on the Search bar for information or ask a question .
Updated June 2020
Need transport to get to work? Check out our guide to going around in Hoi An.
Not sure how to get a work permit? Check out our guide to getting a visa for Vietnam.