Writing a good teaching resume is not rocket science but it can be a bit daunting to know where to begin. This guide will explain exactly what our recruiters are looking for when examining your application. Worried that your lack of teaching experience or an unrelated degree will disqualify you from our positions? Read on! There are lots of other roles and experiences that you may have had that require the same skills as teaching and we're going to show you how to present them. Whether you are an experienced ESL teacher or just looking to get started in the industry we'll explain how to make your resume stand out from all the others. We've even included a couple of resume templates (below) that you can download and adapt to your own experience. So no excuse not to apply ASAP!
http://www.footprintsrecruiting.com/sites/default/files/sample-resume-1.pdf - how a less experienced candidate can present relevant experience.
http://www.footprintsrecruiting.com/sites/default/files/sample-resume-2.pdf - And an example of a more seasoned teacher's experience:.
Even without experience, you can still write a good resume that will catch a recruiter's interest. Before you get started, take at a look at these points. (Trust us, our recruiters will thank you later!)
- Spell Check, spell check, spell check - We cannot stress this enough. An English teacher should know how to spell. Please take the time to proof read your resume.
- Formatting - Make sure that your resume looks professional. It can be tricky to know where to begin with the layout so we've included downloadable templates as a guide.
- Short and Sweet - A resume should be no more than 2 pages. Nothing is guaranteed to make our recruiters burst into tears quite like a 10 page resume. (Pro tip - Don't make your recruiter cry - its just not a great start to your application process).
- Relevant + Specific - Please make your resume relevant to teaching. (If you don't have direct classroom experience check out our related experience section below for some guidance on how to do this).
- Simple and straightforward - In many cases, those that are hiring you are not native English speakers. Think less rambling paragraphs and more succint bullet points. Your language should be carefully chosen to be clear, eloquent and easy to understand.
Like a good lesson plan, a resume should have clear points and should be laid out in an easy to read, easy to follow format. The following are critical elements we recommend including:
- Full Name
- Contact Information
- Date of Birth
- Education History
- Relevant Coursework and Certifications
- Relevant Work Experience
- Work Experience
- Volunteer Experience
- International Experience
- Awards, Merits, Certifications
- Hobbies and Interests
Its REALLY important that you stay organized with your resume so that whoever is reading it doesn't have to take out a magnifying glass to find what they are looking for. Our recruiters recommend the layout below as a general guide:
1. Name and details.
2. Education (be sure to include the years attended)
3. Work Experience (be sure to list both the month and year start and end date)
4. Relevant Experience (make this relevant to the job - see below for inspiration).
Or download our recruiter approved templates here:
While a degree from an acredited university is a baseline requirement for obtaining a working visa in virtually every country around the world, it DOESN'T necesarily have to be a bachelor of education degree. Similarly, previous classroom experience is not always a requirement to qualify for our teaching positions, particularly in Asia. There are many other experiences and jobs where you might have learned or exhibited the skills required as a teacher. Sometime it can be tricky to present this information but including relevant experience will really help to strengthen your application. Think about times that you've worked with kids or teenagers. It all counts! Here are some examples of experiences you might consider including in your resume if they apply to you :
- any experience working with kids or teenagers
- summer camp counselor experience
- coaching sports teams
- music teaching
- management roles as they pertain to training
- Sunday school volunteering at church
- mentoring or tutoring
This resume shows how to present this experience: http://www.footprintsrecruiting.com/sites/default/files/sample-resume-1....
Taking these points into consideration will really help to strengthen your application. Anyone considering hiring you should be able to tell after a quick perusal of your resume whether you are qualified for the position or not. And this can only happen if your information is laid our clearly and consisely. Remeber that making your recruiter's job easier can only be a good thing!
Now put that shiny new resume to good use! Apply now to teach overseas and begin your adventure: