How to Prepare Your TEFL Teaching Resume
admin - Oct 28 2018
TEFL means Teaching English as a Foreign Language. It is a teaching practice that is popular among fresh graduates and people seeking to change careers. It usually entails traveling overseas to teach English to natives of non-English speaking countries how to speak English. Sometimes though, teachers have to teach the language to immigrants keen on learning English.
Teaching English in another country is an exciting, amazing as well as challenging career path, and writing a good resume is the first step in this journey. More often than not, how well you craft your resume depends on the job specification and your background.
There's a cliché that describe how important a top notch resume is to getting hired in a choice place of work. “You never get a second chance to make a first impression," it goes. So when applying for teaching in English language abroad, and this applies to any other job for that matter, eight out of ten times, your resume will be the make or mar factor in your chances of securing an interview date for, and eventually the job you want.
Here are some important things to keep in consideration that will help you in putting together a resume that is totally badass. Take these bits of advice and see your resume greatly power charge your prospects of getting a TEFL gig abroad, whether it be Belarus, China, Spain or any other part of the world.
General Things to Note
When crafting your TEFL resume, it is crucial to always keep in mind that you are selling yourself as an English teacher who is ready to relocate either temporarily or permanently to a new country, blend adapt, and cater to students from a totally different background as you as well as the needs of the school or institution that hires you. Having noted this, you should make sure to mention any and all your past teaching experiences, training, and international experience (if any) that you have attained. You should also give personal information that is not typically required in your home country, United States for example, or any other English speaking countries. These information bits include race and racial background, marital status, age, et cetera. It might be too much, but the word CV (which is basically a dialectal variant of resume) is derived from the latin word Curriculum Vitae, which is transliterated as “Course of Life.”
Two of the most highly important factors are experience and qualifications, but the requirements vary among different countries of the world. This is where book resources like Teaching English Abroad by Susan Griffiths, the website transitionsabroad.com, and the blog Dave Sperling’s ESL Café to find out requirements for your chosen destination.
A tertiary institution degree is usually necessary for one to obtain a visa, with TEFL/TESOL certification of secondary qualification secondary in consequence. However, in Europe, it is not uncommon for organizations to ask for both TEFL certification (at least Cert TESOL or Celta) and significant experience even for entry-level jobs. Higher qualifications like a Masters in Applied Linguistics or Delta will be crucial in obtaining jobs at for higher-level or in certain nations.
To gain experience, you should have at least coached or taught people one-to-one, volunteered or taught summer residential courses. Experience can also be obtained by teaching for some time abroad in a country where experience isn't exactly prioritized.
Start by zeroing in on in your aim as a classroom ESL teacher. Consider the impact you aim to have while teaching. Think of the resume as a sales pitch; the goal is to structure your resume the frame of your aims and objectives both within and beyond the classes. This is key to letting your resume examiners know that you’re a serious candidate who means business regarding their open position. It will also enable you convince them that you are committed to stand out during your stay with them and leave a good legacy even after you are gone.
Second, outline your educational pursuits, academic achievements, and public service records. Any instances of your ability and willingness to adapt to and work with other people is a plus. While your experience will be considered, it is also pertinent to keep in mind that your education will be given more attention points than your work experience. List all your levels of education, certification, skills, and course work in lucid, concise language.
If you are not a native speaker of English, be sure to highlight and emphasize your fluency. Also include any work you have done that is related to pedagogy. Accomplished academic feats accomplished in English language should also be included.
Be advised that not everybody who reads your resume is a fluent speaker of English, so stay away from jargon not related to education, and abbreviations that might not be familiar to non-native speakers of the language. Abbreviations like “HR” or “VP” are a no-no. Use their complete forms “Human Resources” or “Vice President” instead.
If you are career changer, be sure to exclude non-teaching experiences. They are distractions and will only make the work bloated.
Be sure to include a cover letter in your application. It provides extra much needed space in order for you to expand on your teaching abilities and justify why the school or organization you are seeking employment should employ you. While the purpose of your resume is to show off your qualifications, skills, and experiences, your resume cover letter grants you space to broaden your explanation on the sort of teacher you are, as well as your hopes, ambitions, and vision.
Your resume is never complete without a photograph of yourself. Your best choice is to include a headshot of you looking professional. The schools of many countries in Asia typically want to know what their potential staff look like; want to be sure that they look professional enough.
In summary, here’s the basic order a TEFL format should follow
- Cover letter
- Personal Information
- Career experience
- Extracurricular activities