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How To Write A Good ESL Resumé


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Follow these tips and learn how to write an effective resumé that will get noticed by international recruiters in the field of overseas ESL teaching positions.

- Presentation by Steven Huang for Reach To Teach Recruiting.
-Based on an article written by Carrie Kellenberger.
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How To Write A Good ESL Resumé

  1. 1. Many countries require teachers to have a full university degree to get a proper work visa, but there are opportunities out there for everyone.
  2. 2. When you apply for a teaching position you’re not qualified for, it’s likely that you’ll be rejected for that position. It’s best to apply for positions you are qualified for.
  3. 3. TEFL certifications are second in importance to education. More and more schools around the world are making a TEFL certificate a hard requirement.
  4. 4. Courses with observed teaching practice are excellent, but if you don’t have that kind of certification, don’t sweat it.
  5. 5. Everything You Need To Know About TEFL Qualifications! Sign up for a TEFL Course with I to I. Reach to Teach teachers save 10% off the cost of the course! Click here Please visit the Reach To Teach TEFL Course Page
  6. 6. While this practice is generally frowned upon in North America, bear in mind that you are applying for a position overseas and your employer will want to know what you look like.
  7. 7.  It’s important that you attach an appropriate photo to your application for ESL employment.  DO include a head shot or a photo of yourself having fun with kids.  DO NOT send a silly photo or photos where you are dressing or acting inappropriately.
  8. 8. Your birthday is relevant and required by many schools.
  9. 9. Many employers and agents, including Reach To Teach, search CVs by keywords. We look for words like: curriculum development, phonics, team teaching, etc. Add some keywords to your Additional Skills section to round out your CV.
  10. 10. In other words, don’t send your accounting CV in for a teaching position.
  11. 11. Most employers aren’t interested in seeing every job you’ve ever had listed on your CV. If something significant occurs in your work history, especially if it’s in regards to teaching, make sure it’s listed. Note: Jobs you’ve held for less than six months are best left off.
  12. 12. Build on your experience. If you don’t have formal experience, you can include options like one-on-one tutoring, coaching experience, volunteer teaching or summer camp experience.
  13. 13. Experience abroad shows you are adaptable and independent.
  14. 14. Foreign Language Leadership Adaptability & Flexibility Think of a way to showcase your experience in a careful and thought out approach. School directors want to know what your skills, qualifications and experience entail, so don’t be afraid to sell yourself.
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