* How to craft an ESL-focused resume (download resume template)

When writing an ESL teaching resume, it’s especially important that you put yourself into the shoes of the hiring school. While it’s true that you may be taking a risk by securing a job over the internet, the school is also making a big investment by offering a teaching job to an applicant they are not able to meet in person.  As such, creating proper ESL-focused resume is key to generating interest and not losing any potential opportunities.


Crafting a Good Teaching Resume

1. Include your address, contact information  at the top of the resume. Including a proper photo in your resume is a nice touch, though not necessary. To apply to teaching jobs in Korea however, you will need to include a photo in your email somewhere.

2. To follow should be your OBJECTIVE and RELATED QUALIFICATIONS. 

3, Next is your EDUCATION (including TESOL cert. if you have it).

4. The MAIN EMPLOYMENT SECTION can be titled: TEACHING-RELATED EXPERIENCE In this section you can list any relevant experience you have, be it paid or volunteer that is related to the position you are applying for. 

  • Emphasize experience in art and entertainment subjects such as acting, music, theatre and writing. Include anything related to teaching, leadership, camp counsellor, coaching etc
  • Be sure to let the employer know if you had a job working with children before, whether it’s as a babysitter (caregiver) or a Little League coach. Understanding the psychology of children goes a long way when working in ESL

5. Your unrelated work experience can follow under the heading OTHER EXPERIENCE.

Here you can list your “soft skills” e.g.languages: experiences, travel, interests, hobbies etc.. (in point form)    

5. Cover Letter OR Email Introduction

Your cover letter can be in the body if your email. However,  if it is attached along with your resume and photo, be sure to provide a proper introduction in your email, otherwise it may seem insincere and generic, and may be deleted. it is important to make it easy, clear and effective for those receiving your email.

Explain why you are the right type of person to teach overseas, and your motivation
Explain what qualities you think are necessary to be a good teacher.
Describe how well you work with others and why.
Note: keep it succinct. Long, tiring emails get deleted. Keep in kind that many recruiters receive 100’s of emails a week.

Tips & Warnings

Think of an ESL resume as a replacement for a face-to-face interview. Since it’s unlikely that you will meet your employer until after everything is finalized, you need to make sure you use the resume to express everything you won’t be able to say directly.

Write a powerful query letter to go along with your resume, making sure you emphasize why you would love this position, your knowledge of the country and why you would be perfect for the job. It doesn’t hurt to also do a little research on the school and mention some positive things about them in the letter.
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