When trying to find a job teaching English online (https://www.theteflacademy.com/online-course), one of the most important documents to consider is the resume. Your resume will tell the prospective employer why they should hire you for the post. When done correctly, it will highlight your strengths, skills and academic qualifications and how they set you apart from other applicants. Coupled with your well-written cover letter, the resume determines if you will get a call-back or not.
How to format your resume
When it comes to formatting your resume, following the long tradition of clean, simple and modern design is very wise. A resume should also above all be brief. You should chose a font that is very easy to read and scannable. This is the reason why most people use the tried and tested Times New Roman font style. If you find Times New Roman too repetitive and boring you might consider using other similar fonts like Arial, Calibri and Verdana. All text should be black or in gray scale. A headings and subheading should be bolded where necessary.
The basic elements of your resume
In the most basic sense, all resumes are essentially the same in that they must have the following elements;
- Basic Information that should include your name, contact information including your location, email, phone number and country with the area code. If you travel a lot, it may be a good idea to include a Skype ID.
- Your resume should also include your objective which is usually a few lines outlining your goal. The goal should align with the online school you are applying to work with.
- Education Qualifications should also be listed on the resume from the highest level of education including all programs, degrees, certification and other formal training you may have. It is particularly important to include your TEFL certification here as well. List education in date order beginning with the most recent and be very specific.
- You must also list any teaching experience you may have by listing the names and locations of past employers in the last 10 years. Here, it is also important to be very specific and list work experience beginning with the most recent or relevant role. If you don’t have a lot of experience, list your volunteer work or any other mentoring or coaching position.
- Finally, add a list of any additional skills you may have that are relevant to online English teaching.
What to include in a resume for teaching English online
On top of all the elements I have described above, a resume for teaching English online should also include the following;
Most employers want to make sure that you have a clean and presentable appearance. This is why it is a good idea to include a professional headshot on your resume. Keep you appearance simple; hair neatly done and clean shaven if you are a male and hair pulled out of your face with minimal makeup if you are a woman.
Although you may include your nationality on a regular resume, it is particularly important to include it in a resume for teaching English online as it may indicate if you are native speaker or not.
In order to teach English online, you must have reliable equipment. This is why it is important for you to list the make and model of your computer/laptop, the operating system you use, the amount of memory on the computer and the processor speed among others. Indicate clearly if your laptop has an internal webcam. If you have an external webcam, list its make and model. You may also want to list the model of the headset you plan to use.
The most important thing you need when teaching English online is an internet connection. Therefore it is important to ensure you indicate the speed of your internet connection as well as whether it is wired or wireless. Wired connections are often preferred to wireless connection.
In addition to the academic qualifications I mentioned above, be sure to include your TEFL certification as well as the number of hours of the course you have completed.
Native or Non-native Speaker
You may be from a native English speaking country but you are not a native speaker. It is important to indicate in the resume if you are a native or non-native speaker. You may also want to include any accent; British, American or Australian that you may have. Some employers prefer teachers with a certain accent.
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