Over the years, quite a few people have asked me to have a quick look at their resumes when they were in the process of applying for ESL jobs, but in many cases, it was hard for me to really give meaningful feedback because they didn’t really even have the basics figured out. My hope is that this post will help people get the easy stuff figured out so they can focus their efforts on the more advanced level stuff.
Top 5 ESL Resume Tips for Beginners
1. 1 page!
Nobody wants to read more than this, trust me, especially when the person screening your application likely doesn’t speak English as their first language.
2. Relevant things only
Nobody cares what your BA was in if it’s not something directly related to English, TESOL or education. Sure, you need to mention it but like listing that class you took in forestry management? That falls under the category of irrelevant. This also applies to job experience. Only list things related to teaching, or working with children if you’re applying for a job with children.
3. Don’t list references
This is a big waste of space and it’s assumed that you’ll have these, so just leave them off. It’s not even necessary to say something like, “References available upon request.”
4. Don’t mention the obvious
An example of something totally obvious is that you know how to use a computer or the Internet. Doesn’t everybody these days? Or, that you like children if you’re applying for a job with children. That much is kind of assumed.
5. The picture
Get one professionally done! This is the most important thing, especially in Korea so it’s really worth the 20 bucks it’s going to cost to go to a real photographer. Of course, you should put on a suit and tie, wear some make-up, groom your hair, etc. Look your best!
For even more tips about your ESL resume and a sample template, be sure to check out my book on Amazon. If you’re looking for a university job in Korea, it’s going to be the best $2.99 you’ve spent all year.