Are you looking for some tips and tricks for that ESL resume? Then you’re most certainly in the right place. Keep on reading for all the details you need to know to help you get that next teaching job.
Get the Basics Right for your ESL Teaching Resume
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. 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 6 ESL Resume Tips
Okay, so you want to know more about ESL resumes and how you can avoid some of the most common mistakes. Keep on reading for everything you need to know, including how many pages it should be and what should be included on it.
#1: 1 Page Only
Nobody wants to read more than a one page resume, trust me, especially when the person screening your application likely doesn’t speak English as their first language. Over the years, I’ve seen some horrifying 3-4 pagers and wonder what the person was thinking!
Keep it to one page. Concise. Highlights only. And of course, see point two below to help you decide what should be left out.
#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.
Remember, the person reading your resume may not speak English as their first language. They will find this task much easier if you just hit the highlights for them instead of them having to figure this out on their own.
#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.” Anyone interviewing you will assume this, if the job ad doesn’t already explicitly mention reference letters.
#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 and doesn’t need to be included on a resume.
#5: All about 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!
#6: Use Grammarly to Check your Resume
If you’re serious about getting a university job in South Korea, then you’re going to need to use Grammarly to check your resume and cover letter. It’s fast, free and does a great job at pointing out some errors that are easy to overlook.
Want to give it try? Head over to Grammarly right now to upload your resume and get to work:
What about the Cover Letter for an ESL Teaching Job?
If you’re looking for details about how to write a cover letter when applying for English teachings jobs, it’s covered on this post of mine at Profs Abroad: Cover Letter Tips for ESL Teachers. Or, you can check out the book below that has a whole section on it.
Need a Sample Resume Template?
For even more tips about your ESL resume and a sample template, be sure to check out How to Get a University Job in South Korea on Amazon. If you’re looking for a university job in Korea, it’s going to be the best few bucks you’ve spent all year. Trust me on that one.
The book is available in both print and digital formats. The (cheaper) digital copy can be read on any device by downloading the free Kindle reading app. Get the help you need in securing yourself one of these sweet teaching gigs.
Yes, it really is that easy to have all the insider information you need to help you get that teaching job of your dreams. Plenty of teachers have used the information in the book to get them the results they wanted (a top uni job in Korea).
5 months paid vacation sounds pretty awesome, right? It is. I certainly took full advantage of it for the 10 years I spent working in Korean universities. So can you in a big way but first, you need to job, right? That’s where the challenge lies.
Does it sound like exactly what you need to give you a leg up on the competition for university jobs in Korea? Check out the book for yourself over on Amazon:
Have your Say about Resume Tips for ESL Teachers
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