Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step toward applying for an international teaching position. We’re here to help! We understand that it can be difficult to recall past jobs, dates, and the tasks performed–but being as organized and detailed as possible in your resume, is a direct reflection of the type of worker you are (or trying to become). The following is a list of tips and tricks to help your resume stand out, and get your foot into that classroom door.
1.) Be sure to write your name and relevant contact information at the top of your resume (i.e, email address, skype name, phone number). We recommend putting this information in bold and centering it, so that we and hiring directors can easily file and access your resume.
2.) Include your level of education directly underneath your contact information. Whether you graduated with a teaching degree or a history degree, the first thing employers will look for is your highest level of education achieved. From there, they will look at your experience. Also, be sure to write the specific month and year you graduated from high school or college. We will eventually need this information to process your work visa, so including it in your resume will save a few steps in the long run. Additionally, be sure to include any certifications and awards that you have obtained, directly underneath your level of education.
3.) Include any and all teaching experience–whether you were a nanny to your nephews, a Boy Scout leader in high school, or a part-time swim coach. We recommend including anything that highlights your teaching capabilities. All will undoubtedly shine through as a form of teaching experience to potential hiring directors.
4.) Write the specific dates you were employed at each position. Try to be as detailed as possible, including the month and year of your time of employment. Many schools want to see that you are able to hold a job for at least one year, due to this being the typical contract duration for most teaching positions.
5.) Last but not least, be sure to include bulleted lists of specific tasks and duties performed at each job, underneath the job title. These lists are so important because they show the employer your capabilities, prior responsibilities, and present-day skills that you are able to apply the potential, upcoming position!