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Summer Resume Revival

2013/07/25

September is when job ads for the next year start popping up, so I thought we'd revisit the topic of how to write resumes and ace interviews. In a competitive job market, you need to show your best to potential employers.

 

First, resumes.

 

1.    Remember the purpose- the purpose of a resume is to get an interview. It is an advertisement for you. Think about what a good advertisement does- it gets your attention, clearly demonstrates the relationship between the product and the result (in this case, you and good teaching), and leaves a lasting impression.

 

2.    Don't pad. The resume is not the place to write your teaching philosophy, to tell us about your high school part time job, or give an exhaustive run down of your hobbies. We do want to know about you, but first we want to know about your experience- the first question in an employer's mind is "Is this person qualified?" Make the answer to that clear in your resume. You can show more of your personality in the cover letter and interview.

 

As an aside to this, don't name-drop. Yes, it's great you were an extra in a drama, did some modeling, or have film experience. Unless it is relevant to your teaching things like this shouldn't take up valuable resume space.

 

3.    On the other hand, don't leave out pertinent details! Compare these two sections of Job History

 

a. 1. English Teacher (2001-2004)

2. ALT (2005-2006)


b.  1. Eikaiwa instructor (2001-2204) Taught ages 5-55 in small group lessons.

2. Junior High School ALT (2005-2006) Team-Teaching with Japanese Teacher for grades 1-3 at Junior High School in classes of up to 40 students.

Example b gives us the information we need to know. We are very interested in the details of your teaching career- student ages, class sizes, whether you were teaching alone or with a Japanese teacher, etc. Examples of things you accomplished at your school are also great. If you have experience with curriculum development, organizing an English club, or have other achievements that relate to teaching, by all means write them

 

4.    File formats. For several reasons, text documents are the preferred format.

 

5.    Check spelling and grammar! This should be obvious.

 

6.    Don't lie. This should also be obvious. It is very easy nowadays to check age, visa status, and degree, all of these services are online, and checked. If you lie about having a visa or degree you will get caught.

 

7. Graphic Design. In this day and age graphical representations are becoming more and more important. A resume that looks distinct will have more impact and be more memorable. At least a little formatting, bullet points, and bold text can help. But recently, it is becoming popular to include icons, logos, and even...(gasp) color on a resume. Whether or not to include a profile photo is a personal decision, but any photo of yourself besides a clear, professional photo will only hurt your resume.

 

8. Video and Multimedia is good. It's true, if a picture is worth a thousand words, how about a video? Having videos available on YouTube helps showcase special skills, or teaching style. Just be sure to protect student privacy and be responsible.

 

9. Keep it around 2 pages. Although it's common advice that a resume should only be one page in length, if your resume is getting overly cramped with impossibly small text, go ahead and take another page, you've earned it! However, anything over 2 pages must be justified. CV's are longer by nature, but keep it brief, please.

 

10. The Essentials. Here is a list of details that are sometimes missing from English Teacher resumes and in an order that is helpful to hiring managers.


Header - Name, Nationality, Age, Date of Birth, Visa status, Phone, E-mail, Photo.

PR statement - Something to give context, objective, or description of who you are, where you've been, where you're going, and why you're great.

Educational History - Higher education names, degrees, fields of study, graduation dates, and brief details.

Professional Experience - Start with experience directly related to the position you are hoping to interview for, in order from present to past. If there is still room, add unique or interesting experiences also from present to past, but with fewer details.

Skills - Brief summary of language ability, talents, computer or special skills.

Additional or Personal Information - Achievements, hobbies, interests and family.

We look forward to reading your resumes! Next time I'll talk about what to say (and what to avoid) in a cover letter.

 

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