Writing a resume can be challenging at the best of times, but as a foreign language teacher, there are many obstacles you’ll face, unlike any other career choice. After all, everybody’s is going to say that they can teach another language.
So how can you write a resume that’s going to stand out from all the rest of the applicants? Today, we’ll explore how you can do just that.
As with all resumes, you want to start off strong in making your resume easily identifiable to your future employer. You can do this by adding your personal and contact information.
Within this header, you’ll want to include your name, your address, your phone number, your email address and possibly even your Facebook and LinkedIn profile links.
Make a Great First Impression
You’ll want to start your resume with a professional summary. Always remember that this is your employer’s first impression of you and you want to make sure that you make it count.
Within this summary, you’ll want to describe yourself and what kind of person you are. You can explain why you choose to enter the world of language teaching and why you have a passion for it.
You can also describe yourself as a person, maybe say that you’re hands-on, approachable, determined to achieve as well as anything you personally specialize in, such as motivating and inspiring your students.
Describe Your Skills and Experience
Next, you want to jump straight in and describe your skills and why you’ll be perfect for the job. Feel free to bullet these points to make it easier for your employer to read.
You can include things like what languages you’re fluent in as well as what personal skills you have, such as strong communication skills, your ability to monitor and assess your student’s performance and process, and how proactive you are in being organized.
Your Work History
Next, you’ll want to list out your work history. As a language teacher, employers will want to see where you’ve worked but it’s important to remember that they are far more interested in your personal experience in your past roles, rather than where you actually worked.
“Rather than describing the place you worked, list out your responsibilities for each position and what you excelled in. Remember this list doesn’t have to be in chronological order but rather the most important job role at the top, as this will be the first one they read” says Sarah Brooks, a resume editor for Elite Assignment Help.
Use Tools to Guarantee Perfection
As with any resume, you need to be sure you’re sending off a document that’s written to the highest possible quality. To help ensure this, here are a few tools and resources you can use.
- Resumention – An online resume building tool full of resume templates you can use if required.
- Via Writing – An online blog is full of resources and posts on how to use grammar properly.
- UK Writings – An online writing agency that can help you with all things writing-related.
- State of Writing – An online blog is full of posts and articles to answer all your writing-related questions.
- Custom Essay – An online writing guide you can follow when writing your resume, as recommended by the Huffington Post in Write Me an Essay.
- Cite It In – A free online tool for adding references, quotes and citations to your resume.
- Essay Roo – An online writing agency that can help you to proofread and edit your resume.
- Word Count – A free online tool you can use to track and monitor the word count of your resume.
Be Accurate with What You Write
It can be extremely tempting to write ‘I am fluent in German, Spanish and French’ however you need to make sure that you are.
When it comes to languages, there are three aspects to consider; reading, writing and speaking. To be fluent in a language, you need to be able to do all three flawlessly. Maybe your French writing skills aren’t amazing, or maybe you can read and write German perfectly but find it hard to speak.
You need to be clear what you can and cannot do so your employer can match you to a suitable job role. Otherwise, you’ll find it extremely difficult to complete your job, and you’ll end up losing it.
Mary Walton is an editor at Australian Help, educational website for Aussie students. She writes for Simple Grad, her blog about education, and tutors at Paperfellows, academic portal. She has been an English tutor for 6 years.