Employers often want a cross between a CV and a resume because they want personal information and a maximum of 2 pages. Keep in mind that requirements vary country to country. I'd be happy to send you my CV if you'd like just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org You might also want to try searching online: I found Timothy Day's CV that way.
New to Teaching?
If you're getting into teaching from another career try reading this article about transferable skills. If you have little teaching experience you might want to consider a Functional Format like those in example 1 and example 2.
At the Top of a Teaching CV
- Photo (For many countries this is the norm)
- Your name
- Date of birth
- Sex, nationality
- Contact information: address, email, phone number with country code, Skype, etc.
In general, if you've just graduated then your education goes first. Otherwise your work experience should go first.
- Work: dates, company, city and country, your responsibilities, and awards received.
- Education: dates, title of your degree, GPA, honours received, name of the university, city and country, and any outstanding things such as a thesis, internship or study abroad.
The last sections can be separated if you have enough items or put together "Highlights and Achievements" or "Continuing Development"
- Workshops given
- Conferences / Workshops attended
- Professional Affiliations
- Other Skills (languages / computer)
- Update your CV often
- Look at adverts to see what they require and using similar wording
- Have a consistent layout
- Use your DOB rather than your age
- Include an updated professional picture
- State that you’re a native speaker
- Use reverse chronological order
- No teaching experience? Think about how training employees, creating schedules, or chairing meetings could help you
- Mention experience living in another country or working with people from other culture
- Use specific words, like those mentioned in why your TEFL resume sucks
- Talk about your own language learning experiences
- Get experience working or volunteering with people from the country you want to teach in
- Include things they don't ask for such asyour driver's license number
- List too many jobs
- Use informal language, bad punctuation and spelling, or contractions
- Crowd the page
Once you have a great CV it's time to write your cover letter. Cover letters are what an employer sees first so if it gets rejected they will never look at your CV.
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This article has also been featured in the ELT Times and mentioned in The Guardian.
Updated 2 March 2012