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Writing A CV For An English Teaching Job Overseas

People from many different background could be suitable to qualify for a job teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) in another country. This works out brilliantly for people who are interested in travelling and experiencing new cultures but need a way to finance it. The skills required can be learned relatively easily, but before you can go ahead and get a placement you’ll need to tailor your CV to suit the role.

Firstly, you will need to ensure you’ve completed the required qualifications for your chosen scheme and you have certificates to that effect. Sometimes you will also need to get a visa for the country you wish to travel to and make other important arrangements in advance. As long as these things are sorted out, you shouldn’t have a problem.

The good thing about this kind of work is that you won’t usually be expected to have directly relevant work experience, since this is usually highly unlikely to be the case. However, it will help if you can discuss past roles or situations where you have applied the required skills. If you have ever lived abroad this could be particularly relevant to mention and describe.

You will still need a section to explain what you have done in the past, just like you would for any other kind of job application. Professional experience is always relevant to some degree so it should be detailed in full. Personal details such as your name, date of birth (more relevant in certain countries than others) and contact information always need to be included, of course.

When applying for a job teaching English in another country, you might want to follow a format similar to this:

  • Personal and contact details (name, date of birth, address, phone, email)
  • Personal summary (short profile about your experience and skills)
  • Any relevant teaching experience if you have it
  • Other experience (past job roles in reverse chronological order)
  • Education (starting with university education and including past details if relevant)

In general, you should ideally be focusing on relevant aspects of your teaching qualifications and experience. You can discuss your TEFL qualification in detail, including any particular specialisms. Additional things may be relevant to include, such as extra curricular activities during your studies and other interests. It’s up to you to decide what you can describe in a way that makes it relevant to the role you are applying for.



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