Building Your Resume

Tips to build your teaching resume

Creating teaching resumes that tick boxes and contain key information is important in a CV or resume today. We’re going to look at how AI, in this case ChatGPT can help you reorganise your professional information quickly and effectively. Other AI platforms can do this for you and it really helps to clarify what your strengths are, even to yourself!

  • Chronological resumes (that highlight your work in order of your most recent work first) are the most sort after because an ATS (Applicant Tracking System) can easily scan them. Human eyes can scan them fast too!
  • You can get ChatGPT to generate full resumes or to focus on certain resume sections, such as your job history, opening statement, key skills or certifications.

Key areas often mentioned in TEFL job opportunities you can prompt AI to highlight are:

  1. Language Proficiency
  2. Bachelor’s Degree
  3. Cultural Sensitivity
  4. Classroom Management Skills
  5. Adaptability
  6. Curriculum Development
  7. Technology Skills
  8. Cross-Cultural Communication Skills
  9. Patience and Empathy

To get the best results, you will need:

  1. Your personal professional information so that the system can deliver results specific to you.
  2. the full job description for each role you intend to apply to.

Three examples of prompts for building teaching resumes.

Prompt #1: Recent Graduate

I’m a recent graduate who attended [School name], earned a certificate in [TEFL Qual here], graduated with a [X] . I’m applying for an entry-level role. Here’s the job description: [copy + paste job description]. Using all of the information I’ve provided, write a one-page resume that emphasizes accomplishments and metrics.
See an example of a simple C.V./Resume below:

Prompt #2: With Teaching Experience

I’m going to give you information about myself. [ INSERT YOUR INFO HERE] Use this information to write a one-page resume for a with [X] years of experience. Emphasize the following skills in the skills section: [TEFL/TESOL Certification, ESL/EFL Teaching Experience]. Tailor it to this job description [ Job description.]
See an example of a simple C.V./Resume below:

Prompt #3: Re-purposing Experience for the TEFL Industry

I’ve spent the last [X] years working as a and now I’m interested in pivoting to . I’ve got a lot of transferable skills such as [skill #1, skill #2, skill #3] and I recently completed a [ Certification or PD here]. Use this information and the following job description to write a one-page resume that emphasizes skills like [workplace skill example] and [technical skill example].

Consider the prompts above as starting points. If you want to begin shaping your own, think about your goals in using AI to work on your resume, and search for language that will help you elicit the best response.

Build your teaching resume: Teaching keywords for to help focus your CV/resume on the English teaching industry

  • Elementary or secondary education
  • Special education
  • Student-centered instruction
  • Parent involvement
  • Interactive learning
  • Curriculum development
  • Learning/instructional styles
  • Cooperative learning
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Distance learning
  • Behavior analysis/management
  • Lesson planning
  • Hands-on learning
  • Discipline management/strategies
  • Educational assessment
  • Individual learning plan/individualized educational plans (IEP)
  • Teaching methodologies
  • Instructional technology
  • Developmental levels
  • Classroom instruction
  • Interdisciplinary

Professional skills and traits

  • Public speaking
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Flexibility
  • Persistence
  • Organization
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Bilingual
  • Problem-solving
  • Inclusion/inclusive
  • Conflict resolution
  • Goal-setting
  • Analytical thinking
  • Growth mindset
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Time management
  • Patience

Active Verbs Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) Love

  • Coach
  • Facilitate
  • Mentor
  • Develop
  • Advise
  • Guide
  • Train
  • Analyze
  • Motivate
  • Maximize
  • Devise
  • Coordinate
  • Supervise
  • Demonstrate
  • Encourage
  • Monitor
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