Free Resources to Enhance your TEFL/TESOL ResumeBy Jennifer Collis
August 14, 2020
You’ve earned your certification in teaching English and now you’re ready to dust off your resume, transform it into TEFL/TESOL resume, and start applying for jobs teaching online or in the classroom. You’ve put your Bridge TEFL/TESOL certification front and center, along with your other relevant credentials and related experience, but what sets your resume apart from other teachers’? Check out these free resources to enhance your resume and stand out in a competitive job market.
Professional Development Courses
Professional development courses can give your resume a boost and provide other advantages for job seekers. Best of all, there are plenty of courses to choose from, including an ever-growing portfolio of Bridge Micro-credential courses, which are free to start and offer targeted training on topics like these:
How do these micro-courses help you stand out in the job search process?
Additional professional development courses make your resume stand out.
Professional development courses such as Bridge free Micro-credentials (which are 20 hours or fewer) offer a number of benefits when it comes to making your resume stand out and getting TEFL/TESOL jobs:
They demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning.
This is a quality that schools look for in teachers, that they are constantly learning new skills for the classroom to improve the experience of the students they teach.
Professional development courses allow you to specialize your skills.
Imagine the appeal you’ll have to schools or online teaching jobs if you have skills that go beyond the basic training of a standard TEFL/TESOL course, such as teaching IELTS exam prep, teaching groups, or teaching English to very young learners.
Targeted training prepares you for job interviews.
Having an impressive resume is only part of the successful application process. If your resume gets you in the door, your professional development courses will provide a wealth of talking points during your interview.
Digital badges for your Bridge TEFL/TESOL courses
For every Bridge online TEFL/TESOL course you take, from initial certification (such as the Master Certificate) to specialized training (such as Certification in Teaching English Online), you’ll not only receive a certificate but a unique digital badge, like this one, for free:
Adding your digital badges to your resume is another free and effective way to make your resume stand out.
What you may not know is that digital badges are much more than icons! They’re 21st-century credentials commonly used in fields like IT and education to offer employers (or anyone else you share them with) a detailed look at your achievement, with just a click. Unlike your certificate alone, digital badges use blockchain technology to provide a look “under the hood” of any Bridge course you took. The details your badges share include:
You can (and should!) also add your Bridge digital badges to your LinkedIn profile, email signature, and other places employers are looking.
Include professional TEFL/TESOL organization affiliation
Okay, officially joining a professional teaching organization such as TESOL International or the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Langauge (IATEFL) isn’t free (though membership can be as low as $35/year), but there are other ways to affiliate yourself with these organizations to enhance your resume without spending a cent.
These professional organizations have free resources for teachers, such as articles, guides, and recorded webinars that can provide talking points for your interview or additional skills for your resume, such as this webinar, from IATEFL: Get-together 2020: Panel: moving to teaching online:
Take your resume up a notch with Canva
Another free resource to enhance your resume is going to help you make a memorable visual impact when applying for TEFL/TESOL jobs. While you don’t want to get to wild with different colors and fonts, using a free graphic design tool, such as Canva, can give your resume a sleek and easy-to-read resume to catch a hiring manager’s eye.
Canva has many resume templates to choose from, and customizing the different elements using their intuitive features is simple (and even fun!). You don’t need to have any previous graphic design experience to make a beautiful resume in Canva, like this one: