How to Make a Stand-Out Online Teacher Resume (+ Sample!)By Krzl Light Nuñes
July 30, 2021
Whether you want to get your feet wet in online English teaching or are ready to press the “apply” button on that virtual ESL job post, you will surely be asked for your online teacher resume. But you may wonder, is it important to have a resume specific to teaching English online? Definitely! But don’t worry, it’s not difficult to make one, especially if you give the resume you already have a little revamp. Here’s how you can make your professional profile dazzle, plus a sample resume for inspiration.
How is a resume for an online teaching job different?
Your technology-related skills are taken into consideration
Are you tech-savvy? As an online English tutor, you’ll teach in a virtual classroom, so your knowledge of digital communication platforms like Zoom or Skype will carry a lot of weight. This is also true for other programs used for online teaching, including presentation tools like PowerPoint and class management tools like ClassDOJO or Google Classroom.
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The equipment you have counts
Having quality equipment is very important in online classes, so you should mention the basic specifications of your computer (make/model/operating system/processor speed/etc.) and other communication equipment you may have, such as a webcam and working headset.
Your internet speed and connection are also important for teaching classes online. Make sure that you have a stable Wi-Fi connection, or better yet, get wired! Some jobs may require you to include the type of connection and internet speed you have on your resume, but even if they don’t, it’s a good idea to list these things. If you’re not sure how fast your internet is, you can do a speed test through this site.
You may have to include a video introduction
It’s not uncommon for online English teaching companies to require applicants to provide a link to a video introduction for teaching online on their resume. This is one notable difference between applying for online English teaching jobs and classroom-based ESL work. If you already have a professional video uploaded to the web (such as on YouTube), include the link on your resume.
What if I have no teaching experience?
If you’re new to teaching, don’t worry! Some ESL companies don’t require prior teaching experience. Always include your other work experience, internships, projects, and even volunteer work on your resume; any role related to teaching and helping others can be relevant, even if it wasn’t in a formal classroom setting.
Maybe you gained valuable skills working with kids when you tutored your neighbors’ son, coached a soccer team, or did babysitting work. Or, a past writing gig for a magazine could prove you have English language mastery, while the non-profit organization you started reveals that you have great leadership skills. Regardless if they are paid or free, these experiences can show that you have certain crucial skills required as an online ESL teacher.
Good resume writing essentials
Your resume’s overall goal
Yes, your resume highlights what you’ve done in your professional life, but it also provides a snapshot of what you can offer to the employer and why you stand out among dozens of other online English teachers. This snapshot should be presented in a way that is both compelling and easy to read because hiring managers only have so much time to take in all the details on a resume.
Additionally, your online teacher resume strives to show that your profile, experience, and achievements match or at least share some characteristics with the prospective job. Plus, you can also use the information from your resume if you create a teacher profile to market your tutoring services via an online teacher marketplace. Simply copy and paste the information right off your resume to save time!
In general, your online TEFL resume should look clean and crisp.
What should my online ESL resume include?
Your name, address, phone number, email, and citizenship should all go on your resume’s header. If you have a Skype number/ID, you can include it too, especially if you’re a traveling teacher. It’s also important to include a professional-looking headshot next to your personal information. In addition, some positions may require you to add your gender, age, or marital status, so you can include these to be on the safe side.
When you complete a Bridge online course, you’ll earn a digital badge in addition to your certificate. Your resume is the perfect place to showcase these badges because they’re not only visually appealing but also a dynamic representation of your achievements. When employers click on your digital badges, they’ll be taken to a unique landing page where they can see all the details of the courses you took, including verifiable skills and achievements.
Usually a short paragraph of one to three lines, this introduction to your resume gives a summary of your teaching background, outstanding traits, career objectives, and the most relevant degrees or certifications you have. Align your professional summary with the profile of the online school or job you’re applying to. For instance, if you are applying for a job as a business English teacher, mention your expertise in this area.
Most teachers put this section next. List your degrees, certifications, and other formal training programs that you’ve taken, and include their completion dates, beginning with the most recent one. Besides your TEFL/TESOL certification, any related specialized training you’ve had, like Teaching English Online Certification, will also be an advantage!
You can also include Micro-credential certifications to make yourself stand out even more. These are short, targeted, professional development courses that help you develop skills in specific areas like teaching English online to groups or using games and activities in the online classroom.
Next, if you have teaching experience, list any relevant jobs you’ve had for the last 10 years, starting with the most recent one. Each entry should include the job title, name and location of the employer, and employment dates. Briefly explain the responsibilities of each role, either in a sentence or two or using bullet points. As with job titles, keep your job descriptions clear and concise. Also, don’t forget to highlight any particular accomplishments you’ve had in each job.
Other employment experience
This is where you’ll list non-teaching jobs. If you don’t have any teaching experience, simply call this section “Employment Experience” and include your work history here. List your previous jobs in the same format as above.
Remember that while these are not be teaching jobs, these experiences reveal not only the number of years you’ve worked professionally but also the skills you’ve acquired. Always look for ways to connect the jobs you list with the online ESL teaching job you’re applying to. For example, if one of the positions you held was “Online Technical Support Specialist,” be sure to highlight the computer and customer service skills you developed in this role since those same skills apply to teaching online.
Create a list of your job skills that are in line with the online English teaching position you are targeting. Put hard skills such as computer software knowledge or excellent command of other languages at the top of your list, then mention relevant soft skills, like creativity or communication.
This section is optional, but adding any awards or recognition you have received helps you stand out further!
Including this section is also optional, but mentioning your interests and free-time activities could give employers insight into your personality or provide talking points for your interview!
Need some inspiration? Check out this sample online teacher resume with digital badges!
Whether you’re about to write your first resume ever or you just need to tweak your current one, creating a TEFL/TESOL resume specific to teaching English online will be sure to get a second look and put you a notch above the competition in your search for online English teaching jobs!