Tips to Write a Sensational CV for Getting Hired to Teach English Abroad
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A CV can make or break a job application. Even though there are hundreds of thousands of job opportunities for English teachers abroad, there may also be hundreds of people applying for that job you want. So you need to make sure your CV really packs a punch. You listening closely? Here’s are our tips to write a sensational CV for getting hired to teach English abroad.
Be short and sweet
Generally speaking, CVs shouldn’t be longer than two pages. Be sure to include the essential information but don’t put extra information on it just to fluff it out. Essential information includes your name, nationality and contact details, as well as your education and employment history, and a section on skills. That’s pretty much it. No one needs to know how many Instagram followers you have or that you’re (distantly) related to John Lennon. Seriously.
Keep it relevant
Teaching English abroad CVs are slightly different to CVs for other jobs. Firstly, you may be applying without having set foot in a classroom but with a decade of marketing experience. Then, TEFL employers are generally interested in other skills and experience, such as fluency in a foreign language or experience living abroad. So be sure to include any information which is relevant to teaching.
What to include:
- Any TEFL experience, including the ages and nationalities of your students, as well as the type of English lessons taught
- Any teaching experience, even if not teaching English as a Foreign Language
- Any coaching or tutoring experience, even if not in a classroom-situation
- Any skills in speaking a foreign language
- Transferrable skills from other jobs, such as time/people management skills, presentation skills, technology skills, organizational skills
- Your most recent job(s) with a brief explanation if not self-explanatory
- Your most recent education, including details of your TEFL course ie course provider, number of course hours, number of practical hours
- Proof of your English fluency if not a native speaker
- The country-code of your contact number
- What not to include: Every single job you’ve ever had (unless you’ve only had one or two)
- Education details from before high school
- Evidence of your passion for partying
- Your social media links
Make it pretty
Cvs can be quite dry so try make it a little more sparkly. Canva is a free online tool which you can use to create a graphically attractive CV very easily, or it can be as easy as making sure your CV is nicely laid out and easy to read. And we don’t need to remind you about spellcheck, do we?
Don’t forget your cover letter
Along with your CV, you’ll send a cover letter. TEFL cover letters are the same as for any other job: be professional; tailor it to the specific job; sell yourself.
That’s all, folks. Remember, don’t get disheartened if you send out loads of job applications and get no response. The right job is out there waiting for you. And you know what they say, there are plenty more fish in the sea…
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Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.
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