When you’re looking for a job, it’s easy to lazily apply for every possible vacancy with a standard template. Crafting your resume for each job will get you much better returns, though. English teachers have a unique set of skills that need to be highlighted in the resume if it’s going to successful.
The resume is you on paper. What makes you so special? What experience do you have? What qualifications do you have? What have you got that the employer needs? Your resume needs to answer these questions and more.
Be specific – Your resume should be specific about your experiences and skills, and how they will benefit your employer.
Be lucid – Your word choice is vital. You have to use words that will make your resume stand out. TEFL.net’s 7 Resume Tips recommends using verbs and skills words that can be found in the advertisement.
Be relevant – Include only your qualifications and skills relevant to that specific post, and make sure you apply the relevant information to the specific requirements of this job.
Make it unique – You have to adapt your resume for each application. There is a lot riding on getting it right, so don’t be lazy. Identify the employer’s unique needs and demands, tailor your language to the job description, and show how you are the one for the job.
There are many jobs coming up in Japan this spring, so now’s a good time to start sending your resume out. You can view some sample resumes online to get an idea of what to include, but remember that this is all about you.
Don’t forget that you’ll need a Cover Letter too!