Job winning resume writing is an art, because on one page of paper (or at the most two), you have to honestly sum up hour whole life, but at the same time, say the right things that your potential employer is looking for. The question that you ask yourself as you are facing the blank piece of paper or screen, is what information should you include and what would be better to leave out?
Here Canterbury is going to give you the tips so that you can successfully sell yourself for the other 50% of your ESL schedule that you will need to support yourself in Madrid:
Don’t stray from the standard resume structure
Be creative, have fun with it and be proud of yourself and what you have achieved. But include the basics such as:
Presentation is Key
How are you going to stick out from the hundreds of resumes that a company receives? Make a big effort on presentation!
Resumes that are too long, compacted and confusing go into the under the desk file!
You have a maximum of two pages to get everything on it, but one page is better! Because of the number of resumes companies receive, recruiters often skim the resumes, and at a glance know if this candidate interests them, so only include concise and relevant information.
Tailor your resume to the different segments of the ESL Market
You need to know what the job is asking for, ie. What position you are applying for and adapt the resume to this. If it’s an executive company class school, then tailor your resume to company classes with business executives, where it is all business, business, business and your resume looks and fits the role. If it is teaching kids in a kinder garden, then give them your resume that is tailored to kids. Somebody who is hiring for small kids won’t be impressed by a resume that is too serious, businesslike and no fun, but if you hand in a resume to the business executive company covered in unicorns and fairies…..the buzzer will sound and you’ll be ushered to the elevator in three shakes of a dogs tail! So focus on the skills that are related to the position that you want and tailor, tailor, tailor until you create a unique resume. Most employers are used to boring resumes, so make yours interesting and make it stand out from the crowd. It’s all about making a good impression, which could be key to the job and why the employer will remember you above everybody else.
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References will sometimes wrap up the deal
If the recruiter is almost convinced that you are the person for the job, a good reference will often tip the scale in your favor. If they give information about your skills, experience and mention that you are a reliable person, this will give a third party insight about you and gain the confidence of the recruiter. If you have no work experience, then ask one of your teachers to give you a reference.
How long will you be here?
A key question for an ESL employer is how long are you going to be living in Madrid? They need a guarantee that it’s not here today and gone tomorrow, because a happy client isn’t going to be so happy, if they find out the teacher’s decided to leave before the school year is finished. So if you have moved to Madrid permanently or are on a one year visa, then it is crucial that you let the employer know it, even if they don’t ask. This will give them confidence in you and that you will be available to teach for the whole school year. Once they are convinced you are the person for the job, then the next most important question that they have in their minds is how long will you be in Madrid to teach. This is then what they are interested in and you must give them confidence in your availability for the rest of the school year.
And this is just a glimpse into the Canterbury art of resume making! We will help our graduates build the right resume for ESL teaching in Madrid, taking into consideration all the factors that we are experts in. That is why with Canterbury’s 50% teaching schedule, combined with the other 50% that we help you find from other sources, you can support yourself in Madrid and enjoy all Spain has to offer.