Permanent Address: 123 Elm Street, Miami, FL 33183 Mobile Phone: 1-305-555-5555 E-mail: email@example.com
Creative professional with passion to teach the English language and better prepare students for success in the global workplace.
Proven ability to inspire students and convey educational concepts through innovative approaches and instruction. Reputation as a
team player; demonstrated interpersonal skills and profound respect for foreign cultures and customs. Active listener, seeking
first to understand, then to be understood. Able to work well under pressure with strong concentration and focus.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
ASSOCIATE TESOL CERTIFICATE, UNIVERSITY OF XYZ Miami, FL – 20xx
Subjects: Methodologies/Approaches for Teaching Languages; Classroom Management; Structure of English; Issues in
Presenting Language; Integrating the Four Language Skills: Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing; Issues in Teaching the Four
Language Skills; Planning Lessons; Teaching Vocabulary; Practical Language Activities; Testing in the Classroom
Bachelor of Science in Education, XYZ STATE UNIVERSITY, Miami, FL – 20xx
- Selected as finalist for the Bembalker Scholarship for Ethics – 20xx
- Cum Laude, Dean’s List (GPA 3.5/4.0)
Business Technology Certificate Diploma, XYZ COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY, Miami, FL – 20xx
TESOL EDUCATION EXCELLENCE
ABC SCHOOL, Niigata, Japan 20xx to Present
Designed one of school’s most popular classes, English Presentation, to let students use English in their own way by discussing
and studying things that interested them. Class has been highly praised by both students and teachers.
▪ Unit 1: Students instructed to compile a list of items they would like to research, study, and present in English to the class.
Students then write a paper, present the information to the class as a lesson and develop five questions pertaining to the
information while the class, as a group, composes five more. Final list of questions become the test for the presentation.
▪ Unit 2: Students assigned to watch a movie about high school life and write presentations/lead discussions about which
character they liked and why. Discussions are held about trials, tribulations, and lessons to be learned from the movie to
demonstrate how issues are present in Japanese schools as well.
▪ Unit 3: Students are given just a few minutes to read a short story in English before they reiterate the story to the class. The
students listening to the story being read are then asked questions to demonstrate comprehension. Students are also assigned
classic fables and discuss the moral of the story.
▪ Unit 4: Students are taught how to use the Internet in English and get to communicate with American students. Partnered
with a colleague in the United States to establish a website that allowed Japanese and English students to effectively
BCD SCHOOL, Tokyo, Japan 20xx to 20xx
Led the Foreign Teachers Division, supervising three teachers. Served as liaison to English Teachers from both America and
Japan. Work diligently to keep classes current with the needs of today’s students. Directed special projects. Developed new
textbook for first-year students.
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), Internet Explorer, WordPerfect,
Paint and various photograph programs.
Creating a Compelling Cover Letter
A powerfully written cover letter is necessary to land most interviews and ensure job search success. When an advertised
position creates a pile of 100+ resumes, it becomes the responsibility of the hiring personnel to shortlist the applications.
Resumes without cover letters are usually the first to go, followed by the ones with poorly written cover letters. Avoid this
fate by following these effective strategies:
Address your cover letter appropriately:
Be sure that you get the name of the hiring manager before sending your resume, and address the letter to that individual.
The proper greeting will be either “Dear Mr. (Smith),” or “Dear Ms. (Smith).” Avoid using Miss or Mrs., and do not address
your letter to “Dear Sirs,” as it is considered inappropriate. If you are unsure of your contact’s gender, address them by
their first and last name, as in “Dear Pat Smith,” to avoid an embarrassing mistake. If you don’t know the name of the
hiring manager, simply use the greeting “Dear Hiring Manager,”– it’s clear, to the point, and gender neutral.
Get to the point in your opening paragraph:
One of the most common interviewing questions employers ask is “Why should I hire you among other candidates?”
Provide an answer to that question right off the bat in your opening paragraph. This is a very important section because it
is the first thing the employer will read. It must be powerful and make an immediate impact. Be sure sell yourself and your
unique abilities. Do not use a generic opening paragraph that can apply to any Tom, Dick or Harry.
Every line should sell you, so use aggressive language here and throughout the rest of your cover letter. For example,
instead of writing “My background is in finance management, making me well-suited for your advertised Corporate
Finance Director position.” you can write “A background in finance management and a proven record of developing
effective strategies that drive revenue, growth and shareholder value make me a strong candidate for your advertised
Corporate Finance Director position.”
Show your interest and sell your accomplishments in the body of the letter:
In this section, you need to show your interest in the job and the company. Research is a key ingredient to a successful
job search. The more you are able to demonstrate your interest and knowledge about a company, the better your chances
are to secure an interview. Get to know the company’s mission and new corporate initiatives, and tell them how you can
help them meet their objectives or resolve their problems. Praise the company for public recognitions or recent
accomplishments. The employer will surely take notice of your active interest.
Use “I” and “my” sparingly. Try not to use these words more than six times in your cover letter. You need to focus on what
you will bring to the company and how you will help them improve their profitability. Too much use of the word “I” will also
make your letter look elementary and poorly written.
For executive-level candidates and professionals with substantial achievements, a bullet point format is often the most
effective and efficient way to highlight accomplishments. If you fall into this category, be sure to keep the bullet point
statements unique and fresh. Do not copy and paste the exact same phrases from the resume as it will make you look
lazy. All sentences and achievements transferred from the resume should be rephrased.
Close your letter with a strong paragraph:
In the closing paragraph, you need to address several issues. At the very least, you need to ask for the interview and
provide contact information. This is also the ideal place to mention your salary requirements (if the employer insists on it),
or your desire to relocate.
To demonstrate your drive and interest, mention that you will call within a week to follow up. This is a great way to ensure
the resume was successfully received, and it creates an opportunity to establish a dialog. However, do not mention this in
your cover letter if you do not intend to follow up.
In summation, an aggressive and dynamic cover letter will help you stand out among the competition. Remember that the
goal is to market yourself – not to compose a dull biography.