Include a Personal Summary

This very brief first paragraph should state why you’re interested in the opportunity and highlight that you are a confident, engaging teacher who can build rapport with students.

A good personal summary should clearly state your goals and interest in becoming a great teacher.


Highlight your education and qualifications first

Clearly state your degree subject and classification. If you achieved a particularly high mark, or received any awards then state the details. If you studied at a top university then state this; your prospective employer is likely to have not heard of any other universities apart from Oxford or Cambridge! For example:

  • 2011 – BA (Hons) English, 2:1.
    University of Exeter (Ranked in the Top 10 of UK universities)

Give details of your TEFL qualification including specialist modules such as teaching young learners or business English. If you have yet to complete a TEFL qualification, state the course (that you plan to study) and note that this qualification is pending.


Outline any teaching experience, and teaching relevant skills

Although an English/ Education based degree and specific classroom experience can be preferred by a prospective employer, there are many other experiences and circumstances where you might have exhibited the skills required as a teacher.

You might like to include the following strengths and experiences in your CV if they apply to you:

  • Experience working with children
  • Coaching
  • Babysitting
  • Teaching swimming lessons, skiing or any subject or area of interest
  • Management roles as they pertain to training
  • Training or tutoring in any area or subject
  • Roles where you have used strong communication skills, and presentation skills

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