How to quantify impact on your resume
As someone with a social sciences background, you may struggle to discuss your achievements in terms of numbers and data. Unless you have a certificate to show for it.
But being able to quantify your achievements is important, because this means you:
- Look at the big picture and how you actions affect your employer
- Speak your employers’ language (and by extension all the sponsors who have invested in the school)
So, to prove that you’re a results-oriented English teacher, take into account:
- What is the success rate of your classes?
- Do any of your students participate in prestigious competitions? Do they have any awards to show for it?
- How active are you in students’ school life? Do you organize any special events for them?
- Do you volunteer? What do you have to show for it?
- How do you promote diversity and equality at school?
- Do you accommodate students with learning disabilities? How?
- How do you foster relationships with students’ parents? Has this improved your students’ quality of life?
- Do you know other languages?
- Do you have experience teaching non-native speakers?
How do I write a english teacher resume with no experience
If you’re fresh out of college or have no experience as a teacher, there are two routes you can take. It all depends on the type of teaching job you’re pursuing.
If you’ve set your sights on an ELA role:
- List selected works that show you’re actively involved in the contemporary literary scene
- Share relevant experience, such as private tutoring or alternative school work you’ve done in the past
- Put an emphasis on your education and certificates. If possible, add any special training or masterclasses you’ve completed.
By contrast, if you’re aiming for an ESL position:
- Highlight any experience you have working with non-native English speakers.
- Mention if you know other foreign languages. Don’t forget to state your level of proficiency in each language.
- Detail any transferable skills which you can apply in an international learning environment
How to list your hard skills and soft skills on your resume
One of the best ways to grab principals’ attention is to showcase your versatility as a teacher.
Demonstrate that you’re a well-rounded professional. Reveal that you're not only an excellent wordsmith, but someone who can work the latest classroom technology.
To do that, simply balance out your skills section.
If most of the skills you’ve added are soft skills, emphasizing the impact of your work on others around you, throw some hard skills into the mix.
These show that you’re up-to-date with all the tools and technology currently used in schools. Keep in mind to mention your ability to work in both in-person and e-learning environments.
Similar to how you described your experiences in the work history portion of your resume, quantify your talents:
- Recall a time in the past where you were faced with a tough challenge. How did you handle it? Outline the situation.
- State the result of your actions.
- Tie the outcome to data that will support your claims.
Some of your abilities will be easier to measure than others and that’s okay.
If you can’t think of any examples or you need some inspiration on other skills you can add to your resume, check out the ones below: