TEFL CV – 5 Tips for Teachers

By Jon Duckett
Experienced TEFL teacher and director at TEFL Jobs World

Getting your TEFL CV right is an important part of any job application to English language schools worldwide. Here at TEFL Jobs World we give you 5 tips to ensure your application stands out above the rest.

  1. After writing your name and contact details, make clear you have the qualifications they are looking for in their ad. Such as degree, TEFL certificate, 2 years experience, a Japanese work visa or whatever it may be. That way the school director will instantly consider you as a potential candidate. If they can’t see this easily your CV will probably be deleted.
  2. Secondly, include a section called teaching experience where you bullet point relevant experience such as teaching business English or young learners etc. If the ad requests a specific type of experience and you have it, elaborate in much more detail. If you have no relevant English language teaching experience, include other related experience such as working with youth groups etc.
  3. Present the CV well, spell check and include a photo either on the top right of your CV or in your application. Appearance is important, and the reality is that school owners (particularly in Asia) are looking for smart, attractive teachers. If this comes across in your CV they will be more likely to hire you.
  4. Include experiences of living/working abroad. Schools want to know you won’t be phased by culture shock and leave after two weeks. Put them at ease with evidence you can hack it.
  5. Write a relevant and personalised covering letter in the body of the email. Address them personally and talk about why you would like to work at their school (do some research about them online first of course). Never just send out CV’s at random with the same covering letter each time, they will probably get deleted.

Good luck with the applications!

All the best, the TEFL Jobs World team.


I am an experienced TEFL teacher who has worked in London, Japan and Spain. I am also the director here at TEFL Jobs World.