Teaching Abroad Resume: Example for a College Graduate

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Are you thinking about finding a job teaching abroad? Perhaps this will be your first job out of college, and you are not sure what information to include on your first resume.

Read below for tips on creating a strong college graduate resume for a job teaching abroad. Below is also an example of a resume for a position teaching abroad. The example is for a recent college graduate.

Tips for Creating a Resume for a College Graduate Teaching Abroad

  • Resume or CV? Some international organizations require job seekers to submit a curriculum vitae (CV), rather than a resume. A CV contains some information that a resume does not. Read the application directions carefully, and make sure you submit the right kind of materials.
  • Read the job description. Read the job description very carefully. The description will note the requirements and qualifications for the position. Circle any keywords in the description, and try to include some of these in your resume. For example, if the job description highlights a lot of teamwork in the job, include any experiences in which you worked successfully on a team.
  • Emphasize teaching experience and certifications. Clearly outline any experience you have teaching, including courses in education, teaching experiences, and any teaching certifications. If you have limited teaching experience, you can also include positions as a tutor or even a camp counselor.
  • Highlight international experiences. Employers for teaching abroad programs look for candidates who are comfortable in new, foreign settings. Highlight any experiences you have working, studying, or traveling abroad.
  • Emphasize your education. As a recent college graduate, you likely do not have much work experience. If this is the case, be sure to highlight your education. Emphasize any courses you took related to teaching and education or related to the field you hope to teach in. Be sure to create an “education” section on your resume that lists your school, degree, your major, and GPA.
  • Note any volunteer work. Because your work experience is likely limited, you can highlight any volunteer experiences that are related to the job. For example, if you volunteered to tutor local high school students, include this information. You might also include related extracurricular experiences as well.
  • Make it easy to read. Avoid decorative fonts and designs that are busy and difficult to read. Keep your resume clean and concise (try to keep it one page long). This will allow the employer to more easily see the information on your resume.
  • Edit, edit, edit. Take the time to thoroughly edit your resume for spelling and grammar errors. Also, make sure that your font and style choices are consistent—for example, if you write one section title in bold, all section titles should be bold. You might set up a meeting with a counselor at your college career services office to have someone else read through your resume too.

    Teaching Abroad Resume for a College Grad (Text Version)

    Hailey Sharpe
    Home: 555-555-5555 Cell: 555-555-1234
    456 Oakwood Terrace
    Philadelphia, PA 12121


    Sagamore College, Easton, NY May 20XX

    Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with International Affairs Minor

    Cumulative GPA: 3.8

    Received award for Outstanding Work in the Spanish Major

    Sagamore College in Madrid, Madrid, Spain September 20XX-July 20XX
    Studied at Universidad de Madrid
    Lived with Spanish host family and traveled throughout Spain for two semesters


    ESL Intern, Madrid, Spain January-May 20XX

    • Taught English conversation and grammar to first-year university students
    • Developed lesson plans for each class
    • Met one-on-one with students who struggled most with the course

    Supervisor, XYZ Town Parks & Recreation Dept., XYZ Town, NY Summer 20XX

    • Lifeguard / Swim Instructor Summers 20XX-20XX
    • Received three Employee-of-the-Month awards for teaching excellence
    • Taught swim lessons to children ages 3-8
    • Taught aqua aerobics class for senior citizens
    • Supervised staff of 20 lifeguards and attendants

    Volunteer Hebrew School Teacher, XYZ Temple, XYZ Town, NY August 20XX-May 20XX

    • Taught third grade students various religious topics using class discussion, games, and handouts to keep students engaged
    • Wrote and directed students in an end-of-the-year play


    Research Assistant, Foreign Languages Department, XYZ College Fall 20XX-20XX

    • Collected information from Spanish and Latin American print resources
    • Answered phones, made copies, sent faxes, and performed other administrative duties

    Student Departmental Representative, Academic Council, XYZ College Fall 20XX-Spring 20XX


    • Sagamore College A Capella Group Fall 20XX-Spring 20XX
    • Sagamore College Club Swim Team Fall 20XX-Spring 20XX
    • Received Most Improved Swimmer Award


    • Fluent in Spanish