Employers have limited time and usually scan each resume looking for a base criteria (graduated from University, CELTA certified etc.) so they can weed out the many unqualified candidates. If you meet this criteria, but do not display it prominently on your resume, you are shooting yourself in the foot.
This guide doesn't aim to magically land you jobs you aren't qualified for, but rather make sure you land interviews for ones you are qualified for. Plus you are probably more qualified and experienced than you think.
One difference is the inclusion of a photo in your resume. It is especially expected in Asian countries. Insert a passport sized photo at the top right of the page. Dress in business attire for the photo, the same way you'd look for a job interview. Dress and look professional. Later in the process, some schools might want a second photo of you, so it can't hurt to have 2 different photos ready.
You're applying for a job as an English teacher, so you'll want to make your resume as related as possible. Delete that summer job you did in high school, it is probably irrelevant. Make sure to prioritize any experience you have that is in any way related to teaching, even if it's not related to teaching English.
You tutored as a side job while at College?
Head tutor responsible for content creation.
Assisted students with exam preparation and effective study methods.
Engaged with students during my time reading books to young learners as part of my church's 'Young Readers Club'.
Experienced assisting English learners in an individual setting.
A resume with no experience related to teaching looks bad. You'll likely still get offered a job somewhere due to the huge demand for English teachers, but you don't just want any job, you want a good one. Of course, if you have taught English professionally before, then you are already one step ahead.
Make sure to emphasize your University degree and TESOL certificates. These are often one of the first things that schools looks for, so if this information is missing or difficult to find, they may move onto the next resume.
What do you think readers? Any resume tips or tricks that we've missed?