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You've signed up as an ESL Passport Teacher.  Nice!  Now, how do you show potential employers that you are a cut above the rest?

Let's start with your ESL Passport profile!   

Your profile is what potential employers all over the world will see when they are looking at you as a possible new hire. So...

  • What do you want them to see?
  • How can your profile accurately represent you?
  • What makes you different from everyone else, and how can you profile show this?

Below, we will answer all of these questions and provide you the tools to market yourself as the amazing teacher we know you are!

Step One: "A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words"

(Fred R. Barnard)

Make sure that your profile picture shows a clear, unhindered image of you. You should look pleasant and professional. There should be nothing distracting in the background, no noticeable accessories (like sunglasses or hats), and no one else in the picture.

Step Two: "Experience Is The Best Teacher"

(Proverb)

Yes, it's tedious and time-consuming to fill out all of your past work experience information. But, it will make all the difference. Not only do you need to show potential employers WHAT you have done, show them WHERE, with WHOM, for WHOM, and WHY. Make your experience, whether you have a lot or just a little, impactful. Show your employer how you can impact many, work with a variety of peers, show initiative, and more!

Step Three: "Be The Change You Wish To See In The World"

(Mahatma Gandhi)

Now that you have shown where you've been, it is time to show where you are GOING. Describe why you teach, what you hope to accomplish, and what your personal and professional goals are. Any potential employer wants to see someone with AMBITION. Someone who will grow and improve over time, who will always strive to do better and do more.

Many educators overlook this part of their profiles and job applications; don't make the same mistake!

Step Four: "An Error Does Not Become a Mistake Until You Refuse To Correct It"

(John F. Kennedy)

If a potential employer truly believes that their educators should be fault-less, they are going to be sorely surprised. No, the reality is that everyone makes mistakes, and any intelligent employer knows this. So, don't claim to be perfect; explain how the errors you have made allowed you to learn and grow as an educator. Turn positives into negatives! It's okay to admit that there was something you didn't know how to handle - but, be ready to explain HOW you figured it out in the end and WHAT you learned from the experience!

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