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Updating Your Resume   

 

 

Your resume/CV is essential to your next job.  Below, are some examples by former ALTs of how they have described their job.  Also, I have included the essential verbs you need to ensure your resume sparkles.

 

You might also check out this blog. It is focused on JET ALTs but has a ton of useful information that can be used by all ALTs. 

 

ALT DESCRIPTIONS

  • Selected by Japan’s Ministry of Education and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promote foreign language education and grassroots internationalization in Japan.
  • Demonstrated the ability to work well in a foreign environment while gaining valuable insight into the Japanese culture and language.
  • Coordinated with Japanese English teachers to plan, prepare and conduct <insert #> classes a week for more than <insert #> students.
  • Served as a member of the prefecture's English Teachers’ Association and organized the annual high school English Debate contests.
  • Presented workshops at the prefecture’s annual midyear training seminar for Japanese teachers of English and native English speakers on the use of ESL debate in the classroom.
  • Selected to participate in Japan’s largest cultural exchange programs, run by Japan’s Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs.
  • Create original English lesson plans/exams and team-teach with a Japanese English teachers to deliver <insert #> lessons per week to <insert level of students>.
  • Designed and created the school's first official webpage.
  • Organized and implemented daily lessons for over <insert #> elementary and junior high school students.
  • Improved English Language proficiency of Japanese junior high students by providing instruction as a native speaker, and developing curriculum for language lessons.
  • Provided independent classroom instruction, evaluated teaching materials, and monitored students’ aptitude, ensuring the progress of each student.
  • Overcame linguistic and cultural barriers to quickly become an effective and productive member of the teaching staff in Japanese schools.
  • Developed and implemented curriculum and teaching materials in conjunction with local Japanese English teachers for elementary and junior high schools.
  • Designed, planned, and implemented lesson plans and supported over <insert #> teachers from <insert #> schools.
  • Motivated students to diligently study the English language and encouraged their interest in foreign cultures.
  • Collaborated with Japanese English language teachers to develop lesson plans and organize school and local community events.
  • Led workshops for Japanese teachers on creating interactive, student-centered activities in order to accelerate students’ English language acquisition.
  • Assisted in translating city hall's materials, including travel brochures and letters, from Japanese to English.
  • Acted as a 'cultural ambassador' which involved making presentations and serving as a general resource of English and the <insert #> culture.
  • Solidified ability to work with others while gaining valuable insight into Japanese culture and language.
  • Created, designed and edited the bi-monthly school newsletter.

 

THE VERBS

Management / Leadership / Decision Making Skills

administered

advocated

analyzed

appointed

approved

assigned

attained

authorized

chaired

considered

consolidated

contracted

controlled

converted

coordinated

decided

delegated

determined

developed

directed

elected

eliminated

emphasized

enforced

enhanced

enlisted

established

executed

formed

founded

generated

governed

handled

headed

hired

hosted

improved

incorporated

increased

initiated

inspected

instituted

led

managed

merged

moderated

motivated

operated

organized

overhauled

oversaw

pioneered

planned

presided

prioritized

produced

recommended

recruited

reorganized

replaced

represented

restored

reviewed

scheduled

secured

selected

spearheaded

sponsored

staged

started

streamlined

strengthened

supervised

terminated

Communication / People Skills

addressed

advertised

arbitrated

arranged

articulated

authored

clarified

collaborated

communicated

composed

condensed

conferred

consulted

contacted

conveyed

convinced

corresponded

debated

defined

described

developed

directed

discussed

drafted

edited

elicited

enlisted

explained

expressed

formulated

furnished

incorporated

influenced

interacted

interpreted

interviewed

involved

joined

judged

lectured

listened

marketed

mediated

moderated

negotiated

observed

outlined

participated

persuaded

presented

promoted

proposed

publicized

reconciled

recruited

referred

reinforced

reported

resolved

responded

solicited

specified

spoke

suggested

summarized

synthesized

translated

wrote

Analytical Research Skills

analyzed

clarified

collected

compared

conducted

critiqued

detected

determined

diagnosed

evaluated

examined

experimented

explored

extracted

formulated

gathered

identified

inspected

interpreted

interviewed

invented

investigated

located

measured

organized

researched

reviewed

searched

solved

summarized

surveyed

systematized

tested

Technical Skills

analyzed

clarified

collected

compared

conducted

critiqued

detected

determined

diagnosed

evaluated

examined

experimented

explored

extracted

formulated

gathered

identified

inspected

interpreted

interviewed

invented

investigated

located

measured

organized

researched

reviewed

searched

solved

summarized

surveyed

systematized

tested

Teaching Skills

adapted

advised

clarified

coached

communicated

conducted

coordinated

critiqued

developed

enabled

encouraged

evaluated

explained

facilitated

focused

guided

individualized

informed

instilled

instructed

motivated

persuaded

set goals

simulated

stimulated

taught

tested

trained

transmitted

tutored

Financial Data Skills

administered

adjusted

allocated

analyzed

appraised

assessed

audited

balanced

budgeted

calculated

computed

conserved

corrected

determined

developed

estimated

forecasted

managed

marketed

measured

planned

prepared

programmed

projected

reconciled

reduced

researched

retrieved

Creative / Innovative Skills

acted

adapted

authored

began

combined

composed

conceived

conceptualized

condensed

created

customized

designed

developed

devised

directed

displayed

drew

entertained

established

fashioned

formulated

founded

illustrated

initiated

instituted

integrated

introduced

invented

modeled

modified

originated

performed

photographed

planned

revised

revolutionized

shaped

solved

Helping / Counseling / Mediating Skills

adapted

advocated

aided

answered

arranged

assessed

assisted

attended

cared for

clarified

coached

collaborated

comforted

contributed

cooperated

counseled

demonstrated

diagnosed

educated

encouraged

ensured

expedited

facilitated

familiarized

fostered

furthered

guided

helped

instilled

insured

intervened

mentored

motivated

prevented

provided

referred

rehabilitation

represented

resolved

settled

simplified

supplied

supported

tutored

volunteered

Organization / Administrative / Detail Skills

approved

arranged

catalogued

categorized

charted

classified

coded

collected

compiled

coordinated

corrected

corresponded

disseminated

distributed

executed

filed

formalized

generated

implemented

incorporated

inspected

logged

maintained

monitored

obtained

operated

ordered

organized

planned

prepared

processed

provided

purchased

recorded

registered

reorganized

reserved

responded

reviewed

routed

scheduled

screened

set up

submitted

supplied

standardized

systematized

updated

validated

verified

Selling / Convincing Skills

arbitrated

convinced

dissuaded

marketed

mediated

negotiated

persuaded

promoted

publicized

resolved

secured

sold

solicited

Additional Verbs for Accomplishments

achieved

completed

expanded

exceeded

improved

pioneered

reduced (losses)

resolved (issues)

restored

spearheaded

succeeded

surpassed

transformed

won

Personality Traits - task orientated skills

accurate
adaptable
ambitious
analytical
artistic talent
awareness
capable
clear-thinker

commitment to growth
competent
conscientious
cooperative
creative

dedicated

dependable
eager
efficient
energetic
enterprising
eye for detail
farsighted
flexible
gets things done right
goal directed
good judgment
hard worker
high achiever
high energy
highly motivated

honest

imaginative
independent
industrious
innovative
leadership ability
loves a challenge
loyal
manages time
efficiently
methodical
meticulous
motivated

optimistic
orderly

organized
perfectionist
persistent
problem solver
productive
punctual
quick learner
realistic
resourceful
risk taker
self-motivated
sense of humor
sensitive

serious
shrewd

sincere
team player
thorough
trustworthy
verbal
versatility
visionary
works well under
pressure

Personality Traits - people orientated skills

ability to motivate
others
congenial
cooperative
courteous

diplomatic
eloquent
excellent
communication skills
friendly
generous

gets along well with others
good listener
helpful
leadership qualities
optimistic
outgoing

patience
sense of humor
sensible
supportive
sympathetic
team worker

tolerant of others
understanding  

 

Words to avoid: US News article 

  • Creative
  • Organizational
  • Effective
  • Extensive experience
  • Track record
  • Motivated
  • Innovative
  • Problem solving
  • Communication skills
  • Dynamic

 

 

Some of the above information was provided by Fukuoka's ALT website.


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