Work/Intern/Volunteer Abroad

5 Resume Templates for International Education Rockstars


When applying for a job, it is important to cater your resume and cover letter to the specific position you are applying for. While it is a good idea to have a generic resume on file, gearing your resume towards the one position will help you outline exactly why you are the perfect person for the job. The goal is to translate your work experience and your passion for study abroad into the responsibilities of the position to be filled, and make it as obvious as possible to the hiring manager that you are the perfect fit for the job. Begin by looking at the responsibilities section of the job posting. It is important to remember that your resume isn’t about you showing off: it is about you proving to the person reading your resume that you have exactly what the open position needs. Now, all you need to do it translate the responsibilities of the prospective position into your own skills on your resume, and you will be good to go! Sounds easy, right? Here are a few key things to remember:

  1. When you describe responsibilities you previously held in a position, try to showcase the goals you have accomplished, rather than the tasks you completed. The difference being: “held fundraiser for XYZ Organization” vs. “Planned and organized fundraiser which raised $25,000 for XYZ Organization, surpassing goal by over 15%”. This will show the reader you are able to bring growth and innovation to the position, rather than simply checking off the required boxes and moving on.
  2. Just because you are applying to be a Study Abroad advisor and have never held that position previously, doesn’t mean you don’t have what it takes to be successful in the position. You can always take skills you gained from a previous job in a different sector, and apply them to the International Education field. For example, if one of the responsibilities for the position is to host a study abroad fair, you can take your previous “event planning” experience from organizing recruitment for your fraternity or sorority and include it on your resume.

Overall, the Higher Education industry tends to be more conservative when looking at resume and cover letter formats, but below you can see a variety of templates which fit both ends of the spectrum.

Template 1: Alexis Kent

Alexis Kent

Alexis Kent

What it offers: A slightly spiced up version of your standard resume; this template includes all of the essential information in a clear format, and adds a few playful Social Media symbols on the contact information section for both the resume and cover letter.

Works well for: This is a great choice if you like simple style resumes, or if you are applying for a position where you want to come across as focused and serious.

Template 2: Ashley Moore

Ashley Moore

Ashley Moore

What it offers: This 3-in-1 template includes templates for a cover letter, a one page AND two page resume. The formatting fits plenty of information on all three of the templates provided.

Works well for: If you have a lot of information to showcase, this template pack can help you to show it all off. Choose to use the two page resume if you have various positions, achievements, and references you would like to include. If you would like to limit your experience section to highlight the top/most recent positions held, and would like to provide one or two references, the one page resume allows you to do that as well.

Template 3: Daniel Campbell

Daniel Campbell

Daniel Campbell

What it offers: The added color grabs your attention, but doesn’t distract the reader from your content and experience. The left hand column is split up between your profile, and education, allowing you to include bullet points of the relevant coursework for your degree.

Works well for: If you are applying for an internship, or have recently graduated and do not yet have much work experience, this template allows you to focus on your relevant coursework, and highlight one or two key positions you’ve held. If you don’t have much work experience, this format helps you to focus on one key position you have held and what it has taught you.

Template 4: James Brown

James Brown

James Brown

What it offers: This template gives two variations of formatting: you can list your achievements, or you can list your References and Hobbies instead. This is a very clean resume that you can spice up by including your picture

Works well for: if you have a great professional photo of yourself, and are looking to showcase only a few skills and achievements, and let your work experience be the focal point.

Template 5: Alan Gates

Alan Gates

Alan Gates

What it offers: Adds a splash of color to your resume, and a very unique but well-organized formatting. You can even include the logo for the companies that you held positions with. This template also has a “Skills” section, where you can choose two different skill sets, and list out sub skills, and your expertise level for each one.

Works well for: This layout is great for international education enthusiasts. It allows for plenty of space to list out educational information, so you are able to fit in the international institution where you studied during your semester abroad. It also allows you to list out several languages and your proficiency level for each one.

These are just a few examples out of the thousands available. When deciding on a template, choose the one which allows you to showcase your specific skills, experience, and personality in the best way while keeping in mind the culture of the organization to which you’re applying.

Which template do you think works best (or not at all)? Let us know in the comments below! We'd love to hear your opinion.

How to Quit Your Job in the Middle of the Night and Other Life Lessons - Interview with Bruce Jones, International TEFL Academy


Hey, hey IE rock stars! Today I have a crazy/fun/chatty interview with Bruce Jones, the President and Founder of International TEFL Academy. If you learn just one thing from this interview it will be that Bruce is all about the FUN! And I have no doubt he'd be great to work for if you're wanting to launch a career in international education. *hint hint, wink wink* Like me, Bruce was a small-town, midwestern kid who hadn't seen any of the world until he took off to backpack around Europe after college. All of you study abroad advisors out there will hear some "greatest hits" of study abroad challenges - can you spot them? If so, share them in the comments below. :)

Here's what Bruce and I cover:

  • How the study abroad office scared him (but backpacking around Europe alone didn't)
  • His quarter-life crisis - how he quit his job in the middle of the night and took off to travel the world
  • What it took to step out on his own to launch his own company
  • The key skills you need to teach abroad
  • What to look for in a TEFL certification (so you don't get something shady)
  • Why we feel delinquent for not mastering another language
  • And Bruce shares his insights to my standard closing question: You didn't study abroad in College...but if you could do it all again, would you? Listen to find out!

Thanks for hanging out Bruce! If you're interested in teaching abroad (and why wouldn't you), definitely head over to International TEFL Academy to learn more about what they do and how you can start your own wonderful and PAID international experience.

And be sure to connect with Bruce and ITA around the web:

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Next week I'm coming at you with a #throwbackthursday video that's sure to make your #NAFSA14 hangover/recovery a little more fun. ;) Stay tuned!

Innovation, Typhoons, and Beards - Interview with Troy Peden of

Aaaaaand I'm back with another interview with a long-time rock star in international education and student travel, Troy Peden. A little over 15 years ago, Troy and some students had this crazy idea to put volunteer and study abroad listing up on the internet. Today, we have the mammoth of a site, For those of you who don't know, I worked with Troy at GoAbroad for three years and together we were able to accomplish a lot and grow the organization to crazy new heights in reach, strategy, and growth.

It's been nearly a year since I left my position running GA and I thought it was a perfect time to check in with the founder himself, learn about the impact of Typhoon Haiyan on the GoAbroad Philippines office, and share Troy's own path to a career in international education.

Tweet: If you don't believe in it, you'll run out of motivation fast. You have to love it. - @troypeden via @InStudyAbroad

A follow-up quote from Troy:

"I hope your audience isn't scared away by my ZZ Top beard."

Don't you worry, Troy. Beards are the new cool thing - especally here in the bearded wonderland of Colorado.

As promised, here are several links to different sites and projects we talked about in the show.

  • - Crowd-sourced travel guides created by locals and experts around the world. You can add your own!
  • Typhoon Haiyan relief - The official "Causes" campaign has expired, but you can donate to this cause or any of the other GoAbroad Foundation projects here
  • Volunteer for the Visyans - This was the original NGO in the Philippines that Troy talked about launching. It's grown into a fully self-funded, locally run organization that serves the needs of the local Tacloban and Visyans area communities and provides volunteer opportunities for anyone looking to make a difference.
  • GoAbroad HQ - Lead management system
  • - And of course, if you're looking for your own adventure abroad, check out the thousands of listings over at GoAbroad.
  • Study Abroad Fairs calendar - It's a little dated but it still works!

Did you like this interview? Please let us know in the comments and ask Troy and I your questions about GoAbroad, typhoon relief, careers in international education, and of course, beards.

Thank you so much for watching and sharing your thoughts in the comments below...

Now get out there and get after that global life!