How to ensure your teacher resume communicates the value you can bring to the school and its students.
1. Make sure your teacher resume makes YOU stand out. Even though it may seem like you are selling your resume and cover letter first, you are actually selling yourself first and foremost. Even though your resume must look and sound appealing, you need to make sure that you come across as a desirable candidate. While concentrating on developing an appealing design, ensure that you include all pertinent information, for instance education, credentials, work experience, professional development, etc. Assess the school district’s job advertisement, if available, and make certain that you have touched on all required qualifications in your cover letter.
2. Highlight the job position you are applying for or field of interest. Immediately following your contact information should be the job title you are targeting. Make it bigger than the rest of your text; treat it as you would a heading – bigger and bolder. For example you may write Science Teacher, Elementary Principal, Professional Educator, Adjunct Business Instructor, etc. By doing so, you immediately draw focus to the position in question and leave the hiring manager with a clear idea of which job you are applying for. Tailor this for each job posting, if needed.
3. Implement an area of expertise or core competencies section. This is a very crucial segment that is guaranteed to set you apart from the competition. Focus on key skills that are needed to succeed in the job you are applying for. Concentrate mostly on hard or technical skills, i.e. competencies needed to perform the job itself. These would include classroom management, student motivation, parental communications, differentiated instruction, reading strategies, etc. You may also want to examine soft skills such as problem solving, organization, time management, etc. List your qualities in a chart and/or bullet point format to make them stand out from the rest of your text.
4. Craft a well-written body that explores your work experience. You may use a heading of Professional, Work, Teaching, Relevant Experience, Business Experience, etc. This is where you will list the places where you worked, as well as the location, dates employed, and your job title. Make sure those items are bolded or one font size higher to make them stand out and reflect their significance. After, you will lay out your job responsibilities in a concise and matter-of-fact manner. Generally this portion would be written in chronological order, from newest to oldest. This will vary depending on your background – you may be a career changer or re-entering the education sector and need to bring older experience up front and center.
5. Highlight your accomplishments. Immediately following your job responsibilities think of a few key accomplishments that stand out in your mind that you can properly articulate in your resume. This may include an increase in student grade point average, reduction in absenteeism, securing a grant, increasing the grade level of a few at-risk students, etc, depending on the job itself. Regardless of the achievement, make certain that you explain how you accomplished it. List these in bullet point format to set them apart from the rest of your duties. Try to find at least a couple of achievements for each position.
6. List your greatest strengths that will help you in your next position. This is separate from the skill set mentioned above. Analyze the job advertisement, if available, and see how the mentioned requirements correlate with strengths you have demonstrated in other careers or positions. Perhaps you excel at collaborating with colleagues to assess a situation and devise an appropriate reaction or solution. Maybe you are great at interacting with parents and working with them to meet students’ unique needs. On the other hand, you may be proficient in differentiated instruction to ensure all learners are reached and successful.
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