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How to Enter Teaching Through an Alternate Route Program

How to Enter Teaching Through an Alternate Route Program

Entering teaching through an Alternate Route Program to make a career change from a business career to teaching has increased in popularity. If you are looking to revitalize your career, taking action steps will get you closer to your goals.

More people wish to transition from a business career to teaching for different reasons. For many, it is because they believe it would be rewarding and the career they have always wanted. Asking yourself thought-provoking questions about why you are making a career change to teaching will be helpful.

After finishing up the Alternate Route Certification Program to become a teacher, you might be overwhelmed at the prospect of finding a teaching job. As a career changer moving from a business career to education, you step into a whole new career world. You may have a bit of experience motivating or training colleagues in various job responsibilities or no teaching or training experience. So how are you to become a teacher with your unrelated professional experience?

Many job seekers in this situation overtly play down their prior work experience, hoping to focus the prospective employer solely on the small amount of volunteer, training, teaching, or classroom experience they have gained through student teaching or practicum work. This is a big mistake!

Even though you may think your past work history has nothing to do with teaching, it actually can do wonders for getting the attention of employers. It all lies in your transferable skills. Many jobs outside of education use similar skills and even similar responsibilities necessary to thrive in a classroom and maximize academic and social student success.

What you should do first when getting ready to create your teacher resume is to identify those transferable skills between your former career and that of teaching. For instance, if you have spearheaded training programs or volunteered in an adult literacy program for non-English speakers, you can highlight these skills on your resume, as they indicate your teaching abilities. Any presentations you’ve made, programs you’ve organized, training or mentoring of employees, or volunteer work like organizing Sunday school can be a major asset to your teaching career. And, because of this, principals will want to know about them.

Second, you should lead off the resume with a strong, education-focused profile that details the strengths and unique value you bring to the classroom. Be sure to use thoughtful keywords to demonstrate your understanding of teacher-terminology, terms such as ‘cooperative learning’ or ‘cognitive development’ to describe your classroom style or objectives.

Third, use your teacher cover letter to give your prospective reader some insight into why you elected to shift gears in your career with a transition into teaching. Seize the opportunity to discuss your talents and strengths, enthusiasm and excitement, and your willingness to dig deep and do whatever it takes to make your dream of teaching a reality. It is essential to convey your passion for your new teaching career; the school hiring representatives need to realize your application isn’t something you decided to do without much thought. Passionately communicate teaching is something you are dedicated to doing for the rest of your career.

If you follow these guidelines, you will undoubtedly showcase the added value you will bring to a classroom as a career changer.

A+ Resumes for Teachers has helped many clients from various professions and industries by writing resumes and cover letters to enter the education field via the Alternate Route Program. If you need assistance conveying the desire and passion you feel as you enter the exciting and rewarding area of education, click here to learn how Candace can help.

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