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Showcase Relevant Experience to Avoid Creating an Unbalanced Resume

showcase relevant experience to avoid creating and unbalanced resume

Emphasizing your most recent, relevant experience is an excellent rule of thumb to avoid creating an unbalanced resume. Give less real estate to jobs that go farther back into your past, especially if they add no value to your current job target.

After writing a targeted profile or career summary and a bullet-table highlighting your expertise, knowledge areas, or core competencies, you would place relevant employment experience. You may or may not put your education next – it would depend on your situation. 

When writing the employment section, you may run into a problem if your impressive work relevant experience happened two or three teaching jobs back. Learn how to avoid creating an unbalanced resume by knowing how to combat this issue. Here are some additional teacher resume writing tips to serve as a checklist.

Your resume’s purpose is to highlight your most relevant work experiences and accomplishments that point to your value as a teacher. It is important to choose the correct resume style to position your work background in the best possible light.

If your most significant professional experience regarding accomplishments happened quite a while ago, you would still want to highlight this experience.

However, what you want to avoid is focusing too much on old jobs that may end up highlighting the fact that you haven’t done anything that important for a while. Furthermore, it will show future school principals that your skills could be rusty if you haven’t employed them since three or four jobs ago. This message is not what you are trying to accomplish. A solution that will allow you to include this relevant information while not making it look like you have been wasting your time since.

A solution, if your relevant work experience is older and you need to highlight it to target a position. #resumetips Click To Tweet

First, try to see if you have used these skills more recently in another teaching position you may have overlooked. Sometimes we get attached to our accomplishments and incorporate each one. If you have done similar things in a recent teaching position, highlight these achievements over your prior teaching experiences.

If you can highlight these talents in more recent teaching positions, you will show school administrators you are actively using these teaching skills.

If it is a particular teaching experience that cannot be duplicated in another job and is imperative to showcase your abilities, then there is another option. Instead of placing it in your work history, make it stand out.

Incorporate it under a heading like “Teaching Highlights.” Do this using a bulleted list of all your most important past education achievements.

Not only is this a great idea for highlighting accomplishments from an older position, but it’s an excellent way to showcase your best and most relevant accomplishments throughout your teaching career.

This bulleted list will help you stand out from the competition and make it easy for principals to find the most pertinent information about your career and skills.

By highlighting prior work accomplishments in this way, you will describe the relevant experience adequately without having to list employment dates or specify at which school it happened while bringing even more attention to it by putting it near the top of your teacher resume.

Problem solved!

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