When entering education as either a new teacher or a career changer, you will have limited related work experiences to highlight in your resume and cover letter. Because of this fact, it is important that you highlight other areas that can help your candidacy.
If you have student teaching internship experience, make sure you showcase that valuable work experience.
Below are listed some other critical areas you will want to highlight in your resume and cover letter.
Resume Tips for New Teachers or Career Changers
1. Showcase Community Involvement
Definitely, take the time to convey your community participation and volunteer experience. You can include almost any involvement you have in the community, for example, Boy Scouts Leader, Habitat for Humanity Volunteer, PTA Member, Special Olympics Volunteer, Sunday School Teacher, Soup Kitchen Volunteer, etc. List how long you have been performing that service for your community or local school.
Community involvement is an excellent opportunity to let potential employers know that you are a well-rounded, caring, and dedicated person that gives back. Plus doing volunteer work does add to your areas of skill and knowledge.
2. Include Professional Development
Professional development is vital to teaching success, make sure you showcase what continuing education you have completed. If you have attended professional courses, classes, workshops, or in-services, then a professional development section is an excellent opportunity for you to showcase these new accomplishments and educational endeavors.
Write down the name of the course/workshop you attended and the year. If you remember where it was hosted (city, state; city, province; city, country) then list that as well. If you have attended a consecutive series of workshops organized by the same person, school district, or company, you do not need to give them separate lines. Include unrelated certifications or schooling in this section as well, i.e. items that did not fit appropriately under your above education heading.
3. Additional Sections for Publications and Professional Affiliations
After your professional development, if you have anything to list there, talk about clubs or associations that you belong to and note any of your publications. Under Professional Affiliations, list the organization name and the position you hold there, as well as the duration of membership.
When writing your publications, if you have some, make sure you follow proper citing guidelines. Note: you may not be able to include any information under either of these headings, and that is okay; skip putting them on your resume.
4. Highlight Honors and Awards
Be proud of your accomplishments and the accolades you have received. If you have earned a positive mention at work or a promotion, list these items under the appropriate job. However, if you have been given a school district-wide award or nomination, or a community honor, then showcase them in a separate section of their own. Mention the year you won the award. If you think the honor may need explanation, include a brief line about it; always be concise.
5. Technology Expertise
At the end of the resume, unless you are applying for an Information Technology Instructor position, list your computer/technical proficiencies if they will be utilized in your desired career.
Mention software programs, operating systems, and hardware that may be relevant. Most jobs will look to see if you can handle the basic Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint). If you are applying for an IT position, this information should be included in your Education and Credentials section, as it is the essence of your job.