Implement these teacher assistant resume writing tips and steps to land a job interview quicker. You can then look forward to your first day as a teacher’s aide or paraprofessional.
As an educational assistant, do you visualize the physical appearance of the classroom?
Imagine the fresh, eager faces who will eagerly be awaiting your assistance and the teacher-mentor who will guide you in your first months in your teaching support career?
If you do not yet have a list of what your ideal classroom will look like, I always recommend making one before writing your resume. Once you have a clear picture of what you want in a teaching assistant position, it will be easier to write a resume targeting your desired teaching assistant position. Don’t forget the importance of writing a new teacher cover letter to go with your application.
I have written the following tips to write your own teaching assistant resume and succeed in landing an interview.
One Teacher Assistant Resume Writing Tip is to Include the Correct Keywords
Before you start writing your teacher assistant resume, consider making a list of teaching keywords and skills to include in your resume and cover letter. Keywords are like a magnet in an educational assistant resume and are top resume writing tips.
Incorporating the right keywords will serve several important functions, including helping you to:
- Match your resume with the right open teacher’s aide positions. Hiring managers will search their database of resumes to find teacher’s assistants or education aides. Interview screeners may also type in ‘teacher’s aide’ or ‘education assistant’ or ‘instructional assistant’ or ‘paraprofessional.’
- Distinguish yourself from other teacher assistant applicants. Choose the words you use in your resume carefully. One mistake teachers who write their resumes make is using the same old-fashion terminology in the work experience section. They write the description of their job and don’t include searchable keywords or phrases.
Below we will discuss how to back up your keywords with evidence.
Here is a sample list of teacher assistant keywords. Of course, as you write your teacher resume and cover letter, new words will flourish.
Incorporate Relevant Titles/Positions, If Possible
First and foremost, the position(s) you are targeting should be sprinkled throughout your resume and other job search documents:
- Teacher’s Assistant (TA)
- Teacher’s aide
- Educational assistant
Only include words that align with your teaching skills and abilities, education, and work experience. Other titles or areas you wish to assist in teaching could include daycare teacher, part-time instructor, preschool teaching career, infant room leader, and counselor.
Search teacher assistant employment ads and find out what the most common job titles are. It may suffice to use ‘teacher’s assistant’ with a few mentions of ‘teacher’s aide.’ Let the education job market inform your keyword choice.
Citing Grade and Subject Area
Cite the grade level and subject you are interested in teaching. Several choices may include:
- High School
- Middle School
- Special Education
- Physical Education
- Resource Rooms
- Day Care Programs
- Head Start Programs
- Private Educational Support Programs
- Early Intervention Programs
Include Special Certifications/Training
If you have obtained or plan to get special certifications in any of these areas, be sure to mention them:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI)
- Early Childhood Education (ECE)
- Subject Area Specialization: Art, Science, Physical Education, Math
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is in high demand. You may also come up in a separate search for autism teaching assistants, therapists, or CBT assistants. In this case, you may want to mention CBT several times in your resume and cover letter.
What is Your Teaching Approach
The school will want to know about your educational philosophy (here is a teacher belief statement example) and teaching methods.
Don’t miss listing any classes and workshops, and certification in areas such as:
- Differentiated Instruction
Reality and Real World Pedagogy
Incorporate Your Top Teaching Skills (Soft)
While reviewing teacher aide or assistant job ads, note what qualities they seek in a teaching assistant.
Skills in demand can found from current educational assistant teacher job ads:
- Team player
- Verbal and Written Communication Skills
Our teaching skill tips for career switchers are also useful to those seeking teaching assistant resume writing tips. Anyone seeking entry-level teaching positions can benefit from them.
Don’t Forget to Include Teaching Skills (Hard)
Hard skills are of particular importance in education and go well beyond simple computer and audiovisual skills. Today’s classroom uses many unique learning programs and methods. There is an abundance – be sure to list:
- Learning programs (math, reading literacy, and so on)
- Learning apps
Research the school and district in advance and see what tools they use in the classroom. Getting an interview is all about matching your skills with those need by the school where you wish to secure employment. Tailoring to meet the school’s needs and requirements could require adjusting your resume and cover letter accomplishments and keywords for each job.
Another Important Teacher Assistant Resume Writing Tip
Uncover and Communicate Transferable Skills (Hard)
Transferable skills are one of your best assets when applying for entry-level teacher assistant positions. You can facilitate and simplify entering a career in education with transferable skills. Here are examples of transferable skills you may have used in your personal, professional, and volunteer life:
Review resume keywords to include in your resume to ensure you are making the match with your prospective employers’ teaching needs.
Present Accomplishments in Your Teacher Assistant Resume to Communicate Evidence of Expertise
The hiring manager reads many resumes with the same teaching skills listed over and over again. How can you stand out from the other teaching assistants in the job applicant pool? The key is to back up your claims with evidence.
Evidence may include:
Examples Accomplishments for a Teacher’s Assistant
These sample teacher’s aide or assistant achievements provide examples of both positions held and programs used.
As a reading literacy instructor-led reading circles at summer camps and tutored elementary-level students after school.
- Integrated a full breadth of reading programs into lessons, including Success for All, Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS), and the leading elementary-level reading apps.
- Implemented Applied Behavior Analysis to teach a non-verbal student how to navigate an augmentative communication device when asked questions.
- Utilized a variety of informal and formal assessment strategies to analyze student readiness, determine student progress, and effectively adapt instruction to meet and exceed State Standards.
- Collaborated with librarians to develop an after-school reading club, which grew by 15% each semester.
Tutored below-grade students in math and successfully integrated them into the inclusive classroom math lessons.
- Helped students develop a reward and peer support system using social media to increase class attendance and assignment completion.
- Established outdoor science program focused on learning about the natural world through inquiry methods.
Incorporate Quantitative Results in Accomplishments
Whenever possible, use hard numbers, the most powerful evidence you can present.
- In conjunction with the teacher, increased elementary-level reading scores by 10 percent in the first semester in an inclusive classroom of typically developing and special education learners.
- Boosted class participation by 20 percent and punctuality to 98 percent by empowering students through student-focused learning.
- Received top marks on teacher evaluations with distinction for lesson ease of use and performance assessments.
Teacher Assistant Resume Summary/Profile
Last but far from the least in importance is the teacher assistant resume profile or summary. I often recommend writing the resume summary after assembling your list of keywords and accomplishments. This process helps you prioritize what to emphasize in your resume profile.
The reader will first see the title of your resume summary. These keywords are super influential as they will be the first to pop up in a job search. Do not hesitate to change them to suit the desired teaching assistant job position.
Elementary School – Special Education – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Those four terms have captured three of the most in-demand positions in teaching.
Now you are ready to write a teaching assistant resume summary. Here, too, job ads come in handy.
Ask yourself, does my resume profile reflect the teacher assistant position profiles in the jobs ads? Have I highlighted the skills and qualities they are seeking in this position?
Review tips on how to write a compelling resume profile.
Note how in this teacher assistant resume example, the writer has included substantial evidence of her teaching ability.
“Commended for excellence in innovation, creativity, organization, and proactive talents.”
Provide impressive evidence of your teaching ability by placing a quote praising teaching performance from a school district below the profile summary.
Hard numbers in a resume are often listed in bulleted accomplishments, if available. Sneak in evidential information, like the above summary of skills to make your resume stand out from other applicants.
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