As I sit on my deck to write this post the mid-August sun beats down heavily on my brow, and I am awaiting the return to the classroom. You see, in addition to working as a resume writing professional, I am also a teacher, secondary English to be precise, and this time of year is met with both anticipation and wistful reminiscence of a summer almost gone.
This seems the perfect time to combine my two callings: teaching and resume writing.
Over the years I have sat in on numerous interview committees and have first-hand experience as to what makes a teaching candidate stand out resume-wise. First of all, the normal requisites all apply. Your resume should be set up in chronological format, starting with your most recent teaching position. Visually your resume should embody two key principles: clean lines and current content. This means creating a document that has plenty of white space and few large blocks of text. It should have plenty of easy-to-scan bullet points. Your teaching resume should also focus heavily on the most recent 10 years of experience.
You should include the following sections. First, an objective which states the position you are applying for and what you would bring to the job. Second, a summary, where you list your job-specific skills. Third, a work history, where you highlight your professional teaching accomplishments. And finally an education section where you list your degrees and certifications.
Here are a few additional tips on how to write a resume for a teaching position.
- In your objective be sure to mention something significant about kids. This should be the main thrust of your resume: you enjoy and want to work with students.
- In your summary section talk about specific educational buzz words. IEP's, Differentiated Instruction, Learning Styles etc. This is not just keyword loading; it is showing you keep up to date on educational research.
- Your work history should include specific accomplishments- not just teaching duties. How do you stand out? Did you start a Professional Learning Network (PLN) at your school? Mentor a group? Create a interdisciplinary unit? Differentiate yourself from the crowd.
- When detailing your education be sure to list the specifics of your certification(s). Many schools hire people with the future in mind. Can you teach more than one subject or grade level? Even if the position is for 8th grade math, if you can also teach 5th grade science- list it!
As always, if you have your resume, but just want a professional opinion, feel free to send it to me for a free, no-strings-attached review.