Creating a resume that highlights your skills and abilities is the best way to make a lasting impression with school administrators and hiring representatives. Updating your current resume to reflect the skills and talents that will make you an effective teacher will help hiring representatives understand why you will be a good fit for their school and encourage them to contact you.
We recommend reviewing some general resume writing tips below:
- Keep your resume simple and straightforward. You should not use the first person “I” or include narratives with your experiences. Bulleted lists to demonstrate skills and achievements are the clearest and most concise way to include information about each position.
- Include any skills that relate to data analysis, training, and leadership.
- Include necessary important information such as name, email, phone number, address, relevant education information, and certification and license area.
- Organize your resume using clear section headings and be consistent in your formatting.
- Use a font that is easy to read and clear, such as Arial, Calibri, Times Roman, or Segoe UI.
- Export or “print” your final resume version as a PDF file. Sending your resume as a PDF ensures that it can be read clearly on any digital platform.
- Have at least two people proofread your resume.
A good way to generate a quality teaching resume is to reflect on your past experiences with the specific objective of obtaining a teaching position. As you think about the skills you brought to previous positions and experiences, determine which of your strengths are applicable to a teaching career. Highlight any previous teaching, tutoring, and work with children. Consider your experience with these questions in mind:
- Have I worked with youth? If so, what age groups? What was the capacity of my work and how many kids did I work with?
- Have I ever worked with people with special needs (either personally or professionally)?
- Have I taught, trained, tutored, managed or mentored anyone, even if informally, and did it lead to specific positive outcomes?
- What unique skills or interests do I have that could either enrich a classroom or apply to teaching, such as experience working with data?
- What kind of collaborative experiences do I have? When have I worked successfully within a team? Have I been selected for special projects, committees or task forces? If so, did it lead to any noteworthy accomplishments or changes? Were these recognized?
- What language proficiencies do I have? Do I have experience working with English Language Learners or speaking another language?
Here is a sample resume: