With three student teachers in my classroom, I’ve been spending some time looking at and sharing resumes. I’ve found that when you start searching for quality resumes for education, it isn’t easy to find what you’re looking for. I’m definitely not an expert on this topic, but I’m hoping what I’ve learned from my research will help. I hope these tips help you write an impressive resume that helps you get the job you’re looking for!
First of all, here is a sample of my current resume:
You will notice that it is two pages long. In many other professions, it is strongly suggested that resumes are exactly one page. However, in edcuation it is common for teachers to have a resume that is two pages long.
I like the layout of my current resume because I feel like it looks professional. You don’t want to add anything cute to your resume; you want to let administrators you will take this job seriously. However, my current resume has a few elements which make it stand out from a typically formatted resume. I like the solid lines to separate the sections and the bullets at the top. The format will make the resume stand out a little but in a good way.
The bullets at the top are the most important part. Principals and other administrators can receive hundreds of applications. Not every word of every resume will be read. Administrators often know what they’re looking for. Adding the bullets at the top with the strongest skills you posess, can grab the reader’s attention and get them to keep reading. Make sure the skills you bullet align with current best practice in education. For example, my past resume had 4 Block Implementation as one of my core competencies. When the resume was written, this was considered best practice for teaching reading. However, methods have changed and this would now be a skill that would make it appear as if I was not up to date on current educational practices.
I hope these tips and the example help you write a resume that gets you the interview!
Have other tips? Please share below, I’m sure all of the new college graduates out their would appreciate it!