As a teacher, you're nothing short of a superhero. The skill set you possess alone - from planning interactive and engaging lessons to observing and knowing what you should know about each of your pupils to play an important role in determining the future of the next generation - is priceless.
But, how exactly do you show and tell your potential employers all these? How do you make them know that you are a great educator and the best fit for any role they may be hoping to fill?
The answer to that is simply a great resume!
This guide will show you how to write a sterling resume that will highlight and showcase your teaching prowess and make it impossible for your potential employers not to invite you over for an interview.
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As an educator, it is important that your resume clearly showcases all the skills, certifications, and accomplishments. It should also reflect that you are aware of the current trends in your industry.
Below are some tips you should adhere to when writing your resume as a teacher.
This is one of the most important things to take note of when writing your resume.
Whoever will glance through your resume, be it principals, hiring personnel, or even tracking software, will be favorably disposed to the resume if it has a clean and attractive layout.
Below are some tips to format your resume and give it a clean layout:
- Use reverse chronological order. i.e., start with your recent experiences and work your way down.
- Use common and clean fonts like Calibri, Times New Roman, Helvetica, etc.
- Let your font size fall within 10-12 pts for normal text and 2-3 pts larger for headings.
- Include headings, subheadings, and bullet points.
- Use margins. Preferably one inch.
- Don't cramp your resume. Leave ample space to make it easy to read through.
No two job offers are exactly the same; therefore, your resume shouldn't be a one-fit-all resume. When applying for different positions, tailoring your resume to match the requirements from each job description will give you a better chance of moving on to the next stage.
Hiring personnels are always on the lookout for resumes that are tailored to meet their needs, so make sure your resume does exactly for all the openings you apply for. Sure, it might be a bit tasking, but it's worth it in the end.
Your certifications and degrees will go a long way in helping you land that particular job you're hoping to get.
Ensure you meet all the certification requirements for the job, then vividly highlight and showcase them.
Degree type and major
Year studied (start to finish)
GPA (if it's above 3.5)
Major honors, awards, and accomplishments
Bachelor of Science in Education
Aug, 2012 - May, 2016
Awarded best graduating student.
Here’s a pro tip for teachers with little or no experience.
In your education section, highlight some of the courses you took in college tailored to that particular job.
For instance, if the job is for a social studies teacher, you can include a "Relevant Coursework" section and some social studies courses you took in college.
When prospective employers go through your resume, they need your resume to convince them that you are the perfect fit for that job. They want to see your skills, achievements, and talents and it is your job to show them.
Below are some tips to help you effectively do this:
- Use numbers to showcase your achievements. E.g., Raised average grades by 36%.
- Use power words (formulated, devised, spearheaded, launched, etc.) and keywords (for Applicant Tracker System.)
- Clearly highlight your hard, soft, and technical skills.
- You can also include your hobbies and interests, volunteer positions, and other things that may be helpful.
- Motivated students to achieve 80% class mastery of English standards measured by Common Core standards.
- Taught elementary age students in tutoring setting to improve academic achievement Improved the student’s literacy rate by 40%.
- Developed a novel behavior training program, which reduced incidents of unacceptable behavior by 60%.
- Increased the percentage of students completing assignments on time by 30%.
- Team Sports: interpersonal skills, leadership, communication skills.
- Chess: critical-thinking, problem-solving, decision-making.
- Writing: creativity, communication skills, writing skills.
- Guitar: stress management, creativity.
Categorizing your skillset is always recommended. It is much easier for readers to find the skills they care about most.
Don’t forget to list your soft skills. Yes, they are often not measurable and cannot be tested, but they can still be developed over time, and this is very important not only to the children but also to their parents and schools.
- Critical thinking and analysis
- Analytical thinking and innovation
- Resilience, stress tolerance
- Resourcing and problem-solving
- Time management
Now that we've talked about how the resumes for teachers should generally be, we'll go ahead to talk about specific teaching roles.
Elementary school teachers are usually the first set of teachers that pupils are exposed to. Consequently, they usually have the highest impact on how their pupils will grow up to perceive education. As such, most educational establishments are always very picky in hiring them.
Not to worry, if you follow the simple golden rules we'll soon discuss, you won't find it difficult to land a job with your resume.
1. Follow the general teacher's resume previously discussed.
2. Tailor your objective or summary to properly highlight your experience working with kids and pupils in elementary school.
3. Highlight relevant courses and certifications that indicate your ability to work with children in elementary school.
4. Showcase your hard, soft, and technical skills that make you perfect for the role.
5. Tailor your resume to the job ad.
6. Clearly show how great you are with kids through your accomplishments and employment history section.
Middle schoolers and pre-teens are one of the most complicated sets of students. They are caught in the middle of being teenagers and kids, so navigating and teaching them will require a bit more than just teaching skills.
Follow the tips we'll list below to write a job-winning resume to help you land your dream job at that middle school.
1. Choose a good and clean layout
2. Write a sterling summary and infuse it with powerful positive words and your biggest successes.
3. Highlight your achievements. Downplaying them won't help.
4. Write your employment history in reverse chronological order. That's is, from most recent.
5. list out relevant certifications, degrees, and awards.
6. Strategically place relevant keywords in your resume to beat ATS.
Yes, you're great with teenagers, and you're one of the "cool teachers" but the principal of the high school you're applying to will need more than that in order to consider you for an opening.
So how exactly do you tailor your resume to impress not only the principal but also the hiring committee and leave them with no choice but to hire you.
1. Follow the general tips.
2. Make your summary powerful and let it speak for you. Include figures, achievements, and power words.
3. Focus more on your achievements, especially regarding pain points affecting high schoolers, such as mental health issues.
4. If possible, let your resume contain more experiences in a high school setting.
5. Let your certifications and degrees reflect your areas of expertise.
6. Showcase the hard, soft, and technical skills you possess in your arsenal that speak of your high school teacher's capability. E.g., Good rapport with students and teenagers, sense of humor, lesson planning, good orator, and so on.
No matter what position you're applying for, a well-crafted resume is one of the most determining factors in whether you'll get the job or not.
Fortunately for you, we've compiled some helpful tips that will help you land your next lucrative and dream job as a teacher.
As a form of summary, here are the things to look out for:
- A great and clean layout.
- Tailor your resume to the job you're applying for.
- Ensure your contact information is valid.
- Use powerful words and numbers to describe your achievements.
- Let your cover letter and resume match.
- Proofread and ensure it is error-free.
- Place keywords at strategic areas to beat the ATS.