If you are reading this I think it is safe to assume you are- or soon will be- graduating from a teaching program with a crisp new teaching license.
Teaching is one of the most rewarding, enjoyable yet challenging careers out there. I have been doing it for almost 20 years and I still love everything about it. (Well, almost. I could do without lunch duty).
Now you just need to find a job. I can help.
Along with teaching, for the past 10 years I have also been writing professional resumes with a focus on the educational field and between writing resumes as well as sitting in on countless interview committees I can say with confidence that I know what will get your resume through that initial screening.
So without further ado, here is the anatomy of a new teacher’s resume, with pictures!
Let’s break it into thirds. The top third is made up of your heading, your branding statement and your core competencies.
Make sure your name is the largest sized font. It seems like a simple thing, but you want your name to stand out in the pile. Next, list only one phone number. Choose either your cell or a land-line, but do not put both. Finally, be sure to have a professional sounding email address, ideally with your full name in it.
The Branding Statement:
While only a sentence or two, the branding statement can be difficult to write. The idea is to summarize who you are and what you can do into just a few words. Things to include would be the subject and grade level that you are interested in as well as something that helps you stand out from other applicants.
This is where you can list keywords, software, and other buzzwords that many on the search committee will be scanning for. The key is finding the right terms to list. One excellent resource is your target schools website. Look at their vision statement, the class blogs in your desired department, even the schools improvement plan. All of these will give you clues as to what strategies and techniques are important to them. As long as you have a matching ability make sure to list it.
The middle third of your resume contains your education and license information.
Nothing fancy here, simply list your degree, where you went to school and when you graduated. Less is generally more. Unless you have had a unique experience that will directly relate to the position you are applying for, resist the temptation to list all of your coursework. In regards to your license, once you have it all you’ll need to do is list the license number. If your state (like mine) sends the license out later in the summer simply list it as pending.
The last third is where you’ll need to flesh out your work history. For the new teacher, this will most likely be your just-completed student teaching experience.
First, give a general statement about what you taught- grade level, class size, big topics covered. Then list particulars- what types of technology used, the formative and summative assessments used, how you differentiated for students on I.E.P.s and finally any collaboration with peers or parents.
If you had a particularly interesting observation experience you can also list that using the same basic format. Once the teaching experience section is complete you should list other work experience you have had while in school. Do not include a lot of detail here, just list the jobs in order to show potential administrators that you have a track record of trustworthiness.
If you’d like help with writing your new teacher’s resume, you can always contact me.
And remember, he who dares to teach must never cease to learn.