Resume Guide for Teachers

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Resume Guide for Teachers

This packet is intended to serve as a starting point for creating or improving your teaching resume. Included in this packet are best practices that the Career Center have researched and found to be true. Information and sample resumes within this packet are not intended to be taken verbatim. Constructing a teaching resume is an art, not a science. Make your personal resume unique and stand out by making it represent you. The resources this packet highlights are available to all students; take advantage of the Career Center and the services it provides you.

What to Expect

Teaching Resume Aesthetics, Content & Editing…………..………………………..Page 3 Three necessary components of a great teaching resume are detailed

Key Elements of a Successful Teacher Resume……………………………………...Page 4 Mandatory vs. optional elements in a successful teaching resume

Poor Teaching Resume Example……………………………………………………..Page 5 Details common mistakes of a teaching resume

Transferable Skills & Action Verbs…………………………………………………....Page 6 A comprehensive list of transferable skills and action verbs that have potential in a teaching resume

Constructing a Proper Achievement Statement (bullet point)………………………Page 7 Creating a bullet point stress you out? Here is a fool proof way to construct a proper achievement statement.

Buzz Words……………………………………………………………………………..Page 7 Answer the question, “What are buzz words and how should they be used in a resume”

Teaching Resume Samples...………………………………………………………Pages 8-11 These should not be viewed as a template, yet as examples you can look to for ideas and guidelines.

Career Center Teaching Resume Resources……………………………………… Page 12 The career center is here to help. Check out the career advising, workshops and other resources we offer!

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Teaching Resume Aesthetics, Content & Editing
Writing a Teaching Resume is an art, not a science. There is no one correct way to formulate your resume, but there are some best practices and standards that the Career Center recommends. Stand out from the crowd with high quality content and a clearly written, error-free document. Teaching Resumes need to be aesthetically pleasing, dense with relevant content and properly edited. Aesthetics: Always remember to have a classic, professional resume. This includes the font choice, consistency , an appropriate amount of white space, length and overall appearance of the resume. Teaching is a creative and innovative profession; a teaching resume should be strictly professional. Professional means there should not be any pictures, colors or designs on your resume. Those within the education field will immediately exclude you from potential candidates if your resume has poor aesthetics and is not professional. Content: While aesthetic mistakes can take you out of the running for a position, the content of the resume is what will make you stand out from the crowd. Experiences you choose to include in your teaching resume should be the most relevant to your target audience. Accomplishment statements are intended to expand on your relevant experience and highlight your expertise. Look to page 7 for more advice on accomplishment statements. Editing : Editing is a necessary component of resume writing that is often underutilized. Editing is where you and others assure that content is accurate and aesthetics are pin point. Have as many people proofread your resume as possible and stop by the Career Center for an extra set of eyes! Look to page 12 for detail of Career Center services and workshops specifically for Teachers! Reverse Chronological Order: Within each section on the resume, your experience must go in reverse chronological order, meaning from new to old. Accomplishment Statements (Bullet Points): Eliminate the pronoun “I” at the beginning of each bullet point as this is assumed. Avoid introductory and wind-up phrases such as “My duties included...” and “My responsibilities were…” . Describe...
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