Focus on Your Teaching
You may be currently (or in the past) worked several other jobs, but your primary focus should be your teaching experience. Other jobs can go in a later section under a title: Other Experience. Even if it’s related (i.e. working at a summer school or at Sylvan Learning Center), it should be the experience you’ve had at a school during the normal school session. Even if your only experience is your part-time field experience observing and/or student teaching, that is what should go first!
Make sure to use “buzzwords" when describing what you have taught or observed. Buzzwords can include things like: differentiating instruction, state framework-based instruction, Everyday Math, 6 + 1 Trait Writing. Include the names of any programs that you have worked with as well as any assessments. You should also use various synonyms for “teaching" and other verbs so that you don’t sound repetitive. Here are some examples: planned, taught, designed, created, participate, collaborated, utilized, enriched, built, completed, administered, engaged, and communicated.
There is a great debate among even teachers as to whether a teacher resume should be one page or if it can be two. After speaking with a dozen teachers, including administrators, the overall consensus was that if you can keep it to one page then you should do so, but if you need to make it two pages then it is fully acceptable. However, I was strongly caution that if you are going to keep it two pages, then make it two separate pages. Don’t staple the two pages together!
Especially for someone starting off their career in education, it is really important that you don’t make your resume too lengthy since employers can have 100-500 applicants for one position. They may only look at your resume for a few moments, so they really do not want to read 2-3 pages of filler. Make sure to include only what is important.
Capitalization, Punctuation, and Spelling
Just like teachers want their students to write with proper grammar and spelling, employers will really frown on mistakes on a resume. Make sure to have it proofread by at least two-three other people before sending it out. Preferably, if you know someone who teaches English or you have an education professor or school administrator whom you feel comfortable sharing your resume with, then have them check it over. An English teacher will catch a lot of potential grammatical/spelling mistakes, but an educator will also look for buzzwords and things you might be missing from your descriptions. You will also want to do this for your cover letter, which you will attach with your resume when you apply to jobs.
Format of the Resume
- Name, Address, Phone Number, Email Address - This is the header
- Objective: (i.e. I am seeking a general education teaching position grades 1-6)
- Education (degrees, GPA, certification)
- Teaching Experience/ Professional Experience
- Other Experience
- Training (optional)