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When writing a resume for a teacher, there are several factors to bear in mind. School officials are looking not only for candidates with relevant experience and educational background, but also people who genuinely care about and are interested in children, who are passionate about education, and whose personality traits match the demands of teaching.
Print your name and contact details clearly on top. Specificy temporary and permanent residences, if approrpiate. Include your phone numbers, address and email id. Ensure that your email id sounds professional.
Give your resume a relevant title. If you are applying to a specific teaching position, you could use the name of the position - such as Experienced Elementary Grade Teacher or Arts and Craft Teacher - Primary Grades. You could also use a title that distinguishes you - Middle-school Language Arts Teacher with International Experience.
Create a sincere career objective statement that reflects your motivation to join or pursue a career in education. Are you an innovative teacher constantly striving to explore more effective teaching methods? Do you have experience teaching children with certain disabilities? Is there a particular adjective that fits you like a glove? Your career objective statement should have three parts - describe what kind of teacher you are or aspire to be, list what unique strengths, skills or experience you possess, and indicate how you would translate those skills to benefit the student community and the school. It could be one or two sentences, clearly establishing yourself as the most eligible candidate. If you have won an award or have been commended for a paper on education, authored a book related to teaching, contributed to a text book, or have a signature accomplishment, highlight it here. Research the position and school you are applying to and ensure that your career objective is along the same lines as the school's goals or the position requirements.
Describe your employment history. Start with your most relevant and recent teaching experience. Mention the name of the schools where you have taught, the grades and subjects you have handled, and the time frame. Using bullets, outline your key accomplishments during that period. Whether it was a marked improvement in students' academic performance, higher enrollment in a certain program, or any other measurable result, be sure to make that the focus of your experience summary. If you volunteered for additional responsibilities in the school or took up duties other than those related to your subject, helped with extra-curricular activities, or designed creative lesson plans that were appreciated and widely adopted, those warrant a mention here. If all your experience is relevant, work your way backwards in reverse chronological order. Otherwise start with the most relevant, follwed by the other types of work experience. If you have no formal teaching experience, draw attention to any tutoring, counselling, seminar presentation experience you have.
Outline your education, teaching certification and preparation with regards to teaching in detail. A teacher's resume is one where education is perhaps as important as, if not more than, the experience. Start with your most advanced degree or most recent and relevant certification.
Create a category for any other special interests, qualifications or skills that give you an edge for the position. These could be community projects you have been involved with, foreign languages you are proficient in, classes you have taken, groups you are a member of, or conferences you attend regularly. Since teachers are often required to multitask, organize, lead and coordinate events, showing that your contributions to the school would extend beyond the classroom could be the crucial determining factor in your resume getting shortlisted.
Always include a cover letter with your resume, besides the application form. It is a good idea to limit your resume to two pages.
- Always include a cover letter with your resume, besides the application form. It is a good idea to limit your resume to two pages.
Rupa Raman writes for ModernMom, Travels, RedEnvelope and other sites on intentional parenting, volunteering, travel, careers and holistic living and has published articles for the United Way. She has over six years of writing experience. She holds a master's degree in communication from MOP Vaishnav College, Chennai, India.