Are you a new teacher finding the job market sparse in certain subjects, a substitute teacher wanting to move into a permanent position, or an engineer changing to the teaching profession? Creating a resume that connects with administors is vital. Here are a few suggestions but I'm sure those of you who have secured a positionl will have more great ideas to share.
In your resume, be specific about why you want the job:
I've been thinking about this topic for a few days now. I used to teach a resume building unit to University freshman and the topic of work experience came up all the time. My response to them was - you DO have experience.
Maybe you don't have work experience in the exact job you are applying for but you do have experience in developing the skills you need to successfully perform that job or you wouldn't have thought to apply for it.
So - with that in mind - think about the job as set of skills needed to do the job. Then look back over your life (not just work) experience for places where those skills were sharpened.
Organize your resume not in terms of work experience but developed skills. It may seem odd at first but this type of organization is much more common than you might think.
Jane's advice is dead on and I second it
This is so good to know! I have been struggling to decide what exactly to put in my resume. I will graduate this spring with a Master's degree in education preK-4. I am currently working as a fitness instructor now for cycling/pilates/yoga. Would this be something to put in my resume, or not? I am not sure since it has nothing to do with early childhood education, but maybe leadership skills? What do you think?
I think you have developed a very valuable skill being a fitness instructor. Leadership is certainly one. You have an enthusiasm for developing healthy habits and that will likely carry over into your classroom as you encourage your young students to move. You and Michelle Obama!
I do think that this job will "fall off your resume as you have more and more jobs within the field of education.
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Putting together a resume that emphasizes you strength and then keeping it updated is key. What other thoughts can you all share with Anna?
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I'd add that any sort of volunteer services you can be doing in the meanwhile of applying for jobs can help add to your resume as well. When my resume was a lot more sparse years ago and I was trying to find a job, I was a volunteer mentor/tutor at an afterschool middle school program. Granted, it was afterschool and, by default, not a full-time (nor a paying) position. But it reflected my voluntary, self-motivated interest in working with students; and it highlighted my educational background (I did a lot of language arts-based tutoring, which is the focus of my degrees).
I just read an article from Free Technology for Teachers on "How to Ace Your Interview for a Teaching Position." What do you think of this blogger's tips? Do you have any to add?