12 Ways to Improve Your Teaching Resume

Updated: Apr 28

You are applying for a job and you want to make sure that your true self shines through on that resume. Your resume is your chance to make a first impression on potential employers. You're a teacher. You have the experience to share, and you want to make sure that your resume tells a story that is going to help you land that job. In this episode, you'll learn about what to add to your resume, how to organize it, and how to really make it stand out from the stack of resumes.

In this episode you'll learn:

  • What to add to your resume. Including a professional email, your name, contact info, professional social media, certification areas, and how to organize your content.

  • Teaching experiences - Most of your teaching experience will be listed under your student teaching or fieldwork, but you may have other paid or volunteer experience that could also be helpful for a school to see. Think about times when you've mentored, tutored, or cared for children in any setting. If you were a camp counselor, babysitter, or teacher's aide, you can list that experience on your resume. These experiences show that you've worked with children before and are committed to being an educator.

  • Additionally, any volunteer experiences where you've worked with children could be helpful to include here. A school might be impressed by your willingness to go above and beyond the requirements of your education program and work with kids who need a little extra help!

  • Be SMART with your teaching experiences descriptions.

  • S - Share a story

  • M- Mention specific concepts - Who did you teach? What content did you teach? Where did you teach? What were the results of your teaching? What did you learn from the experience?

  • A - Action words! Describe your experience: accommodated, prepared, developed, problem solved, maintained, and established

  • R - Review the job posting. Look at the job description and highlight the skills that they are looking for in that post. Show them that you are the BEST candidate for this job.

  • T- Timing! Put on your resume under each teaching experience the time that you spent in that placement.

  • Volunteer work that relates to education. For example, if you have volunteered at an after-school program or even just mentored younger children, those are things that are really good to put on a resume. You can also consider putting leadership positions that you've held in education-related organizations on your resume.

Now what?

  • Before you submit your resume, make sure it's clear, concise, and consistent.

  • Be clear in your objectives. Be clear in your descriptions.

  • Make sure you use an extension like Grammarly that'll check your spelling, too. If you're going to be using something like Grimley for spellchecker, read it aloud to yourself. That's a really good one because sometimes when we read stuff aloud to ourselves, we don't skip over words or anything like that. You can actually hear our voice in there. So if it sounds like you, that's great! You don't want it to sound like someone else spoke for you—you want to have your resume share who you are and share what you do best, which is teaching!

  • Have a peer, family member, or professor read it over. The more eyes on this thing the better

  • Visit your career services or even your writing center could help you in drafting that content for your resume.

  • Up next, do not use a template! Everyone else is using that template and you want to stand out from that stack of hundreds of resumes.

  • My recommendation is to, on a word doc or a google doc, brain dump all the different things under those headings.

  • Create a Canva infographic, which looks really cool

  • Keep it to one page.

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