A teacher's resume should utilize the same basic format as resumes for other types of positions, but the information and sections will be slightly different. Teachers are required to have specific education credentials, certifications and job experience. Other information, such as professional development, honors received and community activities may give a you an advantage over other teachers vying for the same position.
Education and Certification
As with any resume, a teacher's resume should begin with the applicant's contact information and an objective statement, if desired. Next, list your college degrees in reverse chronological order under an Education heading. Include the school name and location, degree earned, graduation date and honors or GPA, if it was over 3.0. Create a Certifications section to share details of your active teaching certifications, adding any endorsements and the date or pending date of certification.
If you have teaching experience, add a detailed section showing employers where you taught, for how long and what achievements you accomplished in each position. In addition, you can include a separate section for relevant experience, such as student teaching while in college, working as a teacher's aide or substitute prior to receiving certification and even non-teaching positions, such as working as a summer camp counselor, volunteering with a children's program or working in another capacity at a school.
Although it might not seem applicable, you can add a Work History section for non-teaching positions you have held to show skills and characteristics you have that have helped you become an effective teacher. For instance, many employers value teachers with excellent communication or creative thinking abilities. List your employment history in reverse chronological order, with your job title, the business name and location, your dates of employment and two to three bullet points describing relevant duties.
If you have additional information you would like to share with potential employers, you can create small, supplemental sections at the bottom of the resume. Possible headings include Languages Spoken, Special Skills, Professional Memberships, Awards and Honors and Community Activities. List anything that pertains to a teaching career that sets you apart from other job applicants, but avoid adding superfluous information just to fill up the page.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook: How to Become a Kindergarten or Elementary School Teacher
- University of Delaware Career Services: Sample Resume for Teachers
- University of the Incarnate Word: Writing a Teacher's Résumé
- Manhattanville College: Resume Writing Handbook for Teachers
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