Sunday, May 6, 2012

Teacher Resume FREEBIE

This time of year, resumes are a hot topic.  Whether you're planning a move or it was more of a surprise, you're going to want to polish up that resume.

Some resume tips:

·         Do use 12-point font.  Times New Roman is preferable.  Don’t use anything that resembles cursive.

·         Do use 1 inch margins

·         Do keep the length to 2 pages if you have more than a year’s experience, but don’t exceed 2 pages.  If you’re just entering the teaching profession, it’s best to keep the resume to one page. 

·         Don’t exceed 2 pages no matter how extensive your experience could be.  Employers often scan a resume for a total of 20 seconds, mostly looking for “buzzwords” that fit what they’re looking for.

·         Don’t put “References Available Upon Request” at the bottom of your resume.  Employers already know you are going to give them a list of references.  It’s kind of a redundant idea that’s more annoying than unacceptable.  Do, however, have a list printed and ready in case they ask for it during your interview.

·         Do use a “skills” or “objectives” line at the top of your resume. 

·         Do make sure to do your homework/research.  Check out the school’s website as well as that of the county.  What kinds of teaching skills are they expecting?  What qualifications do you possess that they are wanting?  What teaching methods do you already use that are backed up by research?  For example, Understanding by Design, Daily 5, etc.

·         Do have a portfolio with ready-to-recall examples of experiences to back up the buzzwords on your resume during the interview.  Have each section labeled with tabs so you can easily access what you’re looking for.

·         Don’t bring more than 1 or 2 examples of each concept.  You will get lost looking for things and may come off as disorganized.

Here's a peak at the resume I will be posting on my TpT store as soon as it is back up:

What suggestions can you make?  Do you disagree with what I've found?  It's okay to disagree with me.  I welcome all viewpoints!

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