A teaching profession not being an executive job, even a teacher with adequate experience will find it difficult write about their achievements. That being the case, it is even harder for a teaching candidate without experience to frame an impressive teaching resume. However, with a little care and effort, you can still write a good resume that will project you as a potentially valuable candidate.
Teaching jobs span across primary, middle and secondary schools and colleges. In each grade level, the job and skill requirements vary although the most basic requirement is a bachelors degree in any field. Teachers and professors in colleges may as well require a master’s degree to be eligible. Apart from this, internships and/or training may also be required for a teaching job.
If you are applying as a special education teacher, educational institutes also insist on acquiring any special-education certification apart from the degree qualifications and internship experience.
Nevertheless, there are a few general points that we recommend all teacher resumes to follow for developing an ideal format. Read ahead to know.
Tips and Advice for Writing a Teaching Resume
Be clear and specific – Many teachers tend to write very basic resumes with almost no content. The biggest mistake you can make as an applicant for a teaching profession is being vague on your resume. Even if you are qualified to teach every grade in school, it is still recommended that you mention a specific grade level or range of grade levels in your resume. Also, another area of emphasis should be the field or subject of study you prefer such as English, mathematics, science, special education etc.
Be straight forward – Employers appreciate applicants who are honest and straight forward. The most sought-after quality in a teacher is being genuine and trustworthy. Therefore, highlight your accomplishments honestly but don’t embellish or exaggerate your work history. In other words, keep it real and never lie on a resume.
Quantify your achievements in bold – Things like “..an increase of 15% in test scores generated in the weekly tests..” can be used to demonstrate that you are capable of improving the performance of students.
In case you lack accomplishments or experience, your resume can still be quantified, and give the hiring manager an idea of the scope of your skills and abilities. For instance, mentioning any success related to academic coaching, training or internship is another great way to quantify your accomplishments. E.g.:
- Presented a seminar emphasizing the importance of classroom control.
Or you can quantify the number of people you trained, which indicates that you are skilled and knowledgeable.
Use action words – Indicate what you have done that produced a positive impact in your resume. Using power verbs to begin your statements will be of great impact. Some of the action words that can be used in a teaching resume are:
For further reading, we recommend our article on resume writing tips and samples for teaching jobs.