8 Tips for a Stand Out Teacher Resume

Teacher Resume Tips

1. Use Bullet Points

When you are writing a teacher resume, you will add your most recent (and relevant) job titles to the position you are hoping to get. Then, underneath, you are going to add 3-5 bullet points underneath that make that position unique to you. You SHOULD customize these based upon the position you are applying for. If you are sending off your teacher resume for a social-emotional learning position, you would want to highlight your experiences teaching social-emotional learning. If you are also sending your resume off for a math teaching position, you are going to want to change out those bullet points to highlight your experiences teaching math.

Choose points that make you UNIQUE. If you were a teacher, your admin knows that you wrote lesson plans. They know that you taught students. How did you do this UNIQUELY? Let that shine through in your resume.

2. Action Verbs: Variety and Past Tense

You will hear that you should keep your resume in the same tense, but I am going to take that one step further. I recommend that your entire resume is written in the third person and in the past tense. EVEN the job that you have presently. This is just a preference, but I feel like it makes things come across the most professionally.

3. Keep it CURRENT

UPDATE YOUR RESUME. Every six-ish months I will open up my resume and add in a few bullet points of things I had the opportunity to work on, leadership opportunities I have had, etc. It can be easy to forget, and then when you need an updated resume, it can take a really long time! Regularly update your resume to save yourself time in the long run.

4. Short and Sweet

You most likely have a lot of experiences that you want to share with your potential future employers. However, they take 5-10 seconds to glance over your resume to decide if they want to look at it more closely. You want to include things that are really going to make your resume stand out above the rest. If they have to read super closely just to decide if they want to move you forward, odds are, they won’t want to do the extra work.


ESPECIALLY as teachers, make sure there are NO typos. You can use websites like grammarly.com or ask a friend, but check it twice…three times, for typos.

6. Keep it clean and easy to read

There are so many cute resume templates out there with cursive fonts, pretty colors, pictures, and more. I have bad news for you though- many principals and HR staff will not find those professional. It won’t rule you out completely, however you really want your teaching resume to be clean and easy to read. This saves the hiring team time when they are scanning through.

Here is a template that I created specifically for teachers!

7. Save it

When you save your resume, you should save it as a PDF file. This will ensure that any formatting that came as part of your template gets saved when it is sent to another person’s computer. ALSO- your file name should look something like this: (LastName, First Name Resume Year) or (LastNameFirstNameResumeYear) or (FirstNameLastName Resume Year). Name the file something that is a combination of your first name, your last name, the word resume, and the year. You want to make sure that it is easy to find when employers are searching through their files.

8. Keywords are KEY

Many schools and HR agencies use programs to run resumes through to help them decide who to bring in for an interview. They put in a certain keyword and if it is found on your resume, yours will be ‘dinged’ to review. Having specific keywords and buzzwords can help your resume stand out from the crowd and be seen.

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