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Stand Out With These Teacher Resume Tips
Writing a teacher resume can be a daunting task…you are confident and ready to get the teaching job of your dreams…maybe you have almost graduated from college…or maybe, you know it is time to make a switch. Whatever the reason, never fear, I got your back!! Use keywords to help your resume stand out from the crowd and take hours off the time you’ll need to take to create the perfect teacher resume.
Teaching Skills in Teacher Resume
You may think that as long as you get the message across, the wording you choose for your teacher resume doesn’t really matter. I am here to tell you, that is the opposite of the truth! Many schools and school districts use software that scan teaching resumes for keywords. If your resume doesn’t hit any of the keywords that the principal or school is looking for, your resume might not even get seen.
How to Write a Teaching Resume
So you may be wondering…how do I write my teaching resume then? You are going to want to take a look at the job description of the job that you are looking at (or a very similar job posting from the same district). Take a look at the key words that are in that job posting, and make sure to use them in your resume! For example:
Go over to the vacancies or job postings part of the school district’s website. Then, click on a job that is similar to what you are hoping to teach. Look for either “Additional information” or “job description.” (The wording might not be exact, but your goal is to search for the job descriptions.)
You’ll notice that on this posting, I had to click additional information. Then, look at this GOLD MINE of keywords that you can use on your teacher resume!
This job posting is for an elementary special education teacher. If I were creating my resume based on elementary special education job openings in this school district, here are some of the keywords I would try and include in my teacher resume.
- Intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth.
- Develop and modify curricula
- Prepare lessons and other instructional materials
- ARD and IEP
- Emotional Development
- Manage student behavior
- Open communication and Conferences
- Compile, maintain, and file all physical and computerized reports
And those are just a few! After you look at a few teacher job postings, you should have plenty of ideas of what to add to your resume. (Of course, don’t make things up. Just use these posts as a guide of how to word the things you have done as a teacher or student teacher.)
Teaching Resume Objective
The next step of the teacher resume writing process is writing your objectives for your teacher resume. When you are writing your teaching objective, you are going to want to work in the past tense. Here are a few examples I might use:
• Created and implemented data-tracking systems to keep track of student progress with expected behaviors and social-emotional skills.
• Closely collaborated with special education teachers to create the most inclusive, independent classroom environment possible for all students in third grade, in addition to my eight students with IEP’s.
• Creatively prepared lessons and other instructional materials to meet the intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth needs of my students.
• Incorporated the use of technology daily through programs such as ST Math, Google Classroom™, Seesaw, Flipgrid, and more.