Rather than writing a resume objective, it’s better for teachers to provide a summary statement that clearly conveys their qualifications as the school already knows that the objective for applying is to secure a job. A summary statement, by including an overview of your experience, strengths and personality traits, makes it easy for the school to get a quick overview of your resume.
How You Used to Write a Teacher Resume Objective
In the past, writing a resume objective involved giving your prospective school the kind of information that it likely already knew. The process required you to provide a reason why you were ideally suited to what the employer was looking for. A good resume objective indicated to the employer that you researched the school and determined it was a good fit for your personality, ability and achievements.
Writing a resume objective typically took up about two to four lines of text. The objective starts with specific statements that demonstrate your value to the school. Experience working as a volunteer, student teaching or shadowing an established teacher are all elements used to bolster a resume objective.
For a teacher who is just starting out, a sample objective statement could read as follows:
Dedicated and creative education graduate with proven leadership skills seeking to apply my natural ability working with children and educational training in an established and effective school.
This objective clearly states that you are new to the field, have a true interest in helping children learn and that you are looking for a school that can help you meet your career goals.
How to Write a Teacher Resume Summary Statement
When you approach the resume summary statement, it’s much different from the approach you would use when writing a resume objective. A resume summary statement should include about four to six lines of text. It must clearly outline your experience and provide supporting details to separate you from the other potential candidates. A summary statement should also be written in paragraph form in an easily readable font that is never smaller than 10 point.
Place your summary statement at the beginning of your document. If you have significant experience in the field, write “years of experience” or “years’ experience” instead of “years experience,” which is grammatically incorrect. Leave this information out if you don’t have several years of experience; rather, bolster your resume summary statement with more specific information about your abilities.
Sentence fragments can be used in the summary section, and you should avoid writing in the third-person voice or using first-person pronouns. A resume summary statement is often referred to as a written elevator pitch. It should quickly detail your value proposition. Convince the school that is reading your resume summary statement that you’re an ideal candidate. It should answer the question, “Tell me about yourself.”
Here is a sample of an effective resume summary statement:
A versatile and adaptive teacher blending extensive experience in academics with an emphasis on student engagement, assessment and developmental styles. Have 10 years of experience and an unwavering commitment to engaging students through regular parent involvement, innovative lesson plans and established teaching methodologies.
Now that you know that the resume summary statement is preferred over writing a resume objective, you may still have difficulty finding a way to illustrate your experience. The information available at LiveCareer can help clear up any confusion and ensure that you correctly format your resume.