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To get the job you want, you first need an interview; but you won’t even get that far if your resume isn’t clear, informative and professional. In order to spot the errors in your own resume, it’s helpful to look at some samples. That’s why we have some expert advise included with this high school Bible teacher resume sample; read through these tips and avoid making the same mistakes.
Use the summary to sell yourself
Your resume should start with a summary, a short introduction about yourself which is meant to motivate an employer to keep reading. Instead of this miniscule summary, “Earnest high school Bible teacher with pastoral experience,” use your summary as an opportunity to highlight certain skills, education and personal qualities that you think apply to the job you want. However, it’s a bit of a balancing act because you don’t want to say too much and simply repeat everything that’s in your resume. Here’s a better version which hints at some of the specifics in the rest of the resume: Earnest high school Bible teacher with experience both domestic and abroad, in educational and pastoral settings. Able to craft lesson plans for a variety of learning levels and well-educated in Biblical studies. Hard working and compassionate, able to connect with students, faculty and parents on a personal level.
Condense extra information
This resume has a lot of extra information included, which on its own isn’t a bad thing, there’s just a right way and a wrong way to flesh out your resume beyond the normal education and work experience. There’s a balance to be struck between overloading a potential employer with information, and including personal qualities you bring to enhance your work environment. The following tips are essential if you want to set yourself apart from your peers: * Write a 3-5 line opening summary * Combine your achievements, community involvement and additional information into one section called “Highlights” * Only include extra information in Highlights if it directly pertains to the job you are applying for
Use bullet points consistently
For your resume to be readable, it’s important that you use bullet points in your work experience descriptions. When you do this, it’s equally important that these bullets be consistently formatted. Using QuintCareer’s Resume Builder is a good way to avoid formatting errors, such as non-matching bullet styles or inconsistent indentations. Also important to your work history is to include specific accomplishments and duties unique to you. If your work history reads like an ordinary job description, then you’re not likely to be hired. Compare here the original sample and a corrected description: WRONG: High School Bible Teacher August 2010 to Current Lanham Christian School ? Lanham, Maryland Teach Bible to 9th and 12th grade students. Developed and implemented interesting and interactive learning mediums to increase student understanding of course materials. Developed, administered and corrected tests and quizzes in a timely manner. RIGHT: High School Bible Teacher August 2010 to Current Lanham Christian School ? Lanham, Maryland * Teaching 9th and 12th grade students to read and understand The Bible. * Using personally developed learning tools to increase student engagement. * In charge of creating and grading tests and quizzes in a timely manner. * Conducting small group discussions among students. * Available to students for one-on-one discussion of The Bible and its teachings. You’re now ready to look at samples on your own and begin crafting a clear and professional resume with QuintCareer’s Resume Builder. Keep the tips above in mind as you look over other samples, and avoid making these mistakes in your own resume.