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If you are applying to become a history teacher at your local elementary school, make sure that you have the best resume in the pile. With this sample resume, you can get ideas for your own resume and you can rest easy knowing that you are proving to be the best of the best.
Proofread Your Resume
It’s extremely important to proofread your resume several times. You can’t have spelling and grammatical errors throughout your resume, especially if you are applying to be a school teacher. The professional overview in this sample is one, long, run-on sentence. There are capital letters where the beginning of sentences should go, but no period at the end of the sentences before them. Make sure the beginning of your bullet lists all have a capital letter, too, even if you aren’t writing complete sentences.
Write a Strong Summary
Your professional summary needs to be strong. It should show your potential employers that you are the one for the job and they would miss out if they didn’t keep reading your resume. Make sure you tell your employers how much experience you have and what you have to bring to the table. Here is an example of a better professional overview. Wrong Professional Overview Enthusiastic History Major with excellent communication skills and strong motivation to succeed who for the past 5+ years has been an energetic Elementary School Teacher involved in all levels and subjects of student development. Right Professional Overview Enthusiastic History Major with 8 years of experience. Has excellent communication skills and strong motivation to succeed. Energetic elementary school teacher involved in all levels and subjects of student development. Has the ability to connect with students and help them strive to be the best that they can be. Innovative teaching techniques allows them to have fun while learning and make school a positive experience.
Add Plenty of Great Skills
This resume uses a qualification section instead of a skills section. Either way, you need to list the best qualifications or skills that you can think of. Microsoft office isn’t the best skill to list for an elementary school teacher. While it’s nice to know, it isn’t something you will tend to use often; at least not enough for a need to be proficient. There are six skills listed in the sample resume. For a great resume, it’s best to list your best 10-12. You can list up to 15 skills if you have enough that really stand out.
Properly Format Your Resume
Resume sections should be listed on the resume in order of importance. Your experience section should be after your skills and your education should be at the very bottom. On this sample resume, the education is before the experience section and it makes the resume difficult to read. Both the experience and the education section need to be formatted starting from the most recent to the very first. For example, the experience section needs to begin with the current or most recent and work backward. You should include 7-10 years of experience without gaps in employment if you can. This sample resume has a gap between 2006 and 2008. If the applicant worked during that time, it needs to be listed, even if the experience doesn’t pertain to the job.
The Publications section is good for this particular resume, however, that should be toward the top, either before or after the skills section. It’s a special achievement that you want to showcase as important. The additional information section isn’t necessary. The Certification should be in its own section at the top, too. The mention of interpersonal and communication skills should be under the skills section. This is a good resume, it just needs some reworking to be properly written and formatted. Use these tips to create your own amazing resume with the LiveCareer resume builder.