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Add Descriptors in the Professional Summary
In the sample, the professional summary does a fantastic job of providing relevant information in a compelling fashion and in the correct format. To improve this section, the candidate should simply discuss her professional experience briefly in the beginning and add descriptors like motivated professional or experienced teacher throughout. A revised summary might be: Professional Summary Seasoned Middle School English Teacher with over 20 years of classroom experience and multiple valid teaching certifications. Creative teacher who presents course materials in a clear, interesting, and innovative way and works with each student individually to help them achieve academic goals. Dedicated education professional who possesses strong communication skills and a dedication to helping all students do their best. Committed professional who believes strongly in creating a stimulating learning environment in which students can develop to their full potential, and is passionate about making the school experience a positive one for all students.
Put Certifications at the Bottom
In the highlights section, the candidate lists her certifications, but this information should follow her educational credentials. Alternatively, she could also blend her certifications and education sections together. However, a certifications section for this candidate might look like the following: Certifications Teaching Certification – State of Alabama
NCLBs Highly Qualified Teacher – State of Alabama
Fill the Highlights Section
Without the certification information, the candidate’s highlights section will fall short of the 3 to 8 bullet allotment per column. To account for this, the candidate should introduce some of her specific proficiencies and other compelling traits she didn’t mention in previous resume sections. In our example revision, we’ve added a few extra bullet points to fill out the highlights section and boost the candidate’s professional image: Highlights
Bullet the Experience Section
In this sample, the candidate does a great job of providing a wealth of useful and compelling information regarding her past position. Her issue here is formatting. In the education section, accepted best practices dictate that these entries be bulleted. Short phrases beginning with a verb and ending with a period should be used. If a position is current, use a present tense verb, but use the past tense otherwise. A revised experience entry for this candidate might look like: August 1994 to March 2013 Corpus Christi Catholic SchoolMobile, AL Literature and English Teacher
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