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Whether you’re a recent graduate, looking for a new career or searching for a new position in your current field, your resume is the first chance you have to make a good impression on a potential employer. To make things easy for you, we’ve taken a preschool teacher resume and asked resume experts to look for some common mistakes and offer tips on how to avoid them. Check them out to see what to avoid and to make sure your resume is ready to impress.
Don’t include personal details
While your resume provides an excellent chance to let prospective employers know what you have to offer, stating your marital status and other personal details like the ages of your children is considered unprofessional and may leave you open to discrimination from employers. If personal security or identify theft issues are a concern for you, leaving off personal details will limit your exposure to potential problems. Providing your basic contact information is enough for employers to know who you are and will ensure that any hiring decisions they make based on your resume are based on your qualifications alone.
Always list your most recent work experience first
The information presented at the top of the section will be what employers will focus on first. Emphasis should always be placed on your most recent relevant experience. Indeed, some prospective employers may only take an interest in what you’ve been doing for the last three to five years. It is standard practice to list your experience in reverse chronological order. Going against convention and listing your experience in chronological order may draw attention to your resume in a negative way. Listing your oldest jobs first not only buries your latest relevant experience at the bottom but it may also leave you open to age discrimination.
Information should be categorized properly
Having a section devoted to career highlights is a great idea, but grouping everything about you and what you can do into one category is not. Skills should be listed separately from any highlights or achievements, as they showcase what you can do rather than what you have accomplished. This will look cleaner and make it easier for employers to identify the information they are looking for. WRONG: Highlights
If you didn’t complete a degree, keep your information simple
In the event that you completed college level coursework but did not obtain a degree, there is no need to go into detail as to why you didn’t finish. Eliminate any extraneous information and keep your message on point. Simply listing the name of the school and the coursework completed is enough. Employers may be turned off by too much personal information or may view explanations as excuses. You are always better off keeping it short and on topic.
Always proofread your resume
Spelling mistakes, incorrect grammar and capitalizing words incorrectly are big turn offs to employers. It is very important to take the time to double check that everything is correct. While spellcheck is undoubtedly a useful tool, it will not catch everything. A seemingly minor typographical error may be all it takes for an employer to send your resume to the no pile. When proofreading, go over your resume slowly and carefully. Be sure to check that your use of punctuation is consistent throughout the document. A resume that it is simple and well organized will stand out in a crowd. Building an attractive and effective preschool teacher resume is easier than you imagine. Check out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder and get started on a resume that just may land you your dream job.