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Taking the time to create a professional and efficient resume is one of the best things you can do for your career. To help you out, we showed a Professional Educator resume sample to expert resume builders. They noticed several common errors and discuss them in the following paragraphs. Check out the issues, and take note of how to fix the problems.
Optimize your format
Employers usually prefer to see job experience before education. Don’t make the mistake this sample resume does; it lists education above work experience. Only if you are a recent graduate with no work experience should you highlight education before employment. As for GPA considerations, include your GPA if it’s from very recent education. Include credentials such as graduating summa cum laude or magna cum laude; don’t list clubs.
Strive for consistency
This resume sample lists four jobs and provides a long list of responsibilities for only two. The other two jobs get nothing. Provide five to eight bullet points for EACH job listing. Begin with your most current experience, and work backward chronologically from there. For each position, provide a mix of your duties, contributions and achievements. If possible, use quantifiable metrics to highlight key points. It seems as if this job applicant decided not to list bullet points for these two jobs because they carry the same title (kindergarten teacher) and ostensibly the same duties as the kindergarten teacher listing with the bullet points. That listing has 14 bullet points, so spreading them evenly among three positions is an easy fix. Alternatively, the job candidate could leave out the earliest job listed on the resume. She has a gap of 11 years between that job and her second job. Since space and experience are not issues, she could easily just leave that last job off and avoid dealing with job gap issues.
Present tense for current jobs
Use present tense for your current jobs except if you’re writing about awards you’ve already received or goals you’ve accomplished. In this resume sample, the applicant uses verbs such as employed, implemented, created and improved when they should be employ, implement, create and improve. Using the information in the past few sections, let’s see how the Experience section could look. Also, watch out for bullet points that are copied and pasted verbatim. BETTER Reading Intervention Specialist, 09/2012 to Current West Forest Intermediate School ? Opelika, Alabama
Kindergarten Teacher, 09/2008 to 05/2009 Lee-Scott Academy ? Auburn, Alabama
Kindergarten Teacher, 09/2000 to 05/2007 Faith Academy ? Mobile, Alabama
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