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If you are making a special education paraprofessional resume, this sample resume can help you figure out what to write. You don’t want to submit a resume that isn’t on top of its game. You need to have the best resume possible so you aren’t overshadowed by other applicants. Use this sample resume, along with these changes to get a good idea about how your resume should look.
Professional Summary Needs to be Strong
Don’t sell your professional summary short. Your summary needs to be the thing that sells your resume. Mention the title of your occupation and how long you’ve been doing it. You need to sum up your resume and show your potential employers what you can do for the company. Here is an example of how your professional summary could be much better. Wrong Summary Former foster/host home provider for special needs children and adults aspiring to become a special education paraprofessional. Talented at making special needs children feel valued and accepted. Encourages each child to reach their full potential. Right Summary Enthusiastic special education paraprofessional who has been working with special needs children for 17 years. Has incredible patience and is great with children. Knows about common and rare developmental disabilities. Has a keen eye for attention to detail and the ability to lead a team. Knows many methods for helping disabled children work to the best of their ability. As you can see, this is a much stronger summary that will grab the attention of your potential employers. It shows what job you are going after and why you should be the one to get the job.
Pick Your Best Skills
When you create a resume, it’s important to pick the best skills that you can think of. You are going against many skilled applicants, and you can’t be a dime a dozen. In this sample resume, mother of one child and one grandchild is listed under highlights. The majority of people who work with children have children of their own. It won’t have any bearing on securing a job with disabled and special needs children. Also, certifications should be listed under their own section, which gives you more space for a stand-out skill. Your skills or highlights section needs to show how well you can do your job. Skills that are better suited for the application would be:
Those skills will show that you not only know what it takes to do the job, but you have what it takes to do the job. As for the section with your certifications, make a Licenses and Certifications section right above your highlights or skills section. This sample article would have First Aid/CPR certification and Medication Administration certification under it.
Use Bullet Lists
Make sure you use bullet points for the information you list in every section except the professional summary. Your experience would be easier to read and much cleaner. Here is an example of how it would look. Wrong Experience Teacher Assistant September 2012 to May 2013Benny E. Goodwin ASAP ? Aurora, CO Led instruction resource services at the elementary level in English, reading and writing. Promoted language development skills through reading and storytelling. Encouraged students to be understanding of others.Conducted small group and individual classroom activities with students based on differentiated learning needs. Right Experience Teacher Assistant September 2012 to May 2013 Benny E. Goodwin ASAP ? Aurora, CO
This sample special education paraprofessional resume is a great start, but it needs some changes to be spectacular. Use this resume and these changes to help build your own resume. You can make yours with the LiveCareer resume builder.