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Crafting a resume is an important process, as it is your chance to make a strong first impression with your future employer. A resume can help you highlight your professional experience as well as special skills and knowledge that could contribute to your profession. In order to help you along with this process, we have examined a sample special education substitute teacher resume. We have pointed out areas for improvement, so make sure to notice these as they can help you from making the same errors on your own resume. With a little guidance, you can be well on your way to writing the strongest resume possible.
Do not exceed more than two pages
Ideally, the information listed on a resume should take about one page. Two pages are acceptable if that applicant has several job experiences listed. This sample resume for a special education substitute teacher exceeds the ideal length. Having too much on your resume can detract from you application because employers often don’t have time to read through multiple pages. A great way of cutting down length in your resume is to use stronger words and shorter fragments.
Avoid using the first person
The summary is a great place to showcase your qualifications and skills. The strongest summaries are written in fragments and do not include the first person, which is often more effective in cover letters. Here is an example of what the revised summary might look like: Compassionate Special Education Teacher who is passionate about addressing each student’s unique needs. Adept at customizing specialized lesson plans and developing a wide range of creative activities. Notice how the applicant has used this section to include work experience. Be sure that your summary showcases your qualities and does not mention specific positions. Through editing and rewording, the summary can be an impressive introduction to the rest of your resume.
Always use bullets when making lists
Formatting is essential to resumes. If a resume does not follow a consistent format, the page can risk looking sloppy. In the experience section, the applicant uses bullets for some experiences and not for others. Doing so can give off an impression of inconsistency and also makes the resume difficult to read. Some employers may dismiss a resume just based on formatting alone. Notice the difference in the following formats: WRONG: Experience Adaland Mansion Tour Guide07/2006 ? 04/2013 Adaland MansionPhilippi, WV Presented the History of the 1800’s for the Modisett family in Barbour County WV to Various groups. ex. Bus tours,individual tours, and Girl Scouts,… Assist with Weddings that take place on the property, Dinners and workshops. RIGHT: Experience Adaland Mansion Tour Guide07/2006 ? 04/2013 Adaland MansionPhilippi, WV
Notice also how the applicant has misused tenses throughout this section. When you are discussing former employment, always use the past tense. Paying attention to small details such as bulleting and tense can make an enormous improvement to your resume.
This sample resume for a special education substitute teacher does not look like it has been carefully proofread. This is evident because of sentences that are broken up between bullet points and bullet points with no information at all. Attention to detail can help make sure your resume is as strong as possible. If you are ready to craft an excellent resume, consider getting consultation from the experts. Check out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder and you can have your resume reviewed in the way that we reviewed this sample resume.