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Your resume is a vital part of your job search. It is important that you take the time to ensure that your resume captures your abilities and work experiences accurately and effectively. At LiveCareer, we provide expert advice and resume samples to help you see where you can improve. Take a look at this special educator resume sample to avoid common mistakes.
Keeping your length in mind
Before examining the content of this resume, take a look at its length. Notice that it is longer than one page. Normally, you should strive to fit your entire resume on a single page and eliminate all wasted space. If you are capturing a work history longer than 10 years, as this resume is, it is okay to bleed onto a second page if you deem it necessary to communicate all the information you need to. You mainly need to be concerned with the first impression employers will have. If it is too long, many will not even bother reading it. Notice that this resume has no blank space, but it avoids large, intimidating blocks of text. This is a resume that will appeal to readers, even at a glance.
Manage your summary
To start your resume off, create a short summary that overviews your skills, qualifications, experiences, and professional traits. This will be the only section where you can mention more personal attributes or motivation, such as the use of compassionate in the first sentence. Your summary should be about four lines long, which means this example summary does push the limit a little, but the content of the section is so strong, it will probably be acceptable to most employers. Still, the writer should make absolute certain that each point of information in this summary cannot be removed or shortened.
The skills section
After your summary, create a bulleted list of your skills and abilities. In this resume sample, the writer has 12 bullet points, which is more than is typically allowed. However, no two points are similar or could be combined, and none of them are unnecessary. This is the kind of skill highlight section that earns its extra length. When writing your own, you will probably want to limit this section to two columns of three or four bullets.
Formatting your experiences
When listing your experiences, you should try to include about five to eight points of information, for each position listed, that explains what skills you gained that will be beneficial to employers and what responsibilities your had. Because of the length of this sample resume, they have more positions than average, so each one has fewer bullet points. Notice that one section is far longer than any of the others. That position was held for 16 years, so employers will expect it to be longer, but 17 bullet points is too long. Employers also expect the current job to be longer, but it is the shortest in this section. Take a look at this position: Special Education Teacher 08/1993 to 07/1994 Silver Spring Elementary School Milwaukee, WI
With the exception of the first two points, which do not start with action verbs, this is exactly how your experience section should look. Fully and Team can be removed to fix this problem. Use this sample resume and all the tips and advice LiveCareer has compiled to craft your own resume. Use the Resume Builder to get started today.