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Your resume serves as an opportunity to wow employers. It’s worth taking the time to polish and refine each section, and to help you, we enlisted several experts. They took a look at a Teacher Assistant resume sample to point out common mistakes and how to avoid them. The following paragraphs explain how to craft a resume that makes employers want you.
Do not write in first person
This sample resume is full of first person, such as I and my. Get rid of it, but don’t necessarily replace it with third person. Instead, write in first-person-type statements, only with the pronouns removed.
Sentence fragments are your friend
With resumes, it’s okay to use sentence fragments. In fact, you should. Jettison writing such as My job requires that I teach and assistant the lead teacher in the classroom with the students and replace it with Assist the lead classroom teacher.
Get an outside perspective
Even if you have the best grammar, don’t trust yourself to catch all errors. Fresh eyes are a tremendous help, and they likely would have caught the following errors in this resume (there are too many errors to list them all): up most respect assistant the lead teacher 5 years experience special need kids Palm beach Zoo United Stated BETTER utmost respect assist the lead teacher 5 years’ experience special needs kids Palm Beach Zoo United States (no need to list this, actually)
You don’t have much time to make an impression, so put what you’re doing now up front. Place current information at the top rather than information from five years ago. In this sample, the education is arranged incorrectly. High school is listed first. The training the applicant received at the Health Careers Institute needs to go at top of the education section, and in fact, should be the only educational background listed. Avoid including high school or GED information unless it is the only education you have. When you list college education, it’s obvious you have a high school background.
General structure and tips
Avoid using narrative in your resume. Instead, use bullet points to list points that employers should take away. The exception is for the summary section at the top of the resume. There, use four, five or six lines to provide insight into your experience, skill sets and soft skills. Use paragraph form, but still avoid first-person. Start each job description with a strong action word such as built or increased. Avoid words such as responsible for and accountable for. Use hard numbers and metrics instead of vague phrases such as, help with their academics as well as behaviors. Read to students and played games with them is much more relevant. Stay away from passive voice instances such as have been trained. Include five to eight bullet points per position. Check that each section serves a purpose. In this resume, the accomplishments section doesn’t add enough to merit being above the experience and education sections. In fact, the usefulness of the section for the particular resume is deeply questionable. Stay away from abbreviations. If you must use one, spell out the full phrase, then include the abbreviation. Use the abbreviation on future reference. If you’re not using it again, don’t bother to abbreviate. State postal code abbreviations such as FL are okay, though. In case you are wondering if it’s fine that the applicant left out her full home address, it is. She included her city and state as well as other contact information. Writing an impressive Teacher Assistant resume is simple as long as you have the proper skills and guidance. Check out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder today for guidance on building a resume to impress.