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One way to do this is by reviewing applicable instructor resume samples. Whether your field is fitness, swimming, dancing, or horseback riding, looking at examples will give you an idea of what information your resume should include and how best to frame your accomplishments to make them stand out.
As you read further, you’ll be provided with guidance regarding the preferred sections of today’s resume styles, the order in which they most logically appear, and how to craft each section to draw the potential employer into your story.
Examples of complex concepts will be provided and you’ll find out the most common mistakes people make and how to avoid them.
What to Include in an Instructor Resume
That said, you can get a good idea of what to include in a resume by looking at some instructor resume samples.
While their content will vary, the basic structure will remain the same. The most popular resume styles, which are the chronological and functional layouts, make use of the following sections:
- Contact info (name/phone/email)
- Resume summary statement
- Work experience
*The accomplishments section is added if you prefer the functional style.
The chronological style is the most commonly used and most familiar to hiring managers. It works well for those who have no employment gaps, whose previous employment is relevant to the potential position, and who are following a traditional career path. The focus of this resume style is on your uninterrupted work history and what you did for each employer. It does not require a separate accomplishments section.
The functional style (which includes the added accomplishments section), works best for those who may have difficulty explaining employment gaps, who are considering a career change, or who want to focus more or their transferable skills than work history.
As you review instructor resume samples, you’ll probably notice a third style that combines the best of both formats. If a combination style will best represent your qualifications, take a look at the samples to see how others have done it.
How to Write the Instructor Resume Summary Statement
The same is true of your resume summary statement. It’s your introduction to a potential employer and your first opportunity to get their attention in a positive way. No matter what resume style you’ve decided on, this section is the first thing they read. Make it count. Make them want to read on.
There are certain guidelines you should follow:
- Your summary statement should be no longer than 2-3 statements
- No first-person pronouns in your summary or anywhere in your resume
- It should appeal to the employer’s needs based on the job description
In addition to referring to the job description for what to include, instructor resume samples can provide guidance on how to craft an appealing and compelling resume summary statement. For additional reference and consideration, below are two summaries from different fields of instruction:
Experienced fitness instructor able to motivate groups in exercise activities, demonstrate techniques, customize routines for various levels of fitness, and monitor programs. Created social media page to generate interest and produced verifiable increase in enrollment attributable to marketing efforts. Referrals also increased because of satisfied clients.
Certified ski and snowboard instructor with over 15 years experience in assessing and developing skiers in various terrain and tactics. Certified to teach children under the age of 12, beginners, and intermediate level skiers. Coached USC freestyle squad and has been involved in developing resources such as manuals and input for certifications and exams.
How to Write the Instructor Work Experience Section
For a refresher on these two primary styles, refer to the instructor resume samples already identified.
Since the chronological style is primarily concerned with a date-ordered list of your previous employers and your accomplishments and responsibilities, each job will be its own sub-heading including your job title, employer and location, and employment dates. You should also include 3-4 bullet-pointed accomplishments for each. The entries, beginning with your most recent job, would look something like this:
Bali Fitness Center – Cleveland, OH
June 2009 to February 2016
- Choreographed fitness routines for both beginner and intermediate level groups
- Chose accompanying music to suite the general age of groups and was responsive to their suggestions
- Recorded progress of group and individuals through the 11 week training program
If you’re going with the functional style, this is the point where you insert the new accomplishments section. By uncoupling your career accomplishments from previous employers, you have the advantage of mirroring the requirements stated in the employer’s job description without worrying about who you’ve worked for and what you’ve done for them.
As you list your career accomplishments, try to state them as a problem that was identified and solved and that produced positive results for the employer. You should list 6-8 achievements in bullet-point form, with those nearest and dearest to the employer’s heart listed first. This also provides the opportunity for you to highlight transferable skills if you’re considering a career change.
With the accomplishments section complete, you can move on to the now bare bones work experience section, which will be a simple list of previous jobs and employers. There’s no need to mention dates that would draw attention to employment gaps.
Lastly, you may prefer a combination of both styles. Check the instructor resume samples for how others have merged the two, and be careful not to repeat yourself. Every word should lead to new information about you.
Action Verbs to Include in Your Instructor Work Experience Section
A quick scan of applicable instructor resume samples should provide additional action verbs that apply to your particular area of instruction.
How to Write the Instructor Skills Section
- Able to motivate and inspire
- Relates well to all age groups
- Good judgment
- Safe supervision
- Well-rounded background
- Appreciation of client’s goals
- Effective communication
Since the technical and physical attributes vary wildly with each field of instruction, below are some random skills from many areas simply to provide you with the concept:
- Strong horsemanship skills
- Understanding of nutrition and weight management
- Knowledgeable of exercise physiology
- Basic MS Office, with proficiency in Excel
- Good hearing and sight sensory abilities
- Physical stamina and dexterity
Use the employer’s job description to determine which skills are most valued so you can list them first. For formatting ideas, refer to the instructor resume samples.
How to Write the Instructor Education Section
No matter what the requirements are, list your highest level of education first.
You just need to provide the name of the school, the school location, and the degree obtained. If you’re currently working toward your degree, don’t keep it off your list because you haven’t graduated yet. Simply indicate that it’s Å“in progress.
Certifications are also good to include in this section. For example, depending on your field, you might want to mention that you have:
- CPR/AED Certification from the Aerobics and Fitness Association
- Water safety, advanced lifesaving and first aid certification from the American Red Cross
- Certified by the American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA)
- Instructor certification in sports like scuba diving, tennis, golf and karate can be awarded through the many certifying organizations specific to the particular sport.
Continuing education might be an additional category of interest to an employer. Relevant course study is always a plus.
Should I Include References in my Instructor Resume
As you compile your list, consider prior supervisors, owners, or senior instructors with whom you’ve worked well. Depending on your field of interest, you may have worked with certain vendors who would be willing to be a reference and that the new employer might want to develop a relationship with. Strive for 3-4 solid references.
When the employer calls to request your list, you’ll know for sure they’re interested. You can call your references to tell them to be expecting a call, and you can ask them to let you know when contact’s been made.
Instructor Resume Fails: Mistakes to Avoid
- Proofreading is critical and not as easy as it seems. Even when you think it’s perfect, have someone else read it through. Then, read it again.
- While most of us have had unpleasant employment situations, keep those feelings to yourself. Everything in your resume should be positive. Nobody wants to hire a Negative Nelly.
- If your area of instruction tends to create a personal following that would go where you go, make sure the potential employer sees that they ‘ll get not only a great employee if they hire you, but new customers as well.
- While you want to write a resume that’s written in a best practices style, you don’t want to be so current that you use texting language in this professional document. C U later is not acceptable.