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Your resume is your introduction to hiring committees, your first chance to prove you are the best teacher for the job. Careful planning of each resume section will provide evidence of your qualifications, so don’t skimp on the details. For examples to guide your planning, be sure to review our teacher resume template for Word. Also see the tips for drafting a strong summary statement and thoughtfully developing the skills, work history and education sections.
Writing Your Summary Statement
If your resume is your introduction to a potential new boss, your summary statement is your introduction to the rest of your resume. The summary should briefly outline your strongest assets and give the hiring manager reasons to keep reading. Create a summary that does both with our teacher resume template for Word.
Describe your skills using words that match the keywords in the job description, and limit your statement to three points in a bulleted list or three sentences, which in this case may be fragments rather than complete sentences. Include the following:
• Your teaching specialty and years of experience
• Your strongest job-specific skills
• The quality that makes you stand out from other applicants
Here are some examples:
Accomplished English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher with more than 10 years of experience. Technology-savvy educator with strong oral, written and cross-cultural communication skills. Collaborative classroom approach encourages student participation while increasing confidence and fluency.
Seasoned elementary education teacher with 20 years of experience. Well versed in assisting students with special needs. Effective classroom management skills lead to productive school days and engaged learners.
Enthusiastic rookie high-school science teacher. Exceptional knowledge of the latest lab technologies and student-driven experiments. Thoroughly vetted during student teaching assignment, receiving excellent evaluations from students, colleagues and mentors alike.
Middle School Math Teacher:
• 10 years of experience
• Student-centered, experiential classroom
• Teacher of the Year, 2013 and 2016
Writing Your Skills Section
When writing your skills section, it’s important to highlight those relevant to the position. Like in your summary statement, the skills you list should correlate to the keywords in the job description. Exactly matching the keywords gets your resume through applicant tracking systems and provides more convincing evidence that your qualifications meet the requirements for the job. Our teacher resume template for Word and the following tips will give you additional insight for writing your skills section.
• Focus on the most important skills required for the job
• Keep your bulleted list in parallel form
• Use strong adjectives like proficient, advanced and competent
Necessary skills for teachers may include the following:
• Adept communication with parents and colleagues
• Thorough knowledge of curriculum standards for secondary schools
• Exceptional level of respect in diverse classroom settings
• Effective classroom management skills
• Successful implementation of a student-centered classroom
• Appropriate sense of humor
• Time-tested ability to make students feel at home in the classroom
Writing Your Work History Section
Your work history section should be honest and straightforward. Put your most recent position first, and list the remainder in reverse chronological order. As you outline your responsibilities on each job, include skills not already mentioned in your summary statement or skills section. All the sections should complement one another, giving the potential employer a complete picture of your qualifications. See our teacher resume template for Word for ideas.
• List the position you held at each company as well as the company location and your years on each job
• Keep your descriptions strong and results-driven
• Include numbers such as the percentage of increase in your students’ test scores
The following provide examples of a teacher’s job descriptions:
• Collaborated with colleagues to reduce refugee student absenteeism by 3%
• Managed classrooms of 20-25 students, creating effective and productive learning spaces
• Assisted leadership in coordinating workshops for immigrant parents to increase their involvement in school activities
• Created an experiential classroom where students took ownership of their learning
Writing Your Education Section
In the same way you present your work history, you’ll outline your education in reverse chronological order, listing your most recent (and highest) degree first. If you’re new to the workforce and have little experience on the job, you may include student teaching and volunteer assignments as work history. The teacher resume template for Word offers additional details to go along with the following tips:
• List the school’s name, the school’s location and the certificate or diploma awarded
• Only include your high school diploma if it’s the terminal degree required for the job
• Leave off your GPA unless you recently graduated
See the following examples of a teacher’s education:
Texas EC-4 Generalist, ESL Supplemental
Bachelor of Arts: Secondary Education – 2016
University of Texas-Arlington – Arlington, TX
Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages – 2012
UCLA – Los Angeles, CA
Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies – 2010
UCLA – Los Angeles, CA