Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The School Teacher Resume

What does your resume say about you?

A school teacher resume has to focus on what you have done well in the past. It must focus on educational background, experience (subject area), professional development, special skills and more! School administrators want to know what has made you successful in the past. It is commonly believed that if you have done well in the past, you will continue to do well in the future. So, you have to show them what you have done in order to convince them of what you can do for them.

Here are two things you must do well in order to impress school officials with your school teacher resume.

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First, identify your qualifications for the position you are seeking. While education is a field that is typically always looking for qualified applicants, the competition can be tough for jobs in good school districts. If you know at what you excel, then you can create a resume that reflects those outstanding abilities and make a solid, positive impression.

How do you accomplish this?

Know what the school district is looking for by asking questions, making phone calls, talking to other teachers in the district. Find out in what officials are most interested then meet those needs in your resume.

Second, show how you enhanced your former students' academic, social, creative and technological skills as a teacher. Success almost always follows success as a good school teacher has the ability to take what they have learned (that works) and apply it to a variety of school settings.

How do you convey all of this on a resume?

The key is to show, rather than tell. Achievements and awards are excellent for this. If you are able to show the school administration that you have excelled in previous teaching settings, then they will expect you to do at least as well, if not better, in the position they have available.

A school teacher's resume should always include these items:

1. ability to communicate with people at all levels (children, parents and school officials)
2. your ability to instruct children of diverse backgrounds and educational levels with a variety of differing approaches
3. accomplishments, awards, goals reached, specialized training, etc.

When you tell the prospective employer how you can meet their needs (what you can do for them), then you are one step closer to getting an interview. That is the whole point of creating an outstanding school teacher resume.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for teachers "continues to vary by school location and by subject taught" but "job opportunities for teachers over the next 10 years will vary from good to excellent."

Finding a job isn't going to be the tough part. It's finding the job in the school district you WANT that is going to cause the most worry. Competition will always be fierce for those coveted positions. That's why your resume has to be excellent.

Be sure to include the information that school administrators are seeking and your resume will make a great first impression. After that, you will be well on your way to a great job.

Carla Vaughan, Owner/Webmaster Professional-Resume-Example.com

Carla is the owner of Professional-Resume-Example.com, a web site devoted to assisting candidates in the job-search process. She holds a B.S. in Business from Southern Illinois University and has authored several books.

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