How to Write a Resume for a Teaching Position

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If you’re interested in working as a school counselor, a preschool teacher, a high school teacher, a camp counselor, a special education teacher, or in any other academically-focused career, you need a resume that supports your ambitions.

Academia is a crowded field, and creating a resume specifically for teaching-related positions can help you stand out from the crowd.

How to Organize a Resume for a Teaching Position

Resumes come in all shapes and sizes. However, while there isn’t a single resume format or formula, there are still several traditional elements that should be included.

Header

A resume for a teaching position starts with the same information as all resumes: a header. This should be at the top of the page and should be either centered or left-aligned. Make sure to include the following information in your header:

  • Your full name.
  • Your physical address.
  • Your phone number and email.
  • Any relevant links such as your LinkedIn profile.

Introduction

After your header, provide an introduction. This should be labeled something like “About Me” or “Objective.”

Write a paragraph that briefly outlines the most important information you want a recruiter to read. This can focus on your goals as well as relevant career highlights.

“High school teacher in Las Vegas, Nevada public school system for 6 years,” is a piece of information worth including in an introduction. “Spent time in college studying abroad in France,” probably isn’t worth inclusion — unless the job you’re applying for is teaching abroad in France!

Education

Postsecondary education is a major element of a teacher’s resume. Make sure to list your degrees as well as any teaching certifications or other applicable education. If your education is extensive, considering splitting off your certifications into a separate section. Make sure that your certifications line up with the state’s requirements as well.

When listing educational achievements, format them in this way:

  • The name of the institution you attended.
  • The degree or certification.
  • The school location.
  • The years you attended the institution.

Experience

If any part of your resume is more important than your education, it’s the experience section. This is where you can showcase your track record as a teacher. Create a subheader for each individual experience and format it properly:

  • Begin with the school or company name.
  • Include your job title as well as when you were employed.
  • Add two or three achievements (bullet points work well) that specifically reinforce why you’re a good fit for the teaching position you’re applying for.

While you should always be concise on a resume, don’t be afraid to be detailed. For instance, “While teaching 12th grade, my class’s graduation rate rose from 76% to 93%,” drives home the fact that you didn’t just teach 12th grade, you excelled at doing so.

If you have limited experience as a teacher, you can highlight things like volunteer teaching, classroom experience from your time in college, and other hands-on experiences. If you have experiences of this nature to list alongside other professional experiences, consider creating a separate subsection titled “Field Experience” or something similar where you can list each of your extracurricular activities.

Skills

While teaching used to be a fairly straightforward business, educators are now expected to have a host of different hard skills, soft skills, and technical skills. Make sure to utilize your skills section to highlight any of these that apply to the particular teaching position you’re pursuing.

You can list these in a simple, vertical list or use bullet points to provide more structure. Some technical/hard skills to consider include:

  • Microsoft Office and Google Suite.
  • Basic web browsing research skills.
  • Experience with JSTOR and other academic research tools.
  • Pearson ECollege and other eLearning or classroom software.

Here are a few soft skills to consider as well:

  • Active listening.
  • Empathy.
  • Communication.
  • Leadership.
  • Social and emotional intelligence.
  • Cultural competence.

References

If you have any references to include, do so on a separate document. List each reference as follows:

  • Their name.
  • Their job title.
  • Their company.
  • Their phone number.
  • Their email address.
  • Their physical address.
  • A brief description of your connection with them (e.g. you worked together).

When you select references for your resume, make sure to do it with care. Friends and family should generally be avoided as references. Instead, focus on your professional network.

Employers, coworkers, and professors make excellent reference candidates. Make sure that you trust the people you choose and that you feel confident they can honestly give a positive testimony about you.

Teaching Resume Writing Tips

Along with the basic elements, here are a few extra tips to keep in mind as you compose your teacher resume:

  • Read the job description over in search of keywords: Any keywords like “community relations,” “individualized education plans,” “parent/teacher liaison,” and so on should be integrated into your resume to help you get past any automated applicant tracking (ATS) software.
  • Use strong action verbs throughout your resume: Action verbs will help your resume pop. They provide strength and energy. Good action verbs for a teacher resume include “educate,” “develop,” “assess,” “tutor,” “motivate,” and “encourage.”
  • Make sure to list accomplishments: A list of your professional duties won’t impress anyone. However, if you point out specific accomplishments throughout your academic and professional career, it will help you stand out.
  • Consider using a template: If you’re struggling to get started, you can use a resume template. However, if you do take this route, don’t copy things too closely. Make sure to personalize it as much as possible.

Sample Teaching Resume

If you’re still not sure where to begin, we’ve provided a teacher resume template below. Simply copy and paste this into a document and fill it in with your own information.

[Your first and last name.]
[Your address.]
[Your phone number.]
[Your email address.]
[Applicable links.]

[Your introduction. Title this “About Me,” “Objective,” or something similar. Write a brief opening statement paragraph highlighting the most relevant information on your resume.]

EDUCATION & OTHER CREDENTIALS

[List your education and certifications using the format below:

  • The name of the institution you attended.
  • The degree or certification.
  • The school location.
  • The years that you attended the institution.

If you find this section is too busy, separate your teaching certifications into a following section or subsection.]

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

[List your professional experience using the formatting below:

  • The school or company name.
  • Your job title.
  • When you were employed.
  • A handful of applicable achievements in bullet points.

You can also create a section or subsection dedicated to your hands-on “Field Work.”]

SKILLS

[List your hard skills, technical skills, and soft skills here. Use bullet points and select each skill based on the job description whenever possible.]


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This post was updated December 19, 2019. It was originally published December 19, 2019.