Career Objectives for Educators

Your objective should indicate you've entered the field for more than a paycheck.

Your objective should indicate you've entered the field for more than a paycheck.

You've written your resume -- except for the objective, that is. It's difficult to write an objective when the only thing that comes to mind is, "Get a job that pays money, provides health insurance and is fun." To write a quality objective, appeal to your altruistic side. Think about what you have to offer the students and the school district, and you'll be on the right track.

Basics

An objective is the part of the resume that lets employers know what you are looking for. If you write an objective stating that you're looking for a position teaching art at a high school, and a principal is looking for someone to fill that position, your resume will catch her eye. Keep your objective short -- from one to three sentences. Any more, and your potential future principal may mistake your resume for a copy of the district's annual report.

Styles

How you write your objective depends on what you intend to do with your resume. If you're trying for a particular job, you can simply write a position-oriented objective such as, "To obtain a position as a high school art teacher." If you're sending your resume to the district's human resources office with the intent of landing any language arts job available within the district, a field-oriented objective such as "To obtain a language arts position within the Springfield Independent School District" is appropriate.

Customization

If you want the principal who holds the key to your dream teaching job to sit up and take notice when she spies your resume, tailor your objective to the position. For example, if you're applying for a job as a social studies teacher in at a school that has a high population of at-risk students, you might write, "To teach social studies while working to motivate and inspire at-risk students." Be cautious of customizing your objective too much. Unless you're dead set on teaching world history, you're better off having an objective that states, "To teach high school social studies," rather than "To teach 10th grade world history." If you know a particular position is open, however, being this specific might help, rather than hurt.

Examples

Here are some examples to help you to get started. Remember to keep the needs of the principal and students in mind. You could try "To obtain a position as an elementary teacher in which my expertise in child development and dedication to literacy can be utilized." Or, "To work as a middle school science teacher in an environment in which exploration and excellence are encouraged." One more: "To teach math to high school students in the Middlebrook Unified School District."

 

About the Author

Elise Wile has been a writer since 2003. Holding a master's degree in curriculum and Instruction, she has written training materials for three school districts. Her expertise includes mentoring, serving at-risk students and corporate training.

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