Without a well-crafted resume, you might have trouble getting the teaching position you've always wanted. Even though the objective statement, located just below your name and contact information, is likely the smallest section of your resume -- it's an important part. The objective statement provides the best avenue for listing the exact teaching position, subject and grade level you're applying for. It also sets the tone for your resume, encouraging the school principal to dig deeper into the qualifications and experiences that make you a prime candidate for the job.
Position or Specific Field
One of the main goals of your objective statement is to let the principal know what position you're interested in. This is especially important for K-12 job openings, because you might only be qualified to teach certain grade levels or subjects. St. Norbert College Career Services suggests starting your objective statement with the specific field, job title or position, such as, "To obtain a position in the field of early education" or "Desire a position as a high school English teacher." If the school is hiring for multiple positions, your objective statement helps the principal match your resume with the right job opening.
Knowledge or Background
If your teaching certification is specialized or you want to use your background experiences and academic accomplishments to teach a particular subject, include that information in your objective statement. SNC Career Services recommends using phrases such as, "To obtain a teaching position that will utilize my knowledge in agricultural economics" or "Seeking a teaching position that requires a background in civics and U.S. foreign policy." Recognize that detail-specific language might limit the number of teaching positions available to you.
Teachers often have similar skill sets, so include a specific skill in your objective statement that distinguishes you from others. SNC Career Services uses the following as an example of an effective objective statement: "Desire a position in elementary education that uses skills in creative lesson planning, flexibility and fluency in the Hmong language." Creative lesson planning and flexibility probably apply to most teachers, but fluency in the Hmong language is certainly unique. If you have a special skill, such as fluency in a foreign language, artistic talent or musical ability, don't be afraid to list it in your objective statement.
According to Broward College Career Center, an objective statement makes your resume more effective because it establishes your professional identity. In a brief one to three lines, your objective statement showcases what you have to offer the school and what you want to achieve. The goal is to create an objective statement that captures the attention of the principal or school board, so they want to contact you for a job interview. As a result, it's best to avoid generic objective statements, such as, "To get a job in a school environment" or "To teach children," because those phrases don't reveal anything about your talents, goals, interests or aspirations.
As curriculum developer and educator, Kristine Tucker has enjoyed the plethora of English assignments she's read (and graded!) over the years. Her experiences as vice-president of an energy consulting firm have given her the opportunity to explore business writing and HR. Tucker has a BA and holds Ohio teaching credentials.