Your resume is the first impression a potential employer has of you. As an educator, your resume should be professional, neat and well organized, and should provide a complete overview of your skills, knowledge and abilities. Don’t be shy about touting your accomplishments -- highlight awards and recognitions and sell yourself as a top candidate.
A functional resume is a format that outlines your skills and areas of expertise in the introductory section of the resume, followed by your educational credentials and a summary of previous employment. Teachers who opt to use this approach should feature unique or in-demand skill sets as a way to grab the attention of hiring managers. Use keywords like, “innovation,” “student-centered” and, “results-producing” to indicate the measurable value you bring to a teaching position.
CV or Bio
A curriculum vitae, or CV, is a narrative resume style that is used most often when applying for jobs in academic research, higher education or administrative positions. A CV leads off with an overview of your academic background that includes a description of career highlights, including measurable results, academic recognition, honors and published works. The body of a CV is broken down into sections that go into descriptive detail about your educational skills and your most notable contributions to date.
A traditional resume follows a chronological order, starting with a career objective or statement followed by a list of previous positions and a corresponding description of your duties in those capacities. The traditional format provides an overview of your educational background and ends with professional affiliations, membership in professional organizations, and if you choose, references. This format is most appropriate if you are seeking a generalized teaching position in primary or secondary education.
Other Resume Tips
Make sure your resume includes current contact information. If you're currently employed, don't use your current employer's phone number as your contact info; choose a personal or cell phone number as well as email address. The email address should be professional, comprised of a combination of your first and last name or initials. “Cute” personal email addresses can turn off a hiring manager and call your professional judgment into question. Also include a cover letter if you're mailing or emailing a resume to a potential employer. The cover letter should summarize your qualifications, note your enthusiasm for the position, and indicate your availability.
Lisa McQuerrey has been a business writer since 1987. In 1994, she launched a full-service marketing and communications firm. McQuerrey's work has garnered awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the International Association of Business Communicators and the Associated Press. She is also the author of several nonfiction trade publications, and, in 2012, had her first young-adult novel published by Glass Page Books.