Your resume represents you in your absence. It is the first thing your employers see and can ultimately land you the interview.
Your resume should predominately highlight your teaching skills and prove your competencies for the role you are applying to. You should also include success stories and achievements from previous teaching jobs to sell yourself.
Your resume is not your curriculum vitae. A resume is a brief summary of your skills and experiences over one or two pages, whereas a CV is more detailed and can stretch well beyond two pages. Your resume should be tailored to each teaching position you apply for, whilst your CV remains the same.
Your resume does not need to be in chronological order and does not need to include a full record of your career history. It is a short, targeted list of your skills and achievements and informs the employer of what you can bring to the table.
Here are a few tips to make your teaching resume stand out:
1. Know the job
Every school is different, so the responsibilities and duties of each teaching position will vary. Study the job advertisement in detail, and be sure to touch upon all of the responsibilities of the position.
E.g. if the job requires after-school extra-curricular teaching, mention clubs and activities you ran in previous schools. Employers need to know that you share the school ethos, values and mission statement, so include your own values and vision.
2. Use compelling language
When discussing your work experience, professional development and credentials, use action verbs. Avoid overusing words like "duties" and "responsibilities" and quantify your achievements instead.
E.g. 100% of my GCSE pupils exceeded their school targets and I secured a £3000 grant for EAL pupils. A change like this can make a dramatic impact and impress the employer. To be an achiever, not a doer.
3. Stand out
Employers sift through countless resumes, so yours needs to excel. What sets you apart from the competition? Is it your classroom management, student motivation, literacy strategies, differentiation, parental communication?
Every teacher has their area of expertise - which is yours? Examine your soft skills like mentoring and time management and tailor them to the job. List these qualities in bullet points to make sure they highlight your strengths.
4. Think outside of teaching
For those of you applying for your first teaching job, include any transferable skills. Is there any other work or volunteer experience that can pertain to the desired teaching position? You may not have any teaching experience yet, but skills from previous jobs can correlate in your new teaching job.
Use this space to evaluate your communication and leadership skills from other jobs. Your suitability and desire for the job should be prominent throughout your resume.
Sell yourself! Your resume is all that the employer sees, so it is paramount that your resume sells in the first 10 seconds of reading it.
Before submitting, scan your resume and ask yourself, "would I hire this candidate?" If the answer is yes, go ahead and click send, but if the answer is no, go back and start again.
Best of luck!
About our Community Expert
Over 5 years of experience in educational settings throughout London, Madrid and Barcelona. Whilst studying English Literature and Language at King’s College London and the University of North Carolina, she fell in love with her subject - both the study of literature and craft of writing.
After graduating, she completed the Leadership Development Programme with Teach First, whose mission is to provide equality through education, and attained her PGCE in Secondary English at Canterbury Christ Church University. She was then appointed as Deputy Head of English at one of the highest performing schools in England in a London inner-city academy.
Following this, she completed her Leadership and Management MA at University College London (Institute of Education) and became the director of an English Language company based in Barcelona.