Summary: Resume writing for elementary teacher positions requires careful planning to make the maximum impact. Here’s a template to help you draft your own resume.
This preparation will streamline the process and ensure that the resulting resume stands the best chance of getting you an interview.
Stage one – planning:
If you already have experience as an elementary teacher and are seeking another position in that field, drafting the first part of your resume should be no problem. Make a few preliminary notes to make it clear what teaching role you want and the most important duties you will perform in that position. It will be helpful to be able to refer back to these ideas as you draft the main body of your profile.
Put yourself in the position of the school principal: what sort of person would you choose as the ideal candidate for this post? What qualifications, skills and experience would you expect them to have? Don’t get sidetracked by thinking about your own background yet: at this stage the most important thing is to imagine the mindset of the employer.
When you have finished this part, you should have a clear idea of qualities of the ideal applicant. Now you will be in a better position to highlight those aspects of your training, achievements and general experience that respond to these needs.
Stage two – draft the header:
As you begin to draft your resume, make sure that you give all key contact information in the header section: as well as your name and address, a daytime telephone number and private e-mail address need to be included. It’s a good idea to draw a line across the page underneath the header to guide the reader to the main body of information that follows.
Stage three – draft your objective:
If a resume has to capture the attention of the reader in just a few seconds, this is your first opportunity to make a significant impact. You should certainly specify what position you are applying for (e.g. teaching a particular age range or children with special needs). But you also have the chance here to identify special skills or expertise, key attributes and particular strengths that you possess. What qualities do you have that are particularly important for working with young children?
Refer back to your notes on the ‘ideal candidate’ to remind yourself of areas to focus on. You must, of course, resist any temptation to be creative with your description of yourself – never, ever, lie on your resume!
Stage four – education and experience
While there are no hard and fast rules for writing a first class resume, it’s always a good idea to imagine yourself in the position of the reader and to allow this to dictate how you lay out your information. Highlight key aspects of your training, certification or experience as appropriate by placing them higher in this section. If you do have relevant experience, state your accomplishments and responsibilities using active verbs. It’s often helpful to break down this information into bullet points to make it easy to read.
Stage five – additional information, references
It may be appropriate for you to include other details of experience or interests near the end of your resume, if they are relevant – otherwise leave them out. You can also indicate that references would be available on request (make sure that they will be!)
Your elementary teacher’s resume will almost certainly require refining for style, language and presentation before it is ready to send with a letter. But simple strategies such as these will help you to produce an impressive and competitive profile.