3 1.2 Building a Resume
Building a resume is an essential task as you join any professional community, teaching or otherwise. A resume is a quick and professional introduction to you and your skills. It allows potential employers and collaborators to get to know you. A resume should tell a good story. A teaching resume should tell a good story about your professional education and experiences that shape your stance as a qualified educator. It is crucial to begin shaping your professional teaching resume early in your teacher preparation program. You may then continue adding to and revising the resume as you gain valuable professional experiences by completing and documenting field experience opportunities in the program.
What are the conventions of a teaching resume?
In what ways do resumes tell a story?
What makes an educational resume different than other professions?
BEA A. TEACHER
Local Street Address,
City, State Zip
Permanent Street Address, City, State Zip phone
number • email
To obtain a teaching position at the elementary level in the Oneonta City School District
Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood/Childhood Education (B-6), Concentration in Biology Month Year
State University of New York (SUNY), College at Oneonta, Oneonta, NY NCATE Accredited
Advanced Regents Diploma Month Year
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Senior High School, Burnt Hills, NY
Teacher, School Name, City, State Month Year – Month Year
- Work with 25 students, K-12, and all ability levels
- Instruction in reading, writing, math, and study skills
- Effectively manage average classroom of 20 students
- Met with parents regarding student classroom behavior
Student Teacher – Kindergarten, School Name, City, State Month Year – Month Year
- Used centers for math, science, social studies, health, and writing
- Implemented a positive discipline plan and phonics instruction with small groups
- Developed thematic unit on plants/gardening around major instructional goals
Student Teacher – Fourth Grade, School Name, City, State Month Year – Month Year
- Created and implemented literature units on density
- Developed and taught writing unit on “why” stories
- Used teacher’s manuals as guideline for teaching math and science
- Modified lesson plans to meet students’ needs required for 504/IEP plans
- Adapted units for time, money, geometry, and weather
Program Assistant, School/Organization Name, City, State Month Year – Month Year
- After school program sponsored by XYZ Central School
- Supervised and managed groups of 15-20 children grades K-5
Observation/Participation – 200 Hours Year – Year
- Kindergarten Participation, Unadilla Valley Central School, New Berlin, NY
- Pre-Kindergarten, Head Start/Early Head Start Day Care, Oneonta, NY
- Fourth Grade, Commack Road Elementary School, Islip, NY
- First Grade, Wing Elementary School, Islip, NY
Support Staff, Company Name, City, State Month Year – Month Year
- Various clerical responsibilities, including developed proficiency in all Microsoft Office products
Sales Clerk, Department Store, City, State Month Year – Month Year
- Provided exceptional customer service to approximately 40 individuals each day
- Utilized creativity to design two store displays each month
- Responsible for additional duties in manager’s absence
St. Vincent Elementary School, St. Vincent, NY Month Year – Month Year
- Coordinated after school program for 25 children, ages 5 to 8
- Maintained a safe and conducive learning environment
Leadership Institute, SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY Month Year – Month Year
Elementary Education Club, SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY Month Year – Month Year
Professional Education Council, SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY Month Year – Month Year
Association for Teachers, SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY Month Year – Month Year
Foreign Language: Spanish Fluency
Computer Programs: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access Classroom Technology: ELMO, SmartBoard
Figure 1. Sample Resume Adapted from Template (All Business Templates, 2017)
Many resources exist at College of DuPage to assist you in building your resume. Career Services in the Student Service Center (SSC) is available to provide guidance concerning the necessary components for building your resume. They also offer the following resources:
- Electronic resume review (VMock)
- Interview stream (mock interview tool)
- Cover letter resources
- Internship information
- Job shadow program
Career Services at COD
Student Services Center (SSC) 3258
10 Steps to Building A Solid Resume
Students often ask: what should I do now to prepare to write my resume when the time comes? Here are some steps that you can take today to make sure that yours will be a resume that will gain the attention of potential future employers:
- Establish solid relationships with professors and employers. Don’t be afraid to talk to your professors. They can provide a wealth of information and assistance to determine your career path. You can also learn a great deal from work supervisors, even in part-time and summer jobs. Some day you will be asking these people to write or give a verbal reference for you; the better they know you, the more qualified they will feel to speak about your skills and abilities.
- Set career goals. As soon as you are ready to do so, it is better to start in a direction, even if you may need to alter that direction later on. Do some research– talk to professors, advisors, career counselors, professionals in fields of interest, etc.– and then weigh the information you have collected. The suggestions in the remainder of this article will help you as you evaluate your plans and goals.
- Join clubs and participate in activities related to your career goals. There are many clubs and organizations on your campus; some relate to academic majors, others to interest areas. Participating in any of these groups can help you gain insight into a particular field or investigate your interests and skills. Working with fellow students, faculty advisors, and others you encounter can also provide extremely valuable experience in building teamwork and communication skills, both of which are vital to almost any career you may pursue.
- Be selective about part-time and summer employment. While any job can provide valuable experience, employers often look for someone who can demonstrate as many of the necessary skills as possible for their available position. The more relevant experience you have, the better prepared you are for a role in your chosen field. You can also use part-time and summer jobs to “test drive” a career choice you are considering.
- Volunteer with an organization or agency to can gain skills related to your career goals. Volunteering is another great way to meet people, gain skills, and determine if a certain career is a good “fit” for you. There are many wonderful opportunities for volunteering in most communities; showing that you had the initiative to take advantage of this type of experience can be very impressive to future employers. This step is crucial for those students who are limited in their summer and part-time jobs.
- Do an internship. What better way to familiarize yourself with the inner workings of a prospective career field than to do an internship with a company or organization in that field? For many internships, academic credit is obtained through the student’s major department. Contact your academic advisor for more information and, if encouraged to locate your internship, you can contact your college career center for further assistance.
- Get good grades. In almost any career you can imagine, employers are looking for the best and brightest graduates to fill their company’s openings. Whether you plan to be a teacher, an accountant, a stockbroker, or a psychologist, the better you have performed in your past “job” (as a student), the better your prospective employers can expect you to perform for them. And if you plan to attend graduate school, a high GPA may be an entrance requirement.
- Determine skills and abilities needed to succeed in your career and take every possible opportunity to strengthen them. Flexibility? Communication? Computer literacy? Initiative? What are the skills you will need to succeed on the job? Look at job descriptions, talk to employers, professors, and those currently employed in your field of choice to determine what you will need to do to succeed in your chosen career. Skills do not magically appear your first day on the job (or during your interview!) but take time and effort to build. Start now with your “job” as a student and practice, practice, practice! Be on time for class, initiate questions or discussions, gain computer skills, and ensure that all work you submit shows your best possible effort.
- Start planning early. As you can see from steps #1 – 8 above, planning and preparing for a career cannot be done well during the last semester of your senior year. You can write your resume during that time, but if you want some good, quality information to put on it, the earlier you start, the better off you’ll be.
- Visit your college career center. For the most current information about almost any career field you can imagine, your college career center is the first place you should check. If you need any assistance to determine what your career path might be, staff members will be willing to take the time to answer your questions. And when you are ready to write your resume, many career centers offer workshops, written materials, and/or a resume critiquing service to ensure that your resume is the best possible tool for marketing your skills to employers.
Northland University (2019) has created an excellent guide to creating a resume. This guide is geared toward new educators who wish to build their resumes in order to highlight experience during their programs. This guide is available at https://my.northland.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2015/07/Education-Majors-Resume-Guide.pdf