Creating Your Resume
Your résumé is a summary of your experiences, education and skills. It should convince a principal that you could be a valuable asset by highlighting your strengths and accomplishments.
- Keep your résumé to one page unless you have extensive experience, in which case it should be two pages maximum. Be concise by highlighting your main accomplishments.
- Use action verbs to describe your responsibilities and accomplishments.
- Be consistent in your formatting—choose simple fonts and easy-to-read sizes.
- Do not use the first-person or extensive narrative.
- Common Mistakes to Avoid
- Your name should be highlighted at the top of your résumé. It should be centered and in the same font as the body of your résumé. Standard fonts are highly advisable.
- Address and phone number should be centered underneath your name. Be conscious of which numbers you choose to share and create a professional voicemail greeting.
- Your email address and voicemail message should be professional and standard.
It is important that your certification area is clearly presented towards the top of your résumé. You will only be eligible for positions within your certification area.
Your first entry should indicate your involvement in the Teaching Fellows program. Update your résumé to reflect new experiences (e.g., university, summer school assignment, etc.). It’s important to highlight to principals that you are a member of this highly-selective program, dedicated to closing the achievement gap
- All additional work experience should be listed in reverse chronological order.
- Include pertinent volunteer experience in this section.
- Be sure to identify the skills of each position that are most transferable to teaching. This may include roles and skills that involved training and mentoring, experience that relates directly to your content area, and any leadership positions you have held.
- Include specific accomplishments for each position. These should allow you to introduce and expand on your skills and abilities during an interview.
- Present graduate and undergraduate institutions in reverse chronological order.
- Include academic honors where applicable for each institution.
- Do not include your GPA unless you are a recent graduate, and it exceeds 3.5.
- It is not advisable to include standardized test scores.
- Only list undergraduate college clubs or activities if you are a recent graduate and if they emphasize leadership roles or relate to your subject area.