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Resume and Bio Guidance for BCTR

The following information will guide you through the process of updating your resume and creating your biography. Please follow these steps carefully. If you have any questions, please reach out to We look forward to the opportunity to showcase your skills to principals and Baltimore City Schools administration. 

Resume Guidelines

  • Use the BCTR Resume Template to create your resume.
  • Enter your personal information under the appropriate headings on the Resident Resume Template.
  • Keep your resume to one page unless you have extensive relevant experience, in which case it should be two pages maximum.
  • Only list your 2-3 most recent positions under the “Relevant Experience” section; list no more than 4 responsibilities for each position.
  • Proofread your resume carefully! Many principals will automatically reject candidates with typos in their resumes.
  • Your email address should be professional and include your name. Also, please be sure to create a professional voicemail greeting on your phone. 

Additional Guidelines

  • Include relevant volunteer experience under the “Additional Experience” section. If you do not have any volunteer experience, you may include any additional professional experience.
  • You may include a “Professional Skills” section, but be sure to identify your skills that are most transferable to teaching. This may include skills such as training, mentoring, an experience that relates directly to your content area, or leadership positions you have held.
  • If possible, include one specific accomplishment for each position listed under "Relevant Experience". Highlighting at least one concrete achievement will allow you to introduce varied skills and expand on your abilities during an interview. 

A Note about Education

  • List graduate and undergraduate institutions in reverse chronological order.
  • Do not include your GPA unless you are recent graduate and it exceeds 3.5.
  • It is not advisable to include standardized test scores on your resume.
  • Only list undergraduate clubs, affiliations, or activities if you are a recent graduate and/or if they emphasize leadership roles or relate to your assigned subject area

Professional Biography

Providing prospective employers with a brief professional biography is a great way to ensure that you stand out in their pool of candidates. This 3-5 sentence paragraph will be shared in emails and newsletters with principals across the district, so be sure to include your most relevant and compelling qualifications and experience. Below are sample biographies that showcase diverse professional experiences and skill sets:

Resident A: Career Changer
Melissa has a Bachelor’s in Architecture and a Master’s in Civil Engineering, Structures, and Sustainable Engineering from Washington State University. Melissa will be certified to teach Math-Special Education during the 2014-2105 school year. Her students will benefit from her experiences as a teaching assistant, Course Instructor, and Research Assistant for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Washington State University.

Resident B: Recent College Graduate
Simon has recently graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in English Literature. Beginning this fall, Simon will utilize his intensive research skills and experience working with students on academic probation at Hopkins to guide each of his English students toward academic success. After volunteering in urban schools throughout his undergraduate experience, Simon is excited by the prospect of working full-time to help City Schools students achieve academic excellence.

Resident C: Relevant Content Experience
With a B.A. in Mass Communication and recent volunteer experience teaching in a special needs self-inclusion room at Dallas F. Nicholas, Wendy has a wealth of education and knowledge that will help her to succeed as a Special Educator. Additionally, she has 10 years’ experience training employees for Nielsen Media Research on new computer technologies. As a director for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the United Cerebral Palsy Association, Wendy has an in-depth knowledge of services available to those in a Special Education population and looks forward to using this knowledge to further her students’ success.