A teaching resume contains some unique features specific to your field. For basic guidelines, refer to the general resume section.

  • Objective

    In the interest of space, an objective is not necessary.

    For Example:

    Objective: To Obtain an entry-level position in secondary education.

    • If you are submitting an application for this kind of position, why have an objective in the first place?
    • It's already understood.
  • Length

    1 Page: In a competitive job market, your resume receives a 20-30 second glance.

    Employers do not have time to read more than 1 page.

  • Describing Your Experience

    Reverse Chronological Order.

    List your most recent experience first. From there, work your way backwards.

    Verb Tense

    • Present vs. Past
    • When describing a job or internship's responsibilities, and it is still occurring, use present tense.
    • If you completed the position, use past tense.

    Action Verbs, Not Complete Sentences or Paragraphs.

    • Omit personal pronouns (I, you, me, my, their, they're) and, "a", "an", and "the" to achieve a concise style that will be easier--and faster--for employers to read.

    Bulleted Statements

    • Although it takes up more space, it's quicker for the employer to read.

    Teaching Terminology

    • Emphasize skills learned and tasks completed.

    Know When It's Appropriate to Edit

    • For less relevant experience, list it towards the end of your resume.
    • In some cases, you can condense or even omit it.
    • Consult a career counselor for more direction
  • Teaching-Related Terminology

    Action Research Paper Assessment Tools Audiovisual Learning Techniques
    Balanced Literacy Child-Centered Classroom Management
    Community Participation Cooperative Learning Counseled
    Curriculum Development Differentiated Instruction Different Learning Styles
    Diverse Learning Styles English as a Second Language (ESL) English Language Learners (ELL)
    Gifted and Talented Guided Reading Hands-on Learning/Experiences
    Individualized Education Program (IEP) Instructed Interactive Learning
    International Baccalaureate Program (IBP) Lesson Planning Modified Instruction
    Multi-Cultural Instruction Multiple Intelligences Multi-Sensory Instruction
    Parental Involvement Parent-Teacher Conference Small and Large Group Instruction
    Special Needs Standardized Testing Students with Disabilities
    Teaching Portfolio Teaching Styles/Methods Team Teaching
     Thematic Unit