Give Your Resume The Professional Edge

Rick Bowman - Monday, December 10, 2012

Your resume is one of the most important steps to a successful teaching job. Read on to know how to give your teaching resume a truly professional edge.

The cover letter

The cover letter is the first thing an employer will first see before reading your resume. This is where the employer will assess how important you could potentially be to the company and determine if you might be suitable for the position.

A good cover letter never starts with a “To whom it may concern” or “Dear Madam/Sir”. Include the name of the hiring manager. Another good practice is to write within the cover letter what skills you have or how the company can benefit from hiring you – i.e. specific items which may not be included in your resume.

A poorly written cover letter or one that is peppered with spelling, grammatical or linguistic errors is disastrous. It can be a big time saver to an employer as they will immediately consign the application to the bin and start on the next one.

Professional resume layout

After reading your eye-catching cover letter, the employer will now turn to your resume. Here are a few key points to giving your resume a professional boost:

  • Can the employer easily read it? – The most important factor for a good resume is to not make it more than three pages long. The employer must be able to read your resume once and immediately gain a clear picture  of your experience, qualifications and expertise.
  • Have you included a picture of yourself?  Your picture should look professional and show maturity to appeal to the employer. This is not necessary for all job applications, so be careful when deciding if this should be included. For example, it is not the usual practice when applying for government positions such as within state teaching services.
  • Is there any irrelevant information? – Employers will not want to know about your hobbies or personal interests. Unless the employer asked for your marital status or how many children you have within the job listing, do not include them in your resume either.
  • Is your resume properly designed? – The information on your resume should be organised to easily allow the employer to read it. Have sections and utilise bullet points.
If you need help with writing your resume, Teachers’ Professional Resumes has extensive experience in constructing professional resumes for teachers to help you land either a teaching job or a promotions position.
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