Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

Ten Ideas To Sharpen That Resume!

April 12, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 179

Some years ago I was asked to lead interview teams for the elementary and middle schools of a mid-sized district in New Jersey. There were 11 positions to fill at the elementary level and an additional eight positions at the middle school. As a start, our custodian brought over three boxes full of applications. By rough count, we had somewhere near 1200 in all. My team and I separated them by position and went about deciding just what criteria we would use to screen all these applications. This screening process is something you should know before you sit down to prepare your own resume, so here it is now.

We set up a white board and, for each general area, listed key criteria, skill sets, and qualities we wanted in our top candidates. Understandably, the first item on every list was; "the candidate is fully certified and available for September." From there, our measures tended to center on broader themes such as parent relations, classroom management, instructional background, and knowledge of testing standards. The advertisements for each position had clearly listed certain minimum requirements, and we wanted to see some resume evidence that a person at least met those needs.

Once our priority areas had been determined, the applications were separated into more manageable groups for review. In the first reading our focus was solely on the criteria and specific evidence of a match. I would estimate these first reviews took no more than a minute or so per resume. Surviving candidates were only those who most clearly showed how they met the criteria. The final step was a group discussion regarding the survivors and a final decision as to whether we should grant that person an interview. Given that process, do you now see why you need a powerful resume that tailors your background to the school's needs?

It has been said; your resume can not win the job, but it can certainly lose it! For this reason you need hard-hitting ideas that will get the reader's attention and reduce any possibility your application will go in the "no interview" pile. Today's article offers 10 suggestions to help your resume survive that initial screening process.

Identify school requirements, priorities, and on-going initiatives. Look carefully at the school advertisement or job notice. Is there a list of requirements or desired skills? Examine the school web site. What initiatives are underway? What staff development has been conducted? Are there particular accomplishments underscored? You want your resume to reflect a match between your qualifications and identified school needs. The closer that match, the higher the probability of an interview.

Use bullet points and bold face to highlight your important qualifications. Where there is a strong match between a skill set or background experience and an identified school priority, use bold type and bullets to set that off. You want no possibility that a reader will skim over and miss an important point.

Clearly identify the position to which you are applying. Very often schools will be interviewing for multiple positions. To make certain your application is considered for the exact position you seek, place that information right at the top in the "objective" or "career goal" section of your resume.

Be certain to clearly identify your certification(s) and qualifications for the position. The number one criterion that eliminates a resume from further consideration is its failure to clearly establish appropriate certification.

Be certain to identify co-curriculum interests and qualifications. Most schools need teachers who can coach, be club advisors, mentor students, be at home tutors, direct plays, or be involved in the total school program in some way. Even if you have never actually participated in one of these areas, you can express your interest and willingness to take on such a role should you be selected. It is not unusual that a teacher might be chosen for an interview because he or she can meet multiple school needs.

Keep the length of your resume to the front and back of one sheet of paper. Blockbuster ten page resumes are rarely read and make a poor impression. The best resumes are concise, targeted, and easy to read.

Use a heavier bond paper and professional fonts. Light weight, 20 lb paper does not stand up to handling and rarely makes a good impression. Use a nice 24 lb bond or the "resume paper" available in most office supply stores. Avoid "unique" or hard to read fonts, they do nothing to advance your candidacy.

Be sure to place appropriate contact information where it can be seen, right at the top. Along with your address, be sure to include an easy to reach phone number and email.

Your references MUST include the person who directly supervised you. If you are a new graduate, be certain to include the names and numbers of both your cooperating teacher and your field supervisor. If you only have substitute experience, the name of a principal or someone who is fully aware of your classroom ability will suffice.

Evaluations and letters of reference are not ordinarily included. If you decide to attach a letter of reference, then include only one and be sure it is from someone in a professional capacity at your last place of work. Evaluations should not be included unless they are required.

Use these ideas to sharpen your resume. I cannot stress enough the need for you to prepare a separate and distinct resume for each district to which you apply. Boilerplate documents are easily spotted and will not generally stand up to the sharper, more targeted resumes. My last thought for you? You cannot be just good. You must be better than the competition. Use these hints to make your resume stand out from the pack and move to the head of the interview line!

My name is Robert W. Pollock. I am an educator, with over 34 years experience, a speaker, a consultant, and the author of 'Teacher Interviews. How to Get Them & How to Get Hired!. I have spoken to 1,000's of prospective teachers on how to interview and get the job. I have consulted with numerous schools around the country. Currently I am a professor of Education at Tusculum College, Knoxville, TN, where I also serve as the president of their alumni board.

Order my book "Teacher Interviews: How to Get Them & How to Get Hired!" at:

Email me at:

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:

Interview Advice For Teachers


Writing A Good Resume


Resume Tips


Improve Your Resume


Teaching Jobs

In India, employment opportunities are set to grow by a good margin in the coming year, a phase which was started in the turn of the second decade of the 21st century. organisation, candidates with

By: Sarkariexam l Business > Careers Employment l April 01, 2013 lViews: 11708

Sometimes it is amazing to see that certain jobs can precipitate huge turnouts in the recruitment drives. It is as if thousands of people were waiting for the vacancy advertisements and the moment

By: Sarkariexam l Business > Careers Employment l December 30, 2012 lViews: 690

In recent times, jobs in healthcare segments have grown tremendously. It is anticipated that this growth curve will continue for the times to come. Various factors are responsible for this

By: Sarkariexam l Business > Career Advice l December 27, 2012 lViews: 447

Are you in a dilemma whether to choose web based CRM or not? If yes, don’t worry. You aren’t the sole person having this doubt.There are numerous firms trying to make out whether investing in a

By: Reneta Vasileva l Business > Customer Service l December 23, 2012 lViews: 409

If you think about it you will realize the fact that each business has its own set of risks that are involved in it.The trade secrets that you have and the information related to the business is what

By: brumbrum1 l Business > Risk Management l December 23, 2012 lViews: 263

As the time is changing, concierge management services are now growing despite the slowing economies of the world. The main reason of it is the need that is highly specific to the people who like to

By: willsmith10 l Business > Management l December 23, 2012 lViews: 334

The camcorder/Skype interview was bound to happen - and it's been happening faster and faster as the world becomes smaller and smaller. Because we are able to reach out to others around the world

By: Carole Martinl Business > Interviewsl June 14, 2012 lViews: 216

Banking is a booming industry and many job aspirants desire to make a great career in this industry. The banking hiring process ideally consists of two main phases, one is written test and the other

By: Anny S Thomasl Business > Interviewsl June 06, 2012 lViews: 207

This article will go into the reasons why you should be planning answers to the possible questions that you will be asked during the job interview. For me personally, the fact that people don't want

By: Micahel A Adamsl Business > Interviewsl May 27, 2012 lViews: 195

Job interviews are simply a conversation about the one thing you are an expert on - you. Some people get so nervous and so anxious, they tend to talk very little in the job interview. And this can

By: Adwoa Jonesl Business > Interviewsl April 26, 2012 lViews: 172

Job interviews are a two-way conversation. Some job seekers get so nervous about the "big' event that they speak too fast and too much. You run the risk of rambling on about something the Hiring

By: Adwoa Jonesl Business > Interviewsl April 26, 2012 lViews: 240

Job interviews are an important part of our career path. They offer a chance for more opportunity, more income and a better life. Planning ahead for your job interview will help you feel prepared and

By: Adwoa Jonesl Business > Interviewsl April 26, 2012 lViews: 202

I am often asked by seminar students just how it is that interviewers decide between three or four really good candidates. What kinds of criteria are used to make that final decision? That is a

By: Dr. Robert W Pollockl Business > Interviewsl April 22, 2012 lViews: 194

Of all the interview formats, I believe the group interview is the one that most often throws candidates into a tailspin. Yet, that does not have to be the case. In fact, if handled properly, it can

By: Dr. Robert W Pollockl Business > Interviewsl April 12, 2012 lViews: 174

If you're seeking a teaching position, this prime interview season, now is NOT the time to send out those boiler-plated resumes. But, it is a good time to look at a few better ideas and re-engineer

By: Dr. Robert W Pollockl Business > Interviewsl April 12, 2012 lViews: 167

You might be someone who is still in college or someone coming from an alternate route or even be a current teacher planning for a new position in a different district; whatever your current

By: Dr. Robert W Pollockl Business > Interviewsl April 05, 2012 lViews: 169

Discuss this Article

comments powered by Disqus