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Discussion in 'Job Seekers' started by luv2teach444, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. luv2teach444

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    my former VP for her to look over. She said it all looked great but too wordy! :eek: she said principals don't have time to read it.

    I spent weeks on redoing my simple resume that I had for 2 yrs - that looked like this:

    blah blah em school dates
    blah and blah em scho dates

    and went with the kind y'all suggested:

    blah blah em school dates
    *taught students phonics lessons
    *used guided reading

    blah and blach em school dates
    *tutored students in math
    *worked one on one
    *etc

    SO she said it's all too much!!! :confused:

    My cover letter was as y'all helped me write - giving a short, specific example of a lesson. :dizzy:

    I soooo give up! I just can't rewrite it again.:banghead:
     
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    Is the resume one page? I tried to keep mine down to one page. It had the necessary info, but didn't seem daunting. I can see how some people's just cant condense though, like if they have a lot of different experiences.
     
  4. luv2teach444

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    it is 1.5 pages. My 2nd page is only my professional developments - I have a bunch of those.
     
  5. shoreline02

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    Could you post your resume/cover again?
     
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    Can you make the margins a little smaller so your professional development will fit on a one page resume?
     
  7. bella84

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    Definitely cut it down to one page. Try posting your revised version here again so that we can give you further feedback. Did your former VP give you any specific feedback other than it being too wordy? Did she say what to keep or get rid of?
     
  8. luv2teach444

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    no she didn't give me any other feedback. I don't think I can shrink the margins any - I'll go look though - good idea
     
  9. shoreline02

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    how large is your font? I think I used 10/11
     
  10. teacherintexas

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    Unless these are PDs that you presented, they could probably be left off. You could mention any big trainings in your cover letter if you think it needs to be mentioned somewhere.
     
  11. bella84

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    To add to this - If you did present these PDs (or, actually, even if you just attended them but really want to include them), you could probably include them as a single bullet point under the specific job you held. You don't necessarily need a whole separate section for them.
     
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    (Don't want to start a new thread since this is related)

    My resume is a font size 10, I shrunk the margins a little bit, and it is still almost 2 full pages!
    I get told a lot that my resume "is very impressive", but I also feel like I do get passed up on certain jobs because it's too long? I would LOVE for it to be one page but I just can't shorten it :( Should I take out the jobs/positions I had in college even though they definitely make it look good?!
     
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    I think there is a problem that many are falling into where they use or buy a given template, and then don't know how to personalize it to show what they want it to show. They get hung up on only such and such can go there because that is what the template shows, and despite the fact that there can be very good reasons to personalize, leave some things out, or put other things in. It kind of reminds me of the car insurance commercial airing now, where the tag line has something to do with why do you have that insurance company when they are not doing what you need for them to do.

    Don't get me wrong, I love templates as a starting point, but I won't be governed by them. I use them to see a picture, more of less, and then I personalize it until it is my picture, of my creation. Resumes can be hard to do right, but you know a good one the minute you see it.
     
  14. bella84

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    Yes!!

    If I had every job on my resume that made me look good (meaning it was somehow related to teaching or working with kids), mine would be that long - or longer - too. The key is to know how to sell yourself in one page. This means not including everything but including the right things. You don't need to include everything from your long ago past if the more recent experiences are enough to sell you on their own.
     
  15. DHE

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    Past jobs & PD can be discussed during the interview .
     
  16. shoreline02

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    I only included my student teaching experiences and my most current past job (preschool).
     
  17. luv2teach444

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    no I didn't teach any PD's - I'm still trying to get my first job. I did PD on my own without being required to..showing initiative or so I thought
     

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