New Teacher Resume: Receiving Conflicting Advice

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  1. Ms.Holyoke

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    I am going to start applying for teaching jobs soon and I have received conflicting advice about what my resume should look like.

    -Right now my resume is one page. My college told me that two pages is a good length for a new teacher resume and I should add more to my resume.
    -I have my student teaching, my pre-practicum experience, my subbing jobs, and my summer teaching job (two summers as experience.) My college said that I need more experience and asked if I did any other jobs in college. I was a camp counselor about 6 years ago and I graded in my college math department (3 years ago). I personally felt like these experiences were a long time ago and relate less to teaching than my other experiences but my college said that it shows my commitment to kids and teaching. Should these experiences go on my resume? This would make my resume go over a page.
    -My college said that I should include relevant coursework from my undergrad and graduate program on my resume, but I received advice on this forum to remove this.
    -I had my licensure on my resume, but my college said to remove it and include it in my cover letter instead.

    I would appreciate any advice on these aspects of a new teacher resume. Thank you!!
     
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  3. TrademarkTer

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    Some of that advice makes no sense to me. They are telling you to include relevant coursework, but not to include your licensure? I would do the exact opposite. My transcript details my relevant coursework. Schools care more that you have the appropriate certification.

    I was always told to try to keep it to 1 page unless you have such extensive experience that you need to expand it. When I was just applying for math teaching jobs out of college, I did one page, and had no trouble securing interviews in a rather competitive state. If I were to update my resume now (6 years later), then MAYBE it would stretch to two.
     
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    ^
    Do you think my experience as a camp counselor and a grader for college math courses would belong on my resume?
     
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    My university has told me that one page, front and back (so two pages in a word processing document) is okay. They said to include all relevant experience, and a few relevant courses.

    Don't feel like you have to keep the 1-inch margins you use on your papers and such, resumes tend to have smaller margins. Most of the samples I've seen and resumes that I see other people making use half-inch margins.

    (I'm also a new teacher, but I went to a preliminary interview yesterday and had a high school principal tell me my resume looked good so it must be alright.)
     
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    ^
    How far back are you going for relevant experience?
     
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    Admittedly I didn't have many calls to make as far as that went. Outside of my practicum and student teaching experiences, I've had one job for the last ten years.

    If you can include them and keep it to one page front and back, I would go ahead and do so. (No need to include references on your resume, just in case you have them on there right now.)

    I included licensure information in my heading (English teacher, grades 6-12)
     
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    I think I'm going to keep my licensure information. I'm still trying to figure out if relevant coursework is important. What did your university say about that?
     
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    I would say if you have extra space, yes, but it wouldn't hurt to leave it off either. I worked in high school (and a few years after) as a supervisor at a fast food joint. Normally I would leave off "fast food" on a teaching resume, but I figured that since, as a supervisor, I had to train and teach my employees, it was relevant. That said, I didn't put lots of bullets and descriptions under there like I did for student teaching or more recent stuff. I simply put the job and a 1-line description of it (which focused on the training/teaching aspect of it).

    If you are really close between 1-2 pages, I am sure you can play with the spacing and/or font size to keep it down. I had one page, but it was size 10 font.
     
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    My thought is to follow Metal Teacher's advice and keep these two experiences but print them on the back. I can't make them fit on the front page but I figure it can't hurt to print it on the back. I'll keep the more relevant teaching experience on the front. The issue is that if I include relevant coursework, my summer teaching, which is relevant would have to go on the back page.
     
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    More relevant stuff should go before less relevant stuff. If "relevant coursework" is replacing "relevant experience", that is a problem. Period.

    The other thing to consider about relevant coursework is that if a school is hiring many teachers from a nearby university, many of them will have similar coursework. If they know of the university's program, they should know of the coursework in entails already.

    To me, just having two little blurbs on the back looks sloppy, and like you couldn't be bothered to think through your presentation. I could be overthinkoing that though.
     
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    I see what you mean. Would you recommend I leave off relevant coursework and the grader and counselor jobs if it caused my resume to go over two pages?
     
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    2 pages looks padded for a new teacher who has never had a classroom of his/her own
     
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    Would you also recommend I leave off coursework and the grader and counselor jobs?

    I was also thinking that two pages seems like a lot.
     
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    I would try to keep it on one side if I were you. Definitely list your certifications on your resume. You can always mention pertinent coursework in a cover letter.
     
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    As far as pertinent coursework, your transcript has it all. If there are specific courses that you took to specifically increase knowledge/proficiency that would be above and beyond that of most new teachers, perhaps it belongs on the resume, with a short rationale. I'm not in favor of the counselor job, but the college job seems more relevant (to me). Licensure seems relevant to me, tucked right in with college studies and any majors.

    Are they going to grade you on this, or is this "in their opinion"? If it is just their opinion, do some reading and study on resumes, and then do as you believe is most correct. I, for one, have little faith in some of what colleges pass as "great creations."
     
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    Definitely include the certification. I have my certifications listed before my experience because they are so important to schools. Especially if you have ESL or SPED certs, you'll definitely want those highlighted and they aren't obvious to schools if you majored in Secondary Ed and Mathematics (or whichever subject).

    I never included pertinent coursework on a resume. Seems unnecessary to me because schools are going to assume you've been exposed to this work during your education and can easily look at your transcripts.

    I feel like the jobs you currently have listed are enough (the student teaching, pre-practicum, subbing, and summer teaching). It shows you have plenty of experience working with kids so the camp and grading jobs would just be gravy. If you're looking to fill space though, go for it. I was happy though once I had enough experiences and jobs to leave the high school and summer jobs off my resume. I think it's best to focus on jobs that are in the classroom and looks more professional.

    One thing I included on my resume that you hadn't mentioned was accolades and awards. Deans List, scholarship recipient, etc. I played softball in college and competed in NCAA tournaments which I included in this area. I thought it was useless at first, but you wouldn't believe how many Ps commented on this during an interview. Many sports lovers out there and it speaks to working as a team.

    I've always been told keep it to one page (front and back).
     
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    Thank you so much for all the help!

    I have deleted relevant coursework and I have room for one more job and keep my resume at a page. I have also added my certification.I have decided to add a camp counselor job from 2013 instead of the grader/ta job from 2015. In the counselor job, I worked with middle school students so I figured this would make sense. What do you guys think?
     
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    My resume is still one page, and I'm a practicing teacher. Mine includes:

    -Name (biggest font on paper) and contact information in the header.
    -Certification
    -Degree information (name of degree, school, GPA, date of graduation, honors) for my BS and MAE
    -Classroom Experience including teaching jobs, substitute teaching, and student teaching
    -Relevant non-classroom experience
     
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    Being a camp counselor isn't going to get you hired. And it's five years ago. And not a school setting. The TA job is more recent.
     
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    These are just my preferences, but I always keep my resume to one page, front side only. I only list my most recent relevant experiences, professional developments, etc. but no course work. If I have more experience from a long-time past that I think was relevant but it doesn't fit on the page it gets cut. They're more interested in what you've done recently. Definitely include certifications as that is the first/only thing employers look for.
     
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    Hi everyone! Thank you all for the help. My resume is almost ready to send out, but I have one more question.

    I did my pre-practicum from September 2017-Dec 2017, where I went to the classroom once a week and taught about 5 lessons. My student teaching is in the same classroom and is from Jan 2018-present. I'm wondering if I should list these together on my resume and if so, how. My friend is listing student teaching from 2017-2018 but I feel like that's not completely honest since we didn't student teach last year.
     
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    Can you list it all as practicum? The terms student teaching and practicum are interchangeable here. I included my observation stints as student teaching and I think you’d be fine to do the same.
     
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    My resume right now has the bolded word as my job title (so I have student teacher, substitute teacher, etc.) I could change it to practicum but I really want the words student teacher to remain on my resume. Did you list the time you were observing once a week as part of your student teaching? I only went to the classroom once a week last semester so I'm not sure if that would be ok. I did teach lessons, support students, etc. when I went once a week.
     
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    We do 4 years of student teaching so by the time I was writing a resume, my observation year wasn’t relevant. But if you were planning lessons and working directly with students, you could include it.
     
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    I'm going to go out on a limb here, and say that all you are doing is padding your resume, and that administrators are going to know that at first glance. You are in school to be a teacher. The curriculum includes pre-practicum class visits, and a practicum that usually includes work with two age groups. NOTHING about that makes you a better teacher. If you did well in those segments of your education, it will be on your transcript with an "A" in the grade column. If you are making these changes at the urging of the university, consider that the university is pushing their curriculum, but, in all honesty, all or certainly most teacher programs are virtually identical.

    You wouldn't be applying for these jobs if you hadn't taken all the courses. You are submitting a transcript that will show every course you took and the grade. It will even ask you about the grade of your practicum on the application. IMHO, stop treating your audience (future employers) like idiots. If you are going to go into this much minutia over every class, just add the university teacher curriculum as an add on in your documentation. If that sounds stupid to you, then you have my answer and rational.
     
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    ^
    I already stated that I have decided not to include coursework. That was my first instinct but my university keeps telling us to include coursework and add more to our resume...and I have decided not to follow their advice. I really don't see how I am "treating my future employers like idiots."

    My question now is whether I should combine my pre-practicum field experience and my student teaching on my resume into one work experience entry, rather than two separate entries since they are at the same school.
     
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    OP, excuse me, but most students going through the same coursework have exactly the same experiences with the students, so I fail to see where that work experience entry would be relevant. Sometimes, you have to believe that prospective employers expect that you have done all of those things in the course of learning your craft Unless there was something truly unusual in your experience, trust that prospective employers not only know what you did, but expect that you had those experiences.

    I asked once before if this resume writing exercise is a graded activity. If you are writing what they want to get a good grade, follow their rules. If you are writing a resume to catch the eye of prospective employers, they most likely will see this as useless fluff, showing your lack of true experience. We once had a substitute teacher who put exactly the same info on ten schools that she taught at. When it was pointed out that what she listing was, in fact, the expected norm of any sub, she wanted to know what to list. The professional resume writers list experiences such as hers, and yours, as a single entry, perhaps saying in various districts, and listing any pertinent skills that may be above and beyond what every other sub, or student teacher, should actually be expected to have to be in the job.
     
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    You don't see how my student teaching experience is relevant? If I left everything off my resume just because everyone else has done it, I wouldn't have much left to say. I am just starting out as a teacher.
     
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    You have missed the point. Your pre-practicum is the same skill set that you have hopefully perfected in your practicum. For what it is worth, I prefer practicum to student teaching, but that is just preference. Are you going to list the skill set of the pre-practicum as skills that are at the introductory level, and then list the practicum as more intense skill sets?
     
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    I agree that it is the same skill set and that I am doing much more in my practicum. That is why I feel like it is unnecessary to have my pre-practicum on my resume as a separate entry especially since it is in the same classroom that I am student teaching. Therefore, I was wondering if I could just say that I have been student teaching from Sept 2017-present. Are you recommending that I remove my pre-practicum from my resume completely and just say that I am student teaching from January 2018-present?
     
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    I think as a new teacher starting out, listing your student teaching is fine/necessary. Not all new teachers actually do student teaching (i.e. alternative certified teachers, and some programs don't require it like the online programs).

    The way I list my experience in my resume is like this:

    Job Title
    | Location | Jan 20XX to Jun 20XX
    This is a description of what I did at this job, what my primary duties and experiences were, and any leadership or other things that stand out. Probably about 1-3 sentences.

    Again, this is just what I did, and not a standard or anything, but I've always gotten good results. Yours might look like:

    Student Teacher | Some Middle School, SomeTown, CA (state abbreviation) | Jan 20XX to Jun 20XX
    Spent X weeks observing classroom teacher and developed and taught X lessons. Was sole teacher for final week responsible for these duties: managing classroom behaviors and learning, communication with families, attending IEPs for students, etc.

    EDIT: I edited that last paragraph a lot because you want to go back multiple times and ensure you are just writing things short and sweet (which I didn't the first time). Hit upon all of the things you want an employer to see you did, but don't over do it.
     
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    ^
    That is very helpful, thank you Peregrin! Did you put your pre-practicum info on your resume when you were starting out or just your student teaching?
     
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    I don't think I had a "pre-practicum" in the sense you were describing so I just listed my student teaching. I think in your case you should just bunch it all into student teaching.

    EDIT: Actually going back and looking at it, I can see they were over two very different time periods and probably involved very different things.

    I think if you have room and you want to add it as a separate thing, go for it. If you are having trouble keeping it to a single page, bunch it into one thing and just explain in your description underneath what you did from each time segment.

    i.e.
    Student Teacher | School, City, State | First Date to Last Date
    From ___ to ____ served pre-practicum where I ____. From ___ to ____ served as student teacher where I _____.
     
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    Hmm..maybe i could include a bullet point that said:

    -Pre-practicum from Sept 2017-Dec 2017 and student teaching from Jan 2018-May 2018

    EDIT: I will actually follow your advice to do two parts with responsibilities for each within one section! Thank you!!!
     
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