Discussion in 'Job Seekers' started by penguinpc, Aug 8, 2011.
Aug 8, 2011
Please tell me what changes and/or improvements you think I can make.
Personally, I would probably condense it to one page. I would remove the "summary of qualifications," since it's just repeating information that they can easily read in the rest of your resume. I don't include references unless they specifically ask, but that's your call. I would also remove the WalMart position, as it was over ten years ago and is not really applicable to the job you are seeking. Also, I like to put two categories - "Teaching Experience," which lists all education-related jobs and, below that, "Other Experience," which lists jobs that are not directly related. I also noticed that you format your dates as "7/2008," which looks off to me. Maybe I'm just weird and picky, but I prefer either "July 2008" or "07/08," since it just looks cleaner. One thing about bullet points, too - I was taught that you only use them if there is more than one item in your list. So, I would think of one or two more "responsibilities" to put under the jobs that currently only have one bullet point.
Also (and this is totally just personal preference - you'll have people give you different advice on this one) I don't use an objective. Instead, I just put my certification right at the top, followed by education, followed by experience. The certification tells them what type of job I'm seeking. I think objectives are really only helpful when they narrow it down, like when you're certified k-8, but you are looking for a middle school math & science position. However, if I'm certified 6-12 English and my objective is "Seeking a position teaching English grades 6-12" it's kind of like "yeah, duh." So I just don't put it in unless it's really adding something to the resume.
Hope that helps a little!
I agree making it one page and eliminating the summary of qualifications might be best. I am struggling getting a job though, so I may not know what I am talking about. Good Luck!
Aug 9, 2011
Updated resume. Got the template from here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/t...me-TC010378643.aspx?CategoryID=CT101449251033
Learned about the template from this post: http://forums.atozteacherstuff.com/showthread.php?t=107883&highlight=resume+template
Will update later.
Just caught the "expections" spelling error.
Aug 13, 2011
Wow I love what you did with the resume in the testimonials..
Aug 14, 2011
I personally like the format of your 1st one better (maybe because it is the same as mine =) but yeah the 2nd one is better because it has more of the relevant information, and is condensed into one page.
You have a big lapse in your experience with education. I would be ready to explain how you have stayed up to date with current teaching practices. Good luck. I like the 2nd and it would make me look twice.
I would go with the first format, but separate your educational and general work history. Highlight the times you have had educational experience first. I had a resume similar to yours and this is what I did. I makes it easier to pick out the educational information they want.
And I second what SCTeach said... be ready to explain how you've stayed up to date.
Aug 20, 2011
I would remove the References section and keep it to one page. Just put 10 years of employment history. I like your format but the dates should be on the far right.
I like the 2nd one better (your last name is not blacked out on the sidebar, though). Personally, I do not care for the sidebar quotes but ask someone who is on interview teams (like SCTeach!). I mean, I could ask anyone for a proper quote and then put it on my resume... it's not the same as an actual reference letter.
Hype the heck out of your tech expertise!