Launch Your Casual Teaching Career: Part I Tighten your Resume (includes a free downloadable template)
This blog entry is from a section from my book that was launched a little under a month ago called "Launch Your Casual Teaching Career" A guide for graduate teachers and those getting back into teaching.
The book has 11 chapters and packed full of teaching techniques, behaviour management strategies, guide to your first day, hints and tips for being an edgy casual teacher as well as the importance of developing your pedagogical beliefs and more....
I am super excited about how popular the book has been in Australia and you can grab a copy for only $5.00 (normally $9.99) for a limited time by clicking the link here.
It comes with BONUC editable resumes (3 templates), School Portfolio Form and Feedback Form for classroom teachers.
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TIGHTEN YOUR RESUME
As Founder of Boost Education and assistant on several interview boards, I see hundreds of résumés regularly and have interviewed for many different types of positions. I have observed time and time again which types of résumés work and which don’t.
So here's my personal suggestions to get results with your resume.
Résumés must be clean, clear, and concise. Every time you are going for a new position or job, you should always tailor your résumé to that particular job vacancy.
Of the hundreds of résumés I have received, the most successful applicant has clearly listed:
People often ask why you should include a photo of yourself. When I interview someone, I’m usually meeting up with twenty other applicants that same day. I remember people’s faces over their résumés. Personally, I weigh more on a face-to-face interview, so I only briefly read the résumé prior to meeting the applicant. The interview is when I make a good connection with the applicant, and from there, I remember their face. Over 81% of professionals surveyed agreed with me, revealing that they were more inclined to remember a face over a résumé. That is why I highly recommend including a headshot. The photo should only be from the shoulders up, and it should be a professional, comfortable photo…definitely no selfies!
Philosophy of Education
Regardless of whether you are going for a teaching position in the public or private sector, each and every principal has striven to get to their position and has specific goals they want to achieve at their school and in their professional career. That is why I recommend you list your personal Philosophy of Education, to show the interviewer your goals, beliefs, and values of teaching and education. You ultimately want to show the principal what you can contribute to the school and your passion for teaching and learning.
Briefly list your acquired skills that only relate to the job. This list does not need to be long or extensive, just thorough. It should reflect your capabilities well.
Never list a skill you cannot perform, as you will be called out eventually and employers will completely re-evaluate the position offered to you if you’re unable to demonstrate a skill you have listed.
Education and Training
For your education and training, make a list of related achievements. For example, if applying for Teaching Year 2, do not list Asian Cooking Certificate IV, etc…
I would suggest you set it out using columns as this will break up your resume and aesthetically they look good, as well as being an easy reference for your future employers.
Under the employment history section of your résumé, list the jobs that are relevant to the position you are seeking. Too many people make the same mistake here and list every job they have ever had. Depending on how old you are, I would only list 4 jobs that:
If you list too many jobs, it conveys to an employer that you lack commitment. Employing someone is a very personal choice, and the “glove has to fit,” so to speak. The applicant must have the right skills and dedication. Employers are looking for people who will collaborate and work with them in achieving their goals. They want to be able to groom their employees and develop their skills. This requires commitment and dedication on behalf of the employees, especially when you are out of your comfort zone or faced with a challenge. At the end of the day, principals and other professionals are seeking individuals to help them achieve goals they set a long time ago, which means they will be looking for like-minded, passionate, committed individuals to include on their journey.
You should list three references. Warn them ahead of time that you have put them down as references. Ask them for permission to list their phone numbers as well as email contacts, as time constraints can stop employers from phoning. Do not list parents or family members, unless you have no other choice. I would highly recommend you list only two people rather than list your parents.
Always ensure you have sought permission to list your referee’s contact details and that they are aware a future employer could be phoning to discuss you.
THE NUMBER 1 MUST DO
Personally drop your résumé off to each school. This helped me land many casual teaching positions over others who simply emailed their résumés. When I took the time to physically attend the school dressed professionally as if I were attending an interview, I demonstrated to the deputy principal/executive teacher that I was willing to go above and beyond. If they had time, they would bring me into their office for an ‘unofficial’ interview. From the start, I was standing out from other applicants.
Your journey to employment might be long and grueling, but there are ways to get your résumé out there. Research your area and make a list of all schools accepting applications. Be sure you know which sector each school falls under, as that might have a large impact on the administration’s goals and operation. There are three sectors in the Education Department:
Finally, be sure to look for casual teaching organisations and register with them, as they will help you connect to opportunities.
Feel free to download this template and use it as you wish. Each area is in a text box to clearly outline how to break down your resume into sections. I would recommend that your resume be not longer than 3 pages (I would even recommend even making it 2 pages).
I wish you luck with developing your resume, and remember to tailor your resume for each position you go for!
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Rachel Wills is the Founder and Executive Teacher @ Boost Education Australia. Graduating with a Bachelor of Education as a 'targeted graduate' she has been teaching for 17+ years and has spent the last 14 years working with students with learning difficulties and disorders.
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