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Resume Workshop for Teachers

  1. 1. Resume Workshop for Teachers
  2. 2. RESUME WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS Presented by: Lindsay Seaborn, Career Coordinator
  3. 3. Main Purpose of a Resume? <ul><li>Get an Interview!! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Purpose <ul><li>Visual presentation of your skills and experience </li></ul><ul><li>First Impression </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing Tool </li></ul><ul><li>Foot in the Door </li></ul>
  5. 5. Resume is Your Brochure <ul><li>Attractive </li></ul><ul><li>Clean, easy-to-read </li></ul><ul><li>Concise: Boil it down to the essence of YOU! </li></ul><ul><li>Action verbs </li></ul><ul><li>Achievement Oriented, not just tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Show scope and breadth </li></ul>
  6. 6. What Schools Want <ul><li>Clean, crisp, well-written, easy to read </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy and professional appearance </li></ul><ul><li>Writing that demonstrates enthusiasm </li></ul><ul><li>and passion for the position </li></ul><ul><li>Highly Qualified! </li></ul><ul><li>Want to see experience in teaching, working with children/youth </li></ul><ul><li>Someone who will contribute </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to their community </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Be Unique! <ul><li>Avoid the cookie-cutter resume </li></ul><ul><li>You are a teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>Be while staying within guidelines! </li></ul>creative
  8. 8. Teaching Resume Should Contain <ul><li>Contact Information: DO include email address </li></ul><ul><li>Statement of Objective </li></ul><ul><li>Education: include GPA </li></ul><ul><li>Highly Qualified </li></ul><ul><li>Training: include field experience, units taught </li></ul>
  9. 9. Teaching Resume Should Contain <ul><li>Work Experience: Most current first </li></ul><ul><li>Action Words & be Accomplishment Oriented </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Quantitative Information </li></ul><ul><li>High School Activities: sponsorship of programs </li></ul>
  10. 10. FORMAT <ul><li>Paper: 8 ½ x 11 white/cream, good bond </li></ul><ul><li>1 Page when possible </li></ul><ul><li>No pictures/personal info </li></ul><ul><li>Font Type: try Tahoma, Arial or other clean font </li></ul><ul><li>Font Size: 11 – 14 pt </li></ul><ul><li>BE CONSISTENT! </li></ul>
  11. 11. FORMAT <ul><li>White Space: used wisely </li></ul><ul><li>Margins: lined up </li></ul><ul><li>Bullets: for lists (2 or more) </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t fold, staple or paperclip when mailing </li></ul><ul><li>If scanning possible avoid lines and underlining </li></ul>
  12. 12. Prioritize! <ul><li>Headers </li></ul><ul><li>Bullets </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul>Always place the most relevant information closest to the top!
  13. 13. Employers Biggest Pet Peeves <ul><li>Spelling and Grammar Errors </li></ul><ul><li>Too vague and generic </li></ul><ul><li>Boastful </li></ul><ul><li>Not enough information </li></ul>
  14. 14. FINAL STEP PROOF IT!!
  15. 15. COVER LETTER
  16. 16. Purpose <ul><li>Introduce yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Promote your candidacy for job </li></ul><ul><li>Tell what you can contribute </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate your value </li></ul>
  17. 17. Cover Letter Should Be… <ul><li>Specific & Personal </li></ul><ul><li>Written in proper business form on same paper as resume </li></ul><ul><li>One page </li></ul><ul><li>Edited carefully for spelling, grammar and punctuation </li></ul><ul><li>School & Job-Centered </li></ul><ul><li>Tell what you can contribute </li></ul>
  18. 18. Cover Letter Should Be… <ul><li>Tailored for specific job - research </li></ul><ul><li>Express an interest in learning more about school & job </li></ul><ul><li>Addressed to specific individual with correct title and address </li></ul><ul><li>Single spaced, double between paragraphs, same font as resume </li></ul>
  19. 19. Cover Letter Should Not Be… <ul><li>A Generic Form Letter </li></ul><ul><li>Over-confident or braggy </li></ul><ul><li>Cute or Humorous </li></ul><ul><li>Self-Centered </li></ul><ul><li>Tell what YOU want </li></ul><ul><li>A rehash of your resume </li></ul>
  20. 20. Paragraph #1 <ul><li>Brief: Two to three sentences </li></ul><ul><li>State position for which you are applying, where you saw the posting </li></ul><ul><li>Any personal contacts you have in or with the school or school system </li></ul><ul><li>Your general qualifications for the job </li></ul>
  21. 21. Paragraph #2 <ul><li>Body of the letter </li></ul><ul><li>State why you are the person for the job: Sell yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Expand upon qualifications: pick out your most relevant qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate how your background and experience qualify you for the job </li></ul>
  22. 22. Paragraph #3 <ul><li>Conclusion/Closing </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it simple </li></ul><ul><li>State where and when you can be reached </li></ul><ul><li>Express willingness to come to an interview or supply further information </li></ul><ul><li>Thank the reader for his/her time and consideration </li></ul>
  23. 23. Other Correspondence <ul><li>Thank you/Follow-up </li></ul><ul><li>Letters of Recommendation </li></ul>
  24. 24. The End

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