Creating a Remarkable ResumeThe Office of Strategic Teacher Recruitment and Staffing                         1
Do Now     Take a look at the sample resume. Make a list that outlines the             resume’s strengths and areas for im...
Objective    • Participants will be able to identify common areas for improvement in      their resumes.    • Participants...
A compelling resume will do three things    Clearly articulate your recent achievements and the1   results of your accompl...
#1: Clearly articulate your recent achievements and theresults of your accomplishments    Four steps in articulating your ...
Review your accomplishments with a critical eyeWhat was the result?How many students didhe teach and which            EXPE...
Review your accomplishments with a critical eye                             EXPERIENCE                             Aug. 20...
Highlight important roles, titles, and achievementsAligned the schoolheading and key titles to    EXPERIENCEthe left      ...
Highlight important roles, titles, and achievementsAligned the schoolheading and key titles to      EXPERIENCEthe left    ...
Common questions when revising bullet points                    How do I articulate past achievements?Within every role, t...
Common questions when revising bullet points                        How do I quantify my results?  For task you list, answ...
#2: Focus on the quality of your resume’s content, rather than thequantity of experiences    How do I choose which accompl...
#3: Use a logical format that is concise and easy for the reader tofollow     • Contact information: Phone, email, mailing...
#3: Use a logical format that is concise and easy for the reader to follow• Keep your resume to one page.    – Often, an o...
Take these next steps in your job search 1   Finalize your resume      – Use your workshop materials as a reference.      ...
Questions?                         Teach Memphis             Website   www.teachmemphis.org             Contact   www.teac...
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  1. 1. Creating a Remarkable ResumeThe Office of Strategic Teacher Recruitment and Staffing 1
  2. 2. Do Now Take a look at the sample resume. Make a list that outlines the resume’s strengths and areas for improvement. • Principals see hundreds of resumes each hiring season. During a job fair, consider how many resumes get placed in the resume drop boxes alone. • A principal may only have a few seconds to scan your resume during a job fair, or many only scan submitted resumes very quickly. 2 © TNTP 2013
  3. 3. Objective • Participants will be able to identify common areas for improvement in their resumes. • Participants will feel confident they can revise their resume into an effective, professional document that highlights their unique skills. 3 3 © TNTP 2013
  4. 4. A compelling resume will do three things Clearly articulate your recent achievements and the1 results of your accomplishments. Focus on the quality of your resume’s2 content, rather than the quantity of experiences. Use a logical format that is concise and easy for the3 reader to follow. 4 © TNTP 2013
  5. 5. #1: Clearly articulate your recent achievements and theresults of your accomplishments Four steps in articulating your achievements include: 1 Outline the relevant schools, organizations, and clubs you have belonged to in the past. 2 List any titles, duties, and responsibilities you held for each organization you list above. 3 Create a list of notable achievements for each role, title, or responsibility you held. Use action verbs to highlight the results of your 4 accomplishments. Use the following questions as a guide: • What did you accomplish? • What was the result? • How / Why did you do it? 5 5 © TNTP 2013
  6. 6. Review your accomplishments with a critical eyeWhat was the result?How many students didhe teach and which EXPERIENCEexam did they pass? Aug. 2009 – Present Strategic Staffing High School Memphis, TN Biology teacher Leader of biology remediation programHow did he Inspired students to maximize their potential everydayinspire students? Tutored students after school Coached basketball and organized practices Served as a recruitment leader; worked with principal on interview teamHow many students did Helped students pass Gateway examhe tutor and why? Wrote grant to Bill Gates Foundation and received $10,000 for new science library Mentored new teachers during their first yearHow many teachers did hementor and what kind ofsupport did he provide? 6 © TNTP 2013
  7. 7. Review your accomplishments with a critical eye EXPERIENCE Aug. 2009 – Present Strategic Staffing High School Memphis, TN Biology teacher Leader of biology remediation program Inspired students to maximize their potential everyday Tutored students after school Coached basketball and organized practicesBasketball Coach Served as a recruitment leader; worked with principal on interview team Helped students pass Gateway exam Wrote grant to Bill Gates Foundation and received $10,000 for new science libraryRecruitment Captain Mentored new teachers during their first year 7 © TNTP 2013
  8. 8. Highlight important roles, titles, and achievementsAligned the schoolheading and key titles to EXPERIENCEthe left Strategic Staffing High School – Memphis, TN Aug. 2009-Present Biology Teacher, Teacher Recruitment Leader, Varsity Basketball CoachListed key roles Developed and implemented a biology remediation curriculum forbeneath the 30 students, resulting in a 70% passage rate on the Biology Iorganization Gateway Exam for two consecutive school years.heading Engaged 100 urban students in the biology course content by using personal anecdotes, real-life situations, and technology. Secured a $10,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationLed each bullet with to develop a new science library which will serve 600 students andan action verb and 40 faculty members.combine inter- Hosted weekly meetings and 4 pot-luck dinners in order to help 3related points new teachers transition into their new roles. Coordinated practice, game, and study schedules for the 13-member basketball team, resulting in a 18-2 record and avg. team GPA of 3.2. 8 © TNTP 2013
  9. 9. Highlight important roles, titles, and achievementsAligned the schoolheading and key titles to EXPERIENCEthe left Strategic Staffing High School – Memphis, TN Aug. 2009-Present Biology Teacher, Teacher Recruitment Leader, Varsity Basketball CoachListed key roles Developed and implemented a biology remediation curriculum forbeneath the 30 students, resulting in a 70% passage rate on the Biology Iorganization Gateway Exam for two consecutive school years.heading Engaged 100 urban students in the biology course content by using personal anecdotes, real-life situations, and technology. Secured a $10,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a new science library which will serve 600 students and 40 faculty members. Hosted weekly meetings and 4 pot-luck dinners in order to help 3 new teachers transition into their new roles. Coordinated practice, game, and study schedules for the 13-member basketball team, resulting in a 18-2 record and avg. team GPA of 3.2.Quantified results 9 © TNTP 2013
  10. 10. Common questions when revising bullet points How do I articulate past achievements?Within every role, there are three ways to elaborate on what you’veaccomplished: For example: Complete • Generated monthly academic reports for 20 the Task students to keep stakeholders abreast of progress. • Increased frequency of progress reports from Improve the monthly to weekly in order to provide up-to-date Task information about students’ academic progress to 40 parents and 20 students. Initiate a • Designed a website for 40 students and 20 New Task parents to provide 24-hour access to class news, new assignments, and school announcements. 10 © TNTP 2013
  11. 11. Common questions when revising bullet points How do I quantify my results? For task you list, answer the following questions: • How many people did I serve or manage in the task? • How frequently did I perform the task? • How many people benefited during or after the task was completed?Common items on a resume that can be quantified include: • Class sizes • Test results – student improvements over time and test passing rates • The frequency of tasks you completed 11 © TNTP 2013
  12. 12. #2: Focus on the quality of your resume’s content, rather than thequantity of experiences How do I choose which accomplishments to keep on my resume? Think about how the experiences in your past inform how you teach today. After you brainstorm your achievements, use this basic checklist:  Does the accomplishment set me apart from other candidates?  Is the accomplishment relevant to the position I am applying for?  Is the accomplishment recent? If the accomplishment is not recent, is it significant? If you can not answer “Yes” for each question above, omit the accomplishment from your resume. 12 © TNTP 2013
  13. 13. #3: Use a logical format that is concise and easy for the reader tofollow • Contact information: Phone, email, mailing address all on the top of the page • Experience and achievements: Teaching and other related work. Use action verbs (cultivate, strengthen, prepare, implement, coordinate). See Action Verb supplement on Teach Memphis website • Education and certification/licensure: List all undergraduate and graduate degrees – do not include high school • Include any additional certifications: Other subject areas, Certification in Conflict Resolution or other teaching- related skills, for example. List education after experience if you graduated more than 5 years ago. 13 © TNTP 2013
  14. 14. #3: Use a logical format that is concise and easy for the reader to follow• Keep your resume to one page. – Often, an objective is not necessary – Be thoughtful in how, and to what extent, you detail old positions• Organize your resume by using bullets. It makes your resume easier to read. – Use short, descriptive phrases rather than long narrative sections or paragraphs – Avoid using the first person “I”• Use consistent, easy-to-read formatting. – Recommended fonts: Times New Roman, Arial, or Book Antiqua – Recommended font size: 10-12 point – Be strategic in your use of bold and italics- never use throughout document• Proofread! – Many principals or hiring committees will automatically reject people with typos in their resume or cover letters 14 © TNTP 2013
  15. 15. Take these next steps in your job search 1 Finalize your resume – Use your workshop materials as a reference. – Research schools at www.mcsk12.net and www.scsk12.org. 2 Email or upload your updated resume to add to your surplus application – Visit our Contact Form at www.teachmemphis.org/contact. – Email us at info@teachmemphis.org. 3 Attend upcoming networking and hiring events – Schedule follow-up appointments and school site visits at the events. 15 © TNTP 2013
  16. 16. Questions? Teach Memphis Website www.teachmemphis.org Contact www.teachmemphis.org/contact Form Hotline 901-416-9905 Fax 901-416-0540 Email info@teachmemphis.org Mailing Teach Memphis Address 2597 Avery Ave, Room 148-B Memphis, TN 38112 16 © TNTP 2013
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