If you're a new teacher looking for a job, you want school districts to notice you. It's important to make your resume stand out and distinguish yourself from other first-year applicants. But beyond your experience, your new teacher resume itself must stand out in appearance. A well-designed resume will help you get your foot in the door, so here are four ways to make your resume stand out above the rest.
1. Make It Legible
The first step toward making your new teacher resume stand out is ensuring that it's easy to scan and read. Your resume is meant to communicate your skills and assets; if a potential employer can't read it, then you'll most likely not get a second look. Think about if you were the employer—what would capture your attention?
Font choice is surprisingly important in this regard. According to Monster.com, the top statement-making fonts are Calibri, Times New Roman, and Arial. Choose one of these fonts and use bold headings to help capture the eye of the employer.
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2. Be Sure to Proofread
The best tip I can give you is to be sure to proofread your resume! You're trying to get a job as a teacher, so if you forget to dot an "i" or cross a "t," it will be noticed. When I was applying to become a teacher, I asked several knowledgeable people to proofread my resume. Even though I had read and reread it myself several times, there's always that chance that I'd missed something. Don't let a silly typo cost you your dream teaching job.
3. Tailor Your Resume to Suit the Employer
Another key component in making your new teacher resume stand out is having sufficient knowledge about each school district that you're applying to, and tailoring your resume to reflect that knowledge. To have a leg up on the competition, you essentially want to become an expert on each school that you send your resume to.
When I was fresh out of college, I made dozens of copies of my resume and sent them to several different school districts; the only thing I tailored was my cover letter. However, I learned that when I tailored both my resume and my cover letter, it made a greater impact. Taking the time to tailor your resume for each school district shows them that you're dedicated and committed to getting a job in their district.
So, research what programs, books, and technology each district uses. Get to know the schools' mission statements, sports teams, and other relevant information. Then, if you have any experience with any of these things, add it to your resume. It can be the advantage you need to get your name to the top of the pile.
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4. Use a Unique Format
Employers are looking for innovative candidates who capture their attention. Following the standard resume format won't always accomplish that, so why not change it up?
To make my resume unique, I wanted to create the same attention-grabbing vibe that scrolling through pictures on social media provides. So, I decided to turn my resume into an infographic. Using the website Venngage, I created a visually stimulating resume that highlighted my skill set, experience, and references.
In short, think of your resume as a marketing tool. This important document should represent you in the best light, showcase your skills and talent, and help advertise you in a way that attracts the best job opportunities on the market. With a strong resume, you're that much closer to getting an interview and your ideal teaching position.