While we know that there are many elements to successful job hunting, certainly a key piece is your resume. It’s not the end-all, be-all that it used to be, but it still retains a vital function; it’s the first thing most people will see about you that introduces them to your unique talents. And you know what they say about first impressions! The standard resume just isn’t going to cut it anymore. A standard resume is your fast track ticket to getting lost in the crowd.
One of the ways you can ensure that you get your foot in the door of any organization is in building a stand out resume. Today we wanted to offer you a free sample resume template that we think could work well for anyone in the education field and would stand out amongst the crowd. We filled this example one in with my information, but with the download, you can take out my pieces and add your own.
I like this one that we created because it…
- puts all of the information on 1 sheet (this is critical)
- it includes a picture of you which brings in a personal element
- and it is visually appealing with updated contact information at the top and bottom.
I would highly recommend that you have a website (even if it’s a free wordpress.com account) that houses a portfolio of your work so that people can find out more about what you have to offer. Remember: a resume is meant to give a snapshot, not the whole context. Use a website for that and this sample resume template to encourage people to pick up the phone and give you a call. Happy Friday!
If you’re looking for a few new ways to rethink your current resume, here’s a couple of places you might want to try:
I LOVE Visual CV as a place to upload your resume and give it a new spin. They have several professional templates to try out, the font is easy to read, and you have so many options to make your resume and interactive piece that potential employers can engage with. That’s critical, because the more time they spend with your resume, they more you’ll stand out in their mind. You can check out my current VisualCV that I use as my generic “starter” piece, which I then customize to meet the needs of my employment objective.
Sliderocket and Hannah Phan teamed up to create this fantastic idea: turn your static resume into a presentation movie. You can use it as an overview of what you can bring to the organization and bundle it with your current resume, or your can use it as a stand-alone resume presentation that is a substitute for your current paper version. They also provide many templates, and I have used this successfully for several interviews. Again, it engages the audience and makes you memorable. Always a plus!
If you’d like to get a good flavor of the options for resumes right now, just hop on over to pinterest and type in “resumes”. Better yet, take a look at our Resume Pinterest Board for resume ideas that can be tailored to professional teaching positions. Many of these websites charge $100-200 to put your resume into one of these templates, but with a little know-how, you can use them as a model to build your own (just like our sample above!).
Susan Riley is the founder and President of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and Arts and the Common Core.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.