The basic resume format includes a neat header with contact information, a resume summary, and sections for skills, work experience, education, and certifications.
The header should contain all of the following contact information:
- Your full name
- Your address
- Your phone number
- Your email address
- LinkedIn profile link, if required by the job description
The resume summary, also known as the resume objective, tells recruiters all about your relevant teaching skills and work history in just a few brief sentences. Hiring managers review dozens of applications each day, so a resume summary can be a great way to shine as a candidate.
The skills section should be organized in a short bullet point list. This gives recruiters a glimpse into what kind of teacher you are. Placing the right skills on your resume is important because applicant tracking systems (ATS) will often scan resumes before a human sees it. By choosing relevant skills from the job description to use as keywords, you can increase your chances of your resume being noticed by the right people.
Some skills to consider for your resume include:
- Communication skills and/or behavior management experience
- First Aid
- SMART board experience
- Familiarity with Common Core standards
- Microsoft Office (mostly PowerPoint and Excel) and/or Google Workspace
- Time management
- Organizational skills
Any teaching experience you have, including any student teacher experience, is a plus. Many education college courses contain an entry-level student teacher program. In these programs your college partners you with a public school in the area. Being a student teacher exposes you to the classroom environment and provides you with important ways to develop your own teaching methods for the future. By the time you graduate, you might already have years of experience under your belt.
Your student teacher experiences do not necessarily have to be within the elementary education field. If you taught middle school or high school, you can also add this experience to your resume.
The education section carries more weight in an education resume than resumes for other jobs. The minimum degree an elementary school teacher should hold is a bachelor’s degree in education.
Teachers of all levels will also need specific certifications and licenses before they are even considered for a teaching position. These certifications and licenses differ depending on the state you live in. Teaching certifications that are valid in one state might not apply to another, so you will want to take extra care to research licensing laws in any state you plan to move to.