7 Sections great education and learning resume should include
You’ll sometimes hear (as we have) that Education is not as important on a resume as it once was. However, that advice generally refers to people working in fields like tech and startups where your experience and attitude is far more important than your education. For educators, this simply doesn’t apply. Besides the necessity of credentials in most cases, showing where you learned how to be a teacher (as well as what teaching philosophy you ascribe to) should be front and center.
If you have teaching certifications, they need to be on your teacher resume. On the other hand, if you don’t have any certifications yet, consider going for some as they’re a great way to improve your career.
3. Your favorite books
This is a great place to show more of your personality and, depending on the subjects you teach, what books you most enjoy exposing students to. These could be children’s books, classic novels, or books about teaching theory. Choosing the rights books here can also serve as a conversation starter between you and those interested in hiring you.
Awards is a great section to showcase your wins and achievements. It also shows you’re ambitious and a top player. Try to include awards that you’re most proud of and especially the ones that are connected to teaching.
This is one of the most common sections on teacher or academics professional’s resumes, especially teachers who’ve completed a PhD. Your publications section can include anything from written publications or presentations to conferences. Still, for everyone else, this could be short stories published (for English teachers) or a bit of historical research (for the history teachers out there). See how Mia did it.
Not every resume needs to include references section, but it’s definitely a “nice to have.” The rule of a thumb is to include 2-3 points of contact, their name, role, and contact information. Make sure you ask them for a permission before you share their personal information on your resume. What we wouldn’t advise you to do is write “References upon request” on your resume. It’s not a valuable information and really wastes the reader’s time by telling them something obvious.
7. Teaching Philosophy
Lastly, if you strongly subscribe to a particular teaching philosophy or method, it should definitely feature prominently on your teacher resume. This will tell schools whether or not you’ll fit well with their culture and teaching style.
How to get a referral on LinkedIn for the Education role you want
Getting a referral is arguably the single most impactful thing you can do when looking for a position. Referred employees are hired 60% of the time compared to the 2% of regular applicants who typically get interviewed. If you’re looking for a position in a new area, it may seem impossible to get a referral. However, you can’t underestimate the power of using your networks well.
Even if you don’t know anyone in a company or school you’d like to work for, your 2nd degree contacts just might. So start with LinkedIn and try to attending events where you might connect with educators where you’re looking to get hired. Even if you might not be able to develop one in time for this next job, those networks will be invaluable in the future.
Check out our guide on getting referrals for any job you’re applying for.