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The 21st Century Resume

I recently presented to a group of preservice teachers who are about to embark on a journey that will move them into teachers of record.  Excitement filled the room on the day I entered, hopeful eyes in anticipation, that I would share the knowledge to secure the job they have dreamed of.  But in a digital world where resumes consists of mere words and new teachers often lack of experience, setting yourself apart from the rest of the pack is pivotal.

Here are some helpful tips I shared with new teachers:

  1.  Highlight the training, experience you received in your program.  Did you become adept at Project Based Learning or master Understanding by Design? Share what knowledge you could bring to the table.
  2. Create a digital presence through an online blog, website or digital portfolio.  Adding a URL to your resume lets schools know you are tech savvy.
  3. Network, network, network, join professional organizations and connect with inservice teachers during summer training.
  4.  Share your contact information with teachers and administrators for future job openings.  Sometimes timing is everything so be ready to  go for it!
  5. Keep your resume short and sweet.  No more than one page that includes multiple ways to contact you: EMAIL, PHONE, ADDRESS. Include your most recent teaching experience and titles only for positions outside of education.
  6. Get your REFERENCES in CHECK! Hasta la Vista it’s Summer Time.
  7. Brush up on interview questions and practice in front of the mirror or with a friend.
  8. Stay current and keep teaching.  Even if you don’t land that perfect job the first year out of the gate,  develop an undisputed reputation through substitute teaching at your district of choice.

Please feel free to reach out to me to review your resume and check out the sample I have included in this Prezi.

 

Google Presentation on Resume/Interview Writing

 

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About Dr. Dickenson

I am an assistant professor of Teacher Education at National University in San Jose.

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