Meet Gail Gail, a 2001 college graduate, had returned to school to get a teaching license in early childhood education so she could pursue her passion. Since 2008, she had been involved with a private preschool organization working within a Head Start program. With future funding uncertain, she decided to be proactive and seek a new opportunity in early childhood education.
Gail, a 2001 college graduate, had returned to school to get a teaching license in early childhood education so she could pursue her passion. Since 2008, she had been involved with a private preschool organization working within a Head Start program. With future funding uncertain, she decided to be proactive and seek a new opportunity in early childhood education.
Gail’s original resume was very plain in design, written in the wrong voice — never write a resume in first person, use a passive voice — and lacking the enthusiasm or personality expected of an early childhood educator. By opening with an Objective Statement, the most important real estate on Gail’s resume is wasted with a statement that every educator would claim: a desire to inspire students with a love for learning and the hope to persevere. While the message was certainly appropriate, it would be better demonstrated through functions and contributions within a professional educator setting.
Gail’s resume went on to include her education and experience. However, the Experience section encompassed just one paragraph that consisted of five lines of text describing her two most recent roles. It concluded on page two with volunteer experience in her own children’s classrooms.
The new approach
Given Gail had completed just one professional teaching engagement — coupled with two student-teaching roles required for her license — it was prudent to combine her experiences to create one strong section. The meat of Gail’s resume was a Key Highlights section, which conveyed the value she had contributed in the classroom, the skills she developed and demonstrated, and the key initiatives of which she had been a part.
Before presenting her professional highlights, I opened Gail’s resume with an engaging Qualifications Summary. Realizing that most teachers possess similar credentials and experiences, it is imperative to infuse an educator’s resume with personality, passion and personal flavor. To do this, I strategically selected words, added color and graphics, and presented excerpts from Gail’s wonderful letters of recommendation.
Gail’s new resume jumps off the page with energy, enthusiasm and a clear focus on early education. From the heading of Preschool Teacher to the graphics of the little children reading and finger painting, there is no mistaking what Gail loves to do.
Even though we added her new position, Gail’s resume is just one page in length. It reflects her candidacy better while ensuring appropriate representation of keywords sought by potential employers. At just a glance, potential employers can see her passion, enthusiasm and verve for early childhood education, positioning her candidacy and reinforcing it with on-target and strategic content.
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Samantha Nolan is a certified professional résumé writer and owner of Ladybug Design, a leading résumé-writing firm. Do you have a résumé or job-search question for Dear Sam? Reach Samantha at email@example.com. For more about Sam’s résumé-writing services, visit www.ladybug-design.comor call (614) 570-3442 or 1-888-9-LADYBUG (1-888-952-3928).