Finding the right template that highlights your expertise as an educator and showcases why you would be the perfect fit for a school is the first step in drafting a mic-dropping resume.
After all, first impressions are everything when it comes to making your professional resume stand out above a crowded field of applicants.
With a web full of possibilities, where to find a teacher resume template that isn’t your average, cookie cutter template can be challenging. Below, we have pulled together some of the best sites to find teacher resume templates, as well as some tips to keep in mind when looking so you can be on your way to securing your dream job as an educator.
Where To Look For Template Sites
There are tons of templates available on the web, but you may already have them available on your computer. Free resume templates exist in programs such as Microsoft Word, Google Docs and Apple Pages.
ECAP offers resume template packs that include a number of different resumes that you can create. Also available are cover letter templates and resume templates that can be downloaded as Microsoft Word files.
Resume Genius also offers specialized educator resume templates for positions such as preschool teacher, teacher assistant, substitute teacher, elementary school teacher, tutor and school counselor.
Other places on the web you can find free resume templates include Rezumeet, Pinterest and Upkey. Many of these sites have teacher-specific resume templates available as well.
If you aren’t a fan of the free resume templates available to you, there are several sites that offer templates for purchase, from Etsy to Creative Market.
What To Keep In Mind When Looking
Before you look for a template and begin writing a resume, it is a good idea to keep a few things in mind.
First, look for a template that best highlights what you have to offer a school. Although two different templates may have designated spaces for the same information, that information may be presented in two different ways.
There are typically two types of resume formats, chronological and functional.
A chronological resume formats your experiences in order, with the most recent experience listed first. This is the most common type of resume employers see.
A functional resume formats your experience by grouping it together. For example, if you are applying to become a health teacher, you may choose to organize your resume with two subheads under the “Experience section” if you have both teaching experience and a work history of being employed in the healthcare field.
Secondly, any template you choose should be easy to edit using the software you have. If you have an older version of Microsoft Word, for example, you may have a difficult time editing a template that was constructed using the newest version of Microsoft Word. Avoid uncommon software used to create a resume unless you have that software on your computer and you plan to save the document as a PDF before submitting it.
Lastly, look for templates that have the following sections (or the ability to edit the names of the section heads):
A place for your contact information, including email address
As one extra note, most employers prefer a one-page resume, unless you have extensive experience. Even then, you shouldn’t go over one page in length. Therefore, avoid templates that are long-winded.
Templates To Avoid
If the template you are looking at does not have the key points outlined above, you should likely avoid it. However, even if the points above are checked off, there are still a few other templates out there that you should avoid.
Any resume template that offers a hodgepodge of different styles or typeface fonts is a no-no. Principals want an organized candidate and your resume for a teaching position should reflect your organization.
Even if a template has the same font used throughout, if it uses a font like Comic Sans, it should be avoided. While “fun” fonts may be fine for creative positions, if you are applying for a teaching position, you will want to focus on highlighting your professionalism.
Remember, you only get one shot to grab the attention of a principal. You do not want that the first and last thing a principal remembers about you is the font you used on your resume.
In general, templates should use 10- to 12-point fonts, and should not look crowded. Look for a template that has enough white space to provide a clean look. Also, avoid any gimmicky infographics or too many colors. If using a color in addition to black, keep it to only one and use it as an accent.
Although there are thousands of templates available on the web, sorting through each one can be a time-consuming task. Above are some of the best sites to check out available templates when you are in the process of drafting a resume for a teaching position.
Micah is the Director of Curriculum & Technology. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in British Literature, from the University of North Texas and a Master of Arts in Teaching, from Louisiana College. In his previous career, Micah served for 14 years as a banker and bank manager. For the majority of this period, Micah managed the Downtown Fort Worth location of Frost Bank.
In 2005, Micah finally surrendered to his true calling to be an educator. After a brief, but fulfilling term teaching high school English at Flower Mound High School in Lewisville ISD, Micah went to work for the family business, training teachers.
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