The Ultimate Resume Checklist for Teachers

The Ultimate Resume Checklist for Teachers

Whether you are seeking a position allowing you to work from home, or simply seeking to transition to a new school, teachers should be sure their resume presents them in the best light when making a career transition.

Resumes alone will not land a position, however, a well-crafted resume used as a part of a non-traditional job search, will land the seeker several interviews. Teachers seeking to transition should remember the purpose of the resume is provide the prospective employer with enough background information to want to meet you in person.

The following elements are my recommendations to include on a resume that converts to multiple face-to-face interviews.

An Eye Catching Template
A resume should be a scannable document. Start with an eye-catching template that allows your resume to stand out from the crowd. While the overall template should be eye-catching, be careful to avoid templates that are too artistic or trendy when seeking positions in education.

Contact Information
Prospective employers need to know how to contact you. Be sure to your name, address, phone number with area code and email address are prominently displayed near the top of your resume. Also include a link to your online portfolio or teacher blog if they are relevant to your desired position.

While not mandatory, a clearly stated career objective is an opportunity for the prospective employer to understand exactly how you fit into a position at their school or company. If you are including an objective, be sure it is tailored for individual positions.

This is section is dedicated to listing specific teaching certifications you hold. Endorsements and Most Highly Qualified designations can also included in this section.

This section, also optional, is sometimes referred to as a skills summary or profile. The purpose of this section is to list specific qualifications for the exact position you are seeking. This section can be arranged as bulleted listing or organized as two to three declarative statements. It should be clear to the reader how each skill directly relates to the position you are seeking

When listing education, highlight your highest level of education first. Along with degrees and certificates earned, also include major, special coursework, and dates of completion. You may also want to list any additional training you have received pertinent to your career objectives.

Work Experience
When listing work experience, I do not recommend listing individual positions held. Rather, list relevant position titles with time frames and relevant responsibilities.

Honors and Awards
This section is an opportunity to include any relevant awards or special acknowledgements you’ve received as an educator. Examples of honors included here are: “Teacher of the Year” or “Apple Distinguished Educator”.’

Question: What aspirations do you have for your career in 2016? Share your response with me on Facebook or Twitter.
Bonus: To grab a copy of my personal resume that I’ve tweaked to land positions as a virtual teacher, professional development consultant, and curriculum writer, click the link below.


  • This is a great article! Many teachers don’t do a great job helping themselves stand out from the crowd. This will help! I’d really love to share it on Pinterest so other teachers can find it. Could you include an image so it’s more visually appealing to pin?

    • Kiana

      Hi Heather,

      Thanks for your perspective. I added the Pinterest image; I would be thrilled for you to pin it. I also ran across your interview on Frugal Frantic. I would love to feature you on the blog as well.