Developing a resume is one of the first steps in the job search. Send a resume with each cover letter or letter of inquiry. The resume will provide the reader with a logical statement of your education, skills, and experience. The reader will initially skim the resume in just a few seconds. Your resume needs to be compelling enough to make the reader want to go back and read it more carefully.

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Resume Guidelines for Educators Seeking Initial Certification

In developing an education resume, keep focused on what the reader needs to know about you as an applicant. Begin by providing basic personal information: name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.

An objective is not needed since the objective is to be hired for the specific job for which you are applying.

List your education - the degree, endorsement(s), and date received or to be received. Noting your GPA is optional. List any study abroad experiences you may have had.

Indicate both your Praxis status and the status of your teaching certificate.

Next, list your related experiences in education so that the reader can see the range of your experience in the classroom. These examples will show you how to develop appropriate entries.

You may wish to develop a separate section for your coaching experience or additional experience that you have had working with children/youth.

List academic honors.

Develop a section entitled "Professional Skills" to list language skills, computer skills, interpersonal skills, cultural experiences, and any other special skills or experiences that will set you apart from other applicants. This section is important because it tells the reader more than he/she would find on your transcript. These skills set the groundwork for questions to be asked during the interview.

Develop sections regarding any relevant coursework that strengthens your background in education, any volunteer experience you may have had, any campus or community involvements in which you have participated, and additional work experience not related to education.

Develop a separate page listing your references.


  • Take time to plan and draft your resume.
  • The resume will probably be two pages. Employers will accept it printed front and back.
  • The resume should be neat and utilize a reasonable font and margins.
  • It should always accompany the cover letter or letter of inquiry.
  • Giving a copy of your resume to the people who write your letters of recommendation will help them to write a more specific letter about you.