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Guide to Resume Writing

The following is designed to help you prepare a professional resume by discussing each of the major headings in the order they appear.


The objective states the professional goal in which you are interested. The objective statement should be as specific as possible without being too limiting.


Education data shows your degree, anticipated date of graduation, other colleges attended, major, and may contain grades, coursework or honors information. If you attended more than one college, list them in reverse chronological order. It is not necessary to list other colleges if you did not complete a degree program there or only attended for a short time. Be sure this area agrees with your Web Advisor audit (i.e. the program you are enrolled for certification) and includes endorsements (Students with Disabilities, English as a Second Language, etc.).


List all experience that brought you in contact with children or adults in a learning situation. List your specific field experiences. List them in reverse chronological order. Substituting teaching experience and substitute license information should be listed (i.e. Monmouth County Substitute, 2010). In addition to your field experience and substitute information, list jobs in child care, day camps, tutoring and similar positions. Describe your responsibilities in terms of your skills and abilities. Stress accomplishments and special situations which may not be obvious to the reader.


Explain why your request to student teach should be approved. Using a “bullet” format, list in short phrases the specific abilities and talents you possess which are relevant and useful in the classroom; your skill in handling discipline with difficult students, your computer skills, or your knowledge of a particular teaching methodology.


List professional workshops that you have attended and list the professional organizations to which you belong.


List your community service activities outside your job or school to show that you are willing to contribute your time to organizations within the community. This helps to portray you as a well-rounded individual with a variety of interests and concerns and makes you more marketable.


List any extracurricular, community, or volunteer activities that are not directly related to teaching. It is often helpful to list your activities outside your job or school to show that you are willing to contribute your time to organizations. This also helps paint you as a well-rounded individual with a variety of interests.


List any skills you would like to feature (computers, language, storytelling, crisis management, etc.).


Simply indicate your references will be furnished on request. You can always bring a list of references with you to an interview if you wish.

Other Key Points to Remember:

  • Always have someone proofread your resume for spelling and grammatical errors.
  • Use white bond paper. Don’t experiment with graphics or gimmicks.
  • Be able to defend or explain everything on your resume.