Below is a roundup of Selected's resources for teacher resumes.

These resources will help you create a new resume or improve your current teacher resume — so you can get a new teaching job at a school you love!

What makes a good resume?

Selected assesses teaching resumes based on the following criteria:

Content

  • Content details achievements, skills, and responsibilities to cover:
    ✓ educational background
    ✓ teaching certification and status
    ✓ teaching experience
    … to describe how you got here and why you are the best candidate for the job
  • Communication is clear and concise (e.g., try to limit each bullet point to one or two lines)
  • Points are written with strong action verbs and avoid:
    ✓ weak or vague verbs (e.g., worked on, did, was responsible for, gained experience in)
    ✓ passive voice (e.g., 20% student growth in ELA achieved as a department)
    ✓ unclear involvement (e.g., took part in, helped, handled)
    ✓ routine duties that add no value (e.g., printing/copying student materials, distributing homework)
  • Points describe a situation/problem, action taken, and positive result (e.g., PAR or STAR framework):
    ✓ support quantitatively or qualitatively (even if estimated)
    ✓ emphasize impact on students, school, or stakeholders
  • Highlight relevant experiences with various pedagogies:
    ✓ classroom management (e.g., Responsive Classroom, restorative justice, morning meetings)
    ✓ implementation and data outcomes (e.g., inquiry-based, play-based, workshop model)
    ✓ curriculum design and planning (e.g., Singapore Math, Fontas & Pinnell, Pearson)
  • Highlight relevant extracurriculars or achievements that demonstrate that you go above and beyond classroom responsibilities (e.g., served as a parent council staff advisor, lead after-school robotics program, plan and coordinate monthly field trips)

Grammar

  • No grammar or spelling mistakes:
    ✓ consistent punctuation (e.g., regular use of periods at end of points)
    ✓ proper homophones (e.g., they’re, their, there)
    ✓ parallel structure (e.g., “I taught reading, how to write, and spelling” — use “writing”)

Format

  • Resume is thoughtfully and logically organized:
    ✓ Tailored and prioritized to job opportunity
    ✓ Fits onto one page (maximum two)
    ✓ Info is displayed consistently (e.g., dates aligned, titles bolded, same font)
    ✓ Layout appropriate to years of experience

Want quick tips?

Check out this article on Top 5 Resume Tips for Teachers. It covers:

  • Priorities: how to prioritize content — what should be included
  • Structure: logical flow of the narrative and ordering of info
  • Tailoring: how to personalize content to the job opportunity
  • Proofreading: tips on common mistakes
  • What to avoid: other common pitfalls that we see candidates make

Want details?

Here is a video of one of our workshops at a partner gradudate school of education :Revamp Your Resume — Video Workshop. The session discusses:

  • Structure and content of a teacher resume
  • What school recruiters are really looking for
  • What great resumes look like (and samples of bad resumes)
  • How you can tailor and improve your resume

Want a professional review of your resume?

Selected offers a free resume review for all teachers. How it works:

  • Upload your resume here
  • Wait 24 business hours
  • Get emailed back a Resume Report Card with personalized, actionable tips to improve your resume

Get your resume reviewed now.

About Selected

Selected helps teachers get jobs at schools they love. We offer a matching platform that connects teachers with 700+ schools in metro areas in the Northeast and West Coast, including NYC, NJ, CT, Philadelphia, DC, Boston, and Los Angeles. Schools apply to you, not the other way around. On average, a candidate gets contacted by 5 different schools in the first week. Selected is 100% free for teachers. Make a profile and finish your job search in weeks, not months.