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What a letter of Introduction and Resume for Teaching should Look Like

When applying for a job as a teacher there are two sections to your application.

  1. The letter of introduction
  2. The resume.

Here is a sample letter to a high school:

Dear Principal Jones,

Attached please find my resume for your review in consideration of a teaching position at Grant High School. I have always enjoyed the marvelous sense of accomplishment that comes from teaching and would appreciate the opportunity to use this enthusiasm at Grant High School.

For me, teaching is an opportunity to create a place for students to learn in a positive, creative, fun environment. I can contribute to History, Government, English, and Literature studies. I possess a full accreditation and I have experience teaching at all high school levels in addition to teaching pilots and navigators to speak and understand English while stationed in Japan

I have no doubt that the students as Grant High School will benefit from my varied professional accomplishments. I hope you agree.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to setting a time for us to meet in person and discuss the possibilities further.

Sincerely

James Gleason

In any resume there are some very obvious things you must cover. Objectives, Skills, Experience and Education. Here is a summary of how to use these headings to create your resume as a teacher.

OBJECTIVES

I am seeking an opportunity utilizing my teaching skills with an organization that strives to stay at the forefront of their industry. My diverse and rich background allow me to fit into any situation that calls for calm demeanor while working under pressure and using creative ways to problem solve. I have extended knowledge of developing curriculum for a classroom setting.

SKILLS AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • Strong interpersonal and excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent record keeping abilities.
  • Skilled at making presentations to large groups as well as on a one-on-one basis.
  • Instrumental at developing a classroom atmosphere that is scholastically safe, enriching & creative.
  • Able to cultivate excellent working relationships with students and associates.

What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.

Karl A. Menninger

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • 2011-2012: George Washington High School, Mission Hills, CA; English Literature; History
  • 2010: Wilber Prep Wood Hills, CA; English; Physical Education
  • 2002-2010: Wilson High School, Bayside, New York; English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • 1990-2002 Defense Language Institute, San Antonio, TX; English as a Second Language (ESL)

EDUCATION

  • American University, Washington D.C.; Bachelor of Arts / Social Science
  • UNITED STATES AIR FORCE – Honorable Discharge; Worked as an ESL teacher to Pilots and Navigators while stationed in Japan…

ACIVITIES

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS CLUB, American University, Washington, DC

Membership Relations

Responsible for expanding Membership. Instrumental in developing and implementing outreach programs for other Academic organizations.

Also served as a member of the Board of Directors; KTRC RADIO, Washington DC (Campus Radio Station), On Air Personality News, Sport and Play-by-Play Announcer & Interviewer.

I hope you find this helpful in your job search.

Adjust Your Resume

Your resume is more than just a list of your previous jobs and experiences. Tailoring a resume to fit each different job you apply for can make a big impact on a potential employer.

Your resume should have a stated objective at the top, specific to the job you want. The objective should include a brief statement highlighting your qualifications for the job. For example, if you’re applying for a job as a staff assistant for Acme Company, your objective should read something like, “To secure a staff assistant position at Acme Company, drawing on solid office management skills.”

Like the objective, the job experience you list should pertain specifically to the job you are trying to get. Every job has multiple duties, and by placing more emphasis on the duties that are relevant to the position you’re seeking, you will come across as more qualified for the job. For example, if you’re considering a job as a sales clerk in a clothing store and one of the positions on your resume is a waitress job at a restaurant, don’t focus on the skills of waiting tables. Rather, focus on the people skills you honed at that job, such as “Interacted with customers to provide a pleasant dining experience,” or “Helped diners choose what to order by describing the food in a straightforward, descriptive manner.” These statements focus on your interactions with the customers. If you’re applying for a bartending job, you can frame that same experience in a different way, such as “Waited on multiple tables at the same time while ensuring all diners were satisfied with the service,” showing that you can multi-task and handle more than one order at a time.

If you have a great deal of experience in many different fields, it’s okay to leave some jobs off your resume as long as these omissions don’t leave a large gap of time that makes it appear that you were unemployed for that time. For example, if you worked as a teacher during the day and as a telemarketer at night, and you’re applying for a teaching job, you can leave the telemarketing job off since it’s irrelevant to teaching and won’t leave a time gap. The key is to provide your potential employer with as much relevant information as possible, without overloading the resume to the point where it’s watered down.

The main point to remember is that you want each potential employer to feel like you have really done your research and you know exactly what you want in a job. Tailor each resume to the specific employer, and you will find that you end up with more interviews and job offers than you would sending a general, vague resume to those employers.

Unemployment Can Be Unattractive. And Unemployment of men is repellent.

Even though it may only be subconscious, many women find men who do not have a job repellent. When a man is interested in maintaining a solid and mutually caring relationship, it is important for him to not only be kind, considerate and romantic, but also stable. One of the best ways to present a stable image is to have a steady job or career path.

In the past, dating all the way back to primitive humans, it was mainly a man’s duty to provide for his family. In modern times, both men and women are equally active in the work force. However, a man without a job or solid career path does not come across as stable. Women may think that a man without a job is not driven or passionate enough. Women may associate these traits not only with the man’s life and ability to provide, but also with the relationship itself.

In situations when a woman does feel comfortable being with a man who has no job, the woman’s family may still be uncomfortable. She may feel pressure from her relatives or friends, and this can strain a relationship. Even though the man’s partner or significant other may have a steady job, a man who cannot land or hold onto a job does not present a secure, comfortable image.

It can be difficult to secure a great job, even if you have many skills in your chosen field. It is important to seek a job that you can excel at. Think about what your personal skills are, and also what you may have studied or trained for. You may need to be somewhat flexible about exactly what you want in a job. Sometimes simply getting your foot in the door and gaining experience can lead to more lucrative or desirable opportunities in the future.

When large numbers of men are unable to find work, unemployment results.

Calvin Coolidge

A professional resume is also a true benefit when you are looking for a job. Even if you do not have a great deal of experience to add to the resume, the simple act of preparing a professional document that outlines your qualities can make you shine in the eyes of a future employer. Keep your resume concise and to the point, but make sure to highlight the traits and skills that will make you an asset to the company you are applying for. A clean, professional looking resume shows that you can be organized and are well prepared.

Once a man has a secure job and has set his foot on a career path where he can reach his potential, potential partners are sure to be more attracted. Remember that if you are passionate about life and what you do for a living, other people will find you passionate and enjoyable to be around.

What You Shouldn’t Do When Writing Your Resume

Ideally, a job seeker’s resume should be a comprehensive, accurate account of that person’s skills, education, and work experience. However, it appears people are increasingly being tempted to fudge key resume details or concoct outright fabrications to embellish their personal stories. Some experts put the instance of inaccuracies on executive’s resumes at upwards of 20%, while the FBI is on record stating that approximately 500,000 Americans claim college degrees they have not earned. A recent high-profile technology company CEO was abruptly terminated for the transgression of lying on his resume. Here are some examples of resume falsehoods that are under increasing scrutiny from employers:

Education

Job seekers often lie about the level of education they have attained, perhaps stretching a Bachelor’s degree into a Master’s, or even claiming a college degree where none exists. While it is possible a prospective employer will not verify the accuracy of educational achievements, it is extremely risky to make that assumption. Another common example of educational truth stretching is dressing up one’s grade point average, or claiming honors (Dean’s List, etc.) that the individual didn’t achieve.

Job Responsibilities

There is often a fine line between putting oneself in the most favorable light and fudging past achievements. Certainly, the job seeker should be willing to market themselves aggressively via their resume, but falsifying skills and experience levels can come back to haunt an individual if they wind up getting hired and can’t deliver against the job requirements. The unethical job seeker may win in the short term by getting hired, but ultimately their long-term employment marketability will be diminished if they’re terminated quickly for poor performance.

Salary

Lying about compensation at previous jobs is also common among job seekers. People are tempted to embellish previous salaries in the hope that the inflated numbers will provide them with leverage when negotiating pay levels with their prospective employers. However, an increasing number of employers are now requiring that job seekers back up their salary history claims by providing W-2 copies.

Duties and Achievements

Don’t write about your duties, mention achievements. Achievements are individual accomplishments that stand out and tell your future employer about your skills. Duties, on the other hand, merely rehash day-to-day minutiae; all the low-level activities that every person holding a similar job title deals with every day. To give an example: If you are a sales professional with a $5,000 per month quota, reaching that quota is your duty. Reaching $10,000 a month is an achievement and represents the kind of information that makes a difference.

Professional Licenses

Some unscrupulous job seekers try and claim professional licenses they have not attained, such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), nursing board certification, and Certified Financial Planner (CFP). There are also a myriad of certifications for special skills within disciplines that are erroneously claimed by unethical job seekers. The bad news for these dishonest applicants is it’s relatively easy for employers to check with the accrediting agencies to ensure the veracity of their claims.

Your value lies not in status or title, but in the roots of your character and depth of your compassion.”

Mollie MartI

Avoiding the temptation to take liberties with a professional resume is clearly in the best long-term interests of the job seeker. Today’s employers are doing much more due diligence on applicants by verifying resume information data. Taking the high road and maintaining your personal integrity is more important than attempting to exploit a short-term employment opportunity.

A well-written resume is important for any job seeker. Too many people think that for example senior citizens are not able to contribute to the economy just as much as anyone else. The truth of the matter is that there are now more seniors on the job hunt than there ever has been. Considering this, those who do fall in this age group are going to want to learn how to write a resume for the modern economy jobs they seek.

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