In most cases, the more comprehensive your resume is, the better your chances are for getting the desired job. With the changing landscapes, especially in the education sector, it’s no surprise that there are some new aspects to consider when updating your resume. IELTSPodcast helps students prepare for the IELTS exam and with the constant need for new educators, we have done a lot of recruitment in education so we would love to share our top resume tips with you.

Top 10 tips to improve your resume in education

  1. If you want to pursue a career in higher education, it is important to do a certification that can enhance your digital skills. Today, teachers who possess skills and knowledge of digital teaching tools and platforms will be preferred. Become familiar with platforms like Google Classroom, Moodle or Schoology, that can help you transition to online teaching when necessary.
  2. Show ways in which you have adapted to change. For example, if the COVID-19 pandemic forced you to adopt new teaching styles for online teaching, show how you were able to overcome those challenges and how you were able to succeed.
  3. Including presentations or journal publications where you have been published will prove your credibility. Presentations will give a potential employee an idea of your communication skills, methods of expressing your insights and opinions, and display how you demonstrate your expertise in the field.
  4. Write about who you are, not only what you are. It is important to talk about who you are by talking about the person behind the qualifications. Mention experiences in your career that challenged you, excited you and that show the vision of who you are or who you want to be in the future.
  5. Highlight information on your resume that focuses on your achievements and not only your list of responsibilities. A list of responsibilities can be seen as a checklist of duties that you work through daily, whereas achievements show pride and enthusiasm in your professional life.
  6. If you were involved in staff-related activities, committees or planning teams, be sure to mention these. This shows initiative and after hours involvement and commitment to the organisation.
  7. When applying for a job in the education sector, it is important to mention your teaching philosophy. How do you create meaningful relationships with your students? What is unique about your style of teaching? This information will set you apart from candidates.
  8. Instead of using academic language to talk about your work experience, use persuasive language that demonstrates your abilities and core skills. Your resume is the first point of contact with the recruiter, you want to entice them from the beginning. Rather than talking only about classroom experience, consider a challenge that you were faced with, share the approach that you used to solve it and then the results you were able to achieve. This shows how your skills and expertise was an advantage to your previous employer.
  9. Make your resume as personal as possible. The education industry is intimate and teaching is filled with personal experiences. Focusing on this reveals your character and values.
  10. It is important that your accomplishments are listed in a way that the hiring institution understands exactly what is in it for them when they hire you. Show that the relationship will be mutually beneficial for you and the hiring organisation.

With a rise in the use of online platforms, more opportunities are available for teachers online. When applying for a role in education, it is important to show that you are more than your qualifications. Don’t be too modest about your achievements, use them to show what an asset you will be for the institution and students.


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Written by Ben Worthington

As the founder of IELTSPodcast, Ben and his team of teachers provide students with expert advice to cover the writing, reading, listening and speaking sections of the IELTS exam.

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