Resume Writing

A Resume Packet
How to Write a Better Resume
Basic Resume Format
More Resume Tips
Guidelines for Education Reference Letters
Developing a Teaching Portfolio
List of Local School District Information for Research

A RESUME PACKET CONTAINS:
Cover Letter
Application
Resume
Philosophy of Education
University Transcripts (unofficial)
Letters of Recommendation
Copy of CBEST, CSET, & RICA (if applicable)

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HOW TO WRITE A BETTER RESUME
Always...
*print your resume on standard letter size resume quality paper.
*set high standards when it comes to typing and printing.
*use a concise outline form. Make it brief.
*allow for adequate margins and leave plenty of space between headings.
*use conventional English.
*use phrases rather than sentences or paragraphs.
*make sure that the resume and cover letter are error free. Proofread and have others proofread.
*revise the resume and cover letter to fit the specific district for which you are applying.
*include your significant contributions at each of your jobs.
*be factual and 100% honest.
*allow the most space to the work experience that is most relevant to the position for which you are applying.
*list your activities with professional, trade and civic groups.
*give each of your references a copy of your resume.
*send a brief customized cover letter with each resume.
*re-read your resume before each interview.

Never...
*take more than two lines to list hobbies or sports.
*state "References Available on Request." It’s assumed and it clutters up the resume.
*list references on the resume.
*use exact dates. Months and years are sufficient.
*include personal information.
*list your high school and grammar school.
*give reasons for termination or leaving a job.
*provide salary information on the resume. Save it for the interview.

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BASIC RESUME FORMAT
NAME
ADDRESS (Permanent and Present)
TELEPHONE
EMAIL

OBJECTIVE Keep it simple.

CREDENTIALS List credential(s) eligible for or held.

EDUCATION Under this heading, list the following in chronological order (with the most recent education listed first).
List schools attended and degrees awarded or expected. Do not list high school.

STUDENT TEACHING List dates, name of school, district, grade and/or subject taught, master teacher and extracurricular activities.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE List dates, name of school, district, grade and/or subject taught and extracurricular activities.

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE Group your more important full time jobs and listing last job first. State in general the type of work performed.

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE List dates, name of organization and type of volunteer experience.

SPECIAL SKILLS Indicate things such as languages spoken, computer skills, musical instruments training, theater or vocal music training and cheer leading or coaching experience.

ADDITIONAL CATEGORIES THAT COULD BE INCLUDED:

Membership in Professional Organizations, Honors, Military Service, Professional Growth, Cheerleading and/or Coaching Experience and Interests/Activities.

REFERENCES Placement File is available at the Career Services office California State University, Fresno.

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MORE RESUME TIPS
The purpose of a resume is not to tell your whole life story or to overwhelm the reader. The purpose of the resume is to look like a qualified individual who would be interesting to interview.

  • Use short statements, not full sentences. Do not use I, me or my.
  • Start every sentence with an action verb.
  • Avoid unnecessary words such as a, an and the.
  • Avoid underlining because it makes a resume look cluttered.
  • Ways to highlight include: bold, italics and all capital letters.
  • Be sure that your name stands out. It should be in all capital letters, bold type and in a larger font size than everything else on the page.
  • Use a font size not less than ten.
  • Avoid bold colors for your resume. Off white, light blue, gray and buff are fine. Always use black ink.
  • Put the most attractive elements to a potential employer at the top of your resume.
  • Use rich vocabulary. A thesaurus will help

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GUIDELINES FOR EDUCATION REFERENCE LETTERS
Master teacher, supervisor and former employer reference letters are the most important items in a beginning teacher’s professional file. With that in mind, here are some guidelines which will help us maintain a quality file on behalf of the candidate.

  1. Please type and single space reference letters to insure that it is of acceptable quality for reproduction. It should look professional as it represents both you and the candidate.
  2. Reference letters should be printed on school or company letterhead. If letterhead is unavailable, submit on attached Reference Letter Form.
  3. Reference letters should speak to the student teacher’s professional effectiveness and potential.
  4. Be factual. Do not editorialize. Avoid vague statements.
  5. Avoid giving personal opinions or feelings. However, if you make subjective statements or give opinions, clearly identify them as opinions and not as facts.
  6. Be able to document all information you release.
  7. Reference letters should be free from comments regarding the file holder’s sex, race, color, national origin, religion, handicap or age. Reference letters must also be free from comments that are prejudice, discriminatory, or libelous.
  8. Administrators prefer reference letters that are both concise and informative. One page letters are best but if needed statements may be continued on a second page.
  9. Possible topics to cover in a reference letter are: curriculum knowledge, classroom management skills, lesson planning abilities, professional interaction with teaching staff and parents, willingness to accept suggestions, flexibility, work ethic and special skills.
  10. Be as specific as possible when referring to candidates abilities, strengths and skills. Name specific things that they have done.

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