With the need for teachers growing in Qatar and the rest of the world it is important to have a solid resume tailored specifically for teaching opportunities,
The following guidelines should be considered when writing a resume for a teaching position:
Highlight your Educational and Licensure Qualifications
- Include the details of your teaching or academic degree (school name, dates, degree name), you should mention any academic honours, grants, scholarships, or fellowships awarded during the course of your studies.
- Relevant continuing education courses or seminars you have taken to demonstrate to pro-spective employers that you are keeping your skills sharp.
- A list of related education courses and any volunteer placement if you are a new graduate or have limited teaching experience
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Emphasise your Teaching Expertise and Key Skills
Your resume should reveal important keywords that summarise your teaching experience and give an overview of your qualifications within 10 seconds or so. The most effective way to do this is to incorporate a section of your resume dedicated to teaching expertise and key skills. Include a bul-leted list of your subject area specialisations (such as biology, mathematics, special education or early years) and any relevant teaching skills, such as curriculum development or teaching to style, that will enhance your resume presentation.
If you have several years of teaching experience, it may beneficial to list your years of experience in each area. For example, indicate that you have three years of experience teaching in preschool setting, two years of experience teaching kindergarten students, and one year of experience teach-ing primary school students.
Entry-level teachers and teachers with limited experience should also include this section in their resume, highlighting those areas and experience acquired from work placement, volunteering, working as a student aid, etc.
Detail Your Teaching Experience
Since most schools hire teachers based on their previous experience or qualifications if you are a new teacher, prospective employers will need to know the details of your teaching experience.
If you are an experienced teacher, you should detail your subject area expertise, the type of educa-tional system you worked in (public, charter, or private school), the grades you taught at each as-signment, and your class size for each of your previous employers.
Entry-level teachers who are just out of school or a teacher with limited work experience, should detail any practicums, volunteering, tutoring, mentorships, or other unpaid work you were involved in during your schooling.
Demonstrate You’re a Top Performer
Employers love to hire the best professionals, and educators are no exceptions. Schools are look-ing for teachers who are willing to contribute to the betterment of the school outside of just their day-to-day teaching responsibilities.
Your resume will be more memorable and better received if you can detail specific contributions you made to each of your previous employers. What have you done that was above and beyond your basic responsibilities? How have you helped make a positive impact on your students and their families, your fellow co-workers, your school or school system, or even your community?
Consider your possible involvement in:
–Committees or review boards
–After school programs including school sports, academic teams, or clubs
–Community education programs
–New teacher mentorships
–Cross-training in different subject areas
–The launch of a new school or program
The more details you can provide about your involvement in the educational community and your accomplishments, the better job you will do at showing your value as a team member to potential employers.
With more schools opening in Qatar in 2016-2017, the demand for qualified teachers is good news for teachers looking for a job. But the competition is still going to be tough for the most desirable teaching positions and it is important to pay close attention to the presentation of your credentials, in order to ensure that they can compete for prime positions in the educational system.
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