Instructor Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 152,858 Instructor resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Five Key Resume Tips For Landing an Instructor Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Curriculum Development, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write an Instructor Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Instructor CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
Make sure to only include your hard skills on your resume. In addition, include the most in-demand instructor skills. Below we have listed the top skills for an instructor : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
Top Skills for an Instructor
Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
We compared 152,858 resume examples and job offers and found that the average experience required for an instructor job required by employers is 2.0 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average instructor job listing asks for 2.0 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average instructor candidate have?
The average instructor resume contains 4.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your instructor skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from instructor resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Sound Art Instructor

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As an Instructor
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Law
  • Supervised 2 other employees, did resets within the cosmetics department, price changes, and building displays.
  • Designed curriculum for grades k-5.
  • Cross trained in framing department & titled Certified Framer.
  • Assist the customer with framing pictures.
  • Managed the continuous entertaining, monitoring, and well-being of 15 preteen girls living in cabin.
Laboratory Instructor (Part-Time)

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As an Instructor
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Biology
  • Developed online writing lab courses by creating content outlines, learning objectives, and activities.
  • Lead classroom instruction on various topics in Emergency Medical Services program.
  • Conducted mini-courses in applied mathematics in various disciplines for on-campus professional studies as well as for area employers.
  • Lectured classes of 24 undergraduates in lab setting on various topics including comparative anatomy, plant physiology and molecular cloning techniques
  • Communicated with students and MMCO staff by email and telephone as needed.

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As an Instructor
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Music
  • Prepared lesson plans and worksheets based on the professors' lectures and textbook material for Biology 5B and Chemistry 1C students.
  • Contributed acceptable new ideas to review the method of teaching.
  • Teach students ICD9-CM codes, medical billing insurance, medisoft and pathophysiology.
  • Implemented Berlitz method and activities for learning language in context.
  • Develop and deliver curriculum for composition and introductory literature courses utilizing Microsoft Word and Powerpoint.
Individual Small Group Instructor

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As an Instructor
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Psychology
  • Collaborated with parents, administrators, counselors, and other professionals to develop individualized education programs (IEPs).
  • Attended IEP Meetings, Monitored and provided support for special education students in the regular education classroom.
  • Designed activities that focused upon specific areas of literacy/academic concerns as outlined by the IEP.
  • Developed educational psychology curriculum for elementary education majors Constructed objective- and performance-based assessments in alignment with course outcomes
  • Construct and complete lessons through Blackboard Online Environment.
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As an instructor, you may be curious how your education stacks up against other applicants. As long as you have a bachelor's degree, you're in the majority. Our research showed that most Instructors have a 4-year degree as the highest education level.
Overwhelmingly, those applying to instructor positions majored in Business. Some of the other common majors that appear on instructor resumes include Education, Psychology, and Nursing.
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As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

Instructor Salary

Did your resume land you an interview? Be prepared to talk salary.

How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for Instructors. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Instructors to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%