Principal 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 51,152 Principal 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.

Five Key Resume Tips For Landing A Principal 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 Business 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 A Principal 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 Principal 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 principal skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a principal : 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 a Principal
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
The work experience section of a resume is all about highlighting the achievements that an employer would want to see. Here are some examples from different Business Analysts

Example # 1

Adjunct Professor

Mississippi State University
  • Designed and implemented undergraduate research program by overhauling capstone literature review projects to student-led research based projects.
  • Organized Seminar, Market Forces behind Innovation: Case studies in Biotechnology.
  • Designed experiential activities to foster students understanding of career theory and techniques.
  • Book reviews for mathematics authors.
  • Utilized Moodle technology to provide up-to date grading and to improve outside classroom participation.

Example # 2

Science Teacher

Bettendorf Community School District
  • Provided academic assistance in Reading and Mathematics to students varying from grades k-12.
  • Assist clients in problem resolution regarding their Medicaid cases or redirect them to the appropriate department based on their request.
  • Comply with 504 plans/IEPs and seek to meet Common Core standards while students are in my care.
  • State University of Moldova (Faculty of Biology and Chemistry) Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
  • Worked with students to develop knowledge in Mandarin Chinese Keep parents updated on Chinese Course news Finalize semester grade for all students

Example # 3

Teacher And Coach

Bergenfield Schools
  • Head Coach - Girls and Boys Basketball, Baseball, Tennis, Track*Teacher - World Geography, Texas History, Physical Education
  • Coach for middle school girls basketball and high school softball.
  • Coached and mentored girls volleyball teams Facilitated drills
  • Head soccer, basketball and baseball coach.
  • Instructed grades 6-8 in Health and Physical Education Coach MS Football* HS Basketball/ girls MS girls Basketball

Example # 4


HSBC North America Holdings
  • Promoted from Equity Derivatives Analyst to Associate Vice President based on excellent performance.
  • Calculated P&L attributions for equity derivatives strategies.
  • Improved efficiency by 25% after streamlining and standardizing end-of-day P&L reporting processes.
  • Cultivated investment banking relationships with C-level corporate executives as well as private equity, venture capital and hedge funds.
  • Work with Solution Architecture group to solidify system architecture and IAM infrastructure.

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We compared 51,152 sample principal resumes with job offers and found that the average years of experience required for a principal job required by employers is 4.0 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average principal job listing asks for 4.0 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average principal candidate have?
The average principal resume contains 11.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your principal skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from principal resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Since principal roles are fairly specialized, a strong educational background is important. Our data showed that most principal resumes list a master's degree as the highest level of education.
Based on our analysis of principal resumes, the most common major for principal candidates is Business, but other majors made their way in as well. Educational Leadership, Education and Finance were relatively common.
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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

Principal 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 Principals. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Principals to learn more.

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