Program 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 7,260 Program 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 a Program 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 a Program 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 Program 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 program instructor skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a program 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 a Program 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 7,260 resume examples and job offers and found that the average experience required for a program instructor job required by employers is 1.0 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average program instructor job listing asks for 1.0 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average program instructor candidate have?
The average program instructor resume contains 3.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your program instructor skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from program instructor resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Program Instructor

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Program Instructor
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Psychology
  • plan and organize school lessons and activity for afterschool program and help with homework.
  • Lead K-5th graders in productive activities.
  • Directed a Saturday morning exercise program for young children in grades K-5.
  • Planned and administered lessons for students that would supplement their grade curriculum in order to increase reading and mathematics comprehension.
  • Know basics of first aid and CPR, have not received certification yet.
Correspondence School Instructor

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Program Instructor
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Psychology
  • Hired to teach adult ESL students at Black Hawk College.
  • Created daily lesson plans for multi-level adult ESL classes.
  • Teach ESL adult literacy for immigrants and refugees from all over the world.
  • Instructed multi-level ESL, GED andTaught in traditional classroom, home and migrant camp settings.
  • Ray Wiltsey Middle School, Ontario-Montclair USD Ontario, California Instruct far-below-basic ESL students.
Program Instructor

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Program Instructor
Master's Degree
Master's Degree - Social Work
  • Recognized for impact in driving Six Sigma globally at GEMS with 2000 Leadership Award and 1999 Management Awards.
  • Conduct Lean Six Sigma workouts and process improvements.
  • Coded numerous HTML, Visual Basic.Net / C# / Java / C++ applications utilizing Repetition, Decision and Array structures.
  • Developed and delivered classroom instruction in occupational language learning, literature, composition and secondary language acquisition.
  • Developed a math game for classroom use, using PowerPoint and laminated cards that enable students to track their answers.
Program Instructor

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Program Instructor
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Biotechnology
  • Provided assistance with academic assignments in reading, writing, and mathematics.
  • Research vehicle service information with computer and internet based electronic retrieval systems.
  • Developed Nursing Math course and the Mathematics Placement Test, Math Chair (1990).
  • Certified in CPR, First AID training, and DMR training.
  • Developed a training program for the new vibration analysis test for the powertrain mechanics and aircrew members.
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As a program instructor, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Program Instructor roles often require a Post-Secondary Certificate degree or higher, so the majority of program instructor resumes that we looked at contained a post-secondary certificate degree.
Based on our analysis of program instructor resumes, the most common major for program instructor candidates is Business, but other majors made their way in as well. Psychology, Nursing and Education 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

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

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