Teacher 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 372,826 Teacher 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 Teacher 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 Classroom Management, 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 Teacher 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 Teacher 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 teacher skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a teacher : 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 Teacher
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 372,826 resume examples and job offers and found that the average experience required for a teacher job required by employers is 0.5 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average teacher job listing asks for 0.5 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average teacher candidate have?
The average teacher resume contains 3.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your teacher skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from teacher resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Resident Advisor

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Teacher
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Education
  • Perform anterior and posterior restorations and endodontics.
  • Certified in CPI, First aid and CPR, and Handle with care.
  • Certified NVCPI (Nonviolent Crisis Prevention Intervention), defensive driving, peer mediation, and emergency first aid/ CPR.
  • Passed medication to clients Trained in CPR, etc
  • Completed training for Abuse & Neglect, CPR & Standard First Aid, and Administering Medications.
Baby Sitter (Part-Time)

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Teacher
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Psychology
  • Established a home daycare for children ages birth to six years old.
  • Provide basic care of an Alzheimer's patient during the absence of his family.
  • Greet and check out parents, watching kids, cleaning, making meals, CPR certified
  • Owned and Operated Home Daycare.
  • Called for school events, Personal homes and Community events to babysit children ages 2-12
Correspondence School Instructor

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Teacher
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Psychology
  • Assist in design, development, and implementation of computer curricula and literacy classes.
  • Help create, utilize and maintain a print-rich literacy area at the Site that is conducive to early reading instruction.
  • Assist in the development, acquisition and maintenance of literacy materials.
  • Aided in and oversaw the development of the summer literacy program for 1st and 2nd grade students at McKenney-Harrison.
  • Used appropriate ABA strategies associated with teaching, communication, and providing reinforcement techniques consistently.
Floater (Part-Time)

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Teacher
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Business/Commerce
  • Performed quality checks and sorted product that was held for inspection off the production line.
  • cashier, stock, customer service, phone operator, deli, collections, etc/
  • Followed OSHA and food safety guidelines INDUSTRIAL WORKER FORGE INDUSTRIAL 2004-2006, 2YRS.
  • Compile, copy, sort, and file records of office activities, business transactions, and other activities.
  • Sorted donations to go to each department.
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As a teacher, 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 Teachers have a 4-year degree as the highest education level.
Based on our analysis of teacher resumes, the most common major for teacher candidates is Education, but other majors made their way in as well. Elementary Education, Business and Early Childhood Education were relatively common.
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

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

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