After you read a bunch of résumés, they all start to look the same.
As someone who reads many résumés of Neag IB/M students, there is a distinctive pattern that emerges. The top of the first page lists the requisite education, Praxis tests, certifications, and perhaps information on an inquiry project. From there the résumé flows to classroom experience, volunteering, and any additional workplace experience.
In one sense, this is a good thing. Having a form serves the purpose of making relevant information about your qualifications easily accessible to your reader, but there is a downside to this. How do you stand out if the general experience looks the same from person to person?
The good news is, your résumé is more about content than structure, so let’s take a few moments, with the knowledge that the Neag Career Fair is on April 1st, to talk about how you can use the content of your résumé to stand out and get the job you want.
A good résumé will let your reader know the skills you have through well-written bullet points that demonstrate your skills in action. While your bullet points should cover fundamentals of the job like classroom management, instructional ability, lesson development, and other relevant skills, also look for opportunities to enhance your bullet statements. Did you design a lesson plan to increase reading proficiency for second graders? Great! Did you use technology like iPads, apps, or Chromebooks to make it unique? Did you integrate art and music into a math lesson? What did you do that makes your experiences unique? How did you add value outside of the norm? Make sure you do a critical analysis of all of your bullet points and look for opportunities to show specifically what you accomplished. When you find those opportunities, make sure to actually say it by adding to your bullet points!
The good news is, you have a great education by attending UConn, and you have worked hard to gain experience. In the coming week, prior to the career fair, take that extra time to really get your strengths on the page; the extra effort to enhance what you already have written can make the difference by making you stand out which will help you get the job!