By including educational keywords in a resume, a candidate shows that they are familiar with latest research and techniques. The words should also be included in the interview with personal examples and data to show them you can “walk the talk”. Using and knowing educational buzzwords could help you edge out your competition.
Educational Keywords: What Are Interviewers Looking For?
I have been asked dozens of times what I look for in resumes. There are a myriad of issues involved in hiring a new teacher. Along with the candidates’ skillset and building/ district needs, I may also be looking for specific skills or a personality-type to enhance grade level collaboration. Sometimes it was simply “something” in the resume that peaked my curiosity to offer an interview slot.
Educational Keywords: Will They Get Me A Job?
The number of applicants for a job depends on the position, timing of the posting and very often, the school or district hiring. Sometimes for just 1 or 2 teaching positions I would receive 200 resumes to review. Therefore, candidates need to create a resume that will impress the reviewer. Whether it’s certification/experience or a knowledge base, a candidate’s goal when submitting a resume should be to get an interview. Remember, if you don’t get in the front door, an interview committee will never get to see how great you are!
I’m sure over the 20 years as an administrator I missed interviewing some great candidates because their resume just didn’t catch my eye or there was a spelling or grammatical error. (yes, spelling DOES count). So, one of my top suggestions for teacher candidates is to include position-appropriate educational keywords in your resume.
Educational Keywords: What Are They?
Educational Keywords are education buzzwords to include in your resume to help administrators identify good candidates for further review. By including keywords in your resume and interview you are highlighting that you are a knowledgeable candidate. For some interview committees, including keywords may not make a difference but for others it is high on their priority list. My suggestion is if using keywords to highlight your training and experience will increase the chances of opening your new classroom door, why not give it a try?
How to Use Education Keywords Wisely?
A serious candidate should create a resume that matches a specific opening. Yes, a generic resume will be accepted but it’s the resume with specific information about the position that will get yours to the top of the pile. A good source of information to create your unique resume is both the job posting and the school/district website.
What Educational Keywords to Include?
The keywords to include in your resume and interview should highlight both the position available and your education/experience. The location of words is also important. A snapshot of your skills should be at the beginning of your resume to keep reviewers interested to read further.
In general, for early childhood positions be sure to include your knowledge of Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) and the importance of play. Both concepts create the “bedrock” of strong early childhood education programs and should be acknowledged and celebrated in an interview.
K-5 positions should highlight all aspects of literacy (including math) and the importance of ongoing assessment that “drives instruction”. For secondary positions (6-12), administrators are looking for teachers who are strong in pedagogy but are also experts in the subject area. Be sure to highlight your “knowledge skill set” (e.g. primary sources, Document Based Questions (DBQ).
Other Educational Keywords to Consider
Along with grade level and content specific vocabulary the following list contains words to consider when creating your resume: Interdisciplinary teaching approaches, English as a Second Language (ESL), classroom management, Response to Intervention (RTI), special education process including terms, teaching and learning, formative and summative assessments, teaching across the curriculum, mindfulness, social and emotional learning, teacher-parent relations and communication, technology integration, team planning, differentiated instruction, brain-based learning, parent involvement, discipline strategies, literacy across the curriculum, state learning standards, gradual release of responsibility.
Searching for a school to start or to continue your career is a big undertaking. An interview committee’s goal is to get the very best candidate for their school. By creating a keyword-rich resume you are showing recruiters that you are a good candidate to interview. Our students need good teachers. The interview process is not the time to be shy about your skillset or your desire for a job at a specific school. Good Luck!