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Get a Teaching Job by Boosting Your Resume

Janelle Cox

Is your teaching resume lacking some experience? If so, then you’ll need to add to it if you want to get a teaching job or work toward advancing your career goals. There’s nothing worse than leaving an empty spot on your resume. If you’re looking to beef up your CV, then you should gain some career-building experience by joining an educational organization, volunteering your time as a mentor, or becoming a tutor. Here’s how to improve your resume so it showcases your professional experience.

Get a Teaching Job: Join an Organization

The National Educational Association (NEA) is just one of the many professional organizations that educators can join. A membership looks great on your resume, and is a great support system, a phenomenal way to make professional connections, and a valuable resource of important issues that can help you grow as a teacher (and even get a teaching job). The NEA also helps to keep you in the loop with the latest news and research, which employers like to see. Adding to your resume any organizations to which you belong shows an employer that you value lifelong learning, and that you’ve taken the initiative to invest your time (and sometimes money) to extend your learning for professional and personal growth.

Volunteer Your Time

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Another great way to bump up your teaching resume to get a teaching job is by volunteering your time. Whether it’s as a mentor for a child or a student teacher, or it’s at a museum or place that you’re passionate about, volunteering shows you are a selfless person. If you’re looking to work with younger children, then volunteering at a local park district, elementary school, preschool, summer camp, or coaching a sports team is a great way to gain some experience. If you want to become an art teacher, then you can volunteer at your local art museum or gallery, or if you want to become a science teacher, then you can volunteer at a science museum. If you’ve been a teacher for a while and are looking to switch grades or school districts, then you can sign up to volunteer as a mentor teacher, sports coach, or leader of a school club. The more you volunteer your personal time, the more you can add to your resume.

Become a Tutor

Tutoring is another great resume booster because the experience can help improve your teaching ability. Employers love to see that you have experience working with children, and tutoring students shows them that. As a tutor, you are “Teaching” the child, as well as learning how to interact with them, which is exactly what a teacher does. There are several options for tutoring, such as applying at a local tutoring facility. Buffalo, N.Y., has a Huntington Learning Center, as well as a Sylvan Learning Center, which are both great places seeking tutors. Another option is offering your tutoring services by taking out an ad on your local news website, or by spreading the word through your family, friends, and colleagues. Lastly, you can tutor children online through sites like Vipkidteachers.com, where you can make up to $22 an hour whenever and wherever you want.

Teach Online

Just as you can tutor children online, you can also gain more experience as an educator by teaching online. There are many online colleges that need teachers, or even websites like the one mentioned earlier (VIPKID) that allow you to work with children all over the world and teach them. If you have a niche or a special subject or topic that you that you know a lot about, you can even create your own school and offer courses online through the site Teachable. The options today with technology are endless, and as long as you are connected to the Internet, you can gain experience as a teacher.

Teach Abroad

If you want to learn a new culture and gain valuable teaching experience, then teaching abroad may be just the thing for you. You can spend a semester, a summer, or even a full year teaching in another country. Spending your time immersed in another country, learning the language, the food, and the culture is an amazing way to gain an experience of a lifetime, and it will look great on your resume.

As you can see, there are many ways that you can boost your resume with different experiences. The first step to beefing up your teaching resume is to figure out how much extra time you have, and what you are lacking on your resume. Once you know that, then you can determine which career-building experience will suit your needs.

What are your favorite ways to gain experience and fill the service gap on your resume? Please share your get a teaching job tips with us in the comment section below, we’d love to hear from you on this very important topic.


Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds a Master's of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com, as well as a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com and TeachHUB Magazine. You can follow her at Twitter @Empoweringk6ed, or on Facebook at Empowering K6 Educators.