As a Catholic school teacher, you have the privilege to touch the hearts of your students every day. However, getting your foot in the door and landing the perfect teaching job can be tough, especially if you are just starting your career.
Saint Catherine said, “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” Fulfilling your vocation in life is not only deeply satisfying at the personal level, but you also help your community and the world be a better place! That’s why we at Catholic Gigs want to help aspiring teachers connect with the best Catholic schools out there. In this article, we will provide some tips to help you improve your resume and land your dream teaching job.
Feature Your Education and Teaching Experience
When crafting your resume, it’s essential to showcase your education and teaching experience. List your degrees, certifications, and any coursework relevant to the position you’re applying for. Highlight your student teaching experience, classroom management skills, and any other teaching-related experiences. If you have taught in a Catholic school or have participated in faith-based activities, make sure to mention that as well. Examples can include experience teaching as a catechist, volunteering to help youth ministry, or times you led small and large group faith-based events.
Focus on the School’s Identity
It’s crucial to research the school’s mission, vision, and values before you apply. Highlight your experience and how you can align with the school’s values. A simple way to find this is to visit the website of the school you’re applying to and look up their mission statement. Make sure your resume reflects the Catholic identity of the school and demonstrates how you can contribute to it.
Keywords are Key
Many schools use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to screen resumes. To make sure your resume gets past the ATS and is seen by the hiring manager, use relevant keywords. Look for keywords in the job description and include them in your resume. For example, if the job description mentions experience with student assessment, be sure to highlight your experience with student assessment in your resume.
Additional Skills and Proficiencies
In addition to education and teaching experience, make sure to include any other relevant skills and proficiencies on your resume. This could include technology skills, language proficiency, or experience with special needs students. Be sure to keep it concise and relevant to the position you’re applying for.
General Resume Golden Rules
Finally, here are some general resume golden rules to keep in mind:
- Keep it concise and to the point
- Use bullet points to highlight your achievements and experiences
- Use a professional format and font
- Proofread and have someone else proofread for errors
Creating a strong educational resume is a key step to get hired in a Catholic school. By highlighting your education and teaching experience, focusing on the school’s identity, using relevant keywords, and emphasizing your additional skills and proficiencies, you can make sure your resume stands out from the rest. Remember to keep it concise, professional, and error-free, and you’ll be on your way to making a positive impact on the lives of your future students.