The Early Childhood Education and Care industry is competitive and you need every edge you can get to stand out from the competition. Here are some resume tips for early childhood educators to help you land that job.
1. Format Your Resume Wisely
There is just not enough hours in the day for anyone – and especially early learning centre Directors that are reading through multiple resumes – looking for the best candidate. No matter how well written it is, your resume won’t get a thorough reading the first time through, generally, a resume gets scanned for 25 seconds. Scanning is more difficult if it is hard to read, poorly organised or exceeds two pages. So you need to STAND OUT!
- Use a logical format and wide margins, clean type and clear headings
- Selectively apply bold and italic typeface that help guide the reader’s eye
- Use bullets to call attention to important points
2. Identify Accomplishments, Not Just Job Descriptions
Use real-life examples of how you achieved tasks successfully!
- Focus on what you did in the job, NOT what your job was – there’s a difference
- Include a one or two job descriptions first, then list your accomplishments
- For each point ask yourself, “What was the benefit of having done what I did?”
- Accomplishments should be unique to you, not just a list of what someone else did
3. Quantify Your Accomplishments
A resume is a marketing document designed to sell your skills and strengths rather than just portray a bio of the candidate. Don’t be afraid to honestly list your skill set!
- Include and highlight specific achievements that present a comprehensive picture of your skillset, quantify your achievements to ensure greater confidence in the Director or Approved Provider
- Work backwards to quantify your accomplishments by asking, If I had not done X, what could have happened?
- Detail your most recent experience first – and your most recent qualifications. No one really wants to know where you were more than 15 years ago
4. Cater Your Resume for the Industry
You want to capture attention for yourself, but not be too “out there” in design!
- Err on the side of being conservative stylistically
- Your accomplishments, error-free writing, grammatically-correct, clean, crisp type and paper will make the impression for you
5. Replace your Objective” with a “Career Summary”
A Career Summary is designed to give a brief overview of who you are and what you do. Be sure to tell someone why you should be hired!
- Grab the early learning centre Director’s attention right from the beginning, remembering you have only 25 few seconds to make a good impression
- Spend time developing a summary that immediately gets their attention, and accurately and powerfully describes you as a solution to their problems, and how they could have possibly survived without you before!!!