5 Child Care Resume Examples That Worked in 2022

Author: Stephen Greet, Co-founder
Published on: April 16, 2022

Whether you’re a child care director or an entry-level child care worker, there’s no denying that child care is a stressful job. And with yearly turnover rates over 25 percent, you need to make sure you’re hired at a child care center that treats employees well and has a great community reputation. 

To find competitive childcare jobs, you’ll need a resume that stands out from the crowd. But, as a professional childcare worker, you shouldn’t have to be a professional resume writer. 

That’s where we come in. We’ve been granted access to numerous child care resumes that landed applicants interviews. We cross-referenced these with unsuccessful resumes to determine what exactly does and does not make resumes effective. 

We used this information to create five free child care resume samples. And along the way, we’ve included helpful resume writing tips and suggestions for you to start crafting a successful resume that gets you interviews in 2022.

Child Care Specialist Resume

Child Care resume example

Why this resume works

  • One of the most important factors in creating a successful child care resume is demonstrating your impact with numbers. Can you guess why numbers are so important? 
    • Numbers draw the reader's eye. Numbers can double or triple the amount of time they spend on your resume. When hiring managers glance through applicant resumes, they only spend six seconds. 
      • Plus: numbers efficiently get the point across, making a strong statement of your capability in a small space.
    • Numbers or metrics also provide tangible evidence of your accomplishments and work contributions, making a better case for hiring you than words alone. 
  • With over 70 percent of hiring employers saying they will not even look at resumes without quantifiable metrics, why wouldn’t you include them? 
  • If you’re struggling to find a way to quantify your child care specialist resume, try to give numbers on parent reviews, the number of children under your care, the ages of children in your care, how many unique games you created, the amount of time spent in activities, the percentage of infectious disease outbreaks avoided by child hygiene standards (you can look up statistics on this), the quantities of fruit and vegetable servings you provided per day, standardized test score improvements, etc.

Child Care Provider Resume

Child Care Provider resume example

Why this resume works

  • The resume skills section on your child care provider resume is one of the most underutilized, but it's the second most important part of your entire resume.
    • Employers may review well over 200 resumes for a single job posting. Since hiring is often only a small part of their job responsibilities, they utilize Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to narrow down the pool of potential job candidates.
      • ATS reviews applicants immediately upon application submission, identifying applicant resume skills that match the job description. If your resume doesn’t have enough skills in common with these pre-selected skills, it will be thrown out before a human ever sees it.
  • We recommend including key skills like patience, adaptability, flexibility, lesson planning, parent communication, multi-tasking, and problem-solving in child care.
  • Tip: to further increase the likelihood of getting an interview, read job descriptions carefully. They'll include or describe the essential job skills you need. You can even research stats, such as their child-staff ratios, to ensure your skills fit the bill.

Entry-Level Child Care Resume

Entry Level Child Care resume example

Why this resume works

  • Entry-level candidates can opt to include a resume objective.
    • What is a resume objective?
      • A resume objective is a brief two to three-sentence introduction that contains some relevant skills and highlights why you’re applying to a specific job.
    • Do I need a resume objective?
      • It depends. We recommend including a resume objective when you’re going through a career change or when you need to fill up space on your entry-level child care resume. However, done well, a resume objective can be a helpful, concise selling point for nearly any resume.
    • How do I write a good resume objective?
      • Writing a resume objective may take more time than you think. A great objective must be highly-specific to each job to which you apply. We recommend including the prospective job title, company name, and skills relevant to the target business.
        • Writing “I’m seeking to apply to a position with your company” as your resume objective will provide little substantial information. 
  • Instead, include a job title and company name, an awareness of the company's community reputation, the number of years of experience in the industry, or any relevant experience (if you lack direct industry experience), and multiple specific skills.
  • Include your resume objective at the top of the page, right under your name and job title, so it functions as an introduction.

Child Care Director Resume

Child Care Director resume example

Why this resume works

  • When you have years of experience in the industry, make sure you’re demonstrating growth in your work titles and work contributions.
    • Organizing your work experience in reverse-chronological order (with your most recent job experience towards the top of the page) will aid in demonstrating your career progression.
      • Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are designed to analyze in reverse-chronological order and are more prone to error when you stray from this resume format. We recommend this order regardless of the stage you are in your child care career. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel and display your information in a novel way.
  • If your child care director resume boasts many years' worth of impressive job experience, be sure it doesn't appear cluttered. Achieving a balance between filling the whole page and making an easy product on the eyes is difficult.
    • Focus on using strong action words to start each bullet point. For example, terms like communicated, calculated, spearheaded, advised, collaborated, and orchestrated are powerful action words that convey your expertise in skills like communication, leadership, and finance.
    • Use our free resume checker to ensure you’re using action words, avoiding filler words, using the right length of bullet points (200 characters), and more!

Child Care Worker Resume

Child Care Worker resume example

Why this resume works

  • Getting your foot in the door can seem incredibly difficult, if not impossible. Fortunately, recruiters understand that everyone starts somewhere, and they’ll be scrutinizing your potential to thrive in a child care environment rather than your job titles.
  • We tell child care providers to include three to six bullet points per work experience, with your most relevant and recent experience featuring the greater numbers of bullet points. If you only have one or two related positions to list, that's okay. You can stop there or list another unrelated work experience, highlighting strengths that can transfer to any job, like data entry or proficiencies with software.
    • Avoid the temptation to fill in any extra space with filler words, as it will weaken your child care worker resume by taking up space without adding value. It’s okay if your resume is sparse if you include punchy, direct, and substantive words.
  • If you have a project or volunteer experience related to childcare, we recommend including them. If not, unrelated job titles can still drive home key soft skills like communication, teamwork, and problem-solving.

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