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5 Child Care Resume Examples That Worked In 2021

Author: Stephen Greet, Co-founder
Published on: May 5, 2021

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%, 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 jobs in child care you’ll need a resume that stands out from the crowd. But, as a professional child care worker you shouldn’t have to be a professional resume writer too. 

That’s where we come in. 

At BeamJobs, we’ve been granted access to 3,000 child care resumes that got 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 5 free child care resume samples. And along the way we’ve included helpful tips and suggestions for you to get started crafting a successful resume that gets you interviews in 2021.

Child Care Resume

Child Care resume example

Why this resume works

  • One of the most important factors in creating a successful child care resume is demonstrated on this page: the numbers. Can you guess why they’re so important? 
    • Numbers draw the reader's eye. When hiring managers glance through applicant resumes, they only spend 6 seconds on average. Numbers can double or triple the amount of time they spend on your resume. 
      • Plus: numbers efficiently get a point across, making a strong statement of your capability in a small amount of space.  
    • Numbers also provide tangible evidence of your accomplishments and work contributions, making a stronger case for hiring you than words alone would. 
    • It turns out numbers help your resume in more ways than one! 
  • With over 70% of hiring managers 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 resume, try to give numbers on parent reviews, the number of children under your care, the age of children under your care, the number of unique games you created, the amount of time spent in activities, the amount of infectious disease outbreaks avoided by child hygiene standards (you can look up statistics on this), the number of fruits 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

  • Take a look at the resume skills section listed on the right-hand side of this child care provider resume. This section is one of the most underutilized on childcare resumes, but it is actually the second most important section on your entire resume.
    • Hiring managers 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, your resume will be thrown out before a human ever even sees it.
  • In child care, we recommend including key skills like patience, adaptability, flexibility, lesson planning, parent communication, multi-tasking, and problem solving.
  • Tip: to further increase the likelihood tat you get an interview, read job descriptions carefully. They will include or describe the essential job skills you need. You can even look up stats, such as their child-staff ratios to make sure your skills fit the bill.

Entry Level Child Care Resume

Entry Level Child Care resume example

Why this resume works

  • Getting your foot in the door can seem incredibly difficult, if not impossible. Fortunately, hiring managers understand that everyone starts somewhere, and they’ll be scrutinizing your potential to thrive in a child care environment rather than your job titles.
  • In general, we tell child care providers to include 3-6 bullet points per work experience. When you have 2 unrelated job experiences, we recommend having 6 bullet points since that will provide hiring managers with more crucial information.
    • However, that doesn’t mean you should try to fill in any extra space with filler words. Avoid this temptation, as it will actually weaken your resume by taking up space without adding any value. It’s okay if your resume is a little sparse if you include punchy, direct, and substantive words.
  • If you have project or volunteer experience related to childcare, we recommend you include it in your work experiences. If not, unrelated job titles can still drive home key skills in areas like communication, patience, and problem solving.

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 experiences in reverse-chronological order (with your most recent job experience towards the top of the page) will aid in demonstrating your career progression.
      • In fact, we recommend this order regardless of what stage you are at in your child care career. Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are designed to analyze resumes written in reverse-chronological order and are more prone to error when you stray from this format. Basically, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel and display your information in a novel format!
  • This resume contains over a decade’s worth of impressive job experiences, but this resume definitely does NOT look cluttered. Achieving a balance between filling the whole page yet making a product that is easy on the eyes is difficult to achieve.
    • Focus on using strong action words to start each bullet point. For example, words like communicated, calculated, spearheaded, advised, collaborated, and orchestrated are powerful action words that convey your expertise in skills like communication, leadership, and finances.
    • Use this resume checker to make sure 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

  • This resume includes a resume objective.
    • What is a resume objective?
      • A resume objective is a brief 2-3 sentence resume 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. 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 you apply to. We recommend include the prospective job title, company name, and skills that are especially relevant for the job you’re applying to.
        • Writing “I’m seeking to apply to a position with your company” as your resume objective will provide little substantial information. 
  • This resume objective does the job well. It includes a job title and company name, an awareness of the companies community reputation, the number of years of experience in the industry, and multiple specific skills.
  • Include your resume objective at the top of your page, right under your name and job title so it functions properly as a resume introduction.
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