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4 Preschool Teacher Resume Examples For 2021

Author: Stephen Greet, Co-founder
Published on: May 1, 2021

Preschool teaching is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world. You're actively shaping the future and leaving lasting impressions on both children and parents. However, it is undoubtedly a very stressful job. When you've got your hands full with 10+ preschoolers bouncing off the walls and causing total chaos, the last thing you should have to think about is the font on your resume. 

Fortunately, you don't need to think about it anymore. We analyzed 2,500 preschool teacher resumes, and determined what helps, and what doesn't help, teachers get job interviews. 

We broke this information down, creating 4 resume samples to help entry level and senior preschool teachers alike build great resumes. 

Preschool Teacher Resume

Preschool Teacher resume example

Why this resume works

  • We love that this resume includes quantifiable metrics.
    • Metrics make it easier for principals, heads of school, or senior faculty (i.e., hiring managers) to quickly understand the value you have for your current school and the value you would contribute to another.
    • It’s not always easy to figure out what types of metrics to include, though. As a preschool teacher, we recommend you include metrics on the number of students in your classroom, the types of teaching methods you employ, parent feedback, the structure of your lesson plans, standardized test scores, and developmental milestones.
  • If you don’t have quantifiable metrics, or don’t quite know the breakdown of your lesson plans, don’t fret. You can incorporate the easy metrics, such as the number of children in your classroom or the number of learning strategies you employ.
    • When it comes to difficult numbers to find, such as the percent of parents that approved of your work, say something you know to be true. For example, instead of saying, “Received 98% positive feedback”, say “Received positive feedback from 5 parents”.

Preschool Teacher Assistant Resume

Preschool Teacher Assistant resume example

Why this resume works

  • When we review preschool teacher resumes, we commonly find that teachers don’t take advantage of the resume skills
    • Your skills section should contain 4-10 skills in order to give hiring managers a feel for your capability, without giving them a laundry list to read through.
    • The skills you include should be as highly specialized to the job as possible. For example, “web surfing”, “Google Docs”, “MySpace”, and “baker of great cookies” do not belong on your skills section.
      • Instead, include key preschool teaching skills such as patience, creativity, lesson planning, parent communication, and empathetic.
  • But, your resume section isn’t just an important place to sum up your skills for hiring managers. It’s also a critical element to include if you want hiring managers to see your resume at all.
    • When a preschool teaching job is posted online, it frequently receives over 200 applicants. And since the hiring manager tasked with reviewing applicants is also a teacher or principle, they often can’t look at every single resume.
      • That’s why they use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to automatically filter out applicants that don’t have enough skills matched with the job description. In order to avoid being automatically rejected, you need a skills section and you should ideally match 80% or more of the skills listed in the job description.

Entry Level Preschool Teacher Resume

Entry Level Preschool Teacher resume example

Why this resume works

  • As an entry level teacher, it can be difficult to get your foot in the door. Fortunately, hiring managers understand that you won’t have much experience if you’ve just graduated from school or are just going through a significant career change.
    • If you have relevant experience in the past, include it in your work experience. For example, this resume includes highly relevant work experiences as a teacher assistant.
      • Note: even though the job title states “assistant”, the work experience bullet points never use the word “assisted” or “helped”. When you’re looking to move out of a supervised role and take a more independent position, make sure to highlight times when you’ve taken initiative or had ideas.
      • Other relevant work experiences may include nannying jobs, volunteer positions, internships, or even school projects where you worked with children.
    • If you don’t have relevant experiences, you can always include less relevant work experience. You can demonstrate time management, patience, and communication in most fields!
  • This resume includes a resume objective. You don’t always need to include one. But, it’s a good idea to have one when you’re changing careers or need to fill up empty space.
    • If you decide to include an objective in your resume, make sure to include specifics about the job, such as the job title and school name.

Senior Preschool Teacher Resume

Senior Preschool Teacher resume example

Why this resume works

  • As a senior level preschool teacher, make sure to order your work experiences in reverse chronological order, with your most recent job experience towards the top of the page.
    • This helps you in three specific ways. First, it enables hiring managers to quickly see the most relevant (and likely most important) job you’ve help. Second, it demonstrates growth in your career. And third, reverse chronological order works best for Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to properly synthesize your resume. If your information is out of this order, ATS could mistakenly label your most recent job as your oldest job.
  • Always use strong language when you write your resume. This includes action words (such as lead, accelerated, assessed, implemented, and spearheaded), active voice, and metrics. At the same time, you must ensure that you have between 2-4 work experiences, each with 3-6 bullet points that do not exceed 200 words.
    • There are a lot of rules to writing a resume that gets you your dream job. Make sure to utilize this resume checker to make sure your resume is up to the task.
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