Working on transitioning out of the classroom after being a teacher? Here is some helpful info on how to create a teacher transition resume.

Teacher Transition Resume

It is important for you to remember that you are an asset to your school, and you’ll need to identify those career accomplishments to carry on to the next chapter of your working life. Don’t be afraid to brag about yourself and use specifics that show progress. You may not even be aware of the skills and accomplishments you have already achieved that would make a stellar resume. I have gathered a few tips and trades to for you to master those resume skills.

Writing Your Cover Letter

Your cover letter should be an introduction into who you are and what you can offer. Make sure every covers letter is unique to the company you are sending it to. Add specifics and address how you are equally passionate about their core values. You will be able to find most company mission statements on their respective websites.

How to Start

Start with an introduction paragraph that will likely stay the same on every cover letter, five to six bullet points about why you are qualified for the position, reflect on those achievements (for example: I am constantly focused on collaborative relationships and strategic partnerships that advance the mission, vision and goals of the organization), and a closing statement about the position.

Develop Your Elevator Pitch

An elevator pitch is sort of like a blurb about yourself and is key to a teacher transition resume. Imagine being on an elevator and only having about 30 seconds to sell yourself accurately and succinctly. This is an opportunity for you to identify your expertise and career goals on resume or in front of a hiring manager. Practice it so that It is second nature. It may sound silly but practicing your pitch in front of a mirror is a big help. If you are comfortable in front of the mirror, then you will be comfortable in front of an audience.

It’s important for you to have your pitch handy at networking events, in job interviews, on any social bios and your resume header. Let’s say you are an experienced teacher looking for a transition into a Training and Development manager position.

Elevator Pitch Example

Here’s an example of an elevator pitch for that job: “I have more than 10 years of experience in training and development as a high school teacher where I have planned, directed and coordinated various vocational programs. I am skilled in the ADDIE Model and a variety of training methodologies, and I am currently looking to make a transition from the classroom to the corporate world. If you know anyone who is adding to their Training and Development Team, I hope you’ll send them my way.”

Make sure you are comfortable with the different occupational terms and acronyms associated with any career path you seek, because this shows the recipient of the elevator pitch that you are knowledgeable and ready move into that field of work.

Quantify Your Accomplishments

This is a recommended practice for a teacher transition resume. I am proud of that accomplishments and there is no shame in using that fact on a resume. For example, you can show how much money you have save your school by implementing training on technology. Every company loves someone who can improve processes and decrease costs at the same time. 

I used to help out my school with technology trainings and it didn’t seem like that big of a deal to me at first but looking back I realized that the type of training I was providing could cost anywhere from $500 to $5000 per session. Also, I gathered the data and came up with an estimate of what my help and input would cost on the open market. I ended up saving my school tens of thousands of dollars.

Benefit of Team Accomplishments

Team accomplishments are also your accomplishments. Companies are going to want to see that you have the capability of working within a team environment and what you can contribute as a team member. Any volunteer work also counts. If you have limited working experience, you can use any accomplishments that focused on community activities or after-school programs you have been involved in.

Here are some career accomplishments that can used that you may not have realized: X number of students taught in Y amount of years, curriculums used, content delivery methods (virtual presentation or presentation, and student tests scores improved by X percent at Y time frame.

Spill About Your Skills

As a teacher, you already have skills that can be utilized in the corporate world. For example, your organization and multitasking skills can easily transfer to administrative tasks. Parent-teacher conferences give you the experience to handle customer service situations, conflict resolution and stakeholder engagement. If you have worked on any committees or school plays, then those skills will help you in any project management capacity.

Acquire New Skills

It’s also important to work on new skills while you are still in the classroom to add to your teacher transition resume. The added keywords will make it easier for you to find a new career. For example, you can use online tutorials to help you learn web design, blogging, graphic design and instructional design. A few websites to check out for tutorials and courses: Canva, edX and LinkedIn Learning. I also have a mini-course in instructional design.

Next Steps

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