Post # 1
A quick question for all of you. I just graduated and am applying to my first job as an occasional teacher. I am going over my resume and after I’ve included the most important points from my placements (they are all different but emphasize the buzzwords they often look for) and volunteer teaching experience, I am at a 2.5 page resume. I keep reading that resumes should never be longer than 2 pages, and as a new teacher, not longer than 1. I honestly have no idea how to cut it back when my education and additional qualifications section takes up half a page on its own.
The way we apply in Ontario is through an online database and I’ve read that sometimes it’s okay to have longer resumes online as it will skim the resume for the keywords.
So my question is, would it be better to cut it down to two pages and cut out important experiences, or should I leave it at 2.5 pages?
It’s so scary starting to apply for real jobs and I feel so lost. Thank you in advance to anyone who can offer any advice!
Post # 3
I would cut it down to 2 tops. My resume was 1.5, and even that seemed long. Only put in the very most recent and important experiences. Does your college have a career services dept? I would check with them, and see what they say about cutting it down.
Post # 4
Make sure your descriptions of each experience are concise. My resume has been two pages for the past five years; I cannot make it more concise. Include your education, your student teaching, and maybe one or two jobs you’ve had.
If you would like me to look at your resume, I will. Let me know!
Post # 5
I know it sounds tough to cut, but it can be done. It takes lots of thinking and editing the silliest things. Work with spacing, font, changing the layout, editing small words and rephrasing things to make it shorter, but so it still has all the same content.
Check the different layouts out there and see what works best for you. Maybe by having a small paragraph then a couple bullet points under each example saves you space and gets more information in instead of all bullet points. Something like this http://www.workbloom.com/resume/example/education-curriculum-vitae.aspx
Its less about deleting information, but reducing the words it takes to convey the same message so instead of
- Assisted in selecting the study materials and supplementary guides and designed fall learning parts on that new curriculum
- Designed the English portion of a curriculum and selected the supplementary materials
Post # 6
Have you played around with font sizes and margins? For instance, times new roman is a smaller font than something like arial. Push the margins out to .5″instead of a full inch. Make sure your word processing program isn’t set to add extra spaces in between lines and that you don’t have huge indents that are taking up space. I definitely think you should be at no more than 2 pages but before you cut content, I’d try to manipulate formatting! Good luck! If you want a second set or eyes to look it over, feel free to PM me and I’ll give you my email =)
Post # 7
I’m in Ontario as well and I’m very familiar with applytoeducation, lol. In my experience, principals search the database by your qualifications and yrs of experience. I wouldn’t stress too much about the length of your resume!
Any more questions, I’m happy to help 🙂
Post # 8
Thanks to everyone for the great responses. I was at work all day so I didn’t get a chance to respond until now.
I called my mom (that makes me sound professional lol) who runs an HR department and she helped me cut back some of the weird spacing that was happening. I was able to condense it to 2 pages! It was really hard to condense because I needed to include my relevant volunteer experience (ongoing for 5 years in 3 different schools), my 3 placements and the last two jobs that I’ve had. I assume it would be easier when I’ve actually been teaching, as the retail jobs and volunteer experience won’t matter as much.
Thank you for all the great tips about rephrasing sentences to reduce the amount of words. Those tips definitely helped and I think it looks more professional now. I submitted my resume and cover letter so I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll be called for an interview. I have a few principals who are willing to call in to recommend me so hopefully my chances are good.