It’s never been harder for independent schools to staff administrators and teachers, especially in STEM. The Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning estimates that one third of the teaching force is nearing retirement and California will need an additional 100,000 teachers over the next decade. The Science Teacher shortage is even more severe and brings its own challenges.
Your resume is the first thing a potential employer will see, making it vital to landing an initial call, interview, and, eventually, your dream job. People involved in hiring often look at dozens - sometimes hundreds! - of resumes to find the perfect applicants, which makes carefully reading and reviewing each resume one of the most critical parts of hiring. That’s a responsibility we take very seriously at CalWest – members of the Candidate Team review every teacher, administrator, and head-of-school resume multiple times before sending them school leaders to review. The more we see, the more we know that each resume is as unique as the person it represents. However, there are approaches to resume writing that can put you ahead of the crowd. Whether you’re early in your teaching career or looking to revise a multi-page administrative CV, following a process can make resume review less painful. Here are six essential steps to writing a resume that reflects your authentic self and helps recruiters and hiring managers know exactly where you’ll fit best.