Photo: Do not use a photo of yourself, this is a big NO-NO! Don’t let the employer prejudge you even before he gets to know you.
Contact Information: Name, address, email and phone…Of course! Simple as this may seem, you want to do this right.
Name: Make sure your name stands out—use a larger font size or even go bold with a splash of color. Stay away from script or hard to read type (never smaller then 7pts).
Email: Everyone has one, but is it harming you? Make it easy to read and spell. Don’t use your personal account—create a new one just for employers. Stay away from risky user names like “2hot2handle” or “foxymama“—this gives off a bad impression. Also avoid 1′s and zeros—this can confuse an employer to type in “I” or “O”… and once that email bounces back, you may never get a second chance.
Label Yourself: Label yourself before the employer labels you. List who you are at the top after your contact information. Here are just a few examples of professional labels:
Virtual Educator • Instructional Designer • Educational Technology Specialist
Technology Integration Specialist • Online Curriculum Developer • e-Learning Instructor
Elementary Technology Coordinator • Technology Trainer • Online Educator
Hyperlink: Insert a hyperlink that connects to your online site or blog. This should be right at the very top, along with your contact information.
Profile Vs Objective: A resume “Profile” is different from an “Objective” statement. A “Profile” is more focused on the employer and what benefits he/she will receive by hiring you. An “Objective” is more focused on you. A “Profile” features your skills, accomplishments, and career level, and can also include your career objective as well, but with the advantage to look more attractive and interesting to recruiters. Here is an example of a strong profile:
• An Effective Leader, in the Fields of Instructional Technology and Multi-Media Production
• Creation and Implementation of Research and Content; While Meeting Timely Deadlines
• Development of Training Procedures, to Overcome Day-To-Day Operational Challenges
• Collaborative Learning, Through Positive Engagement and the Transfer of Powerful Knowledge
Skills & Software: List your technical and professional skills at the top. Bullet point (2-3 Columns) – Make it easy to read – not wordy. Here are a few example:
• HTML/CSS • VoIP (Skype, Ventrilo, etc…)
• Screenflow and Fraps • FTP software
• iLife (GarageBand, iMovie, iPhoto) • Cloud Storage (iCloud, DropBox, etc…)
• WordPress • iWork (Pages, Numbers, Keynote)
• Adobe Acrobat X • Web 2.0 tools / Social Media
Work Experience: List the names of the companies you worked for, city and state, titles/positions and employment dates. In a small paragraph, highlight the duties you performed—be accurate and concise but also choose those duties that are most relevant to the position you are seeking.
While it is acceptable to write full sentences in paragraph form for each position you held, it is more common to create a bullet list of the duties you performed. Take some time to really think over what you actually accomplished for the job, list the specific activities and duties that you were responsible for, and craft exciting and concise bullet items representing those activities.
Education: Move “Education” to the very bottom of your resume. You are a working professional within your industry and not a student. Also do not abbreviate your degree, spell it out. NO “MS“, instead use “Master of Science”
Resources to Review Before Getting Started
Personal Branding – Lynda.com
Learn how to manage the way you’re perceived, online and off, with these personal branding strategies.
Designing a Resume in Indesign – Lynda.com
Three different design approaches to make your resume stand out and make hiring managers take notice. Great tutorial, the only two things I would change is do not add a picture and adding at least couple bullet points for each job description will give the employer relevant information.
Standard Resume Samples: Here are a few sites to get resume idea’s from:
Curriculum Vitae: A curriculum vitae, commonly referred to as CV, is a longer (two or more pages), more detailed synopsis than a resume. It includes a summary of your educational and academic background, as well as teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honors, affiliations, and other details. Here are a few sites that show examples and templates:
- About.com CV Samples
- CV Tips.com
- Kent University – CV Samlpes
- Instructional Deigner TEMPLATE – MS Word
- Samples of CV resumes
Keywords for Instructors
Resume Samples: Here are just a few samples for you to review.