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A Step by Step Guide to Writing your History Teacher Resume

History is the subject that reveals the past to us. Here is how to write your history teacher resume in order to get an interview.

A Step by Step Guide to Writing your History Teacher Resume
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Brenna Goyette
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A resume is a marketing document. In this case, it’s a marketing document for you as a history teacher. As such, the resume needs to highlight your skills and qualities that make you stand out from the other teachers in the job market. Here are some tips on how to write a history teacher resume:

  • Identify the most relevant work experience in your history teaching journey
  • Highlight key skills and education related to teaching history
  • Create a Career Objective aligned with what you want in a new position.

Identify the most relevant work experience

The first step to writing a history teacher resume is to identify the most relevant work experience. A few factors will help you identify which experience you want to highlight:

  • The amount of time you spent with the company
  • The level of responsibility associated with your position
  • The skills and qualifications you gained from this position

For example, if you were a history teacher at an elementary school for four years, then this would be relevant experience. If you were a museum educator for eight years, this would be relevant experience as well. However, if you only taught one lesson on history in high school over three years ago, it wouldn't make sense to include this as relevant work experience.

Highlight key skills and education related to teaching history

Think about your teaching and what you teach. What methods and skills do you use? Why do you like to teach history? Consider these questions and write them down in a sentence or two.

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  • I'm an innovative, creative teacher who enjoys the challenge of teaching history at the secondary level.
  • I have a strong background in US and world history education with strong analytical skills and the ability to think critically.

Create a Career Objective

Most resumes start with a career objective. The purpose of the objective is to clearly identify what you want in a new position and convey your interest in obtaining it.

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You should write an objective that will make someone reading your resume decide that you're the perfect candidate for the job. In order to do this, you need to focus on three things:

  • Be specific about what type of work environment you're interested in
  • Indicate the company or organization that's most appealing to you
  • Illustrate how you can bring something valuable to the company or organization

Select the Right Format for your History Teacher Resume

There are two formats for a resume: chronological and functional.

The first is a relevant experience-oriented format that lists your history teaching experience in reverse chronological order. The second, on the other hand, focuses more on what you can do and highlights skills and education relevant to teaching history.

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If you're choosing to use the functional format, make sure to highlight your skills and qualifications, such as teaching experience or coursework completed. You should also include a career objective at the top of the document that reflects your desired position and what you're looking for in a new position.

Attach a Cover Letter for your History Teacher Resume

A cover letter is an important part of your history teacher resume. It provides an opportunity to provide more in-depth information about what you can offer a school or company, and to share why you are the best person for the job. Here are some tips to writing a great cover letter:

  • Take time to research the organization before submitting your application
  • Don't be afraid to show your enthusiasm for the position
  • Ensure that your cover letter is tailored for the position you're applying for.

Key Takeaways

  • The resume is a marketing document for you as a history teacher.
  • Your resume needs to highlight your skills and qualities that make you stand out from the other teachers in the job market.
  • Create a Career Objective aligned with what you want in a new position.