By Chelsey Jonson, Career and Industry Specialist, ASU's Career and Professional Development Services
Are you considering a career as a school administrator or principal? As with other industries, your resume needs to be as relevant as possible. Here are some tips for what to include on your school administrator resume in order to make it relevant and efficient.
In the education industry, licensure is crucial. Although some schools may be more lax on requiring certifications for teachers, it is generally important to showcase your certifications as a school administrator. This category of licensure should appear near the top of the resume. It can be placed near your education section or in conjunction with it. Remember to list the dates you received or renewed your licenses.
Hiring committees need to know how you have led others in the past. By having a section of your resume dedicated to leadership, it will be easy for them to identify your value as a leader. Some experiences you can highlight in this category are your leadership practicum, committees you have managed or participated in, school wide coordinator roles or district planning roles.
Of course, an important qualification for a school administrator is their experience as an educator. Be sure to share how you helped your students, but also make it a point to focus on those aspects of teaching that will represent your ability to be an administrator. This can include strategies you implemented, participation in grade and content level teams and your data driven instruction.
Professional Development and Memberships
Highlighting professional development is helpful for this type of resume, as you will most likely be leading professional development opportunities for your teaching staff. You may want to share trainings that you have led, conferences you have attended, and professional associations that you are a member of.
Using these category suggestions will ensure that your resume is relevant and effective. Resume writing can be a difficult process. If you would like assistance with your school administrator resume (or any other type of resume), don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us through Handshake.