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How to Use Teaching Keywords to Your Advantage

How to Use Teaching Keywords to Your Advantage

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The use of teaching keywords in resumes and interviews started several years ago, and their use by job applicants is increasing. In fact, most schools are placing a significant degree of importance on teaching resume keywords before short-listing a candidate for an interview. When candidates use keywords, they stand a good chance of getting selected.

What are teaching keywords?

Simply put, teaching keywords are buzzwords that indicate you are the best candidate for a job. They are nothing short of magic words that can make or break your selection as a teacher.

Resume keywords started appearing several years ago, but they were restricted to resumes written by candidates who were looking for corporate jobs. They became very popular because employers found that they could identify good candidates and speed up the selection process. The popularity of resume keywords expanded to other professions, and both recruiters and candidates started using them as a tool in recruiting and interviewing.

Why are teaching keywords important?

Teaching keywords are important because they immediately project you as the best candidate for a job. Recruiters look for certain skills while scanning resumes and interviewing candidates. Teaching keywords call attention to the skills that recruiters are looking for in candidates. If you include keywords in your resume and mention them during interviews, you will be speaking their language, and it will dramatically increase your chances of being selected for a job.

Another factor that has increased the popularity of teaching resume keywords is the use of computers and the internet to search resumes and shortlist candidates for an interview. Recruiters use these keywords to find candidates who match an available position. When you include keywords in your cover letter, resume, and profile, your chances of being called for an interview increase. This is the reason why most job portals have a separate column in which you enter your skills and competencies.

What are possible resume keywords for teachers?

There are many teaching keywords that you can include in your resume, depending on your qualifications, experience, skills, and accomplishments. For example, you can include keywords related to discipline, academic goals, parent interaction, extracurricular activities, and process improvement. You can review a selection of sample resumes or access internet sites to find them. Log on to the internet and browse the following words: “teacher keywords for resumes.” This will give you an idea of how other candidates are composing their resumes.

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Some keywords you might include are: credentials, education, teaching experience, subject areas, curriculum development or design, student teaching, teaching mentorships, key accomplishments, in-service training, English as a Second Language (ESL), classroom management, teaching and learning, curriculum planning, peer mentoring, lead teacher, teacher-parent relations, special needs students, gifted/talented students, testing, technology integration, discipline strategies, student involvement, parental involvement, teaching across the curriculum, interdisciplinary teaching approaches, K-12, mainstream, inclusion, and/or brain-based learning.

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