Grammarly is a free tool to help you improve your writing. If you are a Non-Native English Speaker, this is SUPER important (but it is STILL important if English is your native language). A spelling or grammar mistake in your resume could land it straight in the bin. Download Grammarly here and say goodbye to spelling and grammar mistakes!
According to the career website The Ladders:
"Mistake #1: Obvious spelling or grammar errors
Spelling and grammar errors are the best way to encourage the hiring manager to ditch your resume outright.
Remember, your resume should put your best foot forward. Your absolute best work. If you overlook spelling and grammar errors on something as important as a resume, then what assurance do they have that you’ll add value as an employee?
Pro tip: This includes more than just spelling words correctly. It’s also about using the correct word (ie: there vs. their, etc) and using commas and periods properly. Yes, most recruiters and hiring managers...
Since there was such an amazing response to my article on ATS teacher resumes and how it could affect your job search, I made a FREE template for you!
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Make sure that your resume does not extend longer than 2 pages, use a standard font like Ariel and no more than TWO colours.
With regard to photos - the industry standard has updated recently since the #blacklivesmatter movement has come to the forefront around the world. Many recruiters have pledged to not include photos on resumes due to this being seen to support discriminatory hiring practices against #bipoc teachers within schools. At Staffroom we support equity in hiring practices, though be aware that many schools still expect to see a photo. We prefer to be the change we wish to see in the world and recommend that teachers be hired on their credentials, rather than their skin colour or ethnicity.
I really hope this helps you improve your resume so that you...
Many of the teachers that we speak to have absolutely never heard of something called ATS, (and that's ok because I am going to tell you all about it right now!).
ATS stands for Applicant Tracking Software/ System and it is used by some schools (not all) to manage their recruiting and HR processes.
If you think that you will just email off your resume in response to the job ad, and the HR person or hiring manager at the school will review it as soon as they see the email in the inbox you are mistaken.
A LOT of the larger schools and those with QA and HR processes in are using an ATS before the HR person or hiring manager even looks at your resume. It provides recruiting tools and other functions. These systems sort thousands of resumes.
If you think that schools don't get that many applications, you are mistaken. I know of a school in South East Asia that advertised a teaching role and received over 3000 applications. For a SINGLE job ad.
Schools use an ATS because it helps them...