Resume Template: Teacher Assistant

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Assistant teaching is not like other assistant roles.

When it comes to the day to day, you are often doing much of the same work your lead teacher is doing.

Depending on the dynamic in your classroom, you can be found leading lessons, working one on one with children, helping fill out child assessments, or even lesson planning.

You’ve got to be able to handle the class like a true teacher and remain humble enough to let someone else take the lead.

Whether this is your comfort zone or you are working towards becoming a lead teacher yourself, you know that this job is the real deal.

When trying to draft a resume that highlights your skills to assist another teacher while also showing that you are strong and competent on your own can be a bit of a balancing act.

That’s why we’re here to help.

Summary

  1. Resume Template
  2. Formatting
  3. Writing Your Resume Summary
  4. Areas of Expertise
  5. Writing Your Work Experience
  6. Writing Your Education Section
  7. Additional Sections
  8. Resume Points to Remember
  9. Resume “Don’ts” to Remember
  10. Some Helpful Tools

Let’s begin with a sample teacher assistant resume to demonstrate how all the resume pieces fit together. Then we will break each section down to really drill into how to write the best teacher assistant resume you possibly can.

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Teacher Assistant Resume (Text Version)

Contact Info:

Lori Jones
ljones@email.com
(704) 232-0399
Charlotte, NC 28217
linkedin.com/ljones

Summary Statement:

Teacher Assistant: Collaborative, detail-oriented, and highly motivated Teacher Assistant. Provides both instructional and administrative support to lead teacher to fulfill daily responsibilities. Facilitates individual and group instruction to support diverse learning styles. Excels in relationship building with students, staff, and parents.

Key Accomplishments/Areas of Expertise

  • Collaboration
  • Organization
  • Problem Solving
  • Lesson Plans
  • Classroom Management
  • Written/Verbal Communication
  • Creativity
  • Relationship Building

Professional Experience:

Stoney Creek Elementary School | Teacher Assistant
Charlotte, NC | August 2012-Present

  • Assist lead teacher by providing instructional guidance to students
  • Collaborate with teacher to outline and implement daily lesson plans
  • Utilize creativity to design classroom activities and assignments to stimulate student learning
  • Aid teacher with administrative work including grading assignments and scheduling

Kreative Kidz | After School Coordinator
Charlotte, NC | August 2010 – May 2012

  • Created a safe and engaging environment for students after normal school hours
  • Facilitated study sessions to ensure students were effectively completing homework assignments
  • Provided programming designed to help students explore science, technology, art, and math

Ridge Elementary School | Teacher Assistant
Charlotte, NC | August 2008 – June 2010

  • Assisted teacher in reinforcing classroom rules to ensure a safe and productive learning environment
  • Supplied assistance in preparing materials for daily lessons
  • Led small groups to assist students needing additional support

Volunteer Experience

Hidden Valley Elementary, Lunch BuddyJanuary 2008-June 2008
Winterfield Elementary, MentorAugust 2007-December 2007
Winterfield Elementary, EOG ProctorMay 2007

Education

Associate of Arts
Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC
May 2008

Formatting

When it comes to resume writing, proper formatting is one of the first things you will be judged on.

There is a particular form to resume writing that is specific and expected. Deviating from it will flag you as uninformed and unprofessional.

When hiring managers typically only spend 6-seconds reviewing a resume, it is essential to lay out what you want to say in a way that is clear, distinct, and up to professional standards.

You can accomplish this by using a legible font and even spacing.

You will also want to lay out your information in reverse chronological order so that your most influential and recent information comes first.

If you can follow these simple guidelines, your teacher assistant resume is already off to a great start.

Start With Your Resume Summary

Now comes the part where you have to think about what you are going to say.

Your summary is important for the simple fact that it introduces you, and it is the first thing that will be seen since it is at the top of the page.

A good summary lists out your skills and qualifications in just two to three sentences, so while you want to be specific and descriptive, you also don’t want to linger.

(There are some exceptions to this, such as if you are applying to a Senior Level role or are extremely accomplished and need more space to highlight your career successes)

Let’s look at a few examples of what we are talking about:

Yes!

Collaborative, detail-oriented, and highly motivated Teacher Assistant. Provides both instructional and administrative support to the lead teacher to fulfill daily responsibilities. Facilitates individual and group instruction to support diverse learning styles. Excels in relationship building with students, staff, and parents.

No!

Motivated Teacher Assistant, who is a team player. I provide support to lead teacher to fulfill daily responsibilities. I can facilitate individual and group instruction and relationship building.

The “Yes!” example shows off the candidate’s skills and abilities, as well as how they would apply them in on the job to add value to the role.

The “No!” example lacks compelling detail and fails to paint a full picture of the candidate’s skills and abilities. It also includes the personal pronoun “I,” which is generally a resume “no-no.”

Key Accomplishments/ Skills & Qualifications

Once you have laid out a brief summary, you may notice that due to its paragraph format, it doesn’t allow specific details to pop out.

When you are trying to grab someone’s attention in just 6-seconds using bullet points to list key accomplishments and skills is an easy way to draw attention to your skill set quickly.

When using bullet points, you are going to want to include your most impressive details that clearly relate to the job you are trying to obtain.

Key Accomplishments/Areas of Expertise

  • Collaboration
  • Organization
  • Problem Solving
  • Lesson Plans
  • Classroom Management
  • Written/Verbal Communication
  • Creativity
  • Relationship Building

When selecting what skills to include, it is important to note that there are two kinds – hard skills and soft skills.

Hard skills are the kinds of skills that you can teach or practice; they are also known as technical skills.

Soft skills are harder to quantify but are typically specific to personality; they are known as people skills.

Your list must include a delicate balance of both kinds of skills to be well rounded and varied.

(See below for a helpful table of some suggested hard and soft skills to include in your teacher assistant resume.)

Writing Your Work Experience

Ideally, your work experience will back up the skills you listed in your summary.

When writing your work experience you want to list your previous jobs in reverse chronological order. This is so that you can list your most impressive and recent employment first.

Depending on your previous work experience, you may need to be selective in deciding which jobs to list.

If you have a lot to work with, make sure you include positions that either directly relate to the job you are applying for or show off applicable skills.

When describing past positions, always include three to five bullet points that define the daily tasks of each job in a way that promotes you as a great assistant teacher candidate.

Yes!

Stoney Creek Elementary School | Teacher Assistant | Charlotte, NC | August 2012-Present

  • Assist lead teacher by providing instructional guidance to students
  • Collaborate with the teacher to outline and implement daily lesson plans
  • Utilize creativity to design classroom activities and assignments to stimulate student learning
  • Aid teacher with administrative work including grading assignments and scheduling 

No!

Stoney Creek Elementary School | Teacher Assistant | Charlotte, NC | August 2012-Present

  • Provide guidance to students
  • Use daily lesson plans
  • Design classroom activities and assignments
  • Grade assignments

The “Yes!” example lays out daily tasks in a specific and descriptive manner while fortifying the lead teacher-assistant teacher dynamic.

The “No!” example leaves out details, is not specific, and uses wording that feels general and vague.

PRO TIP: Use specific and robust power words that highlight your skills and how they would be used in this new position. When trying to come up with wording, reference the job posting and use words that they list when describing the candidate they are seeking.

More About Bots

With today’s busy job market, some hiring managers lack the amount of time necessary to read all of the resumes they receive.

Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), or bots, are designed to sift through resumes and
flag ones that appear to be a good match for the position.

These systems typically search for specific keywords that line up with what the job poster is looking for to decide whether a candidate is “good” or not.

Due to this, some people believe writing their work histories in paragraph form can help boost their keyword count, and therefore increase their chances of getting through to a human reviewer.

Standard bullet point format:

Kreative Kidz | After School Coordinator | Charlotte, NC | August 2010 – May 2012

  • Created a safe and engaging environment for students after normal school hours
  • Facilitated study sessions to ensure students were effectively completing homework assignments
  • Provided programming designed to help students explore science, technology, art, and math

Paragraph format:

Kreative Kidz | After School Coordinator | Charlotte, NC | August 2010 – May 2012

Created a safe and engaging environment for students after normal school hours, and facilitated study sessions to ensure students were effectively completing homework assignments and preparing for upcoming tests. Provided programming designed to help students explore various areas, including science, technology, art, and math.

Some people like to write a paragraph format and include additional bullet points:

Kreative Kidz | After School Coordinator | Charlotte, NC | August 2010 – May 2012

Created a safe and engaging environment for students after normal school hours, and facilitated study sessions to ensure students were effectively completing homework assignments and preparing for upcoming tests. Provided programming designed to help students explore various areas including science, technology, art, and math.

  • CPR/First Aid Certified
  • Lesson Planning

Here at Big Interview, we suggest using the standard bullet point format while including as many descriptive keywords as possible to make both the hiring manager and the ATS happy.

Writing Your Education Section

Your education section lists any degrees you have, starting with your most impressive first (bachelor’s, associates, etc.)

This section is also where you will include any concentrations or minors you have attained.

Example:

Associate of Arts
Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC
May 2008

Be sure to list the full title of your degree, the year you completed it, as well as the school you attended.

In this section, you will also want to include any certifications, workshops, or specifically relevant courses you completed.

Example:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Urban Education

Possible Sections to Include

You may also want to consider including additional sections on your teacher assistant resume.

Some of the sections you could include are:

  • Awards and honors
  • Publications
  • Noteworthy Projects
  • Social Media Influence
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Hobbies/Interests
  • Volunteer Work

What if You Have no Experience?

Let’s say you only recently graduated or decided to switch career paths and so you lack applicable work experience or maybe have none at all.

If this is true for you, it might feel challenging to decide what to put on the page or how to fill it up.

The first thing you will want to do is move your education section just below your resume summary.

If you lack work experience, your education is likely going to be your more impressive section, so you will want to make sure it’s viewable first.

You will also want to try and include as many details in your education section as possible – be specific about any relevant coursework or certifications you have in your repertoire.

If you did well in school, include your GPA or any honors and awards you may have received.

In addition, including more sections that list out any volunteer work or internships will also give you an edge.

Don’t count yourself out of the running – stay positive and confident that you are still the best candidate for the position.

Resume Points to Remember

Double-check your work

It’s always a good idea to review your resume. However, if you can get someone else to take a look at it, you will benefit greatly. If finding a friend to read your teacher assistant resume isn’t an option, try reading your resume out loud to yourself. You might be surprised at how different things sound.

Remember the basics

Always make sure you are including your contact information and any necessary links to work profiles.

Utilize the information given

When trying to come up with skills and keywords that would look good on your teacher assistant resume, make sure you look at the job posting. Usually job posts will list what kind of candidate they are looking for.

Highlight the best

When writing your teacher assistant resume, you likely have particular details that stand out as the strongest. To get those details noticed, make sure you are utilizing spacing and location on the page to draw attention – list it first, and put it on a bullet point.

Try to Avoid

Don’t write two-pages

If your resume is longer than one page, you need to review it and make some changes. Hiring managers are busy and will not be impressed with a resume that isn’t concise and to the point.

Don’t repeat keywords

It is tough to come up with new words to describe yourself, so make sure when you are reviewing your resume, you double-check that you aren’t using the same keyword more than once.

Don’t try too hard

Some resume formatting rules can feel confining, but these rules are there so that your resume is a quick and easy read. Don’t try to use any crazy fonts or strange formats in an attempt to get noticed.

Helpful Tools:

Power Words

  • Administered
  • Founded
  • Adept
  • Formulated
  • Built
  • Implemented
  • Created
  • Improved
  • Consolidated
  • Initiated
  • Coordinated
  • Launched
  • Developed
  • Pioneered
  • Designed
  • Organized

Skills List

Hard Skills Soft Skills
Classroom Management Organization
Lesson Planning Creative
Early Childhood Education Problem Solving
Classroom Guidance Curriculum Collaboration
Written/Verbal Communication Relationship Building