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Creating a professional profile in your resume: Quick reference guide

 
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Once you submit your application for employment with us and your application for teacher registration to the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT), you may wish to contact the regional HR teams in the geographical area in which you want to teach, to discuss your preferences and what you have to offer a school.

In this conversation the regional Human Resources officer may ask you to forward your resume to them. You may also be asked for a copy of your resume (CV) when you approach schools directly so it’s good to have one already prepared.

Within your resume, include a short professional profile, a brief summary (3 to 5 sentences) of your skills and experiences as they relate to the role which you are applying for. It’s essentially a condensed version of a cover letter without restating your entire CV.

A professional profile can also be called a career summary, personal profile statement, profile statement, resume profile or resume summary. It’s usually located at the beginning of your resume, designed to sell you in a snapshot and gives an 'essence' of you or how you might add value to a school. It is not your teaching philosophy, it is about what you do and who you are.

We’ve put together this quick reference guide to get you started.

Before you begin

Consider your teaching strengths, your involvement in the community, what you do well and any other qualities that would be an asset to a school or community.

What to include

What you can do

These are your professional skills ('I can') and may include things like:

  • coaching and mentoring
  • computer skills
  • behaviour management skills
  • iPad or technology skills
  • proficiency in OneSchool
  • leadership skills
  • multi-age curriculum planning
  • assessment alignment
  • qualified sports coach
  • event organisation.

What you are

These are your personal skills ('I am') and may include attributes such as:

  • highly organised with excellent time management skills
  • having strong interpersonal skills
  • being an active listener
  • having a commitment to continuous development
  • having a collaborative nature
  • being an artist, a musician or an eco-warrior.

Examples

Talented teacher of grades P-1, committed to maintaining high standards of education with emphasis on developing reading skills. Skilled in adapting to students' diverse learning styles and accustomed to working in a multicultural environment that emphasises inclusion. Exceptional ability to establish cooperative, professional relationships with parents, staff and administration.

Professional educator with diverse experience and strong track record fostering child-centred curriculum and student creativity. Adept at creating a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating, encouraging, and adaptive to the varied needs of students. Committed to professional ethics, standards of practice and the care and education of young children.

Highly motivated, enthusiastic and dedicated secondary Maths teacher who wants all students to be successful learners. Proven abilities in problem solving, classroom management and motivation. Not only experienced in developing curriculum, but also in conducting teacher training, parenting programs and event management.

Registered supply teacher working in the Ipswich area, well-versed in special education and P-6 Australian Curriculum. Highly skilled in classroom management skills. Most-hired short-term contract teacher at **** State School in **location**.

Driven guidance officer with 10+ years of experience teaching and advising high school students. Fluent in Japanese; skilled at communicating and developing relationships with ESL students and their families. Developing knowledge of Auslan (sign language). Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Formatting

To make it easy to read, you should:

  • keep the formatting the same as your overall resume
  • stick to the sentence limit (3 to 5 sentences at most)
  • leave space between paragraphs or sections
  • use full sentences or prose, not bullet points (bullet points work in other parts of your resume but not in this section)
  • minimise the bolding of key words—don’t bold too many, if any
  • keep it short and sharp⁠—be concise.

Further assistance

Check out our other quick reference guides on resumes and cover letters.

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Last updated 19 June 2020