Writing Your Resume and Personal Statement (for final year

download report

Transcript Writing Your Resume and Personal Statement (for final year

Overview - Resumes & Professional Statement

Kerrie Petersen Language and Learning Service Beth Keane Careers & Employment Service

• • • •

Feedback: Commitment to reflective practice!

Usefulness 4.81 Presenters Effectiveness 4.78

Quality Materials 4.25 Overall Helpfulness 4.78 • Comments: – Would love more hands on material, like a resume template – Maybe the STARL could be modelled on handout • Actions – Have included Resume and transferable skills handouts – Have elaborated on STARL and will provide opportunity to practice

The Process

YOU supply information to the QCT QCT puts your information onto a publicly available register YOU complete your application for Education Queensland/Catholic Education and or approach independent school directly EDUCATION QUEENSLAND process your application after official results are released and contact you regarding an interview once a vacancy becomes available

Build the bridge between you and the job

• • • • • • •


Your personal preferences Your referees reports Field experience reports Life and work experiences E-portfolio reflections Points of differentiation How you add value • • •


Link to professional standards Ed Qld vision – Clever Creative Skilled School mission statements

What to include?

• • • • • • • • • Common headings Contact details Career goal Education – usually reverse chronological order Employment experience – usually reverse chronological order Interests, extracurricular activities Achievements Professional/other memberships Referees Selected reference • • • • • • • • • • • • Alternative headings Academic background Career achievements Career objective Community involvement Teaching related experience Educational background Creative pursuits Leisure activities Professional highlights Professional experience Professional skills Specialist knowledge & skills

Resumes for non-EQ applications

• Look for


re information to include ie: – – in advert for the position in the school’s mission statement, philosophy, marketing documents – from information interviews, voluntary work, prac placements etc

Thumbs up or thumbs down?

• • • • • • • • • Age / date of birth Health Marital status Photo Children Religious affiliation Career objective Emoticons Other graphics

EQ-specific resume requirements

• All applicants are required to include a curriculum vitae (CV)/ resume of no more than three (3) pages.

• The CV provides an opportunity for applicants to detail their work and life experiences , community involvement and other skills and competencies that they can offer as a teacher in a Queensland state school.

• The CV should also include details of membership of relevant professional associations and networks and relevant professional development activities that they have undertaken.

• Applicants who have had extensive and relevant non-teaching work experience may also like to provide contact details for up to two (2) professional referees.

• http://education.qld.gov.au/hr/recruitment/teaching/forms-guides.html

p 20


• • • • • Expected completion date identified Availability to commence employment – or include in letter Highlights from course – skills developed, key subjects, assignments, team projects, high grades for units related to position being applied for Less attention to secondary education.

Other qualifications/skills – Computer (competent, familiar with) – Foreign languages (studied, fluent, familiar) – First aid, music, sport……

Professional experience/ employment

• • • • • Career related experience highlighted – job title – – – company/organisation name approximate no. of hours per week if part-time approximate no. of days/weeks/months Highlight skills developed/ responsibilities of roles highlighted as well as achievements Other employment/ voluntary work Transferable skills highlighted Awards & achievements in these roles

From tasks to teaching-related skills

• • • Mandy’s candy bar assistant job: Serve customers → Communication, interpersonal skills, dealing with conflict, problem-solving • Deal with busy periods → Act as manager → Share workload → Organisational skills, managing pressures and stress Supervisory, training, motivational skills, responsibility, positive work ethic, work autonomously Collaborative, work as effective team member

What are my transferable skills?

• • • Talk to the person next to you about a recent job that you have held.

What tasks did you perform while in that position?

What skills did you utilise to complete those tasks? • • • These are your transferable skills – ie they transfer from your non-teaching job to teaching They are valuable - so make sure you tell employers about these skills!

Transferable Skills

• Communication – effective writing – effective speaking – – – listening languages computing • Managing & Organising – organising – can work independently – achieve outcomes • Teamwork – cooperation – motivating others • Problem solving – identifying/analysing – applying knowledge – – – – research decision making follow through capacity to see the ‘big picture’ – appreciation of values/ethics

Achievements and other (relevant!) information

• • • • • Tell the employer about YOU the person Memberships - student groups, student chapters, professional, sporting, social (appropriate!) Achievements - community, sporting, etc Voluntary/ community involvement – if education-related, this may sit better within professional experience section Interests/ extracurricular activities • • Use positive language – give value to experiences Know why you are providing this information to an employer – know what this says about you


• • • Work related and/or academic rather than personal where possible Name, position title, address, phone, fax/email details provided One line explaining relationship to referee (ie Joe Bloggs was my supervising teacher on my most recent prac)


Sample education resume – also available in employment preparation booklet http://www.careers.qut.edu.au/student/resour ce/ResumeEDU.pdf

• • Career development modules http://blackboard.qut.edu.au/webapps/portal/f rameset.jsp?tab=community&url=/webapps/bl ackboard/execute/courseMain?course_id=_3 7761_1 • Resume Feedback Service [email protected]

[email protected]

EQ’s personal statement

Personal Statement (p 19 Guide to teaching in Qld state schools)

The Personal Statement (Statement) provides applicants with an opportunity to emphasise their suitability for employment as a teacher in a state school. The personal nature of the statement enables applicants to highlight the skills, knowledge and attributes that they can offer as a potential employee.

The statement should be no more than 500 words and can be provided in paragraph or dot point format.

Some suggestions for the personal statement include: linking teaching capabilities and practice to relevant departmental reforms and initiatives; highlighting and providing examples of demonstration of the

Professional Standards for Queensland Teachers;

linking previous work and life experiences and community involvement with the role of teachers in Queensland state schools; discussing the role of reflective practice in regards to teaching and learning; and outlining teaching career aspirations.

It is not anticipated that applicants will try to address all of the above in their statement as these are provided as suggestions only.

EQ’s Personal Statement

Look for clues on the Ed Qld website http://education.qld.gov.au/hr/recruitment/teachi ng/forms-guides.html

and in the QCT Professional Standards http://www.qct.edu.au/Standards/documents/PS QT_GradLevel_v3_Web.pdf

EQ is looking for

Skilled Clever



How do you demonstrate these?

Clues from EQ

• • • • The Department of Education and Training achieving and skilled needs professionals who are high dedicated , enthusiastic , flexible and team-orientated schools. to teach in our All offers of employment state school as a teacher in a Queensland are vacancy driven and aim to match school needs with the expertise of applicants.

Opportunities for valuable experience and advancement are available for teachers who are willing to work in rural, remote and regional locations . p 4 Guide to teaching in Qld state schools

Professional Statement

Look for clues in the ED QLD website and your Professional Standards

Gather some evidence & examples: use STARL

• • • • • SITUATION • Describe the context – Uni, prac, community TASK • Define the duties and SKILLS REQUIRED ACTION • Describe your step by step process - HOW RESULTS LEARNING • Outcomes, what happened – MEASURES ( Good feedback from prac, established rapport) • Outline what you learned and will use/ would do differently next time REFLECT

Professional Standards Knowledge Related Experience Work & Life Community Commitment Uni/legislation/ EQ policy/ national curriculum etc Voluntary experience / prac/part-time/ full time work Other experiences/ hobbies/ sports/ extracurricular activities Committees/ voluntary work/ other involvement

Standard 1 Know Students and how they learn S T A R L S T A R L S T A R L S T A R L

Your Turn

• Choose one of the standards and generate some STARL dot points in the table provided.

• Share this with the person sitting next to you

Writing your personal statement

• Let’s have a look at some examples!