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UTeach Conference 2014 Austin, TX. Because You Are the Best: Developing Résumés and Interview Skills. Setting a Purpose. Rate the quality of your resume. 0 = non-existent 1 = started, but not willing to show 2 = decent, willing to show

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setting a purpose
Setting a Purpose
  • Rate the quality of your resume.

0 = non-existent

1 = started, but not willing to show

2 = decent, willing to show

3 = pretty confident, ready for the job interview

  • Think-Pair-Share
    • What is a concern you have with regard to resumes and/or interviews?
    • What do you hope to get out of this session?

RésumésWriting (45 min)

  • Compare/Contrast Résumés
  • Use
  • Action vs. Passive Verbs
  • MS Word Formatting
  • Résumés Checklist

Interviewing Skills (30 min)

  • Overview of Interview Responses
  • Group Interview
compare contrast r sum s
Compare/Contrast Résumés
  • What is similar in the résumés ?
  • What is different in the résumés ?
  • What do you like?
  • What do you not care for?

Share Out: Person who Sat Down First at the Table

overview of r sum s
Overview of Résumés

Chronological Resume

Functional Resume


Focuses on strengths and skills areas and de-emphasizes positions and dates

Skills presented in categories before the Work History section


Maximizes impact in important job duties without “paid” experience

More flexibility in organizing information (e.g. interests, skills)


Plays down direct job-related experience with specific employers

Confusing for employers to read


  • Specifics of each job (dates, duties, employer) and educational experience
  • Presented in reverse chronological order (recent listed first)


  • Easy to read, write and follow
  • Emphasizes continuity and career growth


  • Dependent on past experiences
i don t know what my job responsibilities were
“I don’t know what my job responsibilities were.”

Copy & Paste…. Don’t buy the resume!

action verbs
Action Verbs


On 1 post-it note, write as many synonyms of the word(s) as possible in 1 minute.

Compare ideas with a partner.

Volunteer to share list.

Leadership Skills

Teaching Skills

Communication Skills

Organization Skills

Technical Skills


Creative Skills

ms word formatting
MS Word Formatting


  • Show/Hide: Ruler


  • Track Changes
  • Display for Review
    • Final Showing Markup
    • Original Showing Mark-up


  • Margins


  • Paragraph
    • Show/Hide
    • Alignment: Left/Center/Right/Justify
    • Bullets
    • Indent: Increase or Decrease Indent
    • Line Spacing
  • Tabs
    • Left/Center/Right/Decimal
    • First Line Indent
    • Hanging Indent
  • Font
    • Effects: Small Caps
    • Effects: Superscript
    • Character Spacing: Spacing --> Expanded or Condensed (points)
ms word formatting view page layout tabs
MS Word Formatting: View & Page Layout Tabs

Show-Hide Ruler

Adjust Margins

ms word formatting review tab
MS Word Formatting: Review Tab

Track Changes

Display for Review

Final Showing Mark-Up

Original Showing Mark-Up

ms word formatting indents
MS Word Formatting: Indents

First Line Indent

No Indent

ms word formatting fonts
MS Word Formatting: Fonts

Font Effects: Small Caps


evaluate r sum s w a checklist
Evaluate Résumés w/ a Checklist

Work w/ Table for 5 min

Share Out Results:

Who Sat Down Last at the Table

  • Use 12-point font (no less than 10). Avoid fancy fonts.
  • Use a standard margin width of .75 to 1 inch.
  • Align dates to the right margin (right justified).
  • Use a single space after section headings and within sections.
  • Use a double space between sections.
  • Check spelling. Avoid abbreviations.
  • Use consistent format for headings. (Ex: “bold” or “underline." Do not use both or mix.)
  • Use consistent format for dates. (Ex: “6-25-12” or “June 25, 2012.” Do not mix).
  • Align and indent bullets consistently throughout the résumé.
  • Begin each bullet with an action verb.
  • Use a consistent verb tense and grammatical structure in all bulleted lists.
  • For cardinal numbers, spell out “one” through “nine.” Use Arabic numbers for 10 and above.
  • Use consistent format for ordinalnumbers. (Ex: “6th” or “sixth.” Do not use mix.)
  • List experience and education in reverse chronological order.
  • Do not exceed one page for professional résumés. (References go on separate document.)
  • Do not exceed two pages for teaching résumés.
  • Include your name and page number on the second page. (No selfies.)
  • Teaching résumés use the following headings and heading order: Education, Certification, Teaching Experience, and References. (Additional headings: Highlights of Qualifications, Objective, Volunteer Experience, Related Experience, Honors, Technology Skills, Language Skills)
interview skills
Interview Skills
  • How do I best respond in an interview?
    • Be Specific
    • Be Concise
    • Answer the Entire Question
    • Smile
Example:Why did you decide to become a teacher?
  • While I was student teaching, I had the opportunity to take a student aside to help him with a particularly difficult math concept that he was having trouble understanding. When I was able to show him a different way to approach the problem, and he 'got it', I knew that I had chosen the right field!
interview skills practice
Interview Skills Practice
  • Break into Groups of 6.
    • 3 People will be the Interviewees
    • 3 People will be the Interviewers who rate the interviewees based on the responses.
  • Each interviewer will choose 1 question from the list provided to ask all three interviewees.
  • Switch Roles
most common interview questions
Most Common Interview Questions

Need to Self-Reflect

Need to Research

Why are you a good fit for this job and our school district?

What makes you qualified for this teaching position?

What extra curricular activities would you be interested in sponsoring or participating in after school?

To what extent should students be able to use calculators in the classroom?

Do you have any questions for me?

  • Why did you decide to become a teacher?
  • Describe the best lesson you ever taught.
  • What is your teaching philosophy?
  • If you were hired, what type of classroom management structure would you implement?
  • How have you used, and how will you use, technology in the classroom?
  • Have you had experience boosting a student's self-esteem? If so, how?
  • What would you do if a student refused to do his/her work?
  • What was the worst lesson you taught? What did you learn from it?
  • Who was your favorite teacher? How did they influence your decision to teach?
  • What are your three greatest strengths?
  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • If we were to hire you, what do you expect to struggle with your first year at this school?
  • How do you make learning fun?
  • Create your own question!!!
resume interview debrief
Resume & Interview Debrief

Share-Out & Jot-Down

  • What was tough?
  • What was easy?
  • What do you need to work on? Write 3 tasks for your “To Do” list.
  • Q & A