By Barbara Baditoi
Maybe some of you are still looking for a special education
position. Perhaps you have interviewed and are waiting for an offer. Maybe you
just finished your graduate or undergraduate courses and are waiting for the
transcripts. Or perhaps you are still sending out resumes and cover letters.
Keep your resume short, sweet, and current. The average time
an administrator devotes to that first glance is approximately 10 to 30
seconds. What will stand out in your resume to differentiate you from other
applicants? Do you have special education experience working with CEC, ARC, or the
Special Olympics? Perhaps you have camp or babysitting experience with special
needs students, or you worked as a paraprofessional while raising your own children.
All of these experiences contribute to making you an outstanding candidate.
You can also sprinkle your resume with current buzzwords
(accountability, achievement, diversity, inclusive practices). Don’t overuse
them, but if they are appropriate for your experience, it demonstrates that you
are a continuous learner and practitioner.