Overview - Resumes & Professional
Statement
Kerrie Petersen
Language and Learning Service
Beth Keane
Careers & Employment Service
Feedback: Commitment to reflective practice!
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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
YOU
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Your personal preferences
Your referees reports
Field experience reports
Life and work experiences
E-portfolio reflections
Points of differentiation
How you add value
THE JOB
• 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
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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 clues 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?
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Age / date of birth
Health
Marital status
Photo
Children
Religious affiliation
Career objective
Emoticons
Other graphics
EQ-specific resume requirements
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All applicants are required to include a curriculum vitae (CV)/
resume of no more than three (3) pages.
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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.
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The CV should also include details of membership of relevant professional
associations and networks and relevant professional development activities that
they have undertaken.
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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.
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http://education.qld.gov.au/hr/recruitment/teaching/forms-guides.html p 20
Education
• 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 →
Organisational skills, managing
pressures and stress
• Act as manager →
Supervisory, training, motivational
skills, responsibility, positive work
ethic, work autonomously
• Share workload →
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
Referees
• 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)
Resources
• 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
Clever
Skilled
employees
Creative
How do you
demonstrate
these?
Clues from EQ
• The Department of Education and Training needs high
achieving and skilled professionals who are dedicated,
enthusiastic, flexible and team-orientated to teach in our
schools.
• All offers of employment as a teacher in a Queensland
state school 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.
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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
• Outcomes, what happened – MEASURES
(Good feedback from prac, established rapport)
• LEARNING
• Outline what you learned and will use/ would do
differently next time - REFLECT
Professional
Standards-
Standard 1
Know Students
and how they
learn
Knowledge
Related Experience
Work & Life
Voluntary
Other experiences/
experience /
hobbies/ sports/
EQ policy/ national
prac/part-time/ fullextracurricular
curriculum etc
time work
activities
Community
Commitment
Uni/legislation/
Committees/
voluntary work/
other involvement
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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!
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