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Optimizing Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile for Career Success

Episode Summary

As a Family & Consumer Sciences teacher, you’ve been busy this school year with various activities like coaching a sports team, after school club advisor, or CTSO advisor (FCCLA, ProStart SkillsUSA), as well as attending your advisory board meetings ensuing your classes are staying relevant with various industry’s. These activities can be great assets to add to your Cover Letter and Resume. In this podcast, we’ll discuss how to highlight these experiences in a professional way, so you can stand out from other applicants.

Episode Notes

•  First, let’s talk about CTSOs or Career and Technical Student Organizations. These groups provide students with opportunities to develop leadership and technical skills that can be applied in their future careers. As an advisor of a CTSO, you’ve been instrumental in guiding students toward their goals. This is a great experience to highlight in your cover letter and resume.

•  When writing your cover letter, include your experience as an advisor and provide specific examples of how you’ve helped students succeed. For example, you can mention how you provided support and guidance to a group of students struggling with academic performance, or how you’ve helped students plan for their post-secondary education.

• Focus on achievements, not just responsibilities: Instead of simply listing your job duties, highlight your accomplishments and how they have contributed to the success of your previous roles. Use quantifiable data and specific examples to demonstrate your impact.

•  Keep it concise and easy to read: Hiring managers often have many resumes to review, so make sure your resume is easy to read and visually appealing. Use bullet points and clear headings to break up sections and make the information easy to digest. Additionally, limit your resume to two pages if possible.Formatting is key to success!

•  Update your contact information and online presence: Make sure your resume includes your current contact information, including a professional email address and phone number. You should also review and update your online presence, including social media profiles, to ensure they align with your professional brand.

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