Preparing the Next Generation of School Leaders
Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop
Mission: To support the personal and intellectual success of every student, every day.
Why does this matter to you?
First part of selection process is paper
Resume and cover letter scored by a panel
They only know what you have accomplished
and who you are from these documents
Administrative Power Standard #9
Using skill in written and oral
communication to establish strong lines of
two-way communication with students, staff,
parents, and the community.
Are you qualified for the job you are seeking???
Education (Academic Preparation)
Dates,degrees & credentials
Chronological (most recent first)
Experience (Jobs and Positions)
Chronological(most recent first)
Additional Sections (as needed--support above)
Ex: special skills, awards, publications, related
experience, volunteerism, affiliations, references, etc…
Use of margins and/or columns for readability
Resume Polishing Ideas
Job Title, Site, Year(s)
Action verb, activity, followed by description of
Focus on leadership experiences in various jobs
Teacher, ABC Elementary, 9/00-6/04
Chaired the SBDM Committee and led the creation of
a school-wide discipline plan.
Served as the BTSA Coordinator and redesigned the
site service delivery model.
Can’t follow progression of jobs
Address gaps in cover letter (if needed)
Formatting is sloppy
Should be a clean copy w/o typos
Merely a list of items or a summary
Lack of (or too) much description
Deception and/or “Padding”
Are you the right person for the job you are seeking???
Experiences as they relate to the position
Beliefs, Values, Priorities
Why you are a match
1 Page in length
Author’s voice is clear and distinct
Clearly states what you are seeking
Paragraphs with effective transitions
Easy to read (12 pt. font)
Suggested Letter Format
What are you applying for and why
What you will bring to the position
Why this position is a next step for you
Brief summary of experiences
Why you are a match (specific examples of skills)
Mismatches, if any, show alternate strength
With a final statement
Summarizing the resume
Using an informal tone
Heavy use of education jargon
Adding personal information
Criticizing your boss
Deception and/or “padding”
The scoring panelists need to know…
Who you are and why you are the right
person for the job!
Ask your friends and family to review your
documents carefully before you submit.