• Resume Tips for Teachers Leaving Education

    How to write a resume is the number one question I get from teachers wanting to leave. We’re used to writing resumes for teaching and believe we need to learn how to write resumes for the corporate world. Is it a little different? Yes, but it’s manageable.

    I also found that the EdTech space welcomes transitioning teachers and is okay seeing our teacher resumes. They are very forgiving, but you still should curate your resume in a way that attracts recruiters. So if you’re nervous about revising your resume, start with jobs in EdTech first.

    Use these resume tips below to help you find a job outside the classroom.


    Narrow Your Job Search

    In my blog post, Jobs for Teachers Leaving Education, I mention some jobs that would be great for K-12 educators. Of course, you can’t apply for every job you see, you can, but unless you want to revise your resume to match all of those positions, I suggest focusing on jobs that fit your skill set.

    Focus on one or two jobs you know you’d qualify for based on your experience; that way, you can have a resume or two perfect for that job.

    Only Include Relevant Information

    Let’s get right into it. If the job description doesn’t mention working with children, leave that experience off your resume. If you’re applying for Professional Learning Facilitator roles, you’ll only want to include the experience of you training adults. Let’s say you want to mention that you analyze data; say that. You don’t need to have that you analyzed student data.

    If the job wants you to have experience as an educator, but working with kids is outside the actual role, make a list of your classroom experience, minus descriptions, on a second page.

    Keep It Simple

    I mentioned in the previous section that your resume might have a second page, but I’d keep it to one page. This is because you can successfully communicate your experience and qualifications on one page. And it is better for teachers attempting to leave the classroom, so you don’t have pages full of irrelevant experiences.

    Search for Examples

    Once you figure out what jobs you’re looking for, Google it! If you can find resumes on the internet that match the job you’re searching for, see how you can use them to write your own.

    Honestly, it’s pretty easy to change your resume to fit the corporate world. Especially if you’re applying to roles within EdTech, I promise you can do it!

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  • Jobs for Teachers Leaving the Classroom

    Jobs for Teachers Leaving the Classroom

    Jobs for Teachers Leaving the Classroom

    Teaching is an interesting career. Unfortunately, the system purposely makes teachers believe they can’t do anything other than teach. To keep them trapped in a dysfunctional environment. But one thing I’ve learned in my transition out of the classroom is that teachers have a lot of transferable skills perfect for the corporate world.

    When figuring out what to do next, think about your skill set. What skills do you have that make you unique? Do you write curriculum? Are you in charge of buying educational products for your school or district? Do you facilitate trainings or professional development for your team? Do you have experience entering rosters with educational products? In my search for roles outside the classroom, I have seen positions looking for these exact skills.

    Companies are looking for people with your skill set. Below, I’ve listed a short list of roles that would be perfect for educators ready to transition out of the classroom. They are all entry-level positions that just may be perfect for you.

    Sidenote: EdTech was my route out of the classroom; these are the positions I saw the most while looking at educational companies

    20 plus educational companies that hire teachers

    Professional Learning Facilitator

    This position has many names, but it is a teacher for adults. These people come into schools and teach educators how to use a particular program. This is an easy role to step into if you only have teaching experience. However, it is an even easier position to obtain if you have some experience training adults. 

    Customer Success Manager

    This is a role suitable for those who are instructional coaches or administrators. In this role, you will work with districts to help support their needs. You’ll often schedule trainings and be the contact person for districts. Typically they want you to have experience with making purchasing decisions and have experience communicating with district-level employees.

    Educational Sales

    If you’re into sales, this would be a good fit. You’d be in charge of selling EdTech programs to districts. Have you ever been to an educational conference? These are usually the people you’ll see representing products at the booths. 

    Content/Curriculum Developer

    This role can go by many names. In the EdTech space, this may look like creating items (math, reading, science, etc.) for educational programs. You could be in charge of writing assessments, or it could mean you’re creating training documents for the professional learning specialist. Just know that the responsibilities for this role vary from company to company. So, be sure to look at the job description before applying.

    There are entry-level jobs out there in EdTech perfect for K-12 educators. Think about your experience and what you’d be interested in, and you will find roles perfect for you. 


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