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Can I post here to ask for help?

 

I am applying to work as a substitute teacher at ds's school.  The only qualifications are having a HS diploma and passing a background check.  So I guess I am fully qualified!  Only problem is I have no experience.  Honestly, that barely matters, I know the job is mine for applying.  I still want to put effort in to making a nice resume, though.

 

I am planning to leave out all the un-jobbing type stuff I've done: cleaning, paper delivery, ebaying, etc.  In its place I want to put various volunteer work that I have done which relates to education.  Primarily it is the enormous number of hours I have spent volunteering in public schools since ds1 started kindy more than a decade ago.  Also, I have spent about 20 years working as a volunteer tutor.  Only thing is, the opportunity is through my church and the main textbook is the bible.

 

How do I portray these two "jobs" to my advantage?  Thanks!


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I have to scoot out for a dinner but I will be back later to help!


 
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Look up "Skills Based Resume."  There are lots of good templates out there that emphasize your qualifications rather than your work history.

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Can I post here to ask for help?

 

I am applying to work as a substitute teacher at ds's school.  The only qualifications are having a HS diploma and passing a background check.  So I guess I am fully qualified!  Only problem is I have no experience.  Honestly, that barely matters, I know the job is mine for applying.  I still want to put effort in to making a nice resume, though.

 

I am planning to leave out all the un-jobbing type stuff I've done: cleaning, paper delivery, ebaying, etc.  In its place I want to put various volunteer work that I have done which relates to education.  Primarily it is the enormous number of hours I have spent volunteering in public schools since ds1 started kindy more than a decade ago.  Also, I have spent about 20 years working as a volunteer tutor.  Only thing is, the opportunity is through my church and the main textbook is the bible.

 

How do I portray these two "jobs" to my advantage?  Thanks!

 

So I would include at least one or two of your paid work experiences. At least paper delivery and cleaning. Reason is, it shows that you are reliable and have good follow through, both of which are traits that would be important for a sub teacher job. If you can throw in a reference from one of these jobs  that would be good too. Your resume may end up being on file for quite a while and may be looked at for other positions, so you want as much good stuff on there as you can. 

 
For the volunteer hours, I would list the tasks and activities that you helped with and were responsible for.  Around the tutoring,I'm not sure it is necessary to say which 'book' you were tutoring from. The fact that you had sustained relationships with students over time is the more important fact. Think about what traits the school would want in you, then set about to prove that you have them: reliability,, patience, tenacity, stick-to-it-iveness, follow through, good relationships. 
 
Would love to see a draft when you have one!

 
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I guess what I don't understand is how to list the job without naming my church.  I just applied for another job a few weeks that was something I actually had done before.  I only listed previous work experience that was in that field.  I have been unemployed by choice for 4 years.  When I called to get the email address to send the resume, the manager answered and peppered me with questions and while I did not get at all flustered, I answered honestly.  She asked if I'd been keeping myself busy in the last four years and I said that I had, by doing volunteer work.  She was very persistent in getting me to name my religion and when faced with the option of telling her where I worship or telling she was breaking the law by asking, I just went with naming my church.  NTS, I didn't get the job.  :(

 

I have a paid work experience that lasted three years and I know how to word that  to make it sound like I did something special and important.  I actually was a training coach/SME in that company so I have that in my favor.  It's just the exact wording of the volunteer stuff that I am struggling with.  How do I say what I did without bringing personal religious stuff in to it?


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I would just list your volunteer experience at XXX Church. You don't have to belong to a church to volunteer for one of their programs and the school is only going to interested in your skills.
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Here's an article that might be helpful to you:

 

http://www.gvsu.edu/service/how-to-present-volunteer-activities-on-a-resume-68.htm


 
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"Word things in a neutral way without indicating alliance with religion, political party or controversial issue. Only mention political or religious affiliation if the position targeted depends upon this kind of information"

 

So I'm kinda screwed I guess!  LOL


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Well it is not legal to ask your religious affiliation. HOwever, if your volunteer work was with a specific church, then you just impartially list it as where you did the volunteer work. But I'd stress the skills you utilized and the what the experience taught you that you can now offer to the next experience; not the religious component.


 
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I've put volunteer work for my church on my resume.

 

I, personally, organize my resume in three categories: Work Experience, Volunteer Experience, Education. I then break out what skills I have from each experience. 

 

This is how I might do it for a volunteer role at my church (not a role I have, I'm making this up, but whatevs):

 

Volunteer Experience:

 

Religious Education Instructor

The Burlington Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

October 2008--present

     --Developed and implemented age-appropriate curricula for students aged 8--12

     --Taught reading comprehension, emotional intelligence, and critical thinking

     --Facilitated group play; mediated disputes

 

Like that. 

 

ETA: Note that while I do list my religious affiliation, I word the skills so that they're neutral, yes? I think listing the specific church is important in order to give it equal weight as the paid jobs. If you're uncomfortable listing the denomination, as I did above, you could reword it so that the denomination is less obvious:

 

Burlington Friends Meeting

111 South Prospect Street, Burlington Vermont

 

If I thought being a Quaker would play against me, that'd probably work. OTOH if you go to the First Baptist Church or United Methodist or Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, it'll be obvious. ;-) I think that's OK, though! Better to put on the experience and risk (illegal) discrimination than to leave it out and risk seeming less prepared. 

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I'm in school for teaching now. If you PM me with an email to send it, I'll send the sample resume they sent out to us.

 

Basically it had:

 

Name and personal information

 

Education

 

Teaching experience

     - this is where I'd put volunteering, coaching, ect.

 

Recognitions

 

Leadership experiences

       - move volunteer experience can go here.

 

Memberships

 

Work experience

 

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As for volunteer work with the church I'd just list the title and responsibilities and for location or I'd put religious organization or group.


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Thanks to everyone who is helping out!  I went to a resume workshop last week and I think I've made myself a pretty decent functional resume.  How's this look?

 

Areas of Expertise

Instruction:

 

·         1994-present: One-on-one tutor volunteering through a local organization to help students improve literacy and gain life skills through study of religious texts

·         2000-2013: Assisted teachers as reading fluency coach, supervised small groups of children on field trips and large groups briefly in the classroom

·         2007-2009: Subject matter expert, helped train newly-hired employees by demonstrating proper procedure and observing and offering feedback, encouragement, and correction

·         2005-2006: Virtual school facilitator, raised student’s academic subject grades by two letters, improved standardized test scores, rekindled student’s love of learning in preparation for entering middle school

 

 

Communication:

 

·          1994-present: Student of public speaking course through local organization. Student research is presented to a crowd of approximately 100. Topics of study include: (Listed a few)

·         2010-2011: Corresponding Secretary of PTO at Fill in the Blank School, implemented school-wide use of Twitter to facilitate sharing of emergency information with parents

 


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Can someone tell me if I'm getting the chronological order thingie right, what with some of these being dated from years ago to the present?

 

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I think people usually put the most current experience first and then work backwards. I will have to check. I do more reading of other's resumes these days than writing my own, but I think what I said is true. 


 
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I meant to also say, your content looks great! You've come a long way in terms of teasing out how to describe what you were doing in those positions!


 
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As an education specialist, I have to disagree. To be honest, it reads like it was written by someone outside the field but using bigger labels than are justified. "Reading Coach" and "Virtual School Facilitator", to me, aren't appropriate terms, IMO. Being a tutor is a great experience, I'd focus on the skills you used while tutoring.
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