Although there may be positions available, getting a job in the early childhood industry is competitive because there are always a lot of educators looking for work at any time of year. Students finishing their qualification or educators moving on from their previous jobs… Throughout the year, there will always be a number of educators looking to work in this industry. What can you do to stand out...You need an impressive resume!
A resume is a document of your relevant, skills, experiences and education that should target the specific position you are applying for.
The aim of your resume is to interest the employer at the centre, in what you have got to offer, so you are offered an interview.
When applying for a job within a childcare centre, the director or management takes an average of 5-10 seconds to look through your resume. Within that limited time, they will decide whether or not to call you for an interview.
It's so important to make your resume stand out and to make sure you interest the employer.
So let's look at what you need to include on your resume:
Aim to highlight your strengths, skills, experiences and achievements and only include information that reflects you positively. Your resume should show your employer that you have what they are looking for.
Your resume should be easy for an employer to read quickly. The length of your resume should be 3-4 pages long . You don't need to include all your work and life history. Make sure it is relevant to the position you are applying for.
Here are some tips when writing up your resume.
Employers will include the Key Selection Criteria which will need to be addressed and met when applying for a job position.
When responding to the selection criteria you will need to detail your specific capabilities for each criteria. It’s important to include specific examples or situations when you have demonstrated the behaviour, knowledge, skills and qualities asked for in the Key Selection Criteria.
Focus on outcomes that you have achieved and match these to the selection criteria. Use examples that show you have applied specific criteria to your work or life experiences.
For more details and responding to key selection criteria, read the following article:
A cover letter should always be included when submitting your resume (unless it specifically says not to include one). It should include:
For An Advertised Job -
Your cover letter should encourage the employer to want to read your resume so at the end of the cover you could end it like this "I have attached a copy of my resume for your consideration. I look forwards to hearing from you about this application" .
For No Job Advertised -
When you have submitted your resume and cover letter, if you haven't heard back in a couple of weeks, you may contact them and ask them if they had received your application and their response. You may contact them through email by its best to call directly and speak to the directly.
With this guide, it will give you the confidence to write a resume so go on and apply for that position!
You’ve seen a job position that you’re interested in, you have a resume but it asks you to respond to the Key Selection Criteria. This outlines the qualities, knowledge and skills needed to complete the job and helps employers look for someone with a specific set of skills and experiences.
This article should give you a heads-up in preparing for an interview in a childcare centre for a traineeship, casual or a full-time position. This will give you guides on how to prepare for an interview in Childcare, Pre-school or any Early Childhood Settings, finding a suitable childcare centre to work, job interview questions you can be asked, resume and work experience requirements, questions you can ask, first impression, appearance & what to wear, other paper works required and more.
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