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Apr 17, 2013

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A Resume for the Modern Art Teacher

I often receive emails from art teachers asking me to look over their resumes to help them land that perfect job in art education, especially after writing this article awhile back with some pretty ‘far out’ resume examples. As a result of these examples, many teachers have asked “Can I really pull off a trendy resume like that?”

It’s important to strike a balance between professionalism and creativity. When Kassie sent me her resume to look over, I was blown away! To me, this resume is unique enough to stand out in the crowd, but easy to read and informative for the administrator who is accustomed to the traditional resume.

Resume Sample

Click on this sample to see the details, and thanks, Kassie, for sharing. My favorite part? The fact that it all fits on one page. I always value simplicity (if you can squeeze it all in). I hope it inspires you to revamp your resume to stand out in the pile. You just never know what opportunities may come about!

Is your resume in need of some serious updating?

Do you use a resume or do you call it a Vitae (CV)

Psstt. Come back tomorrow for some job interview tips!

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  • http://twitter.com/Feministmusic feministmusic

    I wish I was brave enough for a resume like this. I just don’t want to get passed up by a traditionalist principal. I have been using the same resume format for 3 years and I am so bored with it…but I don’t know how to make it more functional and fit more info. Plus, I still like it traditional. Any more traditional examples?

    • http://www.theartofed.com/ Jessica Balsley

      One creative way to take a traditional resume and give it a little ‘flair’ without all the bells and whistles is to simply add color. Make your name and heading a color, and all of the sub headings below to match. Something this simple might just do the trick for you. It’s all about finding what makes you comfortable and allows your greatness to shine through.

    • Marie Elcin

      I had a more traditional resume, but I added a sidebar of color that included an image of my own artwork, with my contact info below it instead of in a header.

      • http://www.theartofed.com/ Jessica Balsley

        That sounds like a nice balance, Marie!

  • http://twitter.com/jenlane74 Jennifer Lane

    Hi Jessica, I’m an administrator in an elementary school and I LOVE reading your site. This week we have been interviewing over a dozen candidates for a PE job. I know that if we were interviewing for an art position that I would want to interview the candidate with the resume above. Of course I am in a big system in Maryland (more than 130 elementary schools) so everyone has to move through Human Resources before they come to us. But I think if you are trying to get a job as an art teacher, it is a FINE thing to show that you are creative and can make a resume that is visually appealing and plays to visual literacy skills.
    Keep up the good work!

    • http://www.theartofed.com/ Jessica Balsley

      Hi Jennifer- It’s great to hear your perspective as an administrator. Thank you so much for chiming in. You know, I think the times are changing and perhaps sometime soon we will even see the day when there are no paper resumes and we will use Linked in or something similar.

  • Melissa

    Jessica,

    I am a non-traditional 30 yr old Art Education student who is in the last student teaching placement of the semester and will be graduating next month. I was in the corporate world before this and am used to sticking to the “boring” professional resumes while my creative heart and soul screamed. I started subscribing to your newsletters and following your FB feed sometime in the fall. I just wanted to say how thankful I am for all of the info you post…. especially this resume!! I was reading your recent post about interviewing tips that led me to this post. This is definitely THEE BEST INFO EVER! Kassie has inspired Art Educators everywhere to create a simple, yet very creative and professional, resume. I have sat many times through student teaching and thought to myself, “How am I going to make my resume stand out?! There has to be a way! I’m a talented, experienced, and passionate artist that has a knack for teaching. How do I do what I do best – think outside of the box?” I have a graphic design background and knew there had to be solution…. and Kassie has found it. Thank you so much for sharing her resume with all of us. It is seriously a lifesaver! I will have to let you know if I land an interview in the coming months!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sidney.bales Sidney Bales

    My daughter is in this stage of her life. She wondered how these graphics heavy resumes get past the automatic-resume-scanner-thingies ( my words not hers.). Any one know?

  • Maggie

    Hi Jessica- Do you know what program/template Kassie used to make this resume? I’m not an art teacher, but I LOVE the style she has used here. Thanks!! ~Maggie

    • http://www.theartofed.com/ Jessica Balsley

      You can use anything, really. Pages on your Mac and even Word if you are savvy.

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  • Vicki Oehring

    Jessica,
    I am a professional resume writer with 20 years experience in recruiting and staffing. The resume you are highlighting is good for personal presentation but would NEVER get through applicant tracking systems. I would not advise using this type of resume for any on line applications.
    Vicki-climbinghire.com

  • kelly

    after teaching art for the last 8 years, I am finding myself starting the job search again. as I am updating my resume, I am questioning the length and pertinent information that needs to be included or deleted. my question is: how far back should I go with information? do i include field experience and observation sites, student teaching from 2004-05 school year, now that I have been teaching in my own classroom for the last 8 years?