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Confessions of a Teacher Recruiter: How to Create an Extraordinary Resume and Hook Your Dream Job details exactly what you need to construct an exceptional resume and manage a job search that attracts the attention of your dream schools.

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Confessions of a Teacher Recruiter Will Teach You How To…

Use detailed checklists to help you create your specific & unique resume

Adapt best practices from sample resumes that demonstrate career excellence

Format your resume so it’s not thrown away when it’s opened

Gain access to downloadable resume and cover letter templates (NEW in 2015!)

Master your online presence & have offers come to you

Gain insights from interviews with teachers who have been successful in their job searches

Avoid mistakes by reading confessions & funny stories from 15+ years of recruiting teachers

Maintain a great attitude throughout a stressful job search

Praise and Reviews

Confessions of a Teacher Recruiter: How to Create an Extraordinary Resume and Hook Your Dream Job has cracked the list of Top 25 bestselling resume books on Amazon.com and is getting rave reviews.

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A. Ross, via Amazon.com

A. Ross, via Amazon.com

“I put this book on my iPad and spent an afternoon reading the first few chapters… I am a recent college grad and I went to school to become a teacher. I thought finding a teaching position would be easy after I graduated. Not the case. I had applied for over 75 jobs in my area and never even got the interview. I read the first few chapters of this book, tweaked my resume the next day, and got hired within a week after sending out my resume to a new batch of districts…”

Elisar, Atlanta Teacher

Elisar, Atlanta Teacher

“From chapter one, I was inspired by your advice. Although I have been teaching for six years; helped my students achieve great test scores; served as a master trainer; written curriculum; and obtained an Ed.S. degree, I barely received invitations to interview for jobs. After completing all of the chapter exercises in “Confessions of a Teacher Recruiter” and submitting my resume, I’ve received three invitations to start the interview process. Your book gave me information that NO one else did. I appreciate your work on this book. Thank you!”

One Day Magazine

One Day Magazine

“[The book] is a straight-talking quest to transform terrible resumes into terrific ones, with advice on topics from what experiences to include to how to utilize social media. Like any good teacher, [Brisson] includes ample checklists, samples, mini-assignments, and a healthy dose of encouragement for what’s often a difficult job search.”

Veronica, via TeachersPayTeachers

Veronica, via TeachersPayTeachers

"I used this to prepare for my interview and practice. I was hired during the first interview right on the spot! Most of the other interviewees were on their second interview! Thank you!"

How to Buy the Book

There are multiple ways to get the great advice in Confessions of a Teacher Recruiter: How to Create an Extraordinary Resume and Hook Your Dream Job!

You can buy the original book in PDF or paperback format as well as purchase a slimmed down formatting guide bundled with templates. Both can be purchased directly from The Opportunities Project web store.

The book is also available on Amazon (Kindle and paperback), Barnes & Noble, (NOOK & paperback) iTunes (all Apple devices), Google Play (all Android devices), Smashwords, Scribd, and Kobo.

You can also engage in personal consulting from author Tracy Brisson to help your resume really stand out.

If you’d like information on purchasing bulk licenses or paperback copies (50+), please contact me for pricing.

Formatting Guide

4.99

  • Step-by-step PDF guide full of resume formatting instructions
  • Section-by-section suggestions on how to make your education, certification, experience & leadership sections pop with specificity and clarity
  • Two complete sample resumes, including one for experienced teachers and one for new teachers & career changers
  • Links to download blank teacher resume .DOCX templates and a cover letter example
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PDF Edition

9.99

  • Step-by-step resume writing & formatting directions for newly certified recent graduates, career changers, and experienced teachers
  • Detailed checklists that will help you stand out and manage your job search successfully, including advice on how to network and use social media effectively
  • Sample resumes and cover letters & links to downloadable templates you can use to construct your professional documents
  • Advice and examples from reviewing over 20,000 resumes and 15+ years of recruiting teachers
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Paperback Edition

14.99

  • Step-by-step resume writing & formatting directions for newly certified recent graduates & students, career changers, and experienced teachers
  • Detailed checklists that will help you stand out and manage your job search successfully, including advice on how to network and use social media effectively
  • Sample resumes and cover letters & links to downloadable templates you can use to construct your professional documents
  • Advice and examples from reviewing over 20,000 resumes and 15+ years of recruiting teachers
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Resume Review

35.00

  • A 30-minute video-based resume consultation with Tracy Brisson via Skype or Google+ Hangout
  • A comprehensive review of the overall strengths and weaknesses of your current resume
  • A lesson on enhancing and quantifying your current accomplishments and experiences to create an extraordinary resume
  • Help with streamlining your resume so it is easily read and highlights what makes you unique as an educator
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Sample Content

Skim through some samples from the book or download a free toolkit to help you get started on creating your extraordinary resume. 

How to Talk About Your Transferable Skills

Step 3 of the free toolkit “5 Steps for Constructing Amazing Resume Bullets” on transferable skills is excerpted from Chapter 2 of Confessions of Confessions of a Teacher Recruiter: How to Create an Extraordinary Resume and Hook Your Dream Job.

As a teacher recruiter, I look for resume patterns that demonstrate potential skills and how the applicant might fit with a particular school, job, and/or a principal. I also want to hire people who are likeable and have a strong work ethic, but those are things I measure in an interview and not in a document.

New teachers and career changers have not had a chance to demonstrate that they are excellent teachers yet. However, economists have found there are some basic skills and behaviors successful people possess that can be assessed via professional achievements. These are often called transferable skills because they transfer across jobs, industries, and academic experiences. I look for the following transferable skills when I evaluate new teachers’ resumes.

  • Being accountable to your own goals
  • Demonstrating intellectual curiosity
  • Taking advantage of leadership opportunities
  • Pursuing challenges and taking risks
  • Achieving goals with children (if applicable)

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Book’s Table of Contents

Legal Stuff

Hello, Teachers!

Introduction: Some Tough Love

Chapter One: Busting Myths About the Hiring Process

Chapter Two: Differentiating Yourself from Your Peers

Chapter Three: Creating Your Extraordinary Resume Section by Section

Chapter Four: Making Your Resume Pretty

Chapter Five: The True Purpose of Cover Letters

 Chapter Six: The Benefits of Social Media and Digital Portfolios

 Lesson Seven: Tips for Overcoming Job Search Anxiety

 Lesson Eight: Final Do’s and Don’ts and Sample Documents

 Acknowledgements

 About The Opportunities Project and Tracy Brisson

 Contact Information

Book Introduction

Introduction: Some Tough Love

My letter to teachers hopefully left you with a sense of hope! We’re going to do it! But before we start, I would like to share some tough love with you.

I want every reader of this book to get the job he or she desires and rock in it, but we have to start where you are. It is highly possible that some of your resumes… well, stink.

A good reason your resume may stink is that you’ve received little career guidance. If you are a career changer or experienced teacher, it may have been many years since you’ve had to apply for a job. If you are a recent college graduate, the quality of services you received from your career center may have been lacking.

Here’s my second confession as a teacher recruiter: recruiters love to share stories about terrible resumes, and I am no different. Once I received a resume from an English teacher who crashed my inbox by inserting into his resume a 10MB photo of himself looking drunk at a party. Another time, I sat at my desk confused by the resume from the 33-year-old candidate who listed her middle school Presidential Fitness award on page eight. I only know her age because her birth date was on page five.

Almost every organization I’ve worked with who hires teachers has a wall of shame where they post resumes that feature clip art.

Seriously, no more apples on your resume. Stop.

However entertaining these terrible resumes may be, they are the minority. The overwhelming majority of resumes and cover letters are mediocre and often passed over. Many candidates may have been really interesting people who could change students’ lives, but the resumes were cluttered, disorganized, and didn’t tell a story specific and unique to them. And that makes me sad because it’s a waste all around.

Mediocre resumes are the worst. At least resumes that stink are memorable.

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Excerpts

  • How to Talk About Your Transferable Skills

  • Book’s Table of Contents

  • Book Introduction

Want a free sample of the book before you buy? Download my free 15-page workbook- 5 Steps for Constructing Amazing Resume Bullets. It includes excerpts from 3 chapters as well as new original content..

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About Tracy Brisson

Author Tracy Brisson

Author Tracy Brisson is Founder and CEO of The Opportunities Project, a national talent development, coaching and recruitment consulting agency, and a recognized career coach, recruitment expert, and author.

Before launching The Opportunities Project, Tracy served as the Director of Teacher Recruitment for the New York City Department of Education, one of the largest employers in the United States, where she supervised the hiring of over 5,000 teachers annually. She has consulted on educator recruitment in California, New Jersey, Louisiana, Massachusetts and a growing list of other states.

Over her career, Tracy has reviewed 20,000+ educator resumes, hired thousands of applicants into teaching positions, and… more importantly, rejected three times as many prospective job seekers. Learn from her expertise so you can conquer the hiring game.

You can learn more about Tracy from her complete bio page.

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