Resumes for educators are already in high demand, and the reasons why so many educators are leaving teaching are clear. Those reasons involve more than a job market that is desperate for employees.
A U.S. News and Report article cited research that 1 in 4 teachers leave the profession because of pandemic stressors, including health concerns, the need to take care of their own children, and the difficulties of remote teaching. In research by the EdWeek Research Center, this estimate is closer to 1 in 3. Regardless of the final count, more teachers are thinking about leaving now than ever before.
If you are one of those educators, your first step on leaving is to take care of yourself and your family. The physical and mental symptoms of stress, including depression, haunt teachers at every level. You deserve a chance to unwind.
When you are ready to return to the workforce, you have several options outside of the teaching profession:
- Learning and development professionals, corporate trainer, or coach—taking your teaching skills to an adult population
- Sales representative or financial advisor—or any job that requires educating people about products and services and about their own needs
- Writer—technical and marketing writers are in demand and can often work remotely
- HR specialist—requiring a high level of communication, training, and administrative skills
- Project manager—coordinating a team, strategizing, and planning to complete a project on time and on budget
- Alternative education careers—for example, ESL teacher, curriculum specialist, educational policy analyst, school administrator, or school counselor
Many of these jobs offer opportunities for remote work and flexible scheduling; some of them pay more (and some less) than teaching; and some can be entered with only slightly more education (for example, PMP or TESL certification).
Your resume is an important part of transitioning to a new career, for it must guide employers to recognize how your skills will positively impact their company. Hiring managers and recruiters may not make the connection themselves between, say, elementary school teaching and project management. Your resume must make that connection for them.
Robin’s Resumes® offers expertise in both resume writing and in job and career transition coaching. That combination leads to resumes that highlight all the positives of your career in education and all the value your experience, training, and education will bring to your next employer. Contact us today.