Lisa Harding

5 Tips on Crafting an Effective Contact Information Section for Teachers Transitioning Careers

 Hey there, transitioning teachers! Let's dive deeper into the crucial contact information section on your resume. This seemingly small detail holds the power to leave a lasting impression on potential employers. So, let's make it count! Here are some tips to help you optimize your contact information section: 

1. Name and Desired Job Title:

Start off strong by boldly stating your name and the specific job title you're after. This simple yet impactful introduction instantly grabs attention. For example, let's say you're John Smith, an aspiring Marketing Manager. You can kick it off by saying, "Hi, I'm John Smith, and I'm excited to pursue my dream as a Marketing Manager." By clearly expressing your career goal, you help the ATS system recognize your target role, even without prior experience in the field. 

2. Phone number and email address:

Now, let's talk about the vital pieces of contact information—your phone number and email address. Ensure that both are up-to-date and professional. These are the primary channels through which employers can reach out to you. Choose a professional-sounding email address (like and a phone number that you can easily be reached at. By keeping your contact details current and polished, you project reliability and readiness for new opportunities. 

3. LinkedIn URL:

Ah, LinkedIn—the professional networking platform we all know and love. Including your LinkedIn profile URL is a great way to enhance your personal brand and invite recruiters and hiring managers to explore more about you. If you don't have a LinkedIn profile yet, now is the perfect time to create one. Optimize your profile with a professional headshot, a compelling summary, and a detailed account of your skills, experiences, and accomplishments. Having an up-to-date and engaging LinkedIn presence helps you establish credibility and can set you apart from other applicants. 

4. Portfolio link:

Are you venturing into fields that require a portfolio, such as instructional design or content marketing? If so, don't miss the opportunity to showcase your talents! Include a link to your portfolio, whether it's a website, a digital portfolio platform, or even a well-organized folder in the cloud. This allows potential employers to directly view samples of your work, demonstrating your expertise and creativity. If you don't have a portfolio yet, consider investing time and effort into creating one. Compile your best projects, assignments, or lesson plans that showcase your skills and accomplishments. A compelling portfolio can serve as a powerful tool to impress employers and validate your capabilities. 

5. City and State:

While we want to provide employers with relevant location information, there's no need to go into excessive detail. Simply mentioning your city and state is sufficient. Including your full street address is no longer necessary and can even raise privacy concerns. By focusing on your city and state, you strike the right balance between providing essential location details and maintaining personal security. 
By implementing these strategies, you'll optimize your contact information section, leaving a positive and lasting impression on recruiters and hiring managers. Remember, your resume is your marketing tool, and showcasing your personality and professionalism throughout every section will help you stand out in the competitive job market. So, go ahead and confidently craft your contact info—it's time to make that career transition shine! If you haven’t yet, join LearnWorld’s Facebook Group, Teacher Career Transitions (LearnWorld). 

About This Post:   

This blog post is based on information shared within the Teacher Career Transition Academy. To learn more about this particular topic, refer to the video title “Transitioning Teachers Guide to Writing Resumes Pt. I” located within the Teacher Career Transition Academy.  

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