How to write a resume for working with severely disabled students

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How to write a resume for working with severely disabled students
Disabled children have unique needs. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

In addition to being fulfilling, a career working with disabled students can potentially open up many opportunities in your life. Having experience with disabled students looks good for any aspiring teacher, social worker or child counsellor. Naturally, getting a job with disabled students requires a solid resume that indicates the kind of person who can cater to special needs. To write a good resume for working with severely disabled students, you must emphasise the relevant experience you have, which can include activities from volunteering to tutoring.

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    Read over your current resume. Ask yourself whether this resume cites any experience relevant to work with disabled children. Relevant experience includes tutoring, volunteering with the handicapped, working as a caregiver or working at a daycamp for children with disabilities. Relevant education includes courses in education, physiotherapy (for kids with physical disabilities) and educational psychology.

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    Write down experience you have that can be added to your resume. If you don't have any experience volunteering with disabled kids, think of the next best thing you have. Teenage jobs that involved babysitting or tutoring children will qualify, as they show some experience working with children and students. In the long run, you must get experience through volunteering with disabled students. However, if you do not have that experience yet, you can still apply for the job in which you are interested.

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    Write a page header with your name, address, telephone number and employment goal. Use your word processor's "alignment" feature to place this information in the centre of the top of the page. Click alignment. Click centred, and enter the relevant information. Press enter twice and return the alignment to left two pages down.

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    Write your education history in chronological order. Create a section header titled "education" and underline it by hitting "Ctrl + U" on your keyboard. Enter each school you attended beneath this header, from most recent to first. For grade schools, simply enter school name, location and years attended. For colleges, universities and grad schools, also enter your major or concentration.

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    Write your relevant work history. Use the same header and chronology format you used for the education section. However, for this section, do not include all information unless it is relevant. If you have held 10 jobs in your life, trim this section down. Include all positions where you worked with students or the disabled.

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    Add any volunteer jobs you held in which you worked with students or disabled people. Use the same format you used for education and work experience.

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    Include a reference list. Write three references out on a separate page. Include your contact information on the top of this page, aligned to the centre. Contact three people who have worked with you at jobs or volunteer gigs where you worked with children or the disabled. If they grant you permission to use them as a reference, write them on the volunteer list page. Include their name, company, position and contact information.

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