Make the most of feeling refreshed from the school break and find some time to spruce up your CV. If it’s up to date, then consider the following suggestions to make sure the format and content is at its best!
First impressions really do count. We often make our mind up about someone within the first few seconds of meeting face-to-face with them. So use the same analogy for your CV to help you bag your next teaching position.
Detail your content in the following order:
Personal Contact Details
Full name – make this clear and bold so that it stands out
Address – if you are planning on moving and teaching overseas, include your future address (as well as your current address), or if not known, include the area you wish to live/teach, with dates if possible
Telephone numbers and email address
Date of birth – it’s helpful for the employer to know your DOB however it’s not essential
Visa status – If you are an international applicant it’s beneficial to show the employer your current visa status
*Format the above so it’s right at the top but try and fit into a small space to save room for everything else!*
Employment (Teaching Experience)
This is one of the most important sections of your CV and should be clear for the employer to gage how much teaching experience you have. If you are a Newly Qualified Teacher, include your placement experience.
Always include dates and where possible include the school or employer name.
List the most recent experience first in chronological order. If you have worked on a voluntary basis it helps to identify this so the employer is aware that the work was unpaid.
Make the most of placements, holiday, or part time work. Don’t ignore jobs just because they sound basic or mundane. However if you are not sure what to include, ask the question ‘so what’ to help you decide what would be relevant to your next employer.
List your teaching qualification first and the date awarded/date to be awarded.
University/college – give the name of your university/college, dates attended, and the title of your course.
It is not necessary to list all of your GCSE subjects. To save space, only include overall grades.
Remember to keep this section factual. It is useful to sort the skills into different categories, for example languages, IT skills and other skills. Keep it short and simple and think of key words that will appear in CV searches online if you have chosen to register with CV job boards. This way, employers will be coming to you. You can also use this section as a chance to detail a particular highlight or achievement in your career.
Interests and Activities
Use this section to show off your social side but keep it short, simple and professional.
If you have the space, include the contact details of at least two teaching/childcare related referees and/or university referees that match your most recent experience.
And remember this:
Stick to a maximum of two pages for the whole CV.
Keep it clear and factual.
Avoid using fancy fonts and colours.
Proof read it.
Proof read it again.
Get someone else to proof read it!