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Landing Your Dream Teaching Role

Secrets to Improving Your CV

Published: 09/08/2017

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a NQT looking to start a career in education, or an experienced teacher looking for a new challenge – your CV matters! For competitive posts, schools may receive dozens of applications for each role – so it’s vital that you get it right.

Learn how to optimise your teaching CV and boost your chances of landing that dream teaching role with help from these top tips.

Shorter is sweeter

No one has time to read through a 10-page CV, and overly long resumes are often the first to be thrown out! As a rule of thumb, your CV should be 2 pages (3 as an absolute maximum!).

This might sound difficult if you’ve got a wealth of experience, lots of achievements or a long career, but avoid the temptation to try and list everything – there will be plenty of time to expand on these when you get through to interview.

The goal here is to enable the reader to understand your skills, experience and achievements quickly. Keep things clear, concise and well structured – with each experience backed up by a specific example.

Follow the guidelines

Read the rules before you apply! Some job roles will have strict guidelines in terms of the format, length or even the font, that you need to follow if you’re going to make the cut.

These guidelines are there for a reason – the person reading your resume may be looking to weed out those who can’t read instructions and those with poor attention to detail. Follow the guidelines, and you’ll avoid having your CV being thrown out arbitrarily.

It’s sensible to tailor your CV to match the requirements of the job you’re looking for. Once you’ve written a CV that you’re happy with it, tweak a few elements where required to fit the job description.

Use the right language

Your CV is an opportunity to sell yourself, your experience and your accomplishments. Be confident, and use positive, active language. Avoid using weak, wishy-washy verbs like ‘think’ or ‘feel’. Instead, use positive, active verbs (e.g. achieved, accomplished, improved, developed, enhanced) to boost the strength of your writing.

Back up these active verbs with positive adjectives (e.g. versatile, dedicated, innovative, positive, agile, flexible, resourceful) when describing yourself and your achievements. If possible, look through the job description, and re-use some of the adjectives (and close synonyms) from the person spec.

Get your personal statement right

The first paragraph of your CV is the most important – it’s the first information the reader will see, and it’s your chance to make the right impression. This needs to summarise three key points:

  1. Where you are in your career
  2. What your key achievements are
  3. Your personal qualities and skills

Keep it clear, focused and succinct, using the positive language we talked about earlier in the blog. Three to four sentences should be sufficient.

Show your impact, passion and commitment

Schools want teachers who can make a positive difference – every job role you list should be achievement based. When writing about your previous experience and job roles, focus primarily on the achievements and the positive impact you’ve made.

You’ll also want to demonstrate your commitment to development – so include all your CPD, training and personal development courses. Demonstrating that you are a well-rounded individual with passion outside of teaching can also be useful – but think carefully about what you include and focus on interests that could be beneficial to the school (e.g. sports, music, theatre).

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Are you looking for teaching opportunities in and around the capital? Drive your career forward, with support from Future Education – the specialist education recruitment agency in London.

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