How to write a great teacher CV
A CV may be the first communication between you and a new employer. First impressions count. The experience in reading your CV is a vitally important one, setting the way that will hopefully progress through interview and employment. It is vital your teacher CV looks professional, positions you in line with your target roles and provides example of achievements to support.
Keep your CV to 2 pages
Keep your teacher CV short – no more than 2 pages. Remember, less than 30 seconds is spent on average reading a CV. Write the CV in a punchy and concise manner using as few words as possible and with bullet points to break up information into digestible chunks. Of course, there should be no typos and ensure consistent formatting and use of white space throughout. Avoid large blocks of copy. There is nothing the time pressed reader likes being faced with less than a sea of black ink.
What type of teacher roles are you applying for?
When writing a teacher CV try to place yourself in the shoes of the reader. They are looking for someone to fill a specific role, and it is your job to align your CV to this role. So be clear about what type of teacher you are – be that special educational needs, head of mathematics or a teacher of modern languages. You can add a tagline at the top of your CV to show clearly your specialism.
The professional profile
The professional profile acts as your introduction. In the first sentence state clearly the type of teacher you are, and this should mirror the job titles you are targeting. Then write something original about your particular skills and qualities. Don’t rely on recruitment clichés like having great ‘communication skills’ or being ‘organised’. Say something different and memorable that will grab the reader’s attention.
Describe the school, showcase your achievements
You may have worked in the same school for 10 years, but you cannot assume anyone reading the CV will know anything about it. Always write a brief description of the organisation you work for, the type of school, number of pupils and staff and any other particular characteristics. Then tell the reader about your achievements – innovative teaching methods, improvements in individual attainment and extra-curricular responsibilities you have taken on. It is good to show not just that you are a great teacher, but also an active member of wider the school.