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What info should be on your CV when applying for a teaching position?

CVs - 22 Oct 2020

There are few things more exciting than getting ready to spread your wings in the career world. The first step to success is putting together the right CV that will catch the eye of potential employers and schools. When you are at the starting point of crafting your teacher resume, the most important thing is that you sell yourself well – you need to demonstrate your qualifications, all the way from your education to your experience. You, of course, may need to include a section dedicated to highlighting your specific skill set, but a potential employer should be able to see what you can do by looking at what you have already done. Showing always trumps  telling when you are applying for a teaching position.

Writing a resume is very unique from other types of professional writing because of its specialized purpose. Teaching resumes have additional details and quirks that can make the writing process more complex.

Always keep these tips in mind:

  • Use action words! When describing your experience, use strong action words such as “created” or “organized” to emphasize.

  • Focus on your accomplishments. Because the duties and roles of a teacher are fairly similar in each school, focus on the things you have achieved in specific fields.

  • Keywords, keywords, keywords. As you structure your CV, refer to the job description of the position you are applying for and include some of the same keywords. You can even bold the specific terms to show that your CV is directed toward that specific position and not just a generic CV that you sent to dozens of schools.

In any job, it is highly unlikely that you will be hired for your sparkling personality alone, but it is very important to list character traits that become skills in the classroom and something that every teacher will need:

  • Patience: the golden key. There is nothing more frustrating than unruly children, but a lack of patience will make it ten times worse.

  • Passion: a teacher is truly a gift to the world and your genuine love and care for learners and teaching need to show throughout your resume without being too obvious.

  • Organisation: the best teachers are well-prepared and organised. Make sure to mention your lesson plans and responsibilities relating to this.

  • Personal Development: Good teachers never stop learning. Your resume should show commitment to continued learning, personal development and a positive attitude.

Remember that the principal will receive hundreds of CV’s and you want to stand out from the crowd. Make it easy for the reader to get the information they need. It would be great to limit your CV to 1 page but that contains hyperlinks to a more comprehensive portfolio of evidence. Do not stress if you can’t get your CV on one page. A 1-3 year experienced teacher would be expected to have a CV of 2 pages. A 4-10 year experienced teacher up to 3 pages. But don’t ever go above 5 pages, please! Nobody will read that far and they will simply move on to the next candidate if you can’t present what is relevant within that frame.

There you have it. That’s what all schools really want – even if they don’t tell you!

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