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My Top Four Tips on CV Writing

With the resignation date recently passed the focus turns to teaching positions for January. We will be helping your prepare with CV writing tips and interview strategies. Samantha shares with us her top tips for writing a CV. 

I think that a CV can be one of the strangest and hardest things to write, unless you have ever written an online dating profile! A personal CV that makes you sound fun and serious at the same time, not easy!

I have an entire folder on my laptop just for my CVs as there are many of them. Before my current teaching job i had performance CVs, Dance teaching CVs, acting CVs, school teaching CVs and other strange CVs from when I was still at college. I think this is the key place to start, each CV must be specific to the job that you are looking for or applying to. it would be no good for me to send a CV with details of filming and theatre shows to a school where I was applying to teach english for example.

“I am honest, hardworking and a team player” is how most peoples CV profiles read. It is cringe worthy and describes pretty much everybody! I personally don't have a profile on my CV as I feel that my experience and education speaks enough. However, if you are new to the field and perhaps have a few gaps in experience then maybe a well written profile would work well.

I think something that is specific to you and the job should do the trick, personal and to the point as well. Something like this perhaps: “I am a teacher because I find fulfillment in watching students develop.  I take pride in being able to give other knowledge. I bounce well off others and find a strong team encourages and engages me in a school.”

Give lots of details about the teaching you have done, even if its team teaching, smaller groups or saturday morning sports coaching. The details on what your role was and specifically what you taught will go a long way in the eyes of an employer as it will show what you can handle and that they are not throwing you into the deep end.

Of course the obvious, check the spelling and make sure it is in a clear, easy to read and in good chronological order. My favourite bit about writing a CV is the formatting. I like moving around the headings and making bits bold or italic, but I guess thats my creative side coming out.

I am rubbish at checking spelling and typos so if you are the same ask someone else to have a read over it for you, just in case.

Summary:

Tip 1: Make it specific

Tip 2: Don't write a profile (or make it good)

Tip 3: Give detail

Tip 4: Check the Obvious

We will be spending some time helping you get to grips with writing an amazing CV. Downloading our CV templates is a great place to start. You can do so by visiting www.protocol-education.com/teachers-and-support/teaching-cvs.


Tags: Samantha, Bromley, Secondary, drama, supply, daily, teacher

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