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How to write a must-read CV.

Download a CV template here.

A strong CV is your first opportunity to impress a new school. Get this right and the rest should follow.

Very often our schools will want to see your CV when considering you for a position. Time is of the essence in this situation, and so it is important to have an up to date CV on file with us.

The most important thing you should remember when writing your CV is that it should be clear and simple with a great structure.

Here are some tips that we know will help you get that interview:

Keep it brief Aim for no more than a two or three-page CV. Long rambling CVs won’t be read in full. Try to be concise by summarising key points.

Organise your personal information Make sure you start with your name at the top of your CV, not the words ‘curriculum vitae’ in bold! Employers already know what the document is, but need to know to whom it belongs. Next make sure that you follow this with your home address, email address, home, work and mobile numbers, so that employers can find this information easily and quickly.

Professional profile This is possibly the most important part of your CV. This is your chance to elaborate on key skills gained during studies and employment and to relate this to any job specification.

Take time to write this section well and make sure it flows seamlessly, but avoid clichés at all costs. It should provide concise information on key skills gained through employment. For example:

Key skill Effective behaviour management: By using a range of techniques including agreed ground rules, praise and reward and merit systems, I have maintained good classroom management.

Career summary For most people who have been teaching for a number of years, this can amount to a lot of information. It is best to use bullet points to break it up. Focus on specific teaching responsibilities and achievements in each role. When writing about your achievements, don’t forget to use power verbs as these are likely to have more impact and they can make a tedious list of responsibilities sound like a list of achievements. Power verbs such as managed, achieved, maximised, strengthened, led, are easily applied to various aspects of the teaching profession, for example, I managed incidents of challenging behaviour in the classroom or I achieved 100% improvement in …..But don’t overdo it as they will lose their impact.

Continuing professional development All good teachers show commitment to continuing professional development and employers definitely want to see evidence of this. So, ensure that you provide evidence of further personal or professional training and Inset days.

Out of school interests  If you have a relevant interest such as a passion for green issues, or an interest in sport, then these could be utilised in school.

Use clear simple fonts Our schools will often deal with lots of applications. They need to be able to see key information clearly and easily to decide who is going to get over that first hurdle of securing an interview. Therefore, it’s important to keep presentation clean and simple. Use a readable font that is easy-on-the-eye such as Sans Serif, or Arial. Comic Sans is alright for the classroom, but definitely won’t impress employers. Use borders, by all means, but nothing too fancy.

Final check It goes without saying that any CV should be checked for errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar and accuracy. So make sure you do a final check before you submit it.

Download a CV template here.