Want to know about the 5 CV tips that will allow you to build a fantastic CV format once that will last you a lifetime? The founder of Teachweb, an experienced recruitment consultant in the education sector, gives his 5 secrets to what recruiters and schools look for when choosing reliable supply teachers.
1.Formatting – The appearance of your CV can make a potential employer continue reading or put them off completely. A neat layout goes a long way. Ensure the font is the same throughout your CV and there are no irregular indentations. Boxes and tables can also look untidy.
2.Experience – With your teacher CV you’re only as good as your last role – or that’s what our Deputy Head clients will want to see. Whether it went well or ended badly – our clients want to see your most recent role -on the first page of your CV. By making sure your school experience is near the top of your CV (above your education) and that your most recent school is the first one on the list, this can make a great first impression. So try to avoid placing details such as ID numbers and whether you can drive at the top of your CV – these attributes are not your best first impression – your recent teaching experience is!
3.Bullet point explanations – Make sure the content of your CV answers questions like – What did I do at that school? How long was I there? For each role we prefer school name and dates and then below that bullet points listing what your role encompassed. Only stick to the necessary things that will highlight your skillset such as if you were a form tutor, ran homework club for year 9 or you took a GCSE high achievers class. Please note teaching “hot words” and acronyms are good to use in the bullet points about your roles. They professionalise the CV.
4.Your education – Firstly, this should come after your teaching employment if you are seeking supply teaching work. The reason for this is because much of your education we can assume – if you went to University to do Molecular Physics , followed by a PGCE we can assume you also have GCSE English, ICT and Geography – or that if you don’t it will not be relevant to your application for this particular teaching job. Remember to keep it relevant. We also do not need to know about your subs scouts foraging award or your bronze swimming badge – although these do make good conversation in the interview!
5.Font- This aspect may be overlooked but it is in fact highly important- teaching is a modernised profession highly reliant on new technology! Don’t use times new roman – it gives the impression that you are not “au fait” with modern technology.
Now we have shared our 5 top tips for writing a winning CV, have you got any points that have helped get your CV noticed? Let us know what you think works and what doesn’t when applying for supply teaching jobs.