And avoid the most common supply teacher CV mistakes

supply teacher cvIf you are competing against numerous candidates for a job, your supply teacher CV needs to stand out from the crowd. In fact in reality you only have about 30 seconds to grab the attention of a potential employer.

At teachweb, our many years experience has told us what works and what doesn’t. Indeed we have seen see the good, the bad and the just plain ugly when it comes to supply teacher CVs.

Therefore in this, the first part of our 4 part series on how to get your ideal supply teaching job, I am going to tell you how you should craft your supply teacher CV to make sure that you get noticed.

So take advantage of these tried and tested tips and practical advice for creating the perfect supply teaching CV.

When constructing a supply teacher CV…do:

  • Begin your CV with a brief statement of your objectives. Then list your most relevant teaching experience.
  • Teaching recruitment agencies and schools are most interested in the teaching roles you have carried out most recently. If they want to find out more they will ask you at the interview. Therefore list your experience in REVERSE chronological order.
  • Focus the content of your CV on job you are applying for. The objective of your CV is to connect your skills and experience to those that the school is seeking. Therefore if you teach Spanish and History, match your Spanish skills to the requirements of a Spanish teaching job. Match your History teaching skills to the requirements of a History teaching job.
  • Pay particular attention to detail. Proof read your CV at least three times. Better still get someone else to proof read your CV for you. Remember your competition will also be paying attention to detail.
  • Assume first impressions count. Your CV is your first impressi• on.
  • Listen to the advice given by your supply-teaching agency. We have vast experience in reading, processing and distributing CVs. In fact if there is one thing we are good at it is evaluating CVs.
  • Use the advice given to create a stand out CV. You only need to do this once. Having created your perfect CV, it can be sent to hundreds of schools.

When constructing a supply teaching CV…do not:

  • Reinvent the wheel. Use a standard supply teacher cv template. Your objective is to make it easy for an employer to find the information it needs quickly and easily.
  • List your experience backwards. Place your most recent experience at the top of your CV please.
  • Use boxes. Believe it or not – they look OLD FASHIONED!
  • List lots of impressive but irrelevant qualifications (especially at the top of your CV). Schools know many PHD holders cannot teach well.
  • Write your CV in Times New Roman. Use a reader friendly font. We recommend Arial font in 12 pt.

Now you have got a sense about what and what not to do download these supply teaching CV templates and use them as a starting point for creating your winning CV.

Watch this space for part two in our series on how to win your ideal supply-teaching job. Next week we will provide you with advice about how to obtain references.

Rick Smallwood, Founder teachweb supply teaching agency
Rick Smallwood, founder, teachweb

 About the author: Rick Smallwood is a former chemistry teacher and founder of leading London and the South East supply teacher agency teachweb. He has a proven track record of matching the right teachers to the right vacancy.