These simple tips will make all the difference in finding a job in Education…
Everyone involved in the recruitment process will be asking themselves these questions when they read your CV:
- is the candidate qualified to do the job?
- does the candidate have the training and experience identified in the job specification?
- do we want to interview the candidate and find out more?
You have only moments to make that vital first impression, so it’s important your CV is as good as possible.
An effective CV:
- is no longer than two pages
- is in Word, using an easily readable font, with clean and simple presentation
- has clear headings
- outlines your education, skills and experience briefly in bullet points
- is adapted for each job applied for
- identifies referees
- has impeccable grammar.
Remember to include…
Start with your name at the top of your CV, not curriculum vitae – employers already know what the document is! Follow with your address, typed across the page, your contact telephone numbers and email address. You can include your date of birth and your marital status if you wish, but they aren’t compulsory as they’re not relevant to the selection process.
Opening statement / professional profile
This is an important part of your CV and summarises the knowledge, key skills and experience you’ve gained during studies and employment, in relation to the particular job you’re applying for.
Post Graduate Certificate in Education
State the start and completion dates, the name of the institution and provide an outline of the course. Include its structure, key study areas and any special projects. You need to emphasise in this section that you have undertaken effective professional training.
Include the same details as above and include a summary of your degree and its main elements – do not assume that the recruiters will know what it involved. For example, what academic and educational topics did you study? It’s important to highlight your knowledge base.
Other academic qualifications
Include Diplomas of Higher Education, A2 and AS levels / GCSEs / AGNVQs and GNVQs etc. List them, putting the most recent first. Add columns across the page so you can include the institution where you studied, the dates that study took place, the type of qualifications you achieved and the grade.
If you’ve had any relevant full-time or vacation work, such as working with children, voluntary or community work, TEFL or youth work, give brief details and dates.
If you’re entering teaching from another career, provide dates and brief details about what you’ve been doing. It’s important to focus on aspects of the job which relate directly to teaching, such as staff training, presentations, IT, and science or laboratory skills.
Resist the temptation to clutter your CV with lists of all your vacation jobs and temporary work; you can always summarise these by saying: “Other vacation work has included retail, telephone sales and office assignments.”
Continuing professional development
Employers want to see your commitment to continuing professional development, so provide details of ongoing training and Inset days.
Relevant interests and skills
Highlight your interests and skills that are relevant to the classroom and the school, such as playing musical instruments, interest in sport, first aid and speaking other languages etc.