Get Your Teaching CV Ready for the New Year
Get your teaching CV updated and be ready to start 2023 with a bang! The current cost-of-living crisis is resulting in a high number of people planning to look for work in 2023. And many are telling us that they plan to use the festive break to update their CV. It’s always good practice to make sure your CV is ready to go, even if you are not actively looking for a new opportunity. What if your dream job suddenly becomes available?
Our consultants share their top tips –
Is your employment history up to date on your Teaching CV?
It’s likely that you haven’t applied for a teaching role since you secured your last position. Therefore, your CV is already out of date. Make sure that the details of your current role are on your CV. And remember that it’s not just as simple as where you are and what your job title is. Highlighting your achievements will help you stand out from the crowd. It may be milestones that you have achieved with your class, or a pupil, or some extracurricular activities you’ve been involved in. Be sure to take time to get your experience up to date to show the very best version of your skills.
You may find out blog – Tips to Improve Your Teaching CV of interest for more hints and tips on how to show your employment history on your CV
Check your skills
It’s likely that since you last looked at your CV that you have gained new skills. This is particularly true if you are quite new to teaching. Each term you can learn something new. You may have dealt with something completely new to you. Don’t be afraid to cover this in your CV. And don’t forget about your soft skills too. It’s all very well listing all your core skills, but schools are also looking for your passion when it comes to teaching too. Balancing your work skills with your interpersonal skills makes the skills section of your CV strong.
Cut out what you don’t need
Your CV isn’t something that you just add to year after year. It should evolve as your teaching experience evolves. School are most interested in your last 3 positions. These are the ones that need more information around your duties and your achievements. Anything earlier than your last 3 roles, you can simply list 2 or 3 achievements. A teaching CV should ideally be no longer than 2 pages. Therefore, as your career progresses, your CV will need reformatting. Some blogs you read will recommend that you cut out your hobbies and interests to fit in you work experience. Whilst this is good advice if you CV is very long, it’s still important to show that you have interests outside of school. Therefore, it may be time to….
Reformat your Teaching CV
Does the layout of your CV present your information in the best way? It could be time to look at a different style or template. When you are light on teaching experience, a simple format works best. However, the more experienced you become, the more you have to share on your CV. Take a look at your CV. Is it professional? Ask a couple of friends or family members to take a look too. There are lots of CV templates available online. Make sure that the one you are using is right for you. And whilst a school won’t make a decision purely on the how your CV looks, it does mean that it may be the differentiator between you and another candidate.
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