4 tips on how to write an eye-catching CV
A CV is a document you send which highlights your qualifications, success, and employment history to help you achieve a new role. It is important that it looks professional and effectively sells your skills.
Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Nursery Practitioners are in high demand and whether you are new to education or have a wealth of experience, a clear, well-presented CV is a very important aspect of the job search process.
Here are 4 important aspects to consider when writing your CV.
1. Write a strong personal profile
This is the first part people read so it is a good section to quickly sell your main achievements. It’s an introduction to persuade the recruiter to keep reading through. Include your unique skills and qualities which appeal to the employer to make you stand out.
2. Customise your CV
It can take time to customise your CV for different roles, but it is beneficial to do as schools will require different qualities depending on the subject, and whether you’re applying for a teacher or teaching assistant job. Read the job requirement to make sure you meet the criteria and tailor your CV to show how you fit.
Schools are increasingly looking for people skilled in special educational needs so highlighting the specific areas of training and learning support you have demonstrates you have the skills required. Schools value people with Level 2 or Level 3 qualifications in a specific SEN need so it may be useful to carry out professional development in these areas.
3. Highlight your career history
Clearly display the name of the school, start and finish dates and the duties you had. Include the number of pupils responsible in your care, and percentage of student passes you achieved. Numbers are a good way to demonstrate the success you had. From this you can talk about what you did to make it happen, your achievements and any extra duties you had such as extra-curricular activities.
4. Keep it concise
Schools like to see your full career history and if you have a lot of experience, it could make your CV run across many pages. Go into detail about your most recent work and as you go further back in your history, listing an employer’s name, job title and start and end dates condenses the CV to fewer pages.
An ideal CV length should be about two A4 pages long. However, as people progress through their career, employers also like to see an overview of all the work history.
As people tend to scan CVs it’s good to break up text with bullet points and short readable sections.
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