Teach in the UK• 3 Min read

16th November 2020

Create A Teaching CV: Help, Ideas And Samples

If you are thinking of a career move, sprucing up your teaching CV is the perfect way to kick-start your search. We’ve pulled together some tips and suggestions from our experts to creating a stand-out CV!

Get The Layout Right

There’s a correct format that most employers expect from a CV, which we’ve outlined below. Most word processing applications have CV templates which you can select and then fill in with your own details. The majority of recruiters that you work with will reformat your CV before sending it out to their clients so avoid fancy fonts or text boxes. Helvetica and Times New Roman tend to look the same on every computer and tend to be the font that recruiters recommend. Keep your CV to two pages if possible, three maximum.

  1. Contact Details
  2. Personal Profile
  3. Most Recent Employment
  4. Less Recent Employment
  5. Education & Interests

Showcase Your Relevant Skills

Once you have the basics in place, you can fill in relevant experience and achievements. We always recommend tailoring a CV to fit a job description, highlighting key relevant skills and responsibilities. You want the person reading your CV understand how you would fit into the role and the school. We asked Engage ‘s Head Of Education, Joe Raffell for his top tip for writing about your most recent experience and he suggested: “Don’t just list what you did in your previous role, talk about how you did it and what the result was.” 3 – 5 bullet points for each of your relevant past jobs should be enough to summarise your experience there, save longer explanations and examples for the interview!

Top Tips

There are so many great tips and tricks for creating a stand-out CV on the web, here are some of our favourites:

  • Include a photo if you want – it might help the employer picture you in the role!
  • Your full name and two ways to contact you should be at the top
  • Use accurate dates – mm/yyyy is the correct format
  • Avoid cliches in your personal profile, you don’t want to sound like everyone else!
  • List job roles in reverse chronological order, most recent first
  • Write at least 3 bullet points about every relevant experience you have
  • Change your CV to highlight relevant areas of your experience for different roles

Examples Of Great Teaching CV’s

There are some great examples of CV layouts and formats all over the web. We like this one, by CV Library, which showcases great CV’s for different professions.

We’ve also got a Pinterest board dedicated specifically to great examples of CV’s from the education profession, which we update all the time!

Need More?

We hope this blog has been helpful to you in crafting a great CV for teaching applications – if you want further reading on writing successful job applications, we’ve got some more in-depth guides:

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