When it comes to job hunting, a recent graduate and a seasoned educator have one thing in common—they both need a professional CV to attract the best job. It doesn’t matter how qualified or experienced you are if you can’t clearly communicate why you’re the best person for the open position.
While, of course, you can always hire someone to write one for you, a professional writer is often expensive. What’s more, you will probably find it easy to carefully follow a book on how to format your CV and describe your qualifications in a clear and succinct way.
However, rather than following a how-to book, it may be easier to use a CV template to create a professional description of your qualifications. It’s not only easier to use a template, but your layout will be perfect.
5 Easy-to-Follow Tips
Here are 5 tips for writing a professional-looking CV:
- Show a passion for teaching.
Your chances of getting hired increase exponentially if you can communicate your keen interest in encouraging your student’s success. In other words, clearly communicate that you’re not a teacher because you couldn’t decide on anything better to major in but because you’re passionate about learning, teaching, and improving society.
How do you do this without sounding like a salesperson and gushing about how you want to make the world a better place?
One subtle way to share your passion is to show rather than tell in the career summary section. For instance, in the career summary section, mention something creative you may have done in the classroom. Perhaps, you used Google Forms in your classroom to create personalized learning activities.
- Break some of your favorite writing rules.
Use adjectives and adverbs more than you usually do. As an educator, you’ve probably repeatedly told your students to limit their use of adjectives and adverbs and replacing them with active verbs to create a vivid description. However, due to the limited space on a CV, you may have to use more “flowery” language to get your point across. For instance, instead of describing yourself as a “math teacher,” you should describe yourself as a “dynamic math educator.” Moreover, you don’t just “teach math classes”, you “create a nurturing environment for maximizing the numerical competency of every child.”
- Avoid modesty.
As a bright student in school and then as a highly educated person in later years with lots of academic credentials, you may have learned to be modest to fit into general society. However, when it comes to your CV, you should highlight all your certifications, degrees, and academic credentials without a second thought. Moreover, the best place to do this is in the opening profile on the first page. Besides waxing eloquent on how qualified you are, you should also make a list of all your key accomplishments.
- Use keywords and keyword density.
Since your CV will probably be scanned and stored in an electronic database, you should use keywords that describe your knowledge, skills, talents, and credentials. Use Google Keyword tool to make a list of the most searched keywords and keyword phrases. Use synonyms, acronyms, and technical jargon words, and education specific words in your resume:
Here are some examples of words you can use to create keyword density:
- · Teaching and learning
- · Curriculum planning
- · In-service leadership
- · Peer mentoring
- · Lead teacher
- · Teacher-parent relations
- · Student success
- · Classroom monitoring
- Appearance counts more than you might think.
Here are some recommendations from Prospero Teaching on how to make your formatting stand out:
- · Use a clean, professional font such as Arial or Calibri and stick to it throughout
- · Embolden and center your name, then provide your address, phone number, and date of birth below it
- · Embolden the following headings: profile, qualifications, employment history, additional training, and interests
- · Bullet-point details of your employment history, and insert a table to present your qualifications. You can hide the lines of this table to avoid cluttering your CV
- · Strike a balance between keeping your CV to two sides of A4, using a reasonably-sized font and giving your employment history plenty of detail.
Try these 5 tips today to create a CV that gets you the interview.