Teaching can be one of the most rewarding jobs available. For any good teacher a good CV is a must to obtain a satisfying position with a school. A few simple tips for creating a successful curriculum vitae will help teachers get the job they really want.
1. Contact Heading
Every CV needs the typical name, address and contact info. A day time and evening phone number should be available on the CV as well as an email and even MSN or other messaging system ID. Please be certain all email addresses and messaging IDs are professional and appropriate.
2. Education Heading
Forego anything but university qualifications. Include the name of the university and its location. If the school is in another country, include the city, province or state and country. The year of graduation should be included and any honorary titles.
3. Employment Heading
By far the most important part of the CV. All relevant employment should be listed here. Each position should include the date range of employment including the month and year the position began and finished. Show the name of the school or institution worked for and the city. Show the most recent positions first.
4. Professional Improvements and Development Heading
List any courses or programs that show a desire to improve teaching skills or enhance knowledge of teaching. Examples would be courses in child development or programs that instruct on new methods of teaching.
5. Awards and Certificates Heading
Here is where to list any teaching awards or commendations and certificates that were gained from teaching or courses completed. This section is instrumental in what a head teacher or hiring manager will think of an applicant. This section demonstrates how serious a teacher is about their position and what they have done to improve themselves as a teacher. Any awards are a bonus and serve to show others have recognized a teacher’s hard work. If there are no certifications or awards to show, try a volunteer section that demonstrates community involvement. If none of this applies then try a section dedicated to what positions were taken up at previous schools such as coaching or acting as a chaperone for outings.
6. Referees Heading
Have at least two referees from previous employment positions. Include the name, position, place of employment, dates employed, school address, contact number, fax and school email. Give as much contact info as possible so that it is easy for employers to reach the referees.