CV Writing

 

Your CV is your first opportunity to introduce yourself to international schools, who will have received many other CVs from all corners of the world. Therefore by following the steps below you can ensure that you are portrayed in the light that truly reflects your experience, qualifications and future desires.

General Layout

A professional black font should be used as well as using a suitable text size. Keep your CV to around two to three pages as too much information can be off putting. You want to summarise your qualifications and experience to show that you meet the criteria for the position but perhaps leave some areas open for discussion during that vital interview. Your CV should then be divided into a number of sections.

Personal Details

Your name should be at the heading of any CV. It may sound obvious but we have seen CVs without names. Beneath, include your contact details – email, telephone number, Skype name. As you are applying to international schools be sure to include any international dialling codes. Make it easy for them to contact you. Also include your date of birth, marital status and the number of dependants that you have and whether you will be relocating alone, as a couple or family. Many international schools offer dependant schooling and accommodation, therefore they need to know whether they are able to allocate school places and suitably sized housing.

Personal Statement

This section is used to briefly explain what it is you are looking for and why you are a strong candidate for it. Keep it succinct. If you are required to submit a letter of application along with your CV, do not replicate the content.

Qualifications

Begin with your most recent qualifications and include the dates these were awarded. All dates should be in month/year format. Then work backwards in chronological order, giving the title of qualification, awarding institution, dates and where necessary, include areas of study.

Experience

Similar to your qualifications, start with your current or most recent employer first and work backwards. Again, start and completion dates for each position should be provided in months and years. Include details of the position you held, name of school/organisation and list an overview of the responsibilities and any successes you achieved. For safeguarding purposes, all gaps in your experience must be explained.

Interests and Hobbies

To show that you are a well rounded character include your hobbies and interests and any awards and achievements made outside of your professional career. This section can also show the sports, arts, activities you are able to offer as extracurricular.

Referees

Your referees should include your current or most recent school leader, typically a Head or Deputy Head. If you do not wish for your referees to be contacted immediately, then state this. Referees should be in a position to comment upon your professionalism inside the classroom and around the school.

For further information on writing your CV, do not hesitate to contact us – info@compassteaching.com.

Posted on 9th August 2016

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