The end of exam season is near, which means many graduates will be preparing their CVs in the search of employment.
Did you know it can take some employers just 7 seconds to judge a CV? Here is a guide of how to grab the attention of the person reading it.
At i-teachers we look at hundreds of CVs every day, and our consultants have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to standing out from the crowd in the education industry.
Whether you’re a recent graduate or coming up to your final few months left in university, here are some fantastic tips on how to make sure your CV stands out when applying to both schools and recruitment specialists…
- Contact information
When beginning your CV it is vital to include key contact details and information to make sure that your employer can recognise your CV from other graduates and competitors applying for the role. Make sure to use a simple and clear font such as Calibri or Arial.
- Personalise your profile
Include a short profile at the top of your CV. Usually this will be no more than 100 word. Here is it key to tailor this to the job you are applying for. For example, ‘Recent Psychology graduate keen to secure a role working with children in a school-based setting’. This lets the recruiter know that you are serious about the role, and not just sending your CV anywhere!
- Education History
In the Education section of your CV remember to include your most recent education history at the top of the page, as it is the first thing that your potential employer will look for when viewing your CV. Underneath your listed university, include the course you studied and the type of qualification achieved, before listing your previous education in a similar format and layout. Always remember to add dates and grades.
- Place your most relevant work experience at the start of your work history
When applying for a role in teaching, the school will be searching for previous work experience working with children or young people. After this, list your work history in order of most recent first. School based employers usually like to see all employment on your CV due to safeguarding reasons, so even if you think it is irrelevant, add it in.
- Key achievements and hobbies
In the final part of your CV it is great to add a section explaining more about yourself and personal life. When writing your hobbies and interests, try to keep them relevant to your application, and describe them in a way which could be relevant towards your role in a school.
For more advice on how to write your CV, email the office at [email protected]