Make Your CV Stand Out From The Crowd

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A great CV will help you stand out from the crowd and is relatively easy to achieve!

Follow our top tips for creating a successful CV or if you need to start from scratch – go to and download our handy CV template!

1 – Contact details and opening statement

It may seem obvious but you need to make sure that you start with your name at the top of your CV, not ‘Curriculum Vitae’ or ‘Resume’.

  • Follow with your email address, telephone number and home address.
  • A personal statement should be next, detailing in a couple of sentences ‘who you are‘.
  • Your opening statement is an important parts of your CV and summarises the knowledge, key skills and experience you’ve gained during studies and employment.

For example: “A good honours chemistry graduate with supporting qualifications in mathematics and physics. Recent teaching experience during PGCE was in a large urban comprehensive school. Keen to contribute to other aspects of school life, particularly sport and IT.”

2 – Work experience

If you’ve been teaching for a few years this section will contain a lot of information, so it’s best to use bullet points.

  • Detail the exact position, with school name, location and the dates you were there.
  • For each position focus on teaching responsibilities and achievements, using ‘power verbs’ like strengthened, managed, achieved, maximised etc.
  • Start with your most recent experience and work backwards.
  • Include the specific contributions you’ve made in areas such as extra-curricular activities, new initiatives, behaviour or mentoring colleagues.
  • If you are a NQT, detail any relevant full-time or vacation work, such as working with children, voluntary or community work, TEFL or youth work, give brief details and dates.
  • If you’re entering teaching from another career, provide dates and brief details about what you’ve been doing.  It’s important to focus on aspects of the job which relate directly to teaching, such as staff training, presentations, IT, and science or laboratory skills.

Resist the temptation to clutter your CV with lists of all your holiday jobs and temporary work; you can always summarise these by saying:

“Other holiday work has included retail, telephone sales and office assignments.”

3 – Education and achievements

 List all qualifications, dates and institutions. Perhaps also detail particular assignments and modules that are particularly relevant.

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Educationstate the start and completion dates, the name of the institution and provide an outline of the course. Include its structure, key study areas and any special projects.
  • Degreeinclude the same details as above and include a summary of your degree and its main elements.

Other academic qualifications – include Diplomas of Higher Education, A2 and AS levels / GCSEs / AGNVQs and GNVQs etc. List them, putting the most recent first.

4 – Relevant interests and skills

Highlight your interests and skills, whilst keeping in mind ones that are relevant to the classroom, such as playing musical instruments, interest in sport, first aid qualifications and any languages etc.

5 – References

Referees should be drawn from your last employer, colleagues or any one in a leadership position.

If you are currently completing a course, seek referees from your tutors, teacher training institution or university lecturer.

For more information on creating the perfect CV or to download a handy template, head to !

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