Your CV is your first chance at impressing a new school.
This puts quite a lot of pressure on this one single document, especially for
supply teachers who, on average, send their CVs to more schools than a usual
teacher would. That’s why we’ve put together this guide on the best way to
write a supply teacher CV to knock the socks off any school you apply to.
It’s important to keep your CV short and sweet. Aim for no more than 2 pages. People don’t tend to fully read long and bloated CVs that ramble on and on. Use concise key points and summaries to get across as much valuable information with the fewest words.
Your personal information is there for the reader to get to know who you are, but they don’t want your life story. Your bio should be no longer than 3 lines. Do not waste time and space on your CV with unnecessary details about yourself. Only focus on characteristics and traits you have that you think the school would be looking for. Remember to include your out of school interests, especially if they relate to the job, your interests are a part of you and helps the reader to get to know you.
Next comes your professional profile which is the most important part of your CV. This is where you elaborate on the key skills gained during your studies and work experiences. Your skills are what sell you so be sure to elaborate on each skill you gained, how you use it and how you develop them. This is also where you list all the schools you have worked with, be sure to lay this out neatly and in reverse order, starting with the newest job. Talk very briefly about your experiences at each school you’ve worked for, if you are struggling to fit in all the descriptions then find a new way to lay them out, for example a table, or only focus on the most important descriptions. Remember to avoid cliches at all costs, you want your CV to shine through and cliches are the easiest way to be forgotten. This should be the part of the document you spend the most time working on so make sure it’s as perfect as can be and that you are happy with it.
Your CV needs to include your name at the top of the document and contain your home address, contact number, and email address. Be sure to use a clear and easy to read font, like Times New Roman or Calibri. A standard CV font size is 12. Do not use “!” in your CV and do not say curriculum vitae in big bold letters at the top of your document, they know what the document is you don’t need to title it like that. Be sure to list any and all continuing professional development you have done. The more you mention the more devoted you will seem.
At Simply Education we are more than a recruitment agency, we are a part of your career journey, and we offer additional support and services to teachers we place. We offer free CPD courses available to all of our registered teachers. Our agents will help you optimize your CV and will find the best way to sell your skills to the schools best suited for you.
Register with us today on our website at https://www.simplyeducation.co.uk/register and our dedicated consultants will find you constant supply work at schools all over the country.