Teachers’ CV writing guideAKA Self-promotion, sales and marketing 101
Objectives• To provide you with advice, skills and resources for advancing your career in (or out of) education• This session will enable you to develop an effective CV that reflects your personal skill-set
The job application processCareer planning and sourcing jobs• Personal strengths and attributes; print media and online; networkingApplying for suitable jobs• Cover letter, CV, selection criteriaSecuring the right job• 1st and 2nd Interview, try-out, testing
Applying for suitable jobs Purpose: To get short-listed for interviewWhat Objective PerspectiveCover letter Demonstrate you can write, spell, Personal voice, sense research the school, structure a of self coherent and compelling argumentCV (resume) Detail your relevant skills, knowledge Legal document, and experience. Meet the job objective and requirements verifiableKey selection criteria Express your role-specific views Theory and clearly, provide discussion points for philosophy, backed up interview with evidence of past behaviour
Knowing your brand Lifestyle Hopes, dreams and aspirations ImaginationLiberty Innovationregained Simplicity Passion
Dispelling some job application mythsTrue or false?1. The employer reads the cover letter before reading the CV2. The school may receive 30 – 50 applications for some vacancies3. It is possible to make an employment decision in less than 30 seconds4. Presentation is more important than content5. Each application receives an equal amount of consideration6. Employers are rational, unbiased, unemotional, 100% reliable professionals who are never tired or stressed
Just Dandy – Sunday Age, 1 April • How can you ensure you stand out from the crowd (60 applicants per position!)? • Last week I received 154 applications for a receptionist position! 154!!!
Applying for jobs: The CV• Résumé or CV? What’s the difference?• Almost exclusively sent in soft copy via email• Employers receive far more than previously – Worldwide accessibility of websites – Increasingly international workforce – Staff shortages• Trend towards summaries of key points• Tailored to the role you are applying for
What does a great CV look like?• Answer: How do you like your coffee?• Know your strengths and lead with them: Highly qualified? Experienced? Sporty? Passionate about curriculum?• The 1st page of your CV is PRIME REAL ESTATE. It is the cover of Time magazine. It is a Nobel Prize winner. Don’t waste it!• Blow your own trumpet funky horn! Banish bashfulness. Kill or be killed.
Your CV: The basics Do Don’t Depends Put Résumé or CV at the Keep to 2 – 4 pages Use minimal colour topGive your file a suitable Hyperlink to portfolio Put your photo name page Use fancy fonts and Keep it ‘clean’ Link with social media graphics Keep formatting consistent: Send in multiple copiesBullets, fonts, tables and or hard copies tabs
Sections to include• Personal Details (no need for a heading)• Personal statement (or Career overview)• Qualifications (or Education)• Teaching strengths (or Key skills/achievements)(optional)• Employment history (or ‘Professional experience’)• Professional development and memberships• Activities and interests• Referees (3 max.)
CV style guide• Personal statement – Strong personal voice; use I and me; convey passion and enthusiasm• Key achievements – Dynamic language; past tense; omit 1st person; convey objective voice; increase credibility, decrease risk• Key skills/qualities/competencies – Dynamic; objective; use strong adjectives to emphasise nouns (e.g. extensive experience in, collaborative leadership style etc.)
Using dynamic language• Using the list of dynamic verbs provided, re- write the following statements: – I was involved in planning for the NAPLAN – I am a science coordinator – I changed the middle school reporting structure – I sit on the annual open day committee – I supervise the underwater hockey club• Now write three of your own dynamic achievement statements
Choosing referees• Professional – Your current Principal or Deputy Principal – Head of Department or Head of Campus – Previous Principal, DP, HoD or HoC• Personal – Seldom required – Possibly a parent or member of school community• Check with them first! Confirm contact details
And finally...• Be strategic, be sincere, don’t lie• Make every word count• Give yourself your best chance• Spell-cheque, poof-reed, spell-check, proof-read• Applying for jobs is an exercise in selling – Know what you are selling – Ensure it is what people want• If you don’t get short-listed, it’s their loss: Try not to take it personally.
To download this presentationregister at www.schooljobs.com.au For more information about Steve Whittington see www.oxfordeducation.com.au