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Writing your Curriculum Vitae

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A presentation on putting together your CV for employment in an educational/school setting.

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Writing your Curriculum Vitae

  1. 1. Writing your Curriculum Vitae (CV) Do’ s and Don ’ ts
  2. 2. 1. CV Preparation <ul><li>Remember that your CV is a marketing tool, not a chronology of your work life. Content should be selective. The key question to ask yourself is whether this information will make you more employable. If it does, include it. If not, leave it out. Don’ t forget phone numbers and email addresses. </li></ul>
  3. 3. 2. The Primary Purpose of CV <ul><li>Remember that the primary purpose of your CV is to get an interview, not a job. Getting a job is a two-step process. The CV is the first step and your job here is to make the employer want to interview you. Remember too, that they are not only looking at the content but the written skills you exhibit. Spelling errors, for example, will end your chances pretty quickly! </li></ul>
  4. 4. 3. Highlight your best skills <ul><li>Those who are going to read your application will probably take less than a minute to decide whether you are worth further consideration, so you want to show them that you are qualified to work in the area you have applied for. For example, if the position is for an English/History teacher and you have a double major in these areas plus methods in both, place the information early in your CV and especially in your covering letter. Soft skills should come later in the letter and CV. </li></ul>
  5. 5. 4. Customise your application <ul><li>Employers wants to see the specific ways in which your qualifications and experience match the job requirements. Aspects to be customised should include the job title, qualifications, relevant work experience, accomplishments, soft skills that apply to the particular position. </li></ul>
  6. 6. 5. Use a Chronological CV <ul><li>Work from current qualifications and history and don’ t include qualifications and history that are irrelevant to the position you have applied for. </li></ul>
  7. 7. 6. Beginning the CV <ul><li>Begin with your qualifications. Identify the subjects studied in your degree, followed by your GDE, stating methods. You could include a brief overview of your background and a few very short bullet points representative of your accomplishments, especially if you have had a long work history before teaching. </li></ul>
  8. 8. 7. Relevant Experience <ul><li>Accomplishments are going to be fairly important here, because you are beginning teachers. Think of those that may relate to school, for example, work in student welfare, camp leadership, other youth work. Publications, awards and association memberships may be helpful. </li></ul>
  9. 9. 8. Follow Design Protocols <ul><li>Use standard size paper, white or cream, as well as standard fonts such as ‘Times Roman’. Print in black ink. This will help convey a professional impression. Your job application is not time to show your creativity! </li></ul>
  10. 10. 9. Be short and Sweet! <ul><li>This part of the process is a screening process, so keep your CV to about two pages with a one page covering letter. Remember that the person reading it only has a short time and may have many applications. Also, if you put in too much information, you will have less to share at interview. </li></ul>
  11. 11. 10. Avoid Unnecessary Information <ul><li>In the past, CV s s included all sorts of personal information that is now not necessary and in some cases may be prohibited, for example, age. On the other hand, if you are applying to a Christian school you will need to identify your church and one of your referees will need to be your Pastor. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Conclusion <ul><li>Make sure that all the information you need for the application is accessible. Be honest because information can be verified. Be positive and give enough detail without being longwinded. Imagine that you want to give the screener a ‘snapshot’ of your qualifications and abilities. Put in the necessary time and effort to succeed in this part of the process. </li></ul>

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