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Standing out as an educator: Tips for creating your CV

Date published: Date modified: 2023-08-29

For educators, making a lasting impression in the competitive world of teaching requires more than just qualifications.

Whether on your CV or during an interview, showcasing your passion for education and your unique teaching approach can set you apart from the rest. Let’s explore effective strategies for crafting a standout CV.

Create an impactful personal statement

An impactful personal statement should summarise the best bits of your CV. Highlight who you are and how you fit the role you’re applying for. Emphasise your skills and achievements that are beneficial to the job. Also, include your teaching philosophy and why you’re passionate about teaching.

Showcase education, relevant certifications, and qualifications

Clearly list your education and qualifications. In this section, remember to add any certifications, additional courses you’ve undertaken, and any relevant workshops that add value to your CV. This demonstrates your commitment to continuous professional development.

Emphasise classroom experience

Detail your classroom experiences, highlighting innovative teaching methods, projects, and extracurricular activities that showcase your dedication and creativity. Present different examples in each job role listed.

Quantify achievements

Use quantifiable metrics to showcase the impact you’ve had on students’ learning. Include data on improvements in test scores, student engagement, and achievements in your classroom.

Highlight technology integration

In today’s digital age, showcasing your proficiency in integrating technology into your teaching methods can be a significant asset.

Demonstrate a student-centred approach

Showcase instances where you’ve personalised learning to cater to individual student needs, fostering a student-centred classroom environment.

Additional sections

Add in any additional sections that might be useful such as volunteering, personal interests, awards you’ve received, and so forth.

Ready to submit an application? Make sure you action these final checks!

  • Ensure your CV is formatted appropriately - keeping it concise, snappy and no more than 2 sides of A4
  • Check your spelling the way you would when marking - typos can instantly put employers off
  • Keep it relevant and ensure your CV is updated regularly 
  • Tailor your CV to the position you’re applying for

For teachers, standing out requires a combination of passion, innovation, and a student-centred approach. Crafting a standout CV that emphasises your educational philosophy and relevant experiences will get you to the next steps.

Remember it’s not just about being a qualified teacher, it’s about showing how you’ll make a positive impact on students' lives and contribute to the school’s educational community.

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By SAAF Education
SAAF Education 340 110

29 August 2023


Supply & Recruitment

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