Tips for your international curriculum vitae
Your international CV or resume is a short written summary of your career, qualifications, and education. Savvy teachers know to write a CV that is only two pages in length. They know that recruiters are often pressed for time, especially when they employ at a job fair, so they aim to be brief and to the point.
Make it clear and easy to read – 12 pt font is usually the right size. Complementary fonts like Arial with Arial Black or Sans Serif with Sarif work well together to set out headings and sections.
These days most CVs are viewed on a screen and very few are ever actually printed out.
Share your CV with your friends, teaching or otherwise, and ask for their feedback. Let their clarifying questions guide you on what you may need to include. Spell check and proofread! Recruiters don’t give second chances if you don’t get your CV right!
A recruiter shared their insight:
My opinion is that the CV has a photo and personal information (date of birth, passport information, dependent information, home of record) at the top, followed by educational qualifications and teacher registration/certification information (are they a certified teacher?), work experience should be listed from the most recent job first and work backward…. I then jump to the end to see if they have any other differentiating features such as additional qualifications, whether they have done IB workshops and when they completed this, and if they have any other work experience or interests that may add value to our school and may differentiate them from the next candidate.
Search Associates recommend including the following:
- Contact details
- Family status (single, married, children, etc)
- A passport-sized head and shoulders photo (this is entirely optional)
- Teaching Objectives/Philosophies: this is a statement about your belief system and the philosophical underpinnings that shape your views on education. You can include statements on your belief about student management, differentiation, assessment, or general beliefs you have regarding factors for student success. We recommend embedding this document in the resume, rather than having it separate. About a third of a page or less is sufficient for a strong philosophical statement.
- Relevant teaching experience
- Hobbies and interests outside school especially if they can translate into possible extracurricular activities.
- Recent relevant Professional Development
- Referees – usually 3
- These may be updated/uploaded on your profile at any time.
The bio notes, which are one of the sections of your online application, are a biographical summary of some of the experiences that have shaped the teacher that you are today. It is good to emphasise things like travel experiences, work experience, and accomplishments that have impacted your life.
How have these experiences to date built your confidence, skills, and approach to teaching? Why are you ready for this next move (from an education/school perspective). What can you offer, educationally, that no one else can? The online application restricts the length of the bio notes to approximately half of a page.