Having a CV that stands out from the crowd is a great way to get to the front of the queue for an interview for a new job. However, even the tiniest mistake can mean your CV goes straight to the bottom of the pile, or even ends up in the bin!

There may be dozens (or even hundreds) of candidates vying for the same great role as you are. So, fine-tuning your CV will give you the best chance possible to beat them to the post, and jet off to that role in Malaysia, Dubai, or China.

Key elements to remember when writing your CV:

  • Include your name, address, email and phone number as well as links to personal websites, online portfolios and your LinkedIn profile
  • If you include a personal statement, it should be concise and tailored to the role you want
  • Include transferable, adaptive and job-related skills, and always use examples and evidence which support your claims
  • List your work experience chronologically and support your statements with any relevant achievements  
  • Your education and training section should only list relevant qualifications and, to save space, try not to list each result individually
  • Your references should be available on request, to save time in the recruitment process

Recruiters and employers across the education sector will not be impressed with your CV if it contains spelling mistakes, grammar errors or inaccurate information - around 50% of employers have said that they would discard a CV like this immediately. These elements are all easy things to correct, to make your CV clearer to whoever is reading it. 

Some simple points to avoid in CV writing:

  • Don’t use slang, text-speak or colloquial language, as you will come across as unprofessional
  • Incorrect and spelling and grammar - you can check this by getting family and friends to proofread your CV, and by using the spell check function on software such as Microsoft Word
  • Incorrect use of bullet points - these are great to use to make your CV appear concise, but ensure that your punctuation and layout is consistent throughout. For example, if you put a full stop at the end of one bullet point, put it at the end of all of them

For further advice and help, you can contact your Teachanywhere consultant. Good luck with your job hunt!