CVs are vital when it comes to applying for International Teaching Positions and their importance should not be underestimated. Your CV is often the first point of contact you have with a school and may well be your last if you fail to impress. While there are no hard and fast rules for what a CV should contain or how it should look, there are certain elements that will greatly increase your chances of making the shortlist. We have grouped them below under the following headings:
- Personal Details
- Education Background
- Teaching Experience
- Work Experience / Non-Teaching experience
- Skills / Achievements
- Additional Information
Most basic CVs should include, your name, address, email, Skype, QTS number (or equivalent). Also, due to visa requirements many schools will need your date of birth and marital status so it can be best too include these details on your CV. Ensure that you have updated your most recent contact details - double check that they are correct and contain no mistakes! This should include your current address, phone number, email address and Skype address. Most International Teaching interviews are carried out via Skype so a Skype address is a necessity. If you don't have one, set one up now!
You need to include all your relevant degrees and teaching qualifications, including start and finish dates, beginning with the most recent.
Starting with your most recent, list your teaching experience (any non teaching experience should be included under a separate heading later). If you have no teaching experience yet, see point below.
Work Experience / Non -Teaching Experience
(i) If you have worked for a significant amount of time in another profession, then it is important to give details about this. Make sure to describe your position in a way that will compliment the skills relevant to the teaching profession.
(ii) If you are a newly-qualified teacher (NQT) and don’t have a huge amount of teaching experience, it would be useful to list any work experience that may relate even loosely to teaching, i.e. voluntary work, tutoring, childminding etc..
Here is your chance to list your strengths or any achievements you have attained, such as language proficiency, ICT skills, differentiation, communication, any awards you have received or anything else you are proud of that you would like to share.
Schools like to see that teachers take an active role in keeping up to date with curriculum changes, teaching methodologies and subject knowledge. Giving details of CPD courses shows schools your commitment in this area. Make sure to list details of any professional development course, no matter how short, beginning with the most recent.
This is a great place to explain any gaps on your CV:, such as if you took time out to travel, for personal reasons, for study, raising a family etc.. It can also be a good place to put any information that doesn't fit easily into any of the previous headings.
Include the name, title, email and phone contact details of at least two referees (sometimes you may need to provide 3). Schools generally send an email to your referees with a form to fill out, so ensure that the email address you give for them is correct. If your referee has changed jobs, please make sure you have their updated email address.
Remember, it is important to ask the permission of the person you wish to act as your referee before you put their details on your CV. Also, if they are acting as a referee over an extended period of time, ensure to drop them an email or a call just to remind them that they may be contacted if you are applying for jobs.
Most schools will ask your permission before contacting your current employer, but some will not. Thus, you may wish to omit their details from your CV, as you may not want your current employer to be contacted at this stage. These can be supplied later if you are being offered the position.
It is not uncommon for schools to request your current Headmaster as one of your referees. This can be problematic for some people who may be having difficulties with their current Headmaster. In this case we advise that you use your immediate Supervisor, Head of Department, Deputy-Head or anyone in a senior management role who you can trust to comment fairly on you.
For more helpful ideas click on our Sample CVs below: