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CV advise please

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by russellka99, Oct 27, 2015.

  1. russellka99

    russellka99 New commenter

    I am working towards my QTLS and a permanent / long term teaching position. Currently working as unqualified teacher. Can you recommend who/where to find help with CV writing and putting together cover letter etc. Previously worked in industry and so current CV not sufficiently education themed.
  2. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    For starters CV's are not widely used in teaching, so this one is no real concern.

    With regards to covering letters, @TheoGriff is the expert here. I will say that it should never, never be a generic one. It should be related to the job description and person specification of the job you are looking at.
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Yes, as @DYNAMO67 says, Statutory Guidance to schools says that they should not ask for CVs.

    And again as Dynamo says, you don't have just one application letter, it has to be closely tailored to each application.

    You need to sit down and do some serious reading of all the advice articles. By the way - do be careful with what you write - the noun is advice, the verb is advise. Easy to get it wrong, and that could well prejudice an employer against you.

    Applying for a job in a school I suggest that you read these in this order

    NQTs start here! *** N.B. ***

    Do I have to tell my Head I am applying elsewhere?

    Pre-application visits to schools

    Why you should always include an E.S. in an application
    How to get shortlisted for a teaching job *** The basic advice***

    How NOT to get shortlisted

    How do schools shortlist candidates?

    Common errors found in applications

    The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth!

    Who should be my referees?

    Can I see my references?

    Can your Head write a negative reference for you? Or refuse to write one? Can you see what was written... ***NEW ***
    Step-by-step: How to write an E.S. *** More basic advice ***

    Executive summaries - where to start when no person specification

    Person Spec too long - how do I do an E.S.? And where do I put it? *** Beginners start here ***

    Application form: how to present long list of posts outside education

    How can I provide details of examination results?

    Can I omit, on an application, a period spent teaching abroad?

    No CPD to put on the application form!

    5 common errors in applications

    Best wishes


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