It’s a while since I wrote a CV, and these days I couldn’t be bribed to touch one with the spiky end of my olive rake, but in a sadly misspent career I had to trawl through thousands of the wretched things. Even so, I might hesitate to utter (on this subject at least) if my comments were not backed by current expert sources such as Business Network LinkedIn and Adzuna. An article that popped up on my news ‘app’ a week or two ago was not specifically targeted at teachers but for me it rang a whole carillon of bells. As all the regulars on the Forum well know, the surest way to skyrocket somebody’s systolic is to criticize their use of English, yet according to recruiters the most important change you can make to improve your chances is to use clear, everyday language without errors of grammar or spelling. Adzuna chief executive Andrew Hunter comments: ‘Spelling mistakes are a huge red flag for potential employers, and candidates need to take care to show their best side to hiring managers if they hope to make the interview stage.’ According to the gurus the most commonly misspelled words are 'responsibility', 'liaise' and 'university' (implying that many graduates can't have been paying a great deal of attention while they were there) followed by 'experience', 'speciality,' 'communication', 'achievement', 'management', 'environment' and 'successful'. Similarly, casual or sloppy phrasing will put potential employers off, with recruiters highlighting the importance of keeping a professional tone. Even when you’ve eliminated the errors, the sure-fire way to anaesthetize your recruiter is to parrot any or all of the top ten buzz-words: 'motivated', 'passionate', 'creative', 'driven', 'extensive experience', 'responsible', 'strategic', 'track record', 'organisational' and 'expert'. Over the past 20 years or so ‘team builders’ and ‘team players’ have been in vogue but it appears that ‘leaders’ are now back in fashion. So what does a recruiter want to see in your CV? S/he wants to know what you’ve DONE, including plenty of detail about your responsibilities and achievements in previous roles. Clearly, there are specifically education-related issues which should be addressed in a teaching application, but being out of touch with the latest edu-speak I hesitate to write at any length about these. In my day, I expected the applicant (addressing the vellum after dipping the quill into the pewter pot of oak-gall ink) to show me that s/he knew the difference between evaluation and assessment and could actually do both. Of course any secondary teacher who could demonstrate the merest inkling of understanding about differentiation (stock in trade in primary) was sure of an interview whether s/he could spell CAT or not. Finally, though 'discipline' is now, no doubt, a dirty word, a major issue for any headteacher is whether or not you can keep 'em in order. A guru of yesteryear made me laugh with 'In your letter of application you have to find the middle way between 'I aim to love them out of their naughtiness' and 'I've always been a confirmed sadist where children are concerned'. This has been quiet a long post and I relise I might of made some bloopers. But, they will only be typo’s and of corse I would never make them in a real aplication.