Schools often have in excess of 100 applicants for every position posted. The majority of these candidates are suitably qualified for the position, making your CV all the more important when trying to impress a potential employer. There are some golden rules for getting a CV correct, we’ve noted some below:

Key Points: If sending a CV as a hard copy, along with a job application, then it needs to be typed up neatly and printed on white paper. Increasingly, applicants are asked to send a digital copy of a CV. If this is the case then the first set of “eyes” to see it might be an automated search for key words, so experts suggest applicants ensure mandatory requirements in the job advert are included in a CV. Digital CVs should be in a simple format and font so readability is not affected on different screens.

Tips from the National Careers Service include: Tailor a CV to a specific job – it is vital to ensure the script is relevant to each job application, rather than sending the same generic CV. Keep it simple – it should be easy to read and use active language. Two pages of A4 is enough with a mini profile included in the first half page.  Remember to include key information, such as your personal details, including name, address, phone number, email address plus social media links if relevant.

Always be honest and try to offer examples?proof of how targets were met and solutions generated, remember to double check to avoid typos and sleep on it before you check it again the next day. It is important to show confidence in their CV, if you show confidence then you encourage your potential employer to do the same?

Help & Examples: There are plenty of useful tools and templates to assist people writing up their CV for the first time, or brushing up an existing one. Checkout The National Careers Service website which has a CV writing factsheet and a CV builder with various tips and templates. For those looking for a job, a database of jobs held on the Cassidy Education website is a great place to start your search.

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