Writing a CV/resume can be tough if you don’t know how to approach it. There is a wealth of advice out there on writing CVs, but often, different professionals – and the levels within them – need slight changes to their CVs.
In this article, we make it easier for you by looking at some examples of CVs that have been written for different teaching roles and highlighting why they work well. Each one is different and has different price points, so you can focus on what works for you and the job you are applying for in education.
The summary of this CV states that the candidate is creative, passionate, fun-loving and development-promoting, and all of this is reflected in the design that uses pink and blue with a round pattern. These colors and patterns create a sense of calm, trust and empathy, which are essential qualities in a preschool teacher. This is a very clever subliminal message.
The rest of the CV focuses on showing that the required skills and experience are present, with a skills section highlighting both hard and soft skills relevant to the role, and a clear line of relevant experience through curriculum, education, and professional roles . All relevant keywords are present along with a section showing professional development, which can give this candidate an edge.
This resume is in great shape for a teaching assistant. The candidate uses keywords to represent how they support the teachers, rather than their own teaching. He hasn’t presented himself as over-qualified, which is quite normal.
The Experience section highlights some relevant experience and also showcases a specialization while working with students with special educational needs. Having a field that you know well, or have specific experience in, will also help sell your skills. The skills section displays hard and soft skills relevant to the role, making this resume ATS compliant.
primary school teacher
This layout is different from a standard chronological CV, but it captures the reader’s attention. Contact details are clear at the top, and each section is very easy to find and read quickly by a busy recruiter. If you like this layout, check if the use of photos is allowed where you are applying.
The CV is prepared with examples in the Summary, Skills section and Experience section of what you would expect from an elementary school teacher with the qualifications listed clearly.
high school teacher
This cv for high school teacher follows the traditional chronological cv template. It’s a great bet because it’s widely accepted, looks professional and is very easy to read quickly for a recruiter to find all the information they need. Contact details are clearly laid out at the top and each section is labeled and placed where you’d expect it to be, without any text boxes or columns that can get confusing.
The Experience section stands out here as it gives an overview of the role before describing the individual achievements and duties. It gives some background and gives skill and focus to the candidates.
This is another example of a chronological CV, combined with a clear, professional-looking layout. The Profile section gives a strong outline of what the person is like, what is important to them, and their relevant skills and experiences. It’s a wide profile that delivers a lot, which means less is needed in details.
This candidate’s experience is all within the same types of roles, which is clearly shown. This is important because it is information relevant to the recruiter, as are language abilities, as this person works privately with a large range of clients. The skills section is very specific and takes into account keywords and industry jargon, which will be picked up by the applicant tracking system.
This resume features a clean, modern design that would be very appealing to a busy recruiter. Depending on where you are applying, there is a photo that may or may not suit you.
The text is highly achievement-based, which is excellent, because a recruiter is going to see what separates one candidate from the next. It uses keywords and industry phrases that would make it ATS compliant as well as highly suited to the role of an English teacher. It is important that the Summary and Skills section addresses all relevant criteria for the role, but also gives concrete examples of your achievements, as this CV demonstrates.
A supply teacher is one who is adaptable, flexible, and can act, think and act fast in unforeseen situations. This is well reflected in this CV from the very beginning with a summary that highlights these qualities through the use of appropriate keywords. This is not just a teaching CV, it actually addresses the specifications the supply teacher will need and highlights both the hard and soft skills needed to perform well in the role.
The Aptitude and Skills section shows that there are general qualities and skills required of a teacher, where again, the Experience section goes into more detail to show how good this person is at slotting into school and adapting quickly .
A principal is a senior role in education and this CV reflects it. The layout is clear and professional, sticking to the same font and color, with no text boxes or the use of symbols or diagrams. It sends a message through the keywords used that this person is committed to being disciplined, result-driven and professional.
All this is put to work in the Profile section, which gives a good account of what the person is like and the relevant skills they have. Language is formal and intellectual, which are again qualities that can be appreciated in a principal. The Experience section shows career progression and the education requirements for the role are clearly listed.
If you are looking for a new, trendy way to present yourself, this CV template could be it. Rather than being text heavy, it uses graphs and timelines to highlight experience and skill levels. While there is little explanation, the timelines show a clear career trajectory, highly relevant to the role of a lecturer and the skill level very clear.
The profile is short, but provides information about the candidate’s skills, experience and personality using relevant keywords. Even with a small amount of text, it is made clear that this candidate is experienced and qualified.
This resume is concise, with all relevant sections clearly laid out. Starting with a profile at the top allows candidates to highlight their credentials and relevant experience and skills in a summary to draw the reader in. A profile like this is excellent for building a resume for a specific role. In this case, it is clear that this person is applying for the role as an academic dean, simply by what is written in the profile.
The resume has a skills section which is again tailored to the role, which includes hard skills and the experience section clearly includes relevant achievements followed by a clear linear progression. Achievements are shown using percentages and numerical values so that they are measurable and specific. it is like this Star Method (specific, action, action, result) which is the recommended format for listing achievements. Overall, this CV is very well designed and very important for the role the candidate is applying for.
With these examples, hopefully now you will get some inspiration to write a good CV. Each section is important in its own right and the above give excellent examples of how to write a CV / resume, a strong summary / profile, employment history, skills section and education section.
Your CV needs to highlight all the skills and experience you will need for a career in teaching. These will be a combination of both hard and soft skills and will be required to appear in each section. Use relevant keywords, cite your experience and make sure your relevant qualifications are not lost at the bottom of the page.
It is very important to ensure that your CV/resume is ATS compliant so that it can pass the screening procedures. To make sure this is the case, use keywords from the advertisement and job description of the role you are applying for.
Join the discussion! Did you find this example helpful? Do you have any other suggestions to add to a CV for a teaching position? Let us know in the comments below!
This article is an updated version of an earlier article originally published on May 4, 2019.