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Top 5 Tips for Writing an outstanding Teaching CV

Rick Bowman - Monday, February 18, 2013

The likelihood of an employer choosing your resume over those of other applicants directly depends on how well and quickly you can grab their attention. Here are five tips in writing a high quality teaching CV that will be guaranteed to stand out:

Write all of your available contact information and address at the top

Having a complete list of contact details may not be one of your main considerations but it will provide a positive impression on them. This part of the CV must allow an employer to be able to reach an applicant as fast and as easily as possible. If they are not able to reach you right away, they may consider a different applicant.

Keep your resume brief and to the point

A common mistake in some CVs is the inclusion of irrelevant data. When applying for a government school position, information such as hobbies, interests, political, family and religious information is not necessary. Including this within a resume may be required by some private or catholic schools, however. Remember that, by presenting a certain interest or viewpoint may create a negative impression.

Provide details of your work experience

Most employers will be checking an applicant’s work experience to determine if they are qualified for the job. Some CVs will only include the name of their previous school or institution and the time they worked with them. Having the details of your work experience including your job title and the nature of your job from your previous employment experience can help employers determine your level of qualification and potential for the new position.

Keep your resume layout simple

Your resume doesn’t need to contain a fancy font or other designs to stand out from other CVs. Simply use normal fonts and provide proper spacing for each section of your resume. In the case of your CV, less is more.

Double check your CV

A CV should show an applicant’s professionalism and it should be written accurately. Check your CV for any spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors, or inconsistencies in font size or indentation. Reread your entire resume twice to determine if everything will make sense to an employer on the first read, and if there is anything that is ambiguous or could give the wrong impression. Consider asking another person to read your resume to help you identify and rectify any errors.

If you are looking to have your CV stand out, consider Teachers’ Professional Resumes to assist you with writing an outstanding application. Visit their website for more information.

Rick Bowman 

How to write a professional teacher resume

Rick Bowman - Monday, February 04, 2013

You resume is your advertisement to employers where you are selling them your expertise, knowledge and potential for the advertised position. Here are a few things to consider when creating your professional teacher’s resume.   

Resume layout

Before writing any information down, you must consider how your resume will be laid out. The information written must be organised and easy to read by the employer. A good rule of thumb for writing any resume is to have your full name and your contact information at the top, perhaps as a header.  This will allow the reader to be able to easily identify your resume and contact you if they want to follow up on your application.

Resume objective

Most resumes present a very generic objective at the beginning. Rather than writing what everyone else writes, consider presenting some special qualities and attributes that stand you aside from the rest of the applicant field.  A good objective should state what makes you suited for the job and projects you into the new role.

Work history

This is one of the selling points of a resume as your educational experience will be examined thoroughly by the employer. Include the details of your education and training, including relevance to the subject/s you are teaching and how long you have been teaching them. If you worked for a non-educational institution, include any relevant details in your resume, especially indicating skills that are transferable to an educational setting.

College degrees and educational attainment

This is the second factor of your resume which the employer will be focusing on. Include the relevant degrees, diplomas and certificates you have attained as well as any further training you have received. Include a brief explanation as to how the workshop or training experience can be of benefit to your new role.

Teachers’ Professional Resumes can help any applicants to write an outstanding resume for any position in education. Visit their website for more information.

 Rick Bowman

How a well written Resume gives you the Professional Edge

Rick Bowman - Monday, January 28, 2013

A professionally written resume will give you the edge you need to maximise the likelihood of success when applying for a position in education. Below are some things to consider in writing professional resumesfor teachers.

Make your intent clear

If you are applying for a specific teaching job, your resume should include the position for which you are applying. This will help the employer to know you are determined to obtain the job position you want. A resume that doesn’t state which position they are applying for may create a negative impression for some employers. Try to project yourself into the role and give the employer something to make yourself stand out.

Provide details on your work history

Most applicants simply include only the name of the company, school or institution they worked for as well as the title of their job position/s. A good professional resume will include the details of an applicant’s work history. They should state the nature and details of their previous position which will inform the employer as to the applicant’s suitability for the job.

Highlight your educational attainment

Employers will be looking for anything that can make an applicant stand out from other applicants, including their education and degrees they have attained. Listing any professional licences, diplomas, awards or certificates will make a resume stand out. A good way to highlight every educational attainment is stating how relevant each attainment is for the job position an applicant is applying for.

List additional contact information and a permanent address

Listing any available contact information (phone numbers, email) and your address will be beneficial for both the applicant and the employer. Giving more options for an employer to contact an applicant as well as their physical address creates a more positive impression.

If you are looking for a company to help you write a highly effective, impactful professional resume, consider Teachers’ Professional Resumes – they are experts in the educational arena and can help you towards getting the job you want. Visit their website for more information.

 Rick Bowman

 

How important is the cover letter?

Rick Bowman - Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Cover letters are very important as they provide the “appetiser” for the employer to want to read your resume. Your resume will stand out more from other resumes if it is preceded by a good cover letter. Here are a few things to consider when writing a good cover letter for a teaching application:

Format of cover letter

If you are submitting a resume and cover letter to an educational institution, your cover letter must be written clearly and concisely, and make it easy for the employer to quickly gain an understanding of your work history, achievements and potential for the position. It is recommended your cover letter should be typed and on one side of an A4 bond sheet of paper.

Know who will read your cover letter and resume

A common mistake in most cover letters is using a generic addressing statement like “To Whom it May Concern”. This can give a negative impression to the reader. It is important to be able to know who to address within the cover letter by calling the school or institute to which you are applying. Calling them will actually show that you have initiative in applying for the position.

How to write your letter

Your cover letter should quickly grab the attention of the employer when they read it. Another common mistake in most cover letters is repeating much of the information already in the resume. Your cover letter should simply tell the employer what makes you stand out from the other applicants. It should be very broad and discuss briefly your background and reasons for applying for the position.

In the body of your cover letter, rather than detailing which university you’ve graduated from or your previous job experience, consider discussing 1-2 of your major accomplishments and how you will fit well with the goals and ethos of the new school. In other words, why should they hire you?

 

Teachers’ Professional Resumes can help you with writingyour cover letter and CV to significantly increase your chances of winning that job. Visit their website for more information.

 Rick Bowman

Top 5 Interview Tips For Teachers

Rick Bowman - Wednesday, January 02, 2013
For many people, interviews are a traumatic experience! They feel a tremendous amount of pressure before and during the interview. Here are five interview tips that will give you the confidence you need to perform well in any interview situation.

1.       Research the school

Researching the school will give you some insight into what they are looking for in an applicant. This will allow you to write an attention-grabbing professional resume as well as being better prepared for answering the questions at interview.

2.       Write down your answers to interview questions

As part of predicting what the interviewer will ask you during the interview, it is recommended to write down your response to their questions. Practicing your response to an interview question by doing a mock interview can help boost your confidence in an interview.  Have 5-6 good “stories” or examples of achievements ready to tell. Always answer a question with a story.

3.       Prepare for the day of the interview

As any other important day, you should be prepared at least a day before the interview. This includes knowing the most convenient route to take to the appointed address, and where you will park.

4.       Make a good first impression

What you wear will give the interviewer your level of professionalism and how serious you are at getting the job. You clothes should be formal and conservative to give a positive impression. Always dress at least to the level of the position to which you aspire, and most importantly, dress comfortably.

5.       Act confidently during the interview

An interviewer will assess your gestures and responses during the interview. When answering any interview question, always smile and look directly at the interviewer and where possible, use their (Christian) name.  Vary your eye contact around the group, not focusing on the same person all through your response. After the interviewer is finished asking you questions, take the opportunity to ask them questions regarding the job and the school to let them know you have taken the time to research the position. Consider also leaving them with something like a sample  of a program you’ve created.

If you need professional help in writing a teaching resume and advice in preparing for an interview, consider Teachers’ Professional Resumes to help you achieve the job position you want. Visit their website for more information.

 Rick Bowman


National Government Schools Resume Packages

Rick Bowman - Monday, December 24, 2012

Applying for a teaching job or more senior position (Head of Department, Deputy Principal, Principal) in a school can be very challenging for most people. Teachers’ Professional Resumes' packages will increase your chance of landing your desired position.

The packages provide the professional edge for a quality teaching resume in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, SA and WA government schools. Read on to learn the facts about the Teachers’ Professional Resumes packages and how they can help you attain your ideal job.

Teachers’ Professional Resumes packages

  • Aspiring leaders’ package These packages are for teachers who want to take on a leadership job position including a head of department, deputy principal or principal position. Teachers who avail themselves of the package will gain a crystal clear understanding of how to properly prepare their CV for these positions, in order to meet the individual State’s recruitment and application writing requirements. The packages are uniquely tailored to the specific demands of each State – NSW, VIC, QLD, SA or WA.

Included in the package is a detailed, printable booklet which gives the step-by-step process in developing an effective and attention garnering CV. These booklets are designed for leadership positions and include references to key state-based documents such as NSW’s “Leadership Capability Framework”, QLD’s “Leadership Matters” and others (depending on the State) to enhance the quality your application and improve your interview performance. These packages are available to aspiring leaders in NSW, QLD, SA, WA and VIC schools and are all different – i.e. developed to specifically align with the requirements and format of each individual State.

A PowerPoint presentation is also part of the overall Package.  It supports the materials and ideas presented within the booklet. A school site license is also available for schools wishing to provide unlimited access to the package to their staff.

  • Application writing and interview package for classroom teachers

These packages are designed to assist aspiring teachers to gain a clear understanding in writing a job winning resume and an attractive, well presented cover letter. Sample completed CVs, selection criteria and cover letters come with the package to provide a valuable reference point for applicants. These packages are available to teachers in NSW, VIC and WA.  They are all different in that they align precisely with the requirements of each individual State. For example, the WA application writing and interview package includes a step-by-step process to address the seven National Professional Standards for Teachers. The Victorian application writing and interview package includes references to the Victorian Essential Learning Standards and Principles of Effective Learning and Teaching. The NSW package has examples of completed selection criteria.

The package comprises a 50 (approx.) page downloadable booklet which gives a clear understanding of the application writing process and interview strategies. A PowerPoint presentation is included to supplement the booklet.

 

  • Other packages.

Aspiring teachers and leaders in Catholic and Independent Schools should consider Teachers’ Professional Resumes to help them land their desired job position. To find out more about their other packages available, please visit their website at http://www.teachers-resumes.com.au now.

 Rick Bowman

Give Your Resume The Professional Edge

Rick Bowman - Monday, December 10, 2012

Your resume is one of the most important steps to a successful teaching job. Read on to know how to give your teaching resume a truly professional edge.

The cover letter

The cover letter is the first thing an employer will first see before reading your resume. This is where the employer will assess how important you could potentially be to the company and determine if you might be suitable for the position.

A good cover letter never starts with a “To whom it may concern” or “Dear Madam/Sir”. Include the name of the hiring manager. Another good practice is to write within the cover letter what skills you have or how the company can benefit from hiring you – i.e. specific items which may not be included in your resume.

A poorly written cover letter or one that is peppered with spelling, grammatical or linguistic errors is disastrous. It can be a big time saver to an employer as they will immediately consign the application to the bin and start on the next one.

Professional resume layout

After reading your eye-catching cover letter, the employer will now turn to your resume. Here are a few key points to giving your resume a professional boost:

  • Can the employer easily read it? – The most important factor for a good resume is to not make it more than three pages long. The employer must be able to read your resume once and immediately gain a clear picture  of your experience, qualifications and expertise.
  • Have you included a picture of yourself?  Your picture should look professional and show maturity to appeal to the employer. This is not necessary for all job applications, so be careful when deciding if this should be included. For example, it is not the usual practice when applying for government positions such as within state teaching services.
  • Is there any irrelevant information? – Employers will not want to know about your hobbies or personal interests. Unless the employer asked for your marital status or how many children you have within the job listing, do not include them in your resume either.
  • Is your resume properly designed? – The information on your resume should be organised to easily allow the employer to read it. Have sections and utilise bullet points.
If you need help with writing your resume, Teachers’ Professional Resumes has extensive experience in constructing professional resumes for teachers to help you land either a teaching job or a promotions position.

Find a Workshop Specific For Your Teaching CV

Rick Bowman - Monday, November 26, 2012

Teachers’ Professional Resumes can help improve the CV for teachers to obtain their desired job position. Read on to know more about their workshops and how they will benefit you.

QLD and NSW workshops

Teachers Professional Resumes workshops specialise in the requirements of the QLD and NSW state systems to give teachers’ CVs and selection criteria the professional edge. Queensland and New South Wales schools have slightly different approaches to selection and recruitment, with which Teachers’ Professional Resumes are fully experienced.

The first part of the session will take place in the morning where you will learn how to present your resume, and selection criteria. For NSW teachers, we discuss the position criteria and general criteria in depth. The workshop will promote a clear understanding of an effective layout, style and impactful language. The introductory belief statement and concluding potential statement will all be thoroughly discussed in this part of the session.

The second part of the session is held after lunch. This focuses on your interview performance. The workshop will teach you some very useful strategies to make an excellent impression on the panel. Near the end, you will take a mock-interview before a panel of three interviewers who will provide immediate and honest feedback on your performance. This is a very good way to prepare you for the coming interview, thus increasing your chance of landing your dream job.

Personal consultation

For any educators who are aiming for a higher position, Teachers’ Professional Resumes has a personal consultation service to assist you in landing the job. They will create a stunning application based on your qualifications, career achievements and leadership initiatives.

Teachers seeking promotions positions choose Teachers’ Professional Resumes. They can help you land your desired job position.

Writing Your Resume for Teaching in NSW

Rick Bowman - Wednesday, November 21, 2012

 

Teaching in any New South Wales school is a rewarding job experience. Helping children learn is a great way to give back to your community and see young minds grow. Read on to know how to effectively write a resume to apply for a teaching position in a NSW school.

Read the job listing carefully

Before writing your resume, it is important to carefully read the job listing you will be applying for. This is found here. https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/jobs/Enquiry?Command=GoToPublishedEnquiry. When writing to criteria, many applicants fail to include specific information as to what they may like to initiate or become involved in, once in the new school.  A common mistake is to write a generic resume which will be submitted to several or more job listings. Taking in any details within the job listing and knowing more about the individual school will give you important information to include within your selection criteria and perhaps your resume.

Your cover letter and resume

This is a key part of your application and usually first thing the panel will see before reading your selection criteria. Think of your cover letter and resume as an upcoming movie preview. The most common mistake is to oversimplify the cover letter with statements like “I wish to apply for the position”. Like a movie preview, the cover letter should sell your resume and make the panel eager to read on.

To maximise the quality of your cover letter, Include the reason or statement as to why you are the right candidate for the job, as well as the name of the principal or SED to make a good cover letter. 

A good rule of thumb is to only include the necessary information including your education, job experience, training and contact information. Do not include a photo, discussion of hobbies or personal interest, church affiliation or family details on a government school application.

NSW schools require six general criteria to be written, as well as certain position criteria which are included with the job listing. Present your responses to these position criteria first, and in this section be sure to include a paragraph (the Potential or Projecting Statement) at the end of each criterion which talks about your future role. This is where you show the panel what you can do for their school!  Place the six generic (General) criteria last.  These do not need to be tailored to the individual school.

Writing an approved NSW DEC resume can be a very rewarding investment. If you need help, Teachers’ Professional Resumes can work with you to obtain the teaching position you desire.

Become a Leader in Australian Education: First Step is Your Resume

Rick Bowman - Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Every successful teaching job starts with a well written resume. This includes any Australian teaching position. Read on to find out how your Australian teacher’s resume is your first step to becoming a leader in education.

The employers’ side

When a company or institution is looking to hire new employees, the hiring manager will only have a minimum amount of time to skim through all of the resumes of applicants. The hiring manager will only look for the most significant information within all of the resumes and most likely skip any information that isn’t relevant.

The cover letter of the application is almost always the most important part of a resume. This is the first thing an employer will see before your resume. A good cover letter can capture the attention of the employer which may increase the overall appeal of your resume.

As mentioned before, the employer will only look for the most significant information within your email or letter depending on the nature of the job. For example, a school who is hiring a teacher will only look for the applicant’s job experience and education found within their resume. For some employers, they will be looking for other specific information including age, gender, permanent address or major achievements of the applicant.

Benefits of a professionally written resume

Most university graduates might commit certain mistakes when they create their first resume. In addition, they might not be able to notice the mistake they have done and will most likely not receive the chance to be interviewed by the company or school to which they are applying.

Teachers who are applying for a job in a certain state for the first time may encounter problems with the state’s criteria or unique selection and recruitment requirements. Failing to understand the criteria may lessen the chance for an applicant to receive the job position. 

Professional resume writers and advisors, like those at Teacher Professional Resumes, can help create a quality resume that is truly eye-catching for any state or school within Australia and overseas. The writers know the most common mistakes to avoid when writing a resume. Depending on the state and school a teacher is applying for, they will understand the criteria an applicant must know to increase their chance of getting hired. They can also write a very eye-catching cover letter to give your resume some much needed attention.

When you are planning on applying for a teaching job, consider Teacher Professional Resumes to help you with your resume to get you started on the road to being a top Australian educator.

Rick Bowman