5 tips to make your CV and personal statement stand out

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Writing a CV and personal statement is necessary for any education job. To make writing them easier and to ensure they stand out there are a few things you can do. And remember, with all our tips below you can always call on us, here at Vision for Education, to help you – simply call your local branch. We find teachers and support staff jobs every day and are here to help you succeed, so here are five things that will make your application shine.

1. Know the difference between a CV and personal statement

It may sound obvious but getting the basics right is key to success. Your CV is your chance to show what you’ve done, where and when. You’ll need to include details of your relevant qualifications, work experience, skills and achievements. Whereas your personal statement is your chance to show your potential employer who you are. You’ll want to take the opportunity to showcase your personality, enthusiasm and examples of why you will be perfect for the job. This will be the very first impression you give of yourself to the school, so remember to promote yourself in the best possible way.

2. Tailor your application for every job you apply to

Schools can tell when an applicant has taken the time to read the job description and then tailored their application to it. They’ll sit up and pay attention because you’ve not just rolled your generic CV off the shelf, and they’ll be able to easily see how you can apply yourself to the specific needs for the role. In short, by doing this you’ll give yourself the best chance to be considered seriously for the role.

3. Write down examples and experiences before you start

Before you write anything, first make notes of examples or experiences you’ve had that meet the job criteria. Bingo, you’ve got a list of great things you’ve done! Now pick the strongest and most relevant ones to use and structure them between an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Having a strong structure ready for when you do start to write will help keep you on track.

4. Think about your audience

Spend time thinking about what the school will be looking for and put yourself in their shoes for a moment. What will they want examples of? Are there buzz-words they will be looking for? This is where we can really help you. We know the schools we work with inside and out, so we’ll be able to give you an insider’s perspective of what they are looking for, that you can use in your application.

5. Get feedback and don’t be afraid to re-write it

Don’t just get someone to proofread your application for spelling mistakes, find that friend or family member who will honestly and constructively give you advice on how to make yourself shine in the best possible way. If it needs more work, then give it the time it deserves – you deserve! Don’t be afraid to ask us for our honest opinion too, because we know that if you nail your CV and personal statement now it will increase your chances of job success.

Good luck with your CV and personal statement writing, we hope this has helped you. If you want to ask us for advice or want to find out about the jobs we offer, take a look at our job vacancies or call your local branch today, we’d love to help you.