Here are some tips on creating a competitive Resume/CV for your Search Profile. Trust us – we know what recruiters are looking for!

Recruiters have to scan 100s (1000s?) of CVs so you want to make sure yours is concise, easy to read, and memorable. You never get a second chance to make a first impression!

Being able to write concisely, determine the most important information about yourself and format your résumé/CV within 2 pages is in fact a skill in itself.

Read this article before you begin:  

There are many free resume templates available on the internet, here’s a few to consider (or you can google other professional templates)

We recommend this order (these section titles are just suggestions):

Here’s another tip. Use the “X by Y by Z formula” to articulate your experience and focus on accomplishments — quantitative results and the impact that you had as a result. “Accomplished [X] as measured by [Y], by doing [Z]”

Sample 1:

OK: “Member of Leadership for Tomorrow Society”

Better: “Selected as one of 275 for this 12-month professional development program for high-achieving diverse talent.”

Best: “Selected as one of 275 participants nationwide for this 12-month professional development program for high-achieving diverse talent based on leadership potential and academic success.”

Sample 2:

OK: “Grew revenue for small and medium business clients.”

Better: “Grew revenue for small and medium business clients by 10%

Best: “Grew revenue for 15 small and medium business clients by 10% by mapping new software features as solutions to their business goals.”

In a nutshell, what recruiters are looking for: well written/well formatted CV (easy to extract key info, demonstrates IT skills), proper degree and valid certification, successful experience teaching the subject you are applying for. Extra-curricular activities or coaching experience, personal interests (are you going to be a good fit for the school’s culture).

Possible “red flags”: poorly written (typos, spelling/grammar errors) , poorly formatted (hard to extract key info) CV. Gaps in employment (not a deal-breaker, but make sure you can explain the gaps ie personal/family/health reasons or pursuing PD/additional qualifications), how long you were at previous posts (having a series of one-year term contracts is not ideal, recruiters may question your commitment).

Here are some more good tips: