Sending off a CV and cover letter to apply for a job today can seem relatively straight forward, however it is just as important you take time over preparing these documents and tailoring them to suit the job description, as you would with an application form.
Below, we break down some of the most important things to consider when writing your CV and cover letter and tips to ensure you produce an application that is sure to get our attention.
First Impressions Count
When you come to prepare your CV and cover letter, it’s important to bear in mind that these two documents will form our first impression of you. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself, while highlighting what makes you a suitable candidate and your motivations for applying. A good introduction is your key to getting through to the telephone interview.
Your cover letter is the most appropriate place for such an introduction. It should contain a brief statement about which role you are applying to and then outline the key skills and experience you have gained throughout your work and education history that is relevant to the role. You should also use this to indicate why you wish to be considered for such a role and how this fits in to your wider plan. Ideally, this should be no longer than a few paragraphs. If you are unsure on how to structure the cover letter, do some research as the internet has a wealth of resources to help!
We often hear from applicants who are concerned that they do not have much previous work experience, or that the experience they do have is not relevant. However, this is not the case. We understand that many applicants are still studying or are recent graduates, so we will not judge your application solely on this. We believe that any experience is good experience and whether you have worked in a bar, a shop or you’ve dedicated your time to studying, you will have gained skills that are important in a teaching role. Consider the skills a teacher must have and think about where and when you have done something that demonstrates you using them.
We recommend highlighting any experience of the following:
- Public speaking
- Work in different cultural contexts
- Working with children
Less is More
When it comes to preparing your CV and cover letter, it is important to keep it concise. The key is to introduce who you are, what you do and what you have done in a way that will leave more for us to discuss during an interview. You should try to keep your CV to no more than 2 A4 sides and a cover letter to no more than 1.
This may sound obvious, but you would be surprised to find out how many applications we see with fundamental spelling and/or grammar mistakes. Considering you are applying to teach English, correct spelling and usage of grammar is of utmost importance and we will not go forward with applications riddled with errors. If in doubt, ask a friend or family member to check it through for you!