Your CV is most likely the first thing the employer sees about you, so it is important to make a good first impression by conveying all the right information, present it well and make yourself stand out. CV’s give the employer an insight on your qualifications, skills and experience which can help the determine if you are right for the job. We have written a guide to give you the best chance of landing an interview and starting your career.
If you’re looking to attain a top teaching assistant role, it is crucial that you’re CV is quality and reflects your passion for the role. An effective CV is well presented, displays relevant skills and experience, and shows an insight into who you are. It is important that there is a good use of grammar, text is kept concise and any non relevant information is left out as this can come across as unprofessional and could mean employers reject your application.
Your personal profile is the first section of your CV that employers will read to find out more about you. This is your chance to introduce yourself, sell your skills and outline your characteristics. Personal profiles are a perfect way to persuade recruiters as it tells them straight off why they should hire you.
This section can include relevant experience and achievements, it is important to tailor this to the job description as it show your enthusiasm for the role and that you’re a serious candidate.
There are no set rules on the length of this section, however, it is suggested to aim for a few short sentences and no longer than 150 words, as it is concise, effectively displays who you are and increases the chances of the employer reading the full CV and considering you for the job.
Your contact details need to be at the top of your CV, so it is easy for the employer to find them and contact you.
Your contact details should include your name, address, phone number and email address. Avoid including any unprofessional email address as it will create a negative first impression. You don’t need to include your date of birth, marital status or a photo of yourself as employers must be able to prove their hiring processes are free from any profiling based on age, gender, race, appearance and marital status.
There should be a section in your CV that outlines your relevant skills. This makes it easy for the employer to read and determine if you meet the requirements of the role.
This section should be formatted using bullet points and include plenty of key skills that are relevant to the Teaching Assistant role such as classroom management, communication skills, administration, reading, writing and numeracy skills.
It is important to try and include both hard and soft skills on your CV as this gives you an advantage at being invited for an interview.
Hard skills are gained through experience, knowledge or training such as a degree (or other qualifications), computer skills or foreign language skills. Soft skills refer to personal habits and traits that shape how you work such as effective communication, team work and organisation.
In this section you should outline your past experiences that are relevant and illustrate the value you can bring to the classroom.
If you have previous experience working as a Teaching Assistant, then you should display this and give details of where you worked, including dates you started and finished employment and your key responsibilities within the role.
If you have no relevant experience then you should include any previous employment you had and the skills you gained that are transferable to the Teaching Assistant role.
Listing your education on your CV is important as it will demonstrate you have the knowledge and qualifications needed for the job. This can be a degree or equivalent, moving down to college degrees and then GCSEs. You should also include any other relevant qualifications such as NVQ. When listing your qualifications, ensure they are listed in order you obtained them (most recent at the top).
The most effective way to format this section is by listing the names of the institution, your attendance dates, the subjects you studied and the grades you received.
If any particular module you studied at college or university has any relevance to the job, ensure you list these to give yourself an advantage.
Including certificates on your CV proves that you have specific expertise that is issued by an authorized organisation and you have the capability to enhance your skills and knowledge. It is a requirement for most jobs working with children to have passed certain courses such as safeguarding, this should be included in this section.
This section of your CV is optional, it is best to only include this option if your hobbies and interests are relevant to the role you are applying for. When applying for a Teaching Assistant job, hobbies such as arts and crafts, volunteering at youth groups and reading educational books are great to include.