Ca­reer Or­bit

The in­ter­net abounds with claims by com­pa­nies that will write the “Per­fect CV” or re­sume for you, but as the catch­phrase goes: “if it sounds too good to be true, it is”.

The Australian Education Reporter - - OUTSTANDING EXCURSIONS - LIONEL CRA­NEN­BURGH

PRIN­CI­PALS and teach­ers in English, Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing, Busi­ness Ed­u­ca­tion or Cer­tifi­cate II and III teach stu­dents how to ap­ply for jobs, ap­pren­tice­ships or work­place learn­ing.

Schools reg­u­larly ad­ver­tise for new staff and in 2016 re­ceived on av­er­age 300 to 400 ap­pli­ca­tions for each job in WA alone.

Thou­sands of teach­ers grad­u­ate from Teach­ers’ Col­leges in Aus­tralia each year and have to write their first CV for a job in an In­de­pen­dent or Gov­ern­ment school.

Writ­ing the pro­fes­sional cur­ricu­lum vi­tae or re­sume and ad­dress­ing se­lec­tion cri­te­ria for jobs in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor is very dif­fer­ent to the type done by many CV writ­ing com­pa­nies.

The ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum vi­tae and se­lec­tion cri­te­ria dif­fer in tone, treat­ment, con­tent, out­comes and lead­er­ship prac­tices to those ex­pected of a miner, shop as­sis­tant or per­son in a non-ed­u­ca­tional set­ting.

I ap­proach writ­ing a re­sume with the same mind­set as if I was writ­ing an ad­ver­tise­ment about a prod­uct that has to com­pete with oth­ers in the mar­ket.

I act as if I have lim­ited space in which to write my mes­sage and make ev­ery word count.

I use the “The End Goal” tech­nique. I tell the se­lec­tion panel, in each achieve­ment that I write, what they ul­ti­mately want to gain with the help of my ser­vice.

You should re­search the school thor­oughly through its web­site, an­nual re­port, busi­ness plan and its val­ues.

You should tai­lor your in­for­ma­tion to the re­search so that you can per­suade, ad­vise and in­form read­ers us­ing some of ad­ver­tis­ing’s less con­fronting per­sua­sive de­vices.

Writ­ing a cur­ricu­lum vi­tae or ad­dress­ing se­lec­tion cri­te­ria for an In­de­pen­dent School, which the In­de­pen­dent School Coun­cil of Aus­tralia says com­prise about 1091 of nearly 9400 schools, is not al­ways the same as writ­ing for a Gov­ern­ment school.

There are about 10 dif­fer­ent types of In­de­pen­dent schools, such as Montes­sori, Is­lamic, In­dige­nous com­mu­nity schools and Catholic Schools, with dif­fer­ing se­lec­tion cri­te­ria; some of which are quite ex­ten­sive.

Gov­ern­ment schools in WA have sim­i­lar se­lec­tion cri­te­ria with no ref­er­ence to re­li­gious ser­vice.

Be­gin by writ­ing a snappy ca­reer summary in sharp sentences that pack a punch at the top of your CV to pro­mote your skills, knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence. Like Hem­ing­way, use one sen­tence for each idea as of­ten as pos­si­ble.

If you have won awards or been recog­nised for any con­tri­bu­tions state th­ese suc­cinctly un­der a sep­a­rate head­ing.

State­ments such as “nom­i­nated for teacher of the year, 2016” will get at­ten­tion.

I find that some peo­ple, in­clud­ing pro­fes­sional re­sume writ­ers, itemise all re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for each job in re­verse chrono­log­i­cal or­der. My ad­vice is that it shows the reader more about your ca­pa­bil­i­ties if you write fewer re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and ex­pand your achieve­ments for each job.

Keep your CV or re­sume and se­lec­tion cri­te­ria to about three pages each in length. Don’t write ev­ery­thing that you did but pro­vide a se­lec­tion of your best achieve­ments.

The “per­fect” re­sume for­mat is one that is sim­ple.

“I TELL THE SE­LEC­TION PANEL, IN EACH ACHIEVE­MENT THAT I WRITE, WHAT THEY UL­TI­MATELY WANT TO GAIN WITH THE HELP OF MY SER­VICE. “

Lionel Cra­nen­burgh is the 2015 Pos­i­tive Be­hav­iours Win­ner (WA) and Di­rec­tor of Lionel Cra­nen­burgh and As­so­ciates, Ca­reer Com­pany.

[email protected]­onel­cra­nen­burgh.com.au

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