Top tips for customising your Teacher CV template:
- You can replace the icon with a head shot photo if you want to. If you’re not sure whether this is appropriate, consider our article ‘Should I include a CV photo?‘. To add in a photo, just right click on the picture and choose ‘Change Picture’.
- This CV template is designed using tables, which makes it very easy to edit. We suggest enabling text boundaries to make the editing process even easier. In Word 2010 it’s in FILE > OPTIONS > ADVANCED under “Show document content”.
- The grey rectangle is a shape that is positioned behind the text. If you need to copy and paste a new one (for example, to make a third page), you might find the gridlines useful when lining everything up. In Word 2010, these are under the VIEW tab, in the SHOW Section (Ruler, Gridlines and Navigation Pane are there). Once you’ve copied and pasted your grey rectangle into the third page, right click and choose SEND TO BACK > SEND BEHIND TEXT. This allows you to utilise the column for text if you want to, without it being hidden behind the shape.
CV writing advice: hobbies and interests
When it comes to writing the perfect CV it’s easy to assume that the ‘hobbies and interests’ section is of little importance. All you need to do is throw in a few cliché hobbies – ‘I like to read, go out on weekends, and watch movies’. Simple, right?
But is there much more to the hobbies section of a CV, and should we place more importance on what could easily be viewed as an unnecessary part of the hiring and CV writing process?
Who cares about my hobbies?
You may be surprised to know that most employers do actually take note of what a candidate gets up to in their spare time. But why, and what are they looking for?
Due to the format of the CV it can be quite hard for the hiring manager to get any kind of feel for your personality, and this is especially true if you don’t write a cover letter. Your hobbies are a great way to connect with the employer on a personal level, and shine a bit of light on what can be quite an arduous process when it comes to short listing CVs for an interview.
An employer is not just interested in the skills and qualifications you have, they are also looking to see how you could potentially fit into a team, get along with other workers, and integrate into the company’s culture. The interview stage is obviously the best forum for the employer to find out more about someone’s personality, but during the initial short listing of CVs there may not be much to go on.
How can an employee benefit from my hobbies?
Someone who is the captain of their local football team will most likely have leadership qualities, great communication skills, and the ability to work well with and organise a team. These are all the qualities an employer could be looking for in an employee, so although managing or captaining a football team could be seen as just a hobby, there is a lot more to it if you delve much further into the skills that are being used.
If you were reading through a CV and you noticed that this particular candidate took part in a lot of charity work, you would instantly assume that they were very helpful and friendly. Although you don’t know this for sure, you begin to build up a picture in your mind of the type of person they could be. Someone that gives up a lot of their spare time to help others will very likely be a great team player for your company.
Can I not just put – ‘I like to go to the cinema’?
The problem with this is that you are not really giving the employer much to go on. If you like to go to the cinema, then you are being honest and confirming what you like to do in your spare time. However, this isn’t very interesting and every word counts when it comes to writing a great CV, and if you take up valuable space with anything that doesn’t add value, then you should really consider leaving it off.
An employer likes to see passion and dedication ooze from a CV, and although you should express this through the work experience and skills section, you need to make sure your CV doesn’t falter throughout the entire two pages and remains consistent. Yes, the hobbies section is not as important as those others, but it doesn’t mean to say you can’t take advantage of every available opportunity.
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