CV's for Music Teachers - 5 Do's and Don'ts

What do you find in certain CVs that get you excited when you go through them (it is possible to do it)? Your CV can be an opportunity to sell yourself, and also it is a chance to outline your impact on your career. These rules and guidelines are my own personal experiences on how to make your selling pitch more effective.

I receive CVs every week from Instrument tutors and instrumentalists. They are speculation applications, which are sent, I assume, in large numbers to a list of potential applicants. I don’t have a problem with this method, but often the perfect CV can be found at the right moment. Therefore, in my opinion, it’s fine to use theoretical methods; however, there is some care necessary.

1. Make your speculation unique to the organization you are addressing.

No one likes reading an email that is clearly a standard letter, with your name and address affixed to the top. When it comes to CVs, it’s an absolute no-no. The CVs that pop out and catch my attention are those that refer directly to my company. Someone who has completed their homework and is offering assistance regarding something that is specific to me that draws my attention. Someone who relates in depth to the work we are doing and shows enthusiasm to be part of it is something that impresses me.

2. Be enthusiastic about the services you’re offering.

This is a follow-up to the previous one, but I would guess that you’d like to talk about the amazing potential you have in the role of an employee. If your CV is a list of achievements, I’m certain I’m feeling very enthusiastic about these things. If you’ve got thoughts regarding how your skills can be utilized and a sense of enthusiasm towards the future, it is likely to attract my attention. Combine that with evidence-based experience to back your assertions, and your resume will be an absolute roller.

3. Don’t list non-relevant experiences.

This is the most important thing for me. I’m a firm advocate for professional musicians to become an essential part of education. However, when you apply for a teaching job, I’d like to know the teaching experience you have or your potential. What are you doing today to improve your teaching skills? What are you planning to do in the near future? These are the most important points which should be taken into consideration during your presentation. It is important to note that the fact you were featured on this or that album is totally relevant to you as a person. This can affect the way you conduct yourself. However, you should focus on putting your strengths in teaching on display.

4. Do proofread.

It’s obvious, isn’t it? Although we are all aware of the importance of proofreading, it can be difficult to do right and easy to overlook. When you go through the final draft, your mind will trick you into believing that you have read what you think you’ve done and will make the mistakes unnoticeable to you. You need to hand it over to someone else to verify. A CV that is sloppy will likely be deleted immediately. So, increase your chances by enhancing your writing.

5. Do not forget your CRB certificate.

If you intend to work with children within the UK, you must possess an up-to-date Criminal Records Bureau check, and they must be renewed every couple of years, so make sure that it is up-to-date. It is now standard to have a CRB check for every borough you work in. It could be that you don’t possess the one that is required. This is fine. Just make sure you have something. It is important to show that you’ve thought about this and that you’ve done something to address it. Include it as one of the most prominent aspects of your resume. Find more current information here.