This is the second post of the series on getting online teaching jobs; The first post "Steps to Getting Your First Online Teaching Job" introduced all the steps as a general outline, and this time we look specifically at writing a online teaching job Curriculum Vitae (CV). The infographic below shows the 21 steps that will ensure you create an effective CV that will increase your chances at landing that first online teaching job, or the dream placement you've been searching for.
CV Writing for online teaching and academic job positions requires modifying your existing resume or CV into a document that represents all of your professional, academic and community achievements in one comprehensive document. You should not worry about the length of the CV Document, but about how detailed and comprehensive it is.
In my post 21 things to include in your Online Teaching CV, I documented many things you may not have been aware of that should be included in your online teaching Curriculum Vitae. I recommend starting off with your contact information and then leading with your teaching philosophy statement. Why? Two reasons. It will contain key words for HR systems, and deans will see it without requiring a separate document. More on that later.
I recommend listing unique attributes next and then following up with your experience, professional experience, education and the other items relevant to your online teaching career listed in my 21 items blog post. You may want to review the post "21 Things Your CV Needs for Online Teaching Jobs" for that list of items. Try to be as thorough as possible. I recommend adding 5 to 8 attributes that make you stand out from other candidates. Don't worry if this isn't in the area of online education. Military experience, leadership experience, expertise, learning management systems, education, community service and more all make a difference. Just like your teaching philosophy (which I will cover more in depth next week) it is important to really try to dive into what unique skill set you bring to your teaching career. Essentially this is an overview of "why hire me?"
As you move through the rest of the CV, check out the infographic. This covers a lot of what you should be thinking about, including presentations, ways you've advanced your expertise in an area, your dedication to lifelong learning, community service, military service, areas you have 18 graduate hours in, learning management systems, citations in articles or publications, media, scholarly publications, professional publications, residencies and colloquium attendance or presentations, extended education and more.
The infographic presents the basics of CV Writing. This is hardly all-inclusive, but gives you a good starting point and perhaps a fresh look at the process. One of the benefits to working off of a thorough template or with a CV Writing professional is that often clients discover they have far more experience and items to list than they thought! They just weren't sure what to include. Sometimes the brainstorming process is very important and leads to a far better, more thorough CV.
Next week I will continue to add to this and elaborate on getting that very first online teaching position. To be sure you do not miss the next post "Writing an Online Teaching Jobs Philosophy Statement" and the rest of the series and valuable information subscribe to our newsletter