Resume/CV Action Verbs & Keywords, Teaching CV Job Application

Action Verbs & Keywords Teaching CV Job Application

Applying for a teaching job and catching the attention of the school or recruiter means you must tailor a job application to the person specification. Make a list of action verbs and keywords you should add on a school teaching job cv/resume.

Include words that help the CV standout as the reader is quickly looking at the document to see if you’re a perspective candidate for the job. 

School head teachers and HR departments look at many CV’s that have been sent in directly to the school by email, uploaded to a website or job board.

In today’s job market applicant tracking system (AST) are used to scan keywords that the school or recruiter matches key criteria to a job applicant.

Focus the attention of the reader by using power cv action verbs in an application for a secondary, primary, nursery school teacher job projecting achievement, can do willing attitude and problem solver is expected in a professional education cv.


What are action words in a resume/cv?

Good action verbs are words that describe past and present teaching roles as a classroom teacher matching the person specification and job description.

Words you should include in a cv/resume describe you as a professional teacher, skills, knowledge, experience, competences, qualification and possible assessed as an outstanding high school teacher.

Words you include are not chosen randomly, only use action words that accurately explain or describe you’re teaching background or what is asked for in the job advertisement.



Teaching resume verbs use

Add action verbs to highlight personal & professional teaching skills, achievements and student success to:

  • Quickly be seen while skim reading
  • Employers looking through teacher applications for certain keyword (As we do as teachers marking assignments)
  • Differentiate yourself from other applicants, make sure not to sound repetitive


Action verbs: Can be used to show that you can be successful in the proposed teaching role.

Power word type: Situations to express the job position, teaching, activity, or outcome.


Include appropriate teacher verbs for CV

Reading a job advertisement for a qualified secondary teacher of biology for example, will state certain person specifications, skills, experience, subject knowledge, personal attributes & traits and successful track record of effective classroom teaching required.

It’s not just about being qualified for the job with previous experience.

You’ll require using words showing how you would fit into the organisation, culture, role and school setting. This will help to tailor your cover letter and cv to the role, personal qualities and experience you offer.

Depending on the age range from nursery, primary or secondary class teacher or first career advancement to head of year or head of department will guide you to include more action verbs.


18 example keywords used on CV for teaching?


  1. Motivate

How do you raise attainment with under performing pupils?

Here you can relate to lesson planning using certain groups or individuals to gain attention in a lesson.

Example: Certain classes where I identified pupils less interested in a topic area I linked examples & learning materials pupils talked about every week to stimulate discussion and enhance motivation in lessons.


  1. Successful

How have you performed previously as a teacher? Detail abilities as a teacher to succeed in the job role. Use verbs, such as success.

Example: A successful track record in achieving top grades (69% +) in examination results in years 12 & 13 for the past 6 years.


  1. Responsibility   

Take responsibility for a task completion or install responsible actions.

Example: As a year 7 form tutor I would remind the class to take responsibility for your own actions not to blame others.


  1. Team

Show how you work as part of a team in the department, school wide initiative or teamwork with students in class, sports or field activity.

Example: Run games & sports extra curricula activities at an international school installing team effort into students.


  1. Development

As a teacher we never stop learning.  Continued professional development is part of a teacher’s role and indeed expected.

Example: Continuing to learn and upgrade knowledge about integrating technology in the classroom to visually display core concepts about a subject topic.


  1. Inspire

Lead others to improve or promote the idea of learning something new or more challenging.

Example: Each week I like my students to inspire to become better at maths problem solving, first by learning basics and then improve understanding.


  1. Communicate

How to communicate what you are trying to say or pass on a message is vital as a teacher and in school life.

Example: In a PSHE lesson recently students were split into groups to come up with different ways to pass on a message in different forms.


  1. Prepare 

Show how you prepare for each class lesson.

Example: Preparation for each lesson involves learning material & teaching aids appropriate for each age and stage of topic learning.


  1. Solve

Explain how you solve issues in school or how you instruct students to solve problems in lessons.

Example: After explaining the problem and instruction how to solve questions to the class I would set 6 questions to answer.


  1. Efficient 

A teacher’s day is always busy with many tasks to complete.

Example: Set up systems to speed up marking, worksheet design and admin tasks in school to get more work completed in a shorter time scale.


  1. Succeed

Achievement and completing what you set to do, show you can work to sole problems and finish a task.

Example:  Succeeded in applying for funding for an educational trip over along weekend that reinforced learning in the classroom.


  1. Maintain

You always as a teacher want to maintain the attention of all the students in each lesson.

Example: Maintained the attention of learners in class lessons by using teaching strategies that I have worked in previous lesson with the same group.


  1. Ensure

Check that something is completed, followed, could be health &safety at school.

Example: During winter days when cold I would ensure all pupils would have a coat on to play outside during break and lunchtime.


  1. Identify

As a teacher you identify any students in each class that may be struggling a bit, could achieve more with extended learning in the subject.

Example:  Identified 2 pupils in my maths class that would benefit from booster lessons to provide additional help.


  1. Plan

Planning is an integral part of a teachers day and school life.  Showing you can create effective plans for your own teaching or department is a must to secure a job.

Example: As a trainee teacher I planed lessons on each topic area after writing and completing as scheme of work with guidance from my mentor.


  1. Skill

Look at the person specification first; make sure your resume/cv and cover letter includes the skills you have to specific job requirements. Include other words that showcase skill you have to teach, a subject or sport that fits naturally into sentencing.

Example: Teaching year 8 hockey last term I have shown each class how to run and dribble with a ball and pass to another player.


  1. Encourage 

No all students wish to be at school or in certain lessons.  As a teacher you will get to know these students.

Example: Used mixed group activity tasks in class to encourage greater group participation from each learner during the task.


  1. Organise

Organising is another key attribute that you require to function efficiently as a teacher.

Example: Organised an after school sports activities evening at an international school as part of running a club each week.


Verbs for teacher resume working in school

Ethos and school values: This is where you use words to show you are a professional school teacher with appropriate personal attributes expected of the profession and fit into the school culture and values.

Research the school, history, exam results, location.

 Educational technical language/jargon: Use teacher terminology where you can seamlessly incorporate words.


Applying for a qualified teaching job at this point you should have a fairly accurate assessment of your skills, experience, abilities, you offer as a teacher to a prospective school.


Action verbs list for CV: add your own

  • Access   Accomplish   Accrue   Acquire   Achieve   Act   Activate   Adapt   Address   Adjust   Administer   Advise   Advocate   Affirm   Aid   Alert   Align   Allocate   Analyse   Apply   Appraise   Approve   Arbitrate   Arranged   Assemble   Assess   Assign   Assist   Attain   Authorise   Award
  • Begin  Brief   Bring   Budget   Build
  • Calculate   Certify   Chaired   Change   Check   Choose   Clarify   Classify   Coach   Collaborate   Collate     Collect Combine   Communicate   Compare   Compile   Complete   Comply   Compose   Compute     Conceptualise   Conclude   Condense   Conduct   Confer   Configure   Connect   Conserve   Consolidate   Construct   Consult   Contact   Continue   Contribute   Control   Convert   Convey   Convince   Coordinate   Correspond   Counsel   Cultivate   Customise
  • Decide   Declare   Decline   Decorate   Dedicate   Define    Delegate   Deliver   Demonstrate   Depreciate   Describe   Design   Detail Determine   Develop   Devise   Diagnose   Direct   Dispense   Distribute   Document   Draft
  • Edit   Educate   Effective   Efficient   Emphasise   Encourage   Enforce   Enhance   Ensure   Enthusiastic   Establish   Estimate   Evaluate   Examine   Execute    Expand   Expedite   Experience   Explain
  • Facilitate   Finance   Focus   Forecast   Formulate   Foster
  • Gain   Generate   Graduate   Greet   Guide
  • Handle   Help
  • Illustrate   Implement   Improve   Improvise   Increase   Influence   Inform   Initiate   Initiative   Innovate   Install   Integrate   Interact   Interested   Introduce  Investigate
  • Justify
  • Knowledge
  • Leadership   Learn   Lift   Link   Listen
  • Manage   Management   Measure   Mediate   Modify   Monitor
  • Negotiate
  • Observe   Obtain   Operate   Outperform
  • Participate   Passion   Perform   Persuade   Practical   Prepare   Present   Prevent   Prioritise   Priority   Process   Produce    Program   Project   Promote         Propose   Prospect   Prove   Provide
  • Qualify
  • Reach   Receive   Reconcile   Record   Refocus   Reorganise   Report   Represent   Research   Resolve   Respond    Restore   Restructure   Results   Results-Oriented   Retrieve   Review   Revise   Revitalise
  • Schedule   Search   Secure   Select    Share   Showcase   Simplify    Solution   Solve   Sort   Specialise   Specify   Staff   Standard   Start   Succeed   Suggest   Summarise   Supervise   Support   Surpass   Sustain
  • Target   Teach   Player   Test   Timely   Track   Train   Transform   Transmit 
  • Unite   Update   Upgrade   Use   Utilise
  • Validate   Value   Verify   View

You are projecting a caring, calm, well organised up to date teacher that offers a well established record of good quality school class teaching.  By using specifically targeted action verbs & keywords on a teaching CV will go a long way to securing a job interview.


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