Do you need one? And if so what should it include?
Many venues such as studios, gyms and businesses will request a CV rather than simply asking for your teacher training certificate.
The good thing is, this is a fantastic opportunity to sell yourself. Think about what makes you unique. Why should prospective employers pick you over other teachers they may be considering?
As with a regular CV try to keep everything within 2 easy to read pages. Keep in mind that a CV should be relevant to the role you are applying for and as concise as possible.
Introductory or Summary Paragraph
To start off with, as with a regular CV, include a couple of sentences that describe who you are. In this case make sure to include what style(s) you teach and what makes your classes special. This is an opportunity to show your personality! You may also want to mention how long you have been practicing yoga for.
This is also an opportunity to explain any career changes or gaps in your career history. For example if you were travelling for a year in Africa or if you took a break to study, this would explain a large gap in your job history.
Education and Training
This section is for your certification(s) and where you trained.
List them chronologically:
200-Hour Foundation Teacher Training course
London, UK, 2011
You should include any yoga workshops or further training below your original foundation qualification. If you have First-Aid training or any relevant qualifications such as: personal training, reiki, or anatomy, you should include these as-well.
This section should also include your formal education, such as a University Degree. You should include these even if they are not directly related to yoga. There are a lot of transferable skills related to study and it gives prospective employers a well rounded image of you.
These should all be listed in the same format.
Recent graduates may not have much teaching experience. Include what you have and don’t forget any practice classes you may have done with fellow teachers.
A good idea might be to hold some free classes in your local community centre or for family, friends, and co-workers.
Private Yoga teacher
Bristol Community Centre
Bullet point the main responsibilities and, if you can, any tangible achievements received while in this position.
- Taught X amount of classes with an average class size of Y
- Received X award
- Ran Z Charity event.
After your yoga experience, list other work experience. Start with your most recent or current job and don’t go back any further than 10-15 years.
Remember that customer service, admin, event organisation and management etc. skills are transferable and extremely valuable, so don’t be afraid to include jobs that don’t directly relate to yoga.
If you can, tailor your CV for specific vacancies and include key words which match the advert or vacancy. If the vacancy states that a prerequisite is reception experience, make sure you mention this on your CV.
Remember to add your contact information somewhere on the top or bottom.
If you have a professional photo, it might be a nice idea to include this. You might have a better chance of standing out by adding a friendly face to your CV but avoid selfies and low-resolution images.
Add references, as you would for a regular CV, or state that references are available on request. You might consider a reference from a student or teacher trainer.