Job search
Thursday, 04 October 2018

Every year, hundreds of freshly qualified teachers finish their studies and eagerly start searching for that perfect first position. For many, teaching is a passion, but finding and applying for the right job can be tricky. Then if you get an interview, it can be scary to prepare yourself for the process.

Our country always needs passionate teachers, and no matter how nervous you feel applying for a position, there are a few tips you can follow to make the process a little smoother. So, whether you’re freshly qualified, or a seasoned educator looking for a new position take a browse of some of the best teaching application tips and tricks we’ve compiled.

 

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If there’s one thing you MUST do before you even think about submitting an application, it’s practicing what you preach: i.e proofreading.

Since you’re applying for an education position, a lot of employers aren’t going to read past the first page of your application if it has noticeable spelling or grammatical errors. If you’re applying for a lot of different positions at once, MAKE SURE that each form has the correct name and address on it. That might sound silly to point out, but headteachers have confirmed that this does happen sometimes and is basically a death sentence for your application.

 

Be prepared

 

If the deadline for the application isn’t too close, do as much research as you can on the school, to both talk about if you get an interview and to see if this is an environment you’ll feel comfortable working in. If you can’t get enough information on the website, try phoning the school to ask for newsletters or other information that isn’t readily available to get a real feel for the institution.

Doing your homework will be great for you in the long run as not only will you get a much clearer idea about whether this is somewhere that you’d like to work, you’ll also be in a better position than a lot of the other candidates as you’ll have a much better case for how’d you’d fit in well with their current system.

 

 

Don’t Underestimate the Power of the Personal Statement

 

You can have the most perfectly filled out application in the world, but one of the things that can make you really stand out from the rest of the applicants is the strength of your personal statement.

While it’s good to be enthusiastic, always stick to quality over quantity with your word count. Even if you can wax lyrical for five pages about how you are the best candidate for the position, two sides of A4 is usually a good stopping point. Like with teaching, you have to be able to get your point across clearly as well as concisely.

Make sure you cover the points in the specification. For example, if the position requires you to teach a GCSE-level syllabus and you don’t mention that you can, it’s going to look like you haven’t read the job description. Also make sure to cover your entire employment and education history, even the gaps. There’s also a good chance you will be questioned on aspects of your statement, so make sure to have real world examples of the skills you’ve listed to hand as well.

 

Different Experiences

 

As you know, every school is different, so every teaching position you’ve taken was obviously a unique experience. When covering your skills, make sure to cover all the different schools you learned/trained/worked in and how the different experiences helped you learn. Regardless of where you were previously, don’t make the mistake of being negative about other schools. Stick to what you enjoyed and the aspects of the curriculum and teaching methods you found the most useful.

 

At the Interview

 

If you get to the interview, always remember proper interview etiquette regardless of where you are.

Besides making sure you’re dressed properly for the occasion, don’t forget you’re being interviewed the second you enter the building.

One of the best things you can do is making sure that you’re prepared for some of the most common interview questions like:

“Why do you want the job?”

“What could you bring to the position?”

“Tell us a bit more about yourself.”

While they are classic questions, you may already know how easy it is to have a complete mind-blank when trying to think of an answer.

If you’re going to be teaching a trial lesson, make sure to be yourself and teach in your own style. Don’t teach someone else’s lesson. Spend some time planning your own and perhaps go through it with another person or another teacher if you can.

 

 

With the new school year in sight and more teaching jobs opening up, it’s time to put yourself out there. While we know applying for a new job can be daunting, you’ll never know if you don’t try. Ultimately, the best thing you can do is to just be yourself and give it your all, and if it doesn’t work out, there’s always other places to try and your next attempt will be even better!

Good luck.

Looking for a job in education for the new year? Check out our vacancies page for more information or call us on: 0203 846 7111.

 

 

 

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