Trying to get your first job or moving onto a new job can be daunting and at times challenging. Especially if after a few attempts the outcome has been negative. Therefore, I have linked a few articles on how the process of getting that teaching job can be made easier.
The first is a must read on advice for getting short listed.
The first step is to get shortlisted. You need to write an application that will get the school to think “We need this person!” So write to impress and what you can offer them not what they are offering you.
Don’t copy someone else’s. It must be YOURS!
The application form
- Must be readable and use black ink.
- Get the details correct
- Fill the whole application in and if it is not applicable write N/A.
- Follow the instructions – especially for the chronological order of your employment history and education. It usually will state “Start with most recent first.”
- Do not have any gaps in history. If you were not in education or employment explain what you were doing?
The curriculum vitae
Most schools don’t ask for one so don’t send one.
Independent schools, international schools and now academies and free schools aren’t tied to this, of course, and some of them do ask for a curriculum vitae.
What do you send with your application form? Usually called a supporting statement or personal statement.
When you are writing your statement, follow this advice:
- Two sides A4 in a normal-sized type with normal-width margins (least should be one and half)
- Follow their instructions
- Typed unless they specifically ask for handwritten
- Make it specific to this post in this school
- Don’t include useless information
- Tell them why they need you, not why you need them
- Make it specific to their job description
- Make it as structured and easy to read (you could put headings).
Furthermore, below is advice on having a successful job interview.
If you get invited for the interview then no need to panic but think of it that it is your opportunity to shine.
First impressions count so:
- Dress to impress.
- Be polite and well- mannered as soon as you walk through the school gates
- Make eye contact
- Give a firm hand shake
- Be honest when answering questions
- Be confident but don’t come over as arrogant
- Answer the questions and don’t go off track
- Be passionate
Finally, I have gathered advice from different teachers at different stages in their career on one piece of advice they would give to job hunters:
- Explain why you are applying for this particular job at this particular school.
- The personal statement that will get you short listed… so get it right!
- Schools don’t want to see your CV unless I’ve asked for one. Schools don’t want to see a portfolio of PowerPoint presentations you’ve developed. Schools don’t want a testimonial from your summer job behind the bar in the student union. schools want what they’ve asked for please – letter and form. Form and letter.
- Make sure your application is personal to the school.
- Check spelling and give to another person to proofread any SPAG errors.
- Explain what you will bring that is extra if successful – so what skills can you bring / what extra-curricular opportunities would you be willing to offer?
- If asked to do a lesson as part of the interview then keep it simple and do one or two things well instead of doing lots of things badly. Have a plan B in place in case the technology doesn’t work.
- If a school comes across questionable online content about or featuring you it’s likely that you won’t make the cut. On the flip side, if you have a positive digital footprint featuring successful teaching projects with pupils, it is likely to help you stand out as a candidate.
- Some schools get the candidate to carry out a past exam paper. Make sure you know what examine board the school does and be prepared by going through some past papers
I hope this has been helpful.