Start your search early (earlier than you think!)
The VERY latest a teacher can hand in their notice is 31st May, but most teachers will have a very good idea as to when they want to retire/ move on, so start your search around November. If you’re lucky, someone might not be able to last longer than a term so you can fill their shoes, but if not, you’ll be one of the first to apply and be at the top of their pile when it comes round to looking through applications later in the school year.
Be picky – Know what YOU want
If you have been teaching for a while, you will have your own teaching style and you’ll know how you want to run things. When applying for teaching jobs, remember to read, carefully, how the school is run so that you’re aware how much prep time is available, if admin duties are taken into consideration and other important factors.
Tailor your application to each job
There is nothing worse than a re-hashed/ half-arsed cover letter and CV. I can guarantee that it will be obvious to the person reading it and it’ll quickly be filed (in the bin). Highlight the key skills which are relevant to the job and that will help you to stand out as a front runner. Also, the name of the headmaster should be easily available, so you have no excuse to use “Dear Sir/ Madam”.
Ask someone for a second opinion
If you’ve been teaching a while, you should know some other teachers, so why not ask them to have a look over your application to see if they can help you. Extra tip- ask one of the English teachers to double check your spelling and grammar, there is nothing worse than simple mistakes being missed.
Give them a call
Once you have sent off your application, which should have been sent with plenty of time before the deadline, why not give the school a ring to make sure they have received your application. As well as double checking your dream job had received your CV, it’s also an easy way to prove to the school that you are keen and motivated for the role.
Be prepared- Just like Scouts
When you have an interview lined up, make sure you have researched the school very well. You’ll probably have to teach a lesson so remember to create a well-structured and engaging lesson plan. Your aim in the lesson should be to push the smarter children, whilst allowing the less bright children to achieve too.
Do what you do best- Teach
When you’re in front of those kids, try not to freeze up just because you’re doing it with others in the room marking you. Teaching is what you were born to do, so just go about as you normally would and remember to show the kids who’s boss.
And if you don’t succeed- Try. Try. Try again.
You should ask for feedback from the employer regarding what you could do next time to really impress them and get the job you want.