Category Archives: Careers in Teaching

What Teachers Should Focus on in Their Application to a New Job Pt 1

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The aspects of a job application remain mostly the same no matter what role/job you’re applying to, in the education sector or out. They need to include a summary statement, which should describe who you are as a person and what motivates you inside of the workplace. After this, you need to include your work history, and finally any special skills which you have, especially those which might be of value to your potential employer.

When you write out your summary statement, being professional is a must. This doesn’t mean that you can’t indicate that you’re a fun person to work with, but it does mean that the focus needs to be on your “modus operandi”, your work ethic, and potentially things like what you’d like to accomplish in the role your applying to, and your profession in general. For teachers this means expressing an enthusiasm for educating and in improving your skills to better teach your students.


Preparing for Your First Teacher Placement

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Teaching placement is a crucial part of a teachers education and the final induction into a career in teaching. It is the last stage before you become a qualified teacher, so being as prepared as possible is very important.

There are a number of things you can do to make your first few days go more smoothly and it mostly comes down to getting in the right mindset. For instance, if you’re often uncomfortable in new environments, visiting the school early so that you can familiarise yourself and perhaps introduce yourself to some of your new colleagues. It could also be helpful to ask for some advice from other teachers there on how to handle some of the students and other responsibilities in your new role. Thankfully, the school should be helpful in this regard.

The other thing that schools should be helping you with prior to you starting is with information on how the school is run; its education and administrative practices. Reading as much as you about this will help you to manage the new responsibilities.

Cover Letter Tips – Earning your Next Teaching Job

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Teaching is a highly popular career and we’re confident we can help you get off to the best possible start with a selection of cover letter writing tips. Most new teachers know how important it is to perfect the CV but without putting the same amount of effort into the cover letter, you could run into a few problems when you begin a job hunt.

Here are a few tips to ensure your cover letter is as good as it can be:

  1. Think like the employer – If you were employing a teacher, what would you want to know about the individual? If you can put yourself in the shoes of the school, you may find that the letter is actually easy to write.
  2. Don’t Repeat your CV. When you’re writing your letter, make sure you provide more valuable information, rather than just simply repeating facts on your CV. The cover letter can tell them a little bit more about you, whereas the CV should just contain facts like qualifications, references, skills and experience.
  3. Never Use Templates. No two cover letters should be the same, and you should make sure they’re tailored for a specific school or institution. Every job role will have its own brief and you should touch on these points, proving you’re capable, not just submitting a template email to numerous schools.