Looking for a New Role at Christmas Time
December is an ideal time for school business managers to look back, reviewing the previous four months and start to make plans for their future, evaluating performance and better understanding their staffing needs are for the rest of the school year.
Whilst Christmas and New Year is generally a time for winding down, spending time with the family and tucking into too much food. For job seekers it provides the perfect opportunity to be productive in their search for a new teaching role. Spending time over the holidays to prepare the perfect application, CV and cover letter, means your going into the New Year prepared.
However, it’s important to research the role you want and smartly manage your time, if you want to enjoy your Christmas break whilst getting your teaching job application done correctly. To help you get your application right during December, we’ve highlighted some key points to remember.
Manage Your Time
Christmas is a busy time for all of us and it’s important to not burn yourself out. Finding the balance between searching for your perfect job and spending time relaxing with your family and friends is imperative.
Don’t try and rush your application, make sure you plan and split the time your spending into manageable chunks that work around your other plans. This way when you come to applying for your new teaching job, you’ll be confident that you've put the right amount of time and effort into it.
Research Your Perfect Role
When you’ve planned out your workload and found a manageable balance it’s now time to do some research into what jobs are out there and where you want to work. Whether it’s a primary, secondary or assistant teaching role you’re looking for, spend your time looking through the relevant teacher job boards to see what’s out there.
If you’ve come across a new role, now it’s time to enquire about the school and if possible spend time visiting, looking around their website and to get a feel for the and see if it would be the right fit. Take a look at their Ofsted reports and achievement tables, to better understand how they’re currently performing and help support your application.
By doing this research, you’ll know before spending your time filling out the job application whether this school is likely to be for you.
Start Your Application
Now you’ve planned your time and carried out your research, it’s likely you’ll now have found a teacher role that you want to apply for. It’s important to firstly look at the closing date is for the position as you don’t want to spend the time filling out your application to find out you’ve missed the all important deadline.
When filling out your job application be to sure showcase not only your skills but also your relevant teaching experience. Clearly describing your previous roles gives you the chance to describe relevant challenges that you’ve faced in education and how you’ve overcome them.
Remember, when applying for a new role, here at Future Education we’re always available to offer advice on best practices and on what to do and what not to do. Once you’re confident and happy with your CV, cover letter and have found suitable references then it’s time to submit with the knowledge you’ve done all you could.
From everyone here at Future Education, we wish you good luck with your job hunt over the festive period and we hope you have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!