“Perfecting your application”
I had the pleasure of being invited to a webinar last week that was delivered by my School Trust that discussed how to ‘perfect your application’’ Usually by the end of the day I regret signing up for these types of things but this one was definitely worth the late evening! I hope to share some of the amazing tips and advice given by a principal, two members of SLT and a CEO. I hope to provide you with some ease on the application and interview process in the hope of landing yourself your dream teaching post!
1) Do your research on the school: What is the schools ethos? What do they specialise in? What is their latest Ofsted rating? Does the school suit your values and ethos?
2) Think about what image you see when you picture ‘education’? This is the image you want to project and share in your interview.
What does the employer want to see?
1) A love for the subject.
2) Are you aware of why your subject is important within the curriculum?
3) Willingness and enthusiasm for challenge.
4) Understanding that progress is for ALL learners.
5) Someone who will inspire those around them.
What should I include in my written application?
1) No more than two sides of A4 paper for your application letter.
2) Subheadings are helpful.
3) IMPACT is the most important aspect of your letter. What IMPACT did what you’re saying have on the students? Isee what you did…but what did it do?
4) Be clear and concise in applications.
5) Personalise your application from the offset. They read lots of applications…what makes yours stand out?
6) IMPACT (so important I wrote it again).
Interview Top Tips:
1) Engage the panel – allow your personality to shine but do not be over familiar.
2) When reflecting on your lesson ensure to show a reflective approach rather than “Aw I really enjoyed that – the end”
3) Be aware that the interview begins from as soon as you arrive at the school. Be conscious of how you speak to allmembers of staff including reception staff.
4) Internal Interview – Do not assume they know everything about you, leave your role within the school at home.
Questions to the panel:
1) Should you ask a question in your interview at the end? The CEO felt that only if applicant is genuinely interested in the response – he felt they were more of a nuisance . The principal felt that you should avoid questions that can be found through research and website.
2) What would be your big interview dont’s? Don’t rush your answer, do not be over familiar with the panel, look smart and remain professional about your previous roles.
So there you have it… a break down of a 1 hour webinar of perfecting your application. I hope this provides you with some confidence on things to consider when applying for a job. All that leaves me to say is… good luck!
Produced by Jenna IG – @thelifeofteaching_ 10/05/2021