How to find Teaching jobs
Adzuna helps teachers find a job
Whether you've had it with your current school, are a newbie hoping to enter the world of education or second-career seeker, here's what you need to do to find a teaching job. First things first, for a position in a state school, you will need Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or at the very least, in the case of some independent schools, you should have completed teacher training. Also all new teachers in England and Wales are required to undergo induction training for one academic year (pro-rata for part time).
Your next step is to consider what sort of teaching job you would like and how you might be able to get it. Before you start scanning the 'classified' sections, there are a couple of things you need to consider. Establish in your mind how flexible you are with all these points as they will determine the type of position you look for:
- Location; North, South East or West.
- Age range; Primary or Secondary
- Key subjects; Maths, Science, English
- School performance reputation
- Temporary or Permanent position; Part-Time or Full Time
- Type of school (state, private, sixth form college, independent, maintained or non-maintained)
When applying for teaching roles, as with any other job, it is essential to do your research. You should also remember that it's the head-teacher you've got to impress. Put yourself in their shoes; if you received an application that was carefully and thoughtfully relevant to 'your' school rather than a generic blanket application, you would be more inclined to pay attention. Also, it's worth checking out the school's website, National performance tables and Ofsted's school inspection reports. Schools and head-teachers will be impressed if you are knowledgeable about their outlook, policies and mission. This will demonstrate genuine interest. Lastly, make sure your CV and cover letter are the best they can be.
Right, now that you're armed with this information, it is time to delve into the realm of job advertisements. Teaching vacancies can be advertised via a number of different ways including local authorities, newspapers, agencies and job search engines. While all these routes are great in their own ways, it is essential not to overlook the value of social media and the development of the internet as a vehicle for professional development.
Due to media sensationalism, many teachers seem wary of social media and particularly of the potentially damaging impact it could have on their careers if the wrong information got out or the wrong thing was said. But social platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter have revolutionized the way many professionals find work. There are nearly 1 million teaching professionals on LinkedIn . Whether you are a teaching veteran or just beginning your career, social media allows you to use your existing professional or social connections to increase your chances of getting the job. Check out Adzuna for more information.