At the conclusion of this topic you will be able to
Identify the key components of a teaching vacancy advertisement
Devise a strategy to effectively plan for applying for a teaching vacancy
Assess your draft Curriculum Vitae for impact and effect
Identify the components of a letter of application
The Education Gazette Vacancies can be viewed: Online at the New Zealand Education Gazette Website www.edgazette.govt.nz Or in the Education Gazette published approximately fortnightly throughout the year
The Education Gazette Current vacancies are listed. Online you can display advertisements by region or by relevant descriptors, eg Teachers, Middle Management, Senior Management, Years 0-8 and Years 7-15 Online you can see vacancies listed in the last 48 hours
Key Components of an Advertised Teaching Vacancy
School Name (possibly with a code indicating school type such as decile 1A or class D)
Number of vacancies advertised
Date the position closes
Job Title and status (part time, permanent, full time, long term relieving (LTR) etc)
A brief description of the position to be filled
Contact details for the advertiser (school address information and phone contact)
Planning for your Application – Research Required What is the name of the Principal? Who are the key personnel in the appointment (HOD/HOF/Tutor or Dean)? What is the size of the school? What is it’s culture? Check out www.tki.org.nz/e/schools
Two Curriculum Vitae Formats Chronological Expresses your experience under headings based on time. Advantage – clearly states your previous employment history Disadvantage – Does not readily show what skills and expertise you have Longer for the interviewing panel to read and assess
Two Curriculum Vitae Formats Functional Outlines the transferable skills you may bring to a teaching position Advantage – clearly states skills which you bring to a teaching position in the school Disadvantage – employment history less obvious
Actively Demonstrate your Interest in the Position By being knowledgeable about the school Eg Decile, Location, Hierarchy, Philosophy How? By reading the sources of information distributed by the school to educational and community sources eg ERO report, newspaper articles, radio notices, school prospectus, web-sites
Consider YOUR Brand Image – What is YOUR Point of Difference? Use fonts, heading styles and colours that reflect your personality. Choose a “theme” for the letter of application and the Curriculum Vitae Put personal details/image on each page of the Curriculum Vitae – your “brand” Always think about the readers of the information you are providing – what would they want to know about you? Is it easy to read? Clear? etc
Tailoring to Fit – Read the Advertisement Carefully For example, the position states: “ the successful applicant will be joining a vibrant, expanding department and is expected to participate in the co-curricular life of the College …” Then show that you are keen to be part of this kind of culture in your application!
Why should the school choose you? Answer the big questions.
What is your vision for your first teaching position?
What are your personal strengths?
Put these answers into headings such as “My Vision” and “My Strengths” and make them STAND OUT – these are your points of difference
Your teaching philosophy can be discussed at an interview
The Curriculum Vitae – Use Sub Headings such as
Strategically Thinking It is believed by professional CV writers that if a person reads/hears something three times they believe the statement to be fact. Develop your Curriculum vitae with a statement about your strength, support with a reference and make a statement in support of your strength in the covering letter
Common Faults with CVs Avoid revealing personal information that should have no bearing on whether you are employed. Your CV is an example of your writing skills. It is important it contains NO SPELLING, punctuation or grammatical errors. You will be judged by the presentation of your CV (Just like in an interview where most decisions are made by individual panel members in the first few minutes)
Avoid Common Faults Ensure your CV is readable (makes sense) and legible (fonts can be clearly read) Use spiral binding Use a title page with the image on it Avoid making untrue statements or boasting – but don’t undersell yourself either Ensure you only send copies (verified if necessary of important documents) Try to keep your actual CV as brief as possible
The Static Image If a picture says 1000 words, what does the image you have selected say?
The Static Image Save the 1000 words! Use a static image! Digital cameras downstairs! Choose your image carefully – avoid glamorised or retouched photos. Ensure your “look” is professional – consider your attire
Focus on why you’ve chosen their school to apply to.
Shouldn’t be a list of all the things you’ve done in life!
Application Documents You could be required to detail your career and other matters in school specific documents eg Application form. May require evidence of your character and qualifications and to be police vetted. http://www.privacy.org.nz
My Checklist Successfully getting the interview requires Curriculum Vitae completed Letter of Application created Check Vacancies:Position, School, Tenure etc Research prospective employing school ERO & Other Sources Prepare documentation and static image
Reminders: First impressions count – be professional Education circles are small – be true to yourself Present yourself well It’s OK to contact the school and meet with them BEFORE putting in your application It’s OK to drop your application off in person Be positive and appropriately assertive – expect to get an interview