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The presentation we were given at Victoria University to help us write our CVs and find jobs

The presentation we were given at Victoria University to help us write our CVs and find jobs

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  • 1. Job Seeking and Curriculum Vitae Writing Lecturer: Linda Tod With special thanks to Jenny Blake
  • 2. Learning Outcomes
    • 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
  • 3. The Education Gazette Vacancies can be viewed: Online at the New Zealand Education Gazette Website Or in the Education Gazette published approximately fortnightly throughout the year
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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)
  • 6. 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
  • 7. 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
  • 8. 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
  • 9. 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
  • 10. 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
  • 11. 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!
  • 12. 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
  • 13. The Curriculum Vitae – Use Sub Headings such as
    • My vision
    • My strengths
    • Education
    • Previous employment
    • Co-curricular interests
    • Referees/references
    • Professional aim
    • Personal interests
  • 14. 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
  • 15. 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)
  • 16. 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
  • 17. The Static Image If a picture says 1000 words, what does the image you have selected say?
  • 18. 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
  • 19. Solicited Letters of Application
    • Respond to an advertised vacancy
    • Are your first point of contact with your potential employer
    • Their purpose is to gain an interview
    • Include with your Curriculum Vitae and any application form the school requires
  • 20. Solicited Letters of Application Eleven Points to Include:
    • Your home address – physical or postal
    • Date of letter – ensure it is not after Gazette’s closing date
    • Prospective employer’s name and postal address
    • Salutation – use the employing person’s name (Dear Mr Bloggs)
    • Subject line – use the name of the position you are applying for
  • 21. Solicited Letters of Application
    • Opening paragraph – state position and date of the advertisement
    • Body of the letter – why are you applying. Show evidence of your research here
    • Closing paragraph – ensure you include contact details here and show enthusiasm for a meeting. Make sure your phone contact remains current after your finish at CoE
    • Complimentary close – Yours sincerely is most appropriate
  • 22. Solicited Letters of Application
    • Your name – type this carefully and include any title you wish return correspondence addressed by (usual convention for females!)
    • Enclosures – note the number of any items included
  • 23. Body of Letter
    • Keep your letter to 1 page.
    • Focus on your points of difference.
    • Focus on what you offer or bring to the school.
    • 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!
  • 24. 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.
  • 25. 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
  • 26. 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
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