Getting ready

How to get started with your job hunt

The most useful thing you can do before you launch yourself onto the jobs market is some serious soul-searching. If you know what it is that you are looking for, you are less likely to waste your time applying for unsuitable jobs and more likely to perform well in the interviews that you do attend.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • What are my current priorities?
  • What am I really looking for?

Am I ready?

What are my current priorities?

Your first thought should be whether or not you are actually ready to think realistically about getting a job. You may still be struggling to get to grips with the classroom and the subject knowledge at school level. In which case, the most useful thing you can do now is concentrate on your teaching. Forget about jobs and concentrate on building your confidence. Adding job-hunting to your workload is simply going to increase your stress levels and compromise both your teaching practice and your ability to interview successfully.

If it is March or April before you are ready to come up for air, that’s fine. There are positions advertised right through to the summer and you’re much more likely to be offered a position if you are feeling confident in you’re abilities.

Deal Breakers

What am I really looking for?

When you are ready to face the job market, think carefully about what you’re looking for and, just as importantly, what would not suit you. For example:

  • Could you work in a single-sex school?
  • Would you consider a selective school? Or an independent school? Or an academy?
  • How far are you prepared to travel?

Then get a feel for what is out there before starting to make applications.

See our guide to Things to think about when considering a school.