There are several
ways in which you can start searching for a job that may be suited to your
skill set, qualifications and commitment.
decide to go to the job centre and either speak to an advisor or many now have
online computer systems you can use to find jobs that match your skill /
experience level. This can be particularly handy if you are not exactly sure as
to what you want to do or the opportunities open to you.
place you may want to look is on online jobs boards. There are quick and easy
to use and allow you to search through hundreds of jobs at a time. You can usually
filter the jobs that come up by job type, location or salary and some allow you
to refine this more by selecting qualifications you have.
A CV is a
very important tool when applying for jobs. This document can mean the
difference between asked in for an interview and turned away at the first
stage. It is vital that your CV is up to date with all of your education / qualifications
as well as any working experience you may have. If you have an up to date CV to
hand you can quickly apply for jobs even if the deadline for applications is
closing soon. You should always tweak your cover letter for each company that
you are sending the CV to as the covering letter should be quite specific to
the job you are applying for whereas your CV is likely to be more generic.
A CV is
vital if you are job hunting. It can be the difference between between
progressing to the next stage and being rejected. It is important to put aside
a good amount of time to put your CV together and once complete, check it and
a CV there may be times when you have to put down something or miss something
out – which may not look great such as a gap in employment or short employment
periods at a number of different companies. There may be a genuine reason for
this but if not explained, potential employers may see it as you being unreliable.
If for example you have had a few short jobs due to working through an agency,
then it is often advised to put that as a not on your CV. Although you will often have the chance to
discuss these anomalies when attending an interview, you may not even get that
Employers tend not have the time to read pages and pages of information, but a little note to say why is perfectible acceptable. With this in mind, ensure that you try and keep your CV to one page and if you do have to write more, definitely no more than two.
If you are
invited for an interview, be prepared for any questions they may ask your CV
and ensure that you are honest.
come a time in your business when you need to take on extra staff to cover the
growing demand for your products and/or services or just to cover staff absence
or a busy period. Not all companies use the same methods for recruiting staff
as some companies choose to advertise and carry out the recruiting process
themselves and others choose to outsource all or part of the recruitment
process to an agency. If you want to
keep costs down then you will probably do the recruitment yourself. This may
involve advertising through your website and on social media, vetting CV’s and carrying
out all the interviews. Although this will keep your outgoings down it may eat
up a lot of your and other staff member’s time.
If you use a
recruitment agency then most often you will only pay for their services if they
find the right candidate or they will offer you a fixed fee regardless of how
many people they send through to you. Most recruitment agencies will vet all
applicants first and even conduct a mini interview over the phone and then only
send you through the CV’s of people that they think are suitable.
Many teachers are often told how lucky they are to have the school holidays off and that they only work “part-time”. This can frustrate many people in the teaching profession and for good reason too. The TES has recently stated that even with allowing for all the school holidays, on average teachers work longer hours than people in many other professions. Although they may actually only teach from nine till three (or thereabouts) their day often starts around 8.15am and usually they do not go home until around 5 pm. Even when they are home and during the weekend’s teachers have to find time to do marking and planning which can often take up a few evenings a week.
On top of the day to day tasks they have to do, there will be a time when they need to participate in extra work such as meetings, out of school hours’ trips and parents evenings/report writing. Often teachers are only given one morning a week to fit all this in and it is virtually impossible to get it all done in that time.
During the school holiday’s teachers will often go back into school to sort out their classroom or for teacher training as well as planning at home.
A supply teacher essentially has the same responsibilities of a permanent teacher but they may not have to undertake all of the same tasks every time. For example, if a supply teacher is coving a member of staff that is off ill, then the lesson may of already been planned for them and worksheets created etc. Supply teachers are still responsible for marking pupils work and giving them feedback and all lessons must be taught in accordance with the National Curriculum.
As a supply teacher you may even have to take children out on field trips or assist with monitoring work placements. If you are covering as a supply teacher during exam periods then you may be required to participate in the exam set up and also overseeing the actual exam taking place.
You may like the challenge of going in to a classroom without having had time to read through or create lesson plans or this may worry you a little. If you are a supply teacher then it is always a good idea to have a few lessons up your sleeve that you can turn to should you be called in to a situation last minute where there is no lesson pre planned for you to use.