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Interview Tips

Choosing the right opportunity

Be realistic in choosing your next challenge. Donít underestimate your abilities, but donít set yourself up to fail. Itís okay to show that you have limited experience but are willing to take on more responsibility for an area thatís fairly new to you; but thereís no point in pretending that youíre an expert at something in which you havenít any real experience.

Decide whether youíre looking for more experience at the same level or if itís time to take a step up. Be realistic as to whether each role is a logical next step or too far outside your experience.

Be frank about whether you want further training.  Most employers will be looking for the right person as much as for the right experience. The right person can be trained, but the wrong one will never be a good fit.

Preparing your CV

Your CV and covering letter are your main selling tools. They will often decide whether you get an interview or not.

Most recruiters will tell you that they value an honest CV, so donít claim to have done things that you havenít and donít exaggerate your achievements out of all proportion. However, you shouldnít be afraid to mention your achievements or to say if youíve recently taken on a new challenge and would like todo more. Donít forget to include skills that youíve acquired outside the workplace if you feel you could use them in your next role.

Prepare more than one version of your CV. Itís worth taking the time to make sure that you emphasise your suitability for each different job, so you may need to stress some things more and others less with each application.

Do use the spell check and get someone else to sense check and proof read your CV. You wonít win any points for poor spelling or confusing sentences. Donít use capital letters where they arenít needed. Ordinarynouns like lesson, exam, classroom or group donít need a capital. Other than your headings, try to resist using bold fonts. Keep your use of italics to items suchas book titles or published work. Explain any gaps in your CV. Better to say you hada non-education related job or a career break bringing up children, travelling or volunteering than to leave long periods unaccounted for.

Use a clear layout and set your information out logically. Start with a personal statement and outline your current role, then give details of previous roles in reverse order. Summarise your own education after that andgive details of out of school interests and activities last.

Your covering letter gives you more scope to be interesting and engaging. Be professional, but donít feel that you have to writeto an entirely formal style. By all means word the letter in a way that feels consistent with the way you would speak. Give anecdotal examples of things that you have done and be confident in making suggestions of things that you would like to do in future. Do some research on your next school – if they have ongoing projects, say how you would like to contribute to them.

When giving your contact details, make sure you present yourself as professional. It may have seemed fun to set up a jokey email addressfor your friends to use, but hotbabe@gmail.com or silverfox@hotmail.co.uk isnít going to impress a future employer. If in doubt, set up a new email address to use for your job search.

Interviews

Get there in good time. If the school is local, try a dry run a day or two before hand to make sure that you can park and that you know how long the journey will take. If your practice run is at the weekend or in the evening, allow extra time for travelling in the rush hour.

Dress professionally. This might not mean a suit, but it does mean being smart and well presented. Donít be scruffy or overdressed.  People do take notice of first impressions, so donít blow your chances by dressinginappropriately.

Get yourself set up for Skype – if you want to change area and canít make yourself available for interview in person, do the next bestthing- offer a Skype call. Schools are increasingly used to conducting interviews by telephone, but Skype allows more than one person to speak to you and at least allowsyou and your prospective employers to set eyes on each other. If you take the initiative and add a Skype option to your CV contact details, youíre showing your willingness to be adaptable and co-operative. It indicates a Ďcan doí attitude.

Get expert advice

Chances are you already have a busy life both at home and at work. An experienced specialist agency can not only help you with finding a suitable vacancy to apply for; they can also help you to put together a winning CVand application letter. Furthermore they are uniquely placed to find out inadvance exactly what each school is really looking for in the ideal candidate. Sparing the time to speak to an expert can help save you time at every stage in your search for the perfect next move for your career.

Think it through

Before accepting a job, ask yourself whether you like the place, the people and the area. If youíre spending all your working time there for the next few years you want to enjoy it. Even if you are looking for a tough challenge, you should aim to be with like minded people who share and empathise with your goals and objectives.

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