TOP TIPS FOR SECURING A TEACHING JOB IN AUSTRALIA
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Can you give us the top tips for CV presentation?
3 pages is ideal. They say the average employer looks at a CV for no more than 90 seconds- keep it short and keep it relevant! Consider including a professional photo- no selfies! Professional attire with a basic background. Do not include any photos of students on your CV Highlight any extra-curricular responsibilities- our Head Teachers in Australia love to see involvement in school activities If you have worked in another industry that is not related to teaching, limit this on your CV to a few sentences at most. You shouldn’t delete it from your CV as gaps in employment dates sometimes can read as periods of unemployment, so you should include all your work experience. Be mindful- that Head Teacher doesn’t really need to know a detailed list of your responsibilities at Sainsbury’s! Save space- Don’t include your A level or GSCE results on an Australian CV- our system is too different and this doesn’t translate. Australian teachers tend to not put their VCE/HSC results on their CVs. Include what visa you are travelling on. As a recruiter, the ‘right to work’ is the first thing I search for on a CV! Finally, spell check! Bachelor not Batchelor, Principal not principle, achievements not acheivement. Capital letter for subject titles – English and Maths etc..
Is there anything specific schools in Sydney and Melbourne are looking for from teachers?
Evidence of extra-curricular involvement is something schools in Australia really look for in a CV. Any kind of coaching/involvement in clubs/school visits therefore should be very clear on a CV.
They most definitely are looking for information on what visa you intend to travel on as they need to know if your visa has any working restrictions attached that could affect your contract.
Is there a specific time of year/month that people should aim to apply for jobs by?
The best time to come to Australia is September or October. The reason for this is it’s Australia’s busiest teaching recruitment period. The academic year begins with Term 1 at the end of January and runs all the way through to December. Recruitment for Term 1 takes place in September or October. If you are in Aus around this time, you can meet Head Teachers for interviews face-to-face which is always preferred.