3 Ways to Drastically Improve Your 2018 Job Search

You have the teaching qualification and the teaching experience, now all you need is the dream job. Let 2018 be the year that you find it. So, whether you’re looking for the next rung of the career ladder or you’re a recent graduate hungry for your first job, we have compiled a list of three ways to boost your 2018 job search in the education sector.

1) Determine Your Job Search Goal

If you’ve decided that you’d like a new job, it can be too easy to casually browse the latest opportunities without really knowing what you’re looking for.

If this sounds like you, it’s time to take a step back from the job search and start thinking about what your next career move looks like.

Start by making a list of the industries or professions you’d like to work in. Keep your natural strengths and experience in mind at all times. Then consider other aspects of a role beyond the day-to-day, such as a great work-life balance or the opportunity for progression. Once you have your list of criteria, research your career options and whittle down your list until you’re left with a couple of key job titles. Now you’re ready to start your search for real.

2) Keep Learning

Just because you have your teaching qualification, it doesn’t mean you have finished learning. If you want to inspire the next generation and keep ahead of the curve, you will have to learn continually. Try these:

  • Take online courses that interest you. 
  • Find bloggers and writers who write about subjects you’re passionate about and follow them. 
  • Consider doing a Masters, or even a doctorate. 
  • Sign up for newsletters that provide the latest teaching hints and tips

However you enjoy learning, make sure you continue to do it. Technology is constantly advancing, teaching methods evolve all the time, and the demands placed on teachers always change. Be up to speed on developments in the education sector, and it will help keep you agile. 

3) Refresh Your CV

If you wish to add further detail to your application form, you might want to take a look at your CV to ensure you’re pitching your best skills and abilities to prospective employers. 

Start by writing an epic personal statement that’s around four or five sentences. Be sure to reference who you are, what you do and where you want to go in the education sector.  Also, tweak your CV so that it showcases your key skills that are relevant to the job you’re applying for. Be sure to quantify your abilities with appropriate work experience, facts or figures to prove your value. This can be added to your application form to ensure that you are putting your best foot forward when applying for a brand new opportunity.

Remember that your CV should be no longer than two A4 pages. If you’re struggling for space, you can alter font sizes and page margins. Also, consider cutting points that aren’t related to the job you’re applying for to save space.

With a range of job-searching tools to hand and an eye on industry news and updates, you’ll put yourself in the best position to find a new job in education in 2018.

CV-Library is the UK’s leading independent job board. For more expert advice on education jobs, careers and the workplace, visit their Career Advice pages.

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