4 tips when looking for supply teaching jobs

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 8:30 am

There are a number of ways to find the job of your dreams if you are planning on becoming a supply teacher. In fact, recent developments in technology have made it easier to find supply teaching jobs in the UK, although many individuals are still unsure where the best places are online to look. Here are some tips when looking for supply teacher jobs UK.

1. Complete your CV

A good CV will often be the first piece of information a prospective employer will see about you, so make sure your CV is well-written and up-to-date. The document should be no longer than 2 pages of A4 paper, and should include your educational history, any work experience or internships you have undertaken, and the necessary teaching experience required for a role. Make sure you explain the qualities you have to make a good supply teacher, and the training you have undertaken in the past that will further your career. A professional careers advisor will be able to look through your CV and suggest ways you can improve the document. Although there will be a fee for the service, it could help you out in the long run.

2. Look online

Many websites display supply teaching jobs in your local area, so do your research and find the best websites in your circumstances. Many of these sites will allow you to search the type of role you are interested in. You can then tailor your search by filtering the results based on your current location, or the area of the country you are looking to move to. You can then filter these results even further, and use other criteria to aid with your search, for example how far a particular school is from you, and whether the position is part time or full time. Some supply teacher jobs UK websites allow you to sign up for email or text alerts, and you will receive a message when a new job position that matches your criteria becomes available. This can have a number of benefits, and will make sure that you are one of the first people to apply for a job – ideal if the position has an upcoming closing date.

3. Sign up with an agency

A recruitment agency that specialises in supply teacher jobs may enable you to secure the job of your dreams, and should be something to consider when looking for work. Although you may need to attend an interview with the agency before they agree to take you on, there are a number of benefits to using a recruitment agency. They will be able to search for jobs for you, and could put your forward for positions that may not be advertised online.

4. Contact schools in your area

Another great way to find supply teacher jobs UK is to contact schools and colleges in your area directly and ask if there are any positions available. They may point you to their website, where you will be able to apply for a position directly. Remember to always include a covering letter alongside your CV if you are applying online. This should include a brief explanation about why you are applying for that particular job, and the qualities you feel you could bring to the role.

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