Searching for NQT jobs which are right for you can be exhausting, especially if you discover that there are not many available in schools.
So the question is, where should you look for teaching roles, and just how does a newly qualified teacher impress at interview stage without any practical experience?
There are a number of routes you can pursue when it comes to finding the right first-time or next-stage NQT teaching jobs for you.
Some of the more conventional options include:
– Approaching local authorities directly;
– teacher registration schemes;
– sourcing positions online or via newspapers;
– registering with education recruitment agencies;
– searching through specific vacancies advertised within particular schools.
Rising numbers of NQT jobs are being advertised via many different platforms (if you would like to take a look at some of ours, click here), which are managed and processed by agencies. In our case, this would then be followed up with a friendly interview with one of our dedicated consultants, provided you have the required experience.
Another alternative is to send out speculative applications, made directly to selected schools. If you already have experience within a school, this looks great on your application, whether it’s via training or voluntary work. Local authorities have their own recruitment processes, and the majority will advertise positions online.
You should always approach the roles you’re interested in with plenty of time to spare, to avoid the pressure of tight application deadlines. Registering with the local authority of your choice, for example, ensures that you receive regular announcements regarding the latest career opportunities. Alternatively, you can sign up for job alerts on a number of career websites, that filter in your requirements.
The Interview Stage…
Whichever route you choose to search for NQT jobs, there will be expectations, so you’ll want to make sure you’re fully prepped; the best candidates are natural, focused and inspired – and knowledgeable, of course. Being comfortable and confident in your own skin will go down well when you present to the interview panel.
Before the interview, have a think about any questions you might want to ask, and remember, it’s natural to be nervous, so take your time to get all of your points across.
Make sure you read all of the requisite material relating to the school and the position in advance – preparation is key! The more examples of your knowledge and experience you have to offer will show how you meet each of the selection and person-specific criteria. It would also be handy to find out how the requirements of the national curriculum may affect your subject areas or key stage.
At the interview, be prepared to answer questions regarding discipline, classroom conduct and management. If you need a little extra help with this part, feel free to download the interview guide today. Expressing an interest in extra curricular activities, and demonstrating a passion for the role and the school you’re applying for shows your dedication to go the extra mile. And don’t be afraid to let your personality come across!
For hardworking NQT’s, the right opportunities could be just around the corner. Make the most of the optimum routes available and improve interview techniques, which will hopefully lead to a new and exciting teaching role.
If you’ve achieved NQT status and you’re looking for a bit of extra help, why not try out our NQT Guide today? Just click on the birds below, and we’ll get you sorted in no time.