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The first step when you're starting the serious business of job searching, whether
it's your first teaching position, or a promotion or leadership position, is research.
A good starting point is to search the internet, both for vacancies and for practi-
cal tips on the job search process. Visit the websites of the education unions -- the
Independent Education Union of Australia and the Australian Education Union. It's
best to visit websites at the state branch level where you'll find information online.
Union state branches also offer workshops and seminars on the preparation of job
applications and interview tips.
If you're searching in the non-government sector, visit websites like Catholic
Jobs Online at w w w.catholicjobsonline.net.au This website lists Catholic education
employment vacancies, has facility for prospective employees to upload their profiles
and employment expressions of interest online.
If you're searching in the government sector, visit department of education web-
sites at the state and territory level like Jobs@DET, the New South Wales Department
of Education and Training recruitment site at ww w.det.nsw.edu.au/jobs Jobs@DET
enables you to search externally available vacancies. Department of Education and
Training employees can also search internally available vacancies.
Once you've identified vacancies for which you think you're a good fit, you then
need to research the schools. A good place to start is to check the websites of poten-
tial employers to find out more about their school and educational vision.
It's important to make weekly plans: if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Your plan
should include your research and preparation of job applications, but should also
include attending professional and industry events. These include those workshops and
seminars about preparing job applications and interview tips, but also other profes-
sional and industry events that offer an opportunity to network and establish contacts.
Still on networks, it's vital that you have a support network. Friends are your
primary network and can provide a second opinion on you r application cover letter,
resumé and interview outfit. Relatives, neighbours, contacts or friends in the teach-
ing profession or working in schools can also give you the low-down on positions
coming up, possible contract opportunities or special projects that may need short-
It's also a good idea to volunteer. Volunteering enables you to make new contacts,
develop your skills and demonstrate your sense of community and your work ethic.
Consider alternatives to full-time work. Part-time or fixed-term contract work will
build your work experience profile in the short term, and will enable you to develop a
pool of professional contacts and references. Short-term employment can sometimes
turn into an ongoing position -- or give you an edge when a permanent job does arise.
It might seem obvious, but a final component of your plan should be to stay
healthy. Eat sensibly, exercise and minimise stre ss.
WHAT ARE THE BEST JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES AND INTERVIEW
TIPS, WHAT SHOULD YOU INCLUDE IN YOUR APPLICATION
LETTER AND RESUMÉ, AND HOW DO YOU BEST PREPARE FOR AN
INTERVIEW? ROSLYN MCLENNAN OFFERS SOME ANSWERS.
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