On the hunt for a new opportunity? Keep ahead of the pack by following these crucial steps.

A candidate who stands out from the crowd, for all the right reasons, is undoubtedly in a stronger position to get hired. To boost your chances, follow my top tips to stand out in the education recruitment process.

1. Articulate your future

Recruiters are looking for someone who is articulate and can clearly express where they want to go in their career. While that might sound simple, when you’re in the heat of the moment the words can escape you. But if you can articulate your career aspirations, we can help you get there.

2. Demonstrate your passion and learnings

It’s crucial you’re able to demonstrate your passion for the sector, and back it up with examples of programs you’ve rolled out with your students and children. From there, you should discuss the results the program yielded as well as the key learnings you took away to improve on next time.

Candidates who can take it further and offer examples of how they’ve dealt with difficult learning styles and students or children with challenging behaviour will also be held in high regard. If you’ve integrated technology into your planning, that will also be favourably received.  

3. Be agile

Employers are looking for candidates who are agile, who are willing to change their teaching style to the environment and culture they work in. Every year will be different, with different children who have different needs and interests, so it’s really important that you can demonstrate your ability to cater to those changes, while working within the curriculum or frameworks.

4. Bring new ideas to the table

Someone who is inquisitive and willing to bring new ideas to the learning environment is an asset to any employer. Candidates who can demonstrate team work and, most importantly, share ideas with colleagues will be held in high regard. Ultimately it’s not just about you teaching by yourself, it’s also about working together as a team of educators.

 5. Read the job ad, carefully

Sometimes the smallest details get overlooked. Take your time when reading the job ad and clearly indicate why you think you’d be a good fit. When putting your application together, be sure to give examples of how you address the outlined ‘desirable and negotiable skills’ in your cover letter.

Finally, take the time to tailor your cover letter to the specific position you’re applying for. The one-size-fits-all approach just isn’t going to cut it in the current market. Make your mark clearly and confidently, and you’ll be plucked out of the crowd in no time. 

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By Matt Hodges, National Director, Randstad Education

With over 15 years of experience in the recruitment industry for Education, Matt Hodges manages a large, dedicated team of consultants across Australia and New Zealand. His work philosophy is to maintain the human touch in recruitment, and to utilise technology as the stepping stone for delivering a distinctly human experience.