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Keep ahead of the pack by following these crucial steps.

For all the right reasons, a candidate who stands out from the crowd 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, the words can escape you when you’re in the heat of the moment.

But if you can articulate your career aspirations, we can help you get there.

2. demonstrate your passion and learning

You must 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 and 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 intricate 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.  

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3. be agile

Employers are looking for agile candidates 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 essential 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 interested and willing to bring new ideas to the learning environment is an asset to any employer.

Candidates who can demonstrate teamwork and, most importantly, share ideas with colleagues will be highly regarded. 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 minor details get overlooked. Review the job ad and indicate why you think you’d be a good fit. When putting your application together, 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 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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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 utilise technology as the stepping stone for delivering a distinctly human experience.