It is that time of the year again. July is a month of promise and expectations. In schools, it is in July that teacher and pupils struggle to get up in the morning and get going. With exams, reports, graduations, end of year activities etc, the children are weary, the teachers are tired and the parents have had enough. Then to top it off, you want to change jobs!
When it comes to job change, it is important to get it right. Firstly, do follow the school’s policy for resignation. When you have made up your mind to find another job, do it well regardless of your reasons for leaving. One thing that I wish school owners would cultivate the habit of doing is, to ask for professional references from a prospective employee’s previous workplaces. Can you imagine how much better employees would do their jobs if they knew that their employer would one day give a professional reference for them? This would be the discussion for another day.
Do let your current boss know ahead of time that you are leaving. I know people leave jobs for all sorts of reasons, but I want you to always think of ‘career progression’. Are you leaving for a better role? Or taking a *side step*? I do not recommend ‘side steps’ unless it is absolutely your last option. Moving jobs is a major decision, so don’t take it lightly. Speak to people you trust and deliberate carefully before making a move. Be purposeful and don’t end up moving from job to job so frequently.
Once you have made the decision, get an up to date CV. Unless you are applying for a senior position and you have more than 10 years of teaching experience, please keep your CV to just 2 pages. There are lots of people looking for jobs. If your CV is too long, it will turn off employers. So, keep it succinct. Emphasise your most important skills. We live in an age of skills and knowledge. *What do you know and what have you put to work?* Write a personal statement. Use this to address the job requirements. Match your skills to what the employer is seeking.
Due to the nature of our economy, people tend to move from one job to the next quite easily. For example, I have seen CVs that have a mish-mash of roles; technician, computer analyst, cashier then finally teacher. Think, which of these are you good at? Which one do you want to be known for? If you are going for a teaching job, then make your teaching roles/skills more prominent.
To be continued…