When planning the next career move, sometimes it is best just to take a step back and think about networking. Chances are, there may be someone that you could connect with that could prove helpful either in your immediate or extended friends, family or acquaintances.
Networking Do’s and Don’ts
• Take stock of your contacts- consider everyone that you currently or have had a connection with, for example, old school friends, family, friends of friends and their family members.
• Tap into existing networks- there are many groups available on social networks, webinars, industry events.
• Make yourself heard- keep up-to-date with the latest industry developments and make sure you comment on them. You do not need to comment on everything but get your voice out there.
• Write down something memorable- when excepting business cards, write something about the business or person you dealt with that will help you remember them. It can also be handy if you have business card to give out.
• Keep in touch- ensuring you stay at the forefront of your contacts minds will be help them think of you when opportunities arise. Also be patient, proactive and persistent.
• Go for the hard sale- have a conversation to make a connection. Do not just go for a sales pitch, build a relationship. Be authentic and honest.
• Make it all about you- make sure you listen as much as you speak, flatter but do not overdo it.
• Be embarrassed to ask for help- create mutually beneficial connections so you can help each other out. Always remember to thank people for help or for meeting with you.
• Take up too much time- keep conversations friendly, focused, frequent and brief.
It’s always a nice feeling when you’re invited to an interview with a prospective employer. In most cases, it means they liked your cover letter and your CV, so if you can impress them in the interview, then the job could well be yours. To make sure you don’t fluff your lines, follow our advice below:
Listen Carefully to the Questions
No matter how nervous you are on the day, the most important thing is to remember to listen. Every time an interviewer asks a question you have the opportunity to impress them, so listen and think about your response first, rather than panicking and rushing in with an unimpressive answer.
You have to show you’re interested in their business and the role itself, and by asking questions and creating a more casual dialogue, you can make a positive impression on the interviewer.
Make Eye Contact
Eye contact can show you’re confident in your abilities, and answering a question correctly is one thing, but eye contact can show you truly believe in your skills, and it will give the interviewer more confidence in you.
Tell them your Experiences
An interview is the perfect opportunity to use real life experiences to make your case. Before an interview make notes on your experiences, such as when you solved a problem or achieved something noteworthy.
There are many teaching opportunities in the UK and overseas, but without experience and a busy CV, you may struggle to compete for entry-level teaching positions. If you’re a fresh graduate or you’re currently training to become a teacher, you may want to consider volunteer work, and we”ll explan why.
Volunteering shows you care, and whether you’re helping to teach students in Africa, volunteering for a wildlife charity or helping homeless people in the UK, you can add another dimension to your CV. Today it’s not just enough to complete your degree and jump straight into a job, you have to work hard, undertake work experience and prove you’re passionate about people and teaching.
Many teachers have undertaken volunteer work at some stage in their careers, and if you want to prove you’re determined to becoming a successful teacher, we recommend you consider some of the volunteering roles early on, and there are plenty of options throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and America.
Many people fancy the idea of working abroad, due to the exotic stories they get from people who have gotten the opportunity to work in other countries. Teaching jobs abroad are extensive, you can rarely exhaust them. They come in all categories, making it easy for you to choose one that best suits you. The teaching jobs abroad are in a wide range of countries, and you can always have a chance to choose one from your dream country.
Among the many opportunities of teaching careers from various countries are opportunities in the United Kingdom. The country is appealing to work in, due to its straight forward curriculum. In addition, there are extensive holidays for the teachers and other than gaining an expansive teaching experience, one has time to explore and enjoy the different parts of the country.
Education is one of our most prised experiences. From a young age we begin to learn, gathering information from the world around us. We are taught by our parents, by our life, and by our peers. Most importantly, we are taught by teachers. We often forget (especially as children) that our teachers are humans, still growing and learning themselves. Occasionally, our teachers are taken away from their work for unavoidable circumstance. For those who have experienced substitute teaching, it is common knowledge that the quality of the fill-in teacher can be varied depending on the availability of skilled educators in the area. This is especially a challenge for international schools, whose focus is the education of children from expatriate families and those wanting to gain broader, more widely accepted qualifications.
The weight of this challenge is what inspired qualified educators to institutions all over the world. Because of the unique challenges facing international schools, many recruitment agencies individually screen each application, selecting candidates with at least two years of classroom experience who are flexible, adaptable, and ready to travel immediately. The staff has worked in over fifteen countries, responding to emergency requests since 1999. Teachers through the agency are typically available for periods of six weeks to twelve months, are able to teach kindergarten through twelfth year, and have experience in British, American, and International curricula. Continue reading
Many businesses are on the lookout for graduates, and naturally the salaries for these positions will be low compared to senior roles. This is something you have to accept early on, as you will not have experience required to come in at a mid-level or senior salary. During university, you may well be told by your lecturers that opportunities in your field are scarce, and this is usually motivational talk, because if you do come out with a good grade, there will be opportunities.
Most of the time, you’ll be speaking to recruitment agencies, and you do have to be careful with some of these agencies. They’re interested in filling positions fast, and they may not be taking your best interests into account. It’s best to make sure you stand firm and only accept a position you’re comfortable with, one that’s not too different from the industry you’re looking to break into.
Recruitment agencies are there to make money, and while some consultants will take the time to understand your needs, a lot of them won’t so only apply for roles that you’re entirely comfortable with.