Why teachers must update their CVs at once by @susanwalter99

What not to say!

My final piece of advice is about what I don’t want to hear (and a recap of what I do), and this should resonate whether you are looking to work in a new school, new town, or in a new country.

Please don’t tell me that you:

  • Are not entirely sure why you are leaving your present school but you feel you ought to be looking for something new.
  • Are at the age where everyone is telling you should be going for leadership positions.
  • Are looking for smaller class sizes.
  • Want an easier job – a better work-life balance.
  • Love to travel or love the idea of living in Hong Kong!

…not at the very start of your interview anyway!

I am not looking for backpackers or lazy teachers who want an easy life. Teaching is HARD. And it is HARD anywhere if you are doing it properly!

I want the right people on my bus, so rather, I want to hear about your uniqueness and your excitement. I want to hear how you will make a positive difference in my school and how you will bring the best out of every child and teacher you work with every day. I want to know that our school ethos matches yours and that you will go the extra mile to make a real difference every day.

And I want you to know that it is OK not to be the complete package – not to be entirely ready. Your passion to improve, your track record of going the extra mile, your willingness to take on board constructive criticism and grow, your resilience, your ability to stick with it when things get difficult, these are what make it easy for me to take a risk. To make you an offer because I want nothing more than to have you as part of my team.

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I believe passionately in education; making learning relevant, challenging and exciting for all learners, and in many ways follow the mantra of Dr. Seuss’s Cat In The Hat: “It’s fun to have fun but you’ve got to know how!”

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