Relationships and networking

Relationships and networking with other teachers and management staff can be vital to finding a position. Many believe that networks are actually a more effective way of getting work than replying to advertisements. It’s important to stay in contact with teachers and management staff you know – particularly those who’ve seen you teach e.g. while relieving or on a teaching placement. They may know of upcoming vacancies and can be invaluable as future referees.


It’s also important to take any opportunities available to meet other teachers and principals. Volunteering in schools, taking sports teams, covering playground duty and working as a teacher aide are all great ways to build relationships and demonstrate how capable you really are.

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