Unconventional teacher job hunting hacks: Turning agony into adventure

Job hunting | Teachers - 13 Sep 2023

Amazing teachers-to-be – If you’re on the prowl for your dream teaching gig, you might be feeling the job hunting agony creeping in. It is difficult to remain motivated when you receive many rejections. But fear not, because we’ve got some offbeat and fun ways to flip that agony switch and turn this search into an adventure you’ll actually enjoy. Let’s dive into some strange ideas that could make the job hunt bearable!

FACT #1: BECOME A TEACHING CHAMELEON

Remember how a chameleon blends into its surroundings? Well, you can do the same with job hunting. Instead of sticking to one style of teaching, adapt your approach to match the unique vibe of each school you’re interested in. It’s like being a teaching superhero with different costumes for different occasions! Be sure to customise your CV and cover letter to address the unique requirements for each position you apply to.

FACT #2: TREASURE HUNT, TEACHER EDITION

Who says treasure hunts are just for kids? Turn your job search into a thrilling treasure hunt by hiding a little something – like an inspiring quote or a hyperlink to an inspiring video lesson you taught – inside each application you send out. It’s your way of spreading positive vibes and creating your own job hunting adventure story. This shows creativity and will let you stand out from the hundreds of applications a principal receives.

FACT #3: THE LINKEDIN LEVERAGE

LinkedIn isn’t just for networking – it’s a playground of opportunities waiting to be explored. Spruce up your profile, and then engage in fun discussions on education trends, share quirky classroom stories, or even start a “Caption This” challenge with your teacher buddies. You’ll stand out and show potential employers your vibrant personality.

FACT #4: THE VIRTUAL REALITY COVER LETTER

Ever thought of sending a cover letter as a video message? Imagine the surprise on the recruiter’s face when they open a video from you, sharing your passion, excitement, and a snippet of your teaching style. It’s like teleporting your personality right into their office!

FACT #5: THE COMIC STRIP RESUME

Traditional resumes are so last season. Why not create a comic strip version? Showcase your teaching journey through colorful illustrations, witty captions, and fun anecdotes. It’s a surefire way to make your application stand out and leave the hiring manager with a smile.

FACT #6: THE DARE-TO-DO CHALLENGE

Turn your job hunt into a game of dares. Challenge yourself to reach out to a certain number of schools or educators each day. And for every rejection you get, treat yourself to a small victory – like that extra scoop of ice cream you’ve been eyeing!

FACT #7: THE REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY PEP TALK

Instead of giving yourself the typical “You got this!” pep talk, try reverse psychology. Tell yourself, “I bet I can’t get rejected by five schools today!” Watch as your brain rebels against the negativity and pushes you to prove it wrong.

FACT #8: THE TEACH-ME-NOT

Take a break from being the teacher and become the student. Attend workshops, webinars, or even courses in fields you’ve never explored. Not only will you learn something new, but you’ll also meet potential colleagues and open doors to unexpected opportunities.

FACT #9: THE TIME TRAVELER’S CV

Craft a CV that takes potential employers on a time-travel journey through your teaching evolution. Start with your past and gradually move into your present skills and future aspirations. It’s like curating your very own exhibit of awesome!

FACT #10: THE MAGIC MIRROR MANIFESTO

Every morning, give yourself a pep talk in front of the mirror. Channel your inner magic by declaring, “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, I’m the best teacher of them all!” It might sound goofy, but a little self-love goes a long way in boosting your confidence.

The path to your dream job doesn’t have to be paved with agony. With these wacky and whimsical hacks, you’ll turn job hunting into a journey you’ll actually look forward to. Embrace the adventure, stay true to yourself, and remember – you’ve got all the tools you need to rock this! 

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