Tips to consider when applying for temporary and permanent employment

Looking to kick-start your job search but don’t know where to begin? To be eligible for employment in a NSW public school, you must complete the approval to teach process prior to applying for roles.

After you gain your approval to teach, consider these tips and tricks when searching and applying for temporary and permanent teaching positions with the NSW Department of Education.

Familiarise yourself with JobFeed

JobFeed is an e-newsletter sent to your inbox each week. JobFeed provides a detailed list of advertised temporary and permanent positions in NSW public schools. Use the subheadings to navigate your search for classroom teaching and leadership positions in primary, secondary or schools for specific purposes. As you enter JobFeed, you will view rural and remote positions first, followed by temporary, non-school based and permanent positions. Subscribe to JobFeed.

Existing NSW Department of Education employees can also browse the Staff Noticeboard for temporary employment opportunities. Log-in via your Staff Portal to access Staff Noticeboard.

Get to know the application process

The application process differs depending on whether you are applying for a temporary or a permanent position.

Applications for temporary employment

Temporary advertisements on JobFeed will include the name of the school, the available position and the staffing area so that you can view the location of the school. Additionally, if the position is in a location that offers additional benefits, it will include a link with the amount of points that position attracts as part of the benefits scheme.

Temporary positions will also include the dates that the position requires you for. Temporary positions can range from 4 weeks to a year in duration. The role will indicate whether employment will be on a full-time or part-time basis.

The advertisement will require you to submit your application to the school directly. In this case, email your resume to the contact person. If the advertisement includes a request for an expression of interest (EOI), you will need to follow the link and address the selection criteria detailed in the EOI.

Applications for permanent employment

Advertised permanent positions will appear on JobFeed, but you must complete the application through the I work for NSW website. The I work for NSW website will collect your personal details and supporting documentation. You do not need to send this information directly to the school.

If you do require clarification around the role, you are able to email or call the listed contact on the I work for NSW advertisement to seek additional information if required.

Develop and tailor your application

When you locate a temporary or permanent position of interest, it is important to do your research on the school before you apply. This will give you an idea of whether or not the school is a good fit for you, and will also allow you to better identify how your skills and experiences fit with the school and its focus areas, ensuring you stand out as a strong candidate. You are encouraged to read about the school by visiting the school website and accessing their school planning and reporting documents.

Once you have determined whether this position is the right fit for you, it is now time to write your application. One of the most crucial aspects of any application is addressing the selection criteria and following the merit selection guidelines. View an overview of the merit selection guidelines video for further information.

Ensure you read the job description carefully and ensure you address each criterion thoughtfully and concisely. Highlight your relevant skills, experiences, and achievements that align with the role you're applying for. Use specific examples to showcase your capabilities and prove that you are the ideal candidate.

View the following videos to gain further insight into the application process:

Prepare for an interview

If your application is shortlisted, be prepared to attend an interview. Research the school and its educational approach. Practise answering common teaching-related questions and provide evidence of your teaching methods and impact on students' learning outcomes. Demonstrate your enthusiasm, adaptability, and ability to collaborate with colleagues.

Understanding how selection panels operate can give you a competitive edge during interviews. Familiarise yourself with the panel's objectives, what they look for in candidates, and the interview format. This knowledge will help you prepare more effectively and respond confidently to questions.

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