First of all, if you are looking for your first teaching job and haven't found one yet, don't panic! I got my current job about two days before the May half term holiday! Many teaching jobs come up around April/May so there is still plenty of time.
Including my PGCE application, I have applied for 7 jobs over the last 13 years and been successful in five of them. I believe that everything happens for a reason and the two roles which I didn't get weren't right for me at the time. So don't feel too disheartened if you aren't successful! Ask for feedback and work on it for next time.
My top tips for job applications:
So how do I go about applying for a job? These are just my thoughts and tips based on my own experience. As well as applying for jobs, I have also been on a number of interview panels for language assistants through to SLT posts so I have some experience from the other side too.
The formal interview may only be one part of the whole process. In many schools you may be asked to teach part of a lesson, present an idea, complete a written task and if for MFL, have a conversation in the language(s) you speak.
Please comment and let me know if you would add anything to the above list! And feel free to contact me if I can help in any way.
Good Luck - You've got this!