19 May '13

News NQT career clinic: help and advice on finding your first teaching job

Sponsored Q&A: The deadline to land your first teaching post is fast approaching. For last-minute advice, join our expert panel live on Wednesday, May 22 from 6pm to 8pm

Finding your first job as a newly-qualified teacher (NQT) can be challenging; the whole application and interview process has its own particular set of laws and is unlikely to be comparable to any other recruitment process you have ever experienced. There's the issue of writing an amazing application when you only have a limited pool of teaching experience to call on and then even if you get an interview how do you overcome those killer nerves and teach an outstanding lesson to a bunch of children you have never clapped eyes on before?

You may feel confident about your skills in the classroom but how can you make sure this comes across to the interview panel? What questions do you need to ask of the school to ensure you have all the information you need to make an informed choice if you get offered the job?

The peak period for landing your first post is from Easter until the end of May when the bulk of class teacher and subject teacher posts are advertised, but job advertisements continue to trickle through until the end of July when term ends.

But what should you do if haven't landed a job by then? Is it worth trying to get part-time work in the hope that it will turn into a full-time post or are you better off opting to be a supply teacher?

On Wednesday 22 May we'll be doing our best to provide the answer to these questions and more in our NQT career clinic. We've got a panel of experts on hand to help provide tips and ideas for NQTs out there looking for guidance and support on how to get their first post in teaching.

So why not join us? The live chat will kick off at 6pm and run until 8pm but you can post questions below for the panel to answer or you can email them to emma.drury@guardian.co.uk or tweet them to us @GuardianTeach.

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