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Recruitment Q&A

Are you ready to take the next step in your career?
Whether you’re a recent graduate, an experienced teacher looking for a change, or someone seeking new opportunities, navigating the recruitment process can be both exciting and daunting. To help you along the way, we’ve compiled a comprehensive Q&A guide that addresses common questions and provides valuable insights. Let’s dive in!

Q: How can I improve my chances of getting noticed by recruiters?

A: Start by tailoring your CV and cover letter to highlight your relevant skills and experiences, making sure you correctly address your cover letter for the correct employer and correct role you are applying for. Go over your CV before sending it, or even better, get someone to read over it for you. Things like spelling and grammar errors need to be corrected in your CV.

Q: What should I expect during the job application process?

A: The application process usually involves submitting your CV and a cover letter. After the job closing date, a shortlist will be made and if you have made that short list, the recruiter will be in touch with you. There may be a couple of rounds of interviews so make sure you are open to the possibility of a couple of meetings.

Q: How do I prepare for an interview?

A: Preparation is key. Research the centre, its values, and philosophy. Prepare examples that highlight your skills and accomplishments. Dress professionally, arrive on time and bring copies your qualifications if necessary. Remember not to let your nerves get the better of you. Lastly, don’t forget to prepare questions to ask the interviewer.

Q: Should I follow up after an interview?

A: Absolutely. Sending a thoughtful thank-you email or note to the interviewer(s) after an interview is a great way to demonstrate
your interest and appreciation. Reiterate your enthusiasm for the role and briefly mention key points discussed during the interview. Keep it concise, professional, and timely.

Q: What do recruiters look for in a candidate?

A: Managers typically look for candidates who possess the required skills and qualifications for the role, as well as those who demonstrate
a good cultural fit within the organisation.
They also value strong communication skills, adaptability, problem-solving abilities, and a positive attitude. Showcasing your passion, enthusiasm, and willingness to learn can make you stand out. Make sure you cover the basics too – Bring everything asked of you, present yourself for an interview and show up on time.

Q: How can I make my CV stand out?

A: Think of your CV as your first introduction to
a total stranger. You want them to be able to clearly read and understand you, your philosophy, your achievements and your passions as an educator. Use clear headings, bullet points, and concise language. Consider including a summary or professional profile section that highlights your key strengths and career objectives. Proofread meticulously to ensure there are no errors.

Want to know more?

If you’d like to enquire about available positions or learn more about the process, email our recruitment specialist Pip:

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Enrolment Conditions

New Shoots operates as a full day service and do not offer short days or sessions;
Our fees include high quality teacher ratios above Ministry of Education Standards;
Minimum enrolment is two days per week; A $50 enrolment fee will be due upon enrolment to confirm your place;
Two weeks notice is required when terminating enrolment; 10% discount is applicable to your eldest child’s fees if you have two or more children attending New Shoots full time;
Nappies and food are provided; and Formula is not provided – this must be brought in from home if required. 

To be read in conjunction with the Fee Policy.
Fees effective from 1st April 2022.