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New Zealand teaching CV

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by Rachel92, Jan 10, 2016.

  1. Rachel92

    Rachel92 New commenter

    I have been looking into teaching in New Zealand over the last year or so. I have begun the process of applying for assessment checks and visas, etc. What I am concerned about now is my CV. I completed my degree in Scotland (being Scottish) and have only ever applied for one job which is my current job. This means I have no idea how to complete a teaching CV as we don't do interviews like that here. Is there any advice you can give me? I have been online to the NZ teaching websites and while they were helpful, I am not sure of what a successful applicant may have on their CV or how it should be written. I have one in progress but I am no confident in it.
    Any help will be appreciated.
    Thank you.
  2. zebee

    zebee New commenter

    I am currently based here in NZ, I have taught in the UK for 3 years prior but have had babies since arriving here and am looking to start teaching here. I am no help to you but I do have the same question so hope someone replies. :)
  3. silverfern

    silverfern New commenter

  4. Sherbear320

    Sherbear320 New commenter


    I just moved to New Zealand from the UK. I used an agancy, they contacted me a couple of days after I sent my CV in and 12 months later here I am in term one. It is the best BEST move I ever made. pm me if you need a chat. I didn't do an NZ CV but landed a job, I guess it depends on your specialism, my head is off to the UK in March, so if you are a subject he is looking for you have a good chance of interview if you get your CV into the agency.
  5. Kp2h

    Kp2h New commenter

    Hi I would really like to find out more about your move to NZ. I am in the early stages of planning the move and I cant seem to get a straight answer out of anyone as where to start and in which order to complete tasks.
  6. mrjack

    mrjack Occasional commenter

    Did you guys go out on a working holiday visa or not ?
    I'd love to return to NZ to work in Auckland or Wellington but I believe that jobs are hard to come by and at forty one I think it's more difficult to get a visa etc. Am I correct in saying that or have things changed ?
  7. musikteech

    musikteech Occasional commenter

    i think Australia's age limit is about 45 so you should still be young enough for NZ. Do you take your current DBS check with you or do you only need a basic disclosure?
  8. percy topliss

    percy topliss Established commenter

    Giz a Job....
  9. Sherbear320

    Sherbear320 New commenter

    First get a job! I went with Oasis sent my CV and had an interview arranged by May having applied in January. You then have two choices work visa or permanent residence. We went down the permanent residency visa takes AGEs and in fact ended up coming on wp and still waiting for pr!

    When you go for a job you need to collect evidence to send to NZQA and a teacher council. You need references for work cv eduction certificates and these go to NZQA they certify your stuff to say your quads are ok. Then you send it all to teacher reg but can't remember but I think you need a job offer to get registered as a teacher sorry it all fogged together. Once you have your job offer NZQA and teacher reg you can apply for wp or pr.

    Wp took a few days to come through you will need to do a medical weight you need to have a bmi under 32 or very difficult to get in you have to have decent cholesterol and blood pressure. I found out I was diabetic during the process so it delayed me by 3months as I had to get that under control.

    Having only been here 8 weeks I can say so far amazing and the kids are lovely naive is definitely the word I'd use. I'd say send cv to agency even if there is no job being advertised I did and am now here.

    Feel free to pm hope this helpled
  10. mrswallow

    mrswallow Occasional commenter

    There isn't really a NZ CV as such- just do what you would do for a UK based job. I've been on both ends of the application process in NZ and I have seen some 'interesting' approaches to CV formatting and lay out. For what it is worth, mine is a simple black and white, two page with contact details, qualifications, work history, skill set and a brief paragraph of personal information. It has got me four jobs in NZ so far. I don't think there is a special NZ way of doing it.

    The visa process was (eight years ago) a long-winded ball-ache and paper chase. If you are reasonably organised and keep track of everything, then you should be okay.

    The Education Gazette Vacancies page should be your first stop when job hunting in NZ, and here are some things to be aware of. 1) Do not expect a reply to your application, you will have to ask for acknowledgement and feedback. Worth doing. 2) You can do it electronically, but back it up with paper copies. Your information may need to be shared with the board/ HoD, so your signature may be required. 3) A 're-graded' job does not mean there is a vacancy. It means someone has changed their job specification. 4) LTR is Long Term Relief which is different to 'Fixed Term'. One replaces someone on leave, the other is in response to a temporary timetabling need. 5) I think -and I would stress *think* here, that all jobs have to be advertised, so there may be an internal candidate ('incumbent applying') or a person who is already known to the school, so your application may be a waste of time. 6) Co-curricula means extra- curricula, so buff up those sports team and drama production involvement. This is a big thing, but is less of a hassle than the UK. 7) Some areas and jobs will be more popular than others and there is a glut of PE teachers I am afraid. 8) A lot of jobs attract a lot of interest from overseas applicants, you need to make sure your SPAG is good, if not excellent. There is a lot of differences between the NZ and UK systems, but most of the UK teachers I have worked with/ spoken to/ met/ interacted with prefer NZ to the UK. It is not perfect, but it is I think a better work life balance. I'm not on this forum much, and I am pretty terrible at checking my PM as I don't always log in. I will try and remember to check back on this thread for a while, so if you have any specific questions let me know.
  11. mrjack

    mrjack Occasional commenter

    Thanks so much to everyone who applied. I did get my qualifications checked by the NZQA when I went over on a working holiday visa ten years ago so that is a bonus I guess. There seems to be a glut of PE teachers everywhere but I can offer SEN as I have a lot of SEN experience so that should help me somewhat.
    Thanks again.
  12. mrswallow

    mrswallow Occasional commenter

    There isn't a whole heap of SEN jobs either, although you may want to look at RTLB jobs as well. The other alternative is to apply for jobs in hard-to-staff areas and rural communities, as these tend to be less popular. Look for the words 'school housing' and 'HPSTA'. Also, the main time zone for jobs is still a few months away. It will pick up in September/ October and November. We're still in term 1 at the moment, so there isn't much about.

    Couple of things that occurred to me the other day as I was changing Swallow Minimus' nappy. 1) I have bought a house within ten minutes walk the school I teach in. 2) If we were still in the UK the cost of living and mortgages would have meant that we would have stopped having children after Swallow Medium, and would possibly have had a much longer gap between Swallow Maximus and Medium. My youngest child would not exist if I still taught in the UK. Time, money, energy, work-life balance would all mitigate against this. 3) Maximus, Medium and Minimus will grow up with a father who can be home at four thirty most days, has time at the weekend to take them out, we can nip to the beach inside of half an hour and we have a wood in our garden. They have a much better quality of life as Kiwis than I think they would ever have in the UK. Especially as small children.

    The BMI stuff on the immigration is news to me. I didn't realise there was a stipulation for a maximum BMI. I reckon it would preclude a whole heap of rugby players though, so might not be too strictly enforced. Good luck with whatever you decide to do. Hope it all goes smoothly.
  13. Sherbear320

    Sherbear320 New commenter

    There are very few I think teachers posts here many school don't even offer it as a subject really so I would just send cv in for a punt. What have you got to loose?

    The BMI thing is because of their fear of diabetes and they are quite strict if anything else is wrong. Have known a few who have been turned down over it.

    I agree with mr swallows as long as you aren't in Auckland costs much lower. For me it only mortgage because of cost of housing in Auckland that brings costs back up.

    Good luck just have a go you never know.
  14. ShrodingersCat

    ShrodingersCat New commenter

    Hi. I lived and worked in NZ for a full academic year back in 2010 at a school in Auckland. I would suggest that the first thing to do is get your qualifications assessed by NZQA. This will give you an equivalent NZ qualification level and allow you register with the NZ Education Council. You will not be able to teach until you are registered. They will want to have a copy of your NZQA certificate. As you are not yet teaching in NZ, you will be recorded as 'Subject to Confirmation'. This allows you to teach, but you will need to pass an induction process at the school you end up working in in order to gain 'Full' registration. This is then valid for three years. Once this is all in place, you can apply for jobs and hopefully get an offer. You then complete an 'Expression of Interest' with NZ Immigration and, when you are invited to apply, complete the full visa application. This all takes time of course, NZQA and the Education Council bit will take several months and cost you about 350 quid! That is just the start of the expense. The whole process will set you back a couple of thousand in all. You will also need an ICPC when you register with the Education Council. Hope that helps a bit. Please ask if you want to know anything else.
  15. ShrodingersCat

    ShrodingersCat New commenter

    Things get trickier when you reach 45. You get fewer points on the visa application. 41 is fine.
  16. musikteech

    musikteech Occasional commenter

    Two things put me off applying for NZ. 1) They don't pay your flight which costs you £1000.
    2) They don't pay accommodation like they do in SE Asia and the ME. I'm too old anyway for NZ, as I'm over 45 by a few years.
  17. Rachel92

    Rachel92 New commenter

    Thank you everyone for the help and advice. Your experiences are fantastic. Hearing about life in NZ being more balanced than the UK makes me more excited and eager to get the process finished.
    Thank you

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