Leadership Development Program

Top tips for a shining application

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

Are you thinking of submitting an application to Teach For Australia’s Leadership Development Program?

We recruit outstanding individuals with academic expertise as well as a range of skills and experience and support them to be stellar teachers and leaders. But anyone who scores above our benchmark for eight key competencies will be extended an offer – so it’s important to know how to showcase your skills and experience in your application.

We’ve gathered a few top tips to help you submit a great application.

1. Remember why you’re applying.

“We are a vision and mission-driven organisation that seeks to ensure that all children in Australia attain an excellent education. We want to hear about your personal connection and commitment to this, both across the two years of the program and as a member of our Alumni community. We, therefore, recommend that you spend time reflecting on this before you start an application, and we can’t wait to read about your motivations and goals in service to our mission – Jen Williams, Recruitment and Admissions Director 

2. Answer the question you’re asked.

“There is no special sauce that tops off your application, and we aren’t looking for any buzz words. Throughout the application and further selection process, the questions and prompts make it quite clear what we are looking for. For each question, make note of what we have asked and ensure that you answer the question in front of you, not the question you wanted to be asked.” – Lauren Walton, Admissions Manager – Teach To Lead

3. Choose your examples carefully – and make sure they fit within our eight key competencies.

“We’re looking for people with great skills who might not have a depth of experience in education–so don’t worry if your examples have nothing to do with the vision or mission of Teach for Australia. Every year we see lots of people who don’t show their skills off to their best ability because they picked the example they think we want to hear–and not the one that best demonstrates the competency.” – Erie Martha Lane, Admissions Manager

4. Proofread.

“This sounds like boring advice, but remember that Communication is one of our core competencies, and that includes written form. An application free from grammatical and spelling mistakes, and that conforms to the word count, demonstrates seriousness and thought. We also can’t put someone in front of the students who makes basic errors, or gets “there”, “their” and “they’re” wrong. So make sure you read your application multiple times!
– Nick Spinks, Recruitment Team Manager

5. Be S.M.A.R.T

“When you’re telling us about a challenging scenario you faced, use a S.M.A.R.T. goal (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound) to make your answer as clear as possible. This will allow you to show us the significance of the result you achieved, and the contribution made by the actions that you chose to take. If you have any word count leftover in your online application, looking at your answers through the lens of S.M.A.R.T. goals will help you identify any opportunities to add more detail!” Ricki Willis, Recruitment and Advocacy Manager | WA

Remember to explore your past achievements to find evidence for all eight key competencies before finalising your application. The online application saves your progress automatically so you can work on it over time. If you have any questions about your application, the program or the process, you can always reach out to apply@teachforaustralia.org.

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