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Working with an agency is a great way to find your perfect new role. It can also be a great source of information and insight that can really help you find the way along your career path.

One of the key benefits of working with an agency is the breadth of relationships they have with local schools. This means you can reach thousands of opportunities, without having to spend hours searching and applying yourself to each one. If you've ever looked for a job before, it's likely you'll have spent many hours drafting and re-drafting CVs and application forms - your agency will do all this legwork for you, saving you lots of time!

You'll also benefit from their experience. A consultant spends their days supporting and advising teachers just like you, helping them to find their dream role, and become happy and excited about their next career step, whatever that looks like!

Working with an agency is particularly good if you're new to the area, or undertaking day to day supply work. Not only do they have local knowledge about the education market, but they will be able to introduce you to other teachers and support staff in your area. Failing that, your consultant will be on the end of the phone whenever you need to talk.

Oh - and it's free, so what have you got to lose!

What to expect when you sign up

To get started with an agency you'll need to register, which will involve an informal interview to discuss your skills, experience, what you're looking for, and how they can help.

You'll also complete your registration forms so the screening and compliance process can begin.

While this process is happening, your consultant will be hard at work, opening up the opportunities you're looking for. Alongside this you'll get all the advice you need on interview techniques and CV writing.

Tips for getting the most out of your agency

We spoke to some of our consultants to find out what they would recommend to anyone looking to work with an agency to make sure you get what you're looking for.

Be honest

The more we know about you, the better support we can give you. We will be transparent about what we can offer you, and what to expect from you at every stage, but this works best if it's a two-way process.

Ask, ask, ask!

We consultants spend our days talking to local schools and education professionals, and are always happy to answer any questions you might have and offer you advice on the market and what options there are.

Think ahead

The more we know about your future ambitions, the more we can work to get you on the right path to your goal. However, don't worry if you have no idea where to start! We can work to unpick what you enjoy and what you want to take on to find you the work that's right for you.

Comfort zone

Education is a busy and varied market. If you're prepared to be flexible, take on new challenges in new environments, we will be able to offer you a greater range of opportunities which will help you develop as a professional.

Make the most of your consultant

Use your consultant as much as possible. As well as putting you forward for roles, we can offer careers advice, practice interviews - or even just a friendly chat.

Finally, it's important to remember that you and your consultant both want the same find your dream role!

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