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April 23, 2014

What is Your Personal Brand?

Do you ever think about how you are perceived by others? There are many ways this occurs both in person and online. This can affect you in the workplace. Perceptions become reality so it is worth the time to review how we present ourselves which becomes our personal brand. Your brand is often first ...

April 07, 2014

The Power of Experience

There is a quote I found recently attributed to Soren Kierkegaard which says "life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."  In many ways, our past can easily influence our present and the people we are today.  We might not consciously think about it very often, but our ex...

March 10, 2014

LinkedIn and Your Job Search

Often when I discuss networking with people, they focus on two main issues: A discomfort with entering a large room of people for a networking event. An uncertainty on how to find people to network with in the schools or districts they are interested in working for.  LinkedIn can help you with bo...

March 05, 2014

Networking - For Job Seekers and Job Lovers

Networking has become a buzzword for those who are job searching and the lack of networking can definitely hurt your job search in the long run.  The networking process should not stop when you land a job or when you are in a job you love.  Networking can help you exchange ideas with other teacher...

December 16, 2013

A Serendipitous Connection

Finding new customers can be about taking the direct approach through advertising and marketing campaigns. But sometimes growing a startup is more about being passionate and spreading the word informally through conversations at tech meetups, the coffee shop, and social events.

December 13, 2013

The HOLIDAY Job Search

Hold off on writing a general cover letter. Instead, be sure to have a targeted list of districts and schools and then tailor each letter to the needs of each particular district. Organize your interview portfolio. Many candidates have come to my office for a mock interview prepared to get through a...

December 03, 2013

Use Your College Career Center!

Many, if not most, of the postings to this blog recommend at one time or another the use of the career center at your college or university. That's such an important suggestion that it merits its own post - so here it is! The career advisors at your college know what employers look for, because they...

November 20, 2013

A Couple of Ways to Take Advantage of the Holidays

Bah! Humbug! ̓ Tis the season! Here come the holidays again. Whether you love or hate the holiday season (and I go back and forth), it presents a few opportunities for education job seekers that you should take advantage of. Here are two you might think about. First, maximize the advantage of holid...

November 15, 2013

Join a Professional Association

Last week I attended the annual conference for the American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE), the organization that sponsors this blog. In a few brief vacation days for me following the conference, I reflected on what professional associations, including AAEE, mean to educators. For ...

November 01, 2013

The Usefulness of a Brief Thank You

"It is being hailed as the best-ever Emmy speech, or at least the shortest ever," wrote USA Today's Olivia Barker. She was speaking, of course, about the recent acceptance speech of Merritt Wever, who won for Supporting Actress in Showtime's Nurse Jackie. Neil Patrick Harris, host of the Emmy awards...

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