Exploring Your Professional Options Near and Far

Evaluate all options when it comes time to begin your teaching career, both those close to home and others requiring relocation.

Where Should I Teach?

Elements to consider before accepting a teaching job.

It's a Great Time to be a Teacher!

In years past, especially graduating at the end of Fall semester, teachers have had a difficult time finding full-time employment. Teachers in hard to fill areas have had less of a struggle, but mid-year employment is always a bit more difficult. This Fall is a great time to be a teacher, especially a new teacher (first career or career changer)! Many districts across the country will have full-time openings for second semester. These jobs will be posted now and through mid-December. What do I need to do if I am looking for employment for second semester? Start watching for openings ...

Tips for Before, During, and After a Job Fair

Before: Be sure to have a business appropriate outfit Register for multiple fairs (check out-of-state fairs, too) Job fairs are open for registration now for Spring 2015 Practice interviewing: in the mirror or with a friend or ask your current building administrator Get your resume ready; select a nice format, make sure your contact information is correct; have someone proof read it During: Be professional Explore your options Talk to everyone (they may have connections) Take notes; get information After: Follow-up with districts that you are interested in Apply for openings Think about your next steps Set goals for your ...

Become a More Marketable Teacher in K-12 Education

Multiple endorsements: Math, science, special education, foreign language and ESL are all high needs areas Allows for more teaching opportunities Creates flexibility for your assignment once hired, helping with retention Be open during an interview: Ask what could you do to be involved outside your classroom? Are you willing to host a club? Are you interested in coaching? Keep growing as an educator: Start working on your Master's degree or additional education Take professional development Research who you apply for and interview with: Know the districts or schools that you are applying for: curriculum, student demographics Know why you want ...

Q & A from Employer Panels: Some Common Questions Asked During an Interview

1. What is the most commonly asked question during an interview? What is your classroom management style? As a recruiter, our principals are interested in how you plan to manage your classroom and if it fits into their schools' existing model/s, and also if you have additional techniques you have learned through student teaching. 2. So, Tell Me About Yourself. This question is to learn directly about you as a teacher. Think of this question as "So Tell Me About Yourself as it relates to teaching." This helps narrow down the information you provide and tailor it specifically to ...

Interview Prep for Future Educators

STEP 1: RESEARCH What's the school's motto statement? New Software Implemented? School Recognitions? School's Report Card? Doing research shows that you have a true and genuine interest in that school district. STEP 2: PREPARATION Most Career Centers assist with Mock Interviews to provide feedback. Take advantage of all resources that are available to you now as a student or alum. Let the Career Center review your resume and give you tips to ace the interview. STEP 3: INITIAL INTERVIEW The School District has to be able to visualize you as a teacher working for them. Always maintain confidence and professionalism. ...

What Do Employers Look For in a Candidate???

For some time now, expected graduates have been told that the market is very competitive for teachers, and how important various marketing tools are, i.e. resume. Of course an almost perfect resume is essential to gain interest from a perspective school district but what happens after you have secured the interview with your preferred district? What do employers look for? CONFIDENCE Eye contact Firm handshake (remember this goes for both men and women) Speak clearly (you will be in the classroom, show that you can handle speaking to a group) APPEARANCE & PERSONALITY Attire (dressing professionally says volumes about how ...

The 4 Biggest Mistakes Seen on Resumes

Your resume is the gateway to securing an interview with a school district. Please avoid some of the mistakes that job seekers make when developing a resume. See the following mistakes that you should avoid: TOO PERSONAL No pictures on your resume Do not put age or marital status on your resume Stick to the basics, while still developing a tailored, job specific resume!!! TOO LITTLE INFORMATION RELEVANT SKILLS make sure you are specific about your skills as it relates to teaching VOLUNTEER & STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS are considered experience and are just as relevant as your paid experience LIST THESE ON ...

Teaching Portfolio: Picking the Perfect Platform

Having a teaching portfolio can provide a competitive edge during the interviewing process. This tool is your way to showcase your accomplishments, teaching style, organization skills, technical skills, and overall passion for education. However, the teaching portfolio is seen differently depending on the reviewer and the avenue in which the information is presented. For example, a principal will view your portfolio in an entirely different way from the human resources director. There are three types of portfolios you can create: trifold portfolio, electronic portfolio and hard copy portfolio. A trifold portfolio should be a small version of your main portfolio. ...

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