January 2012 Archives

How Do You Make Your Resume Stand Out?

Put yourself in the shoes of the administrator who has to fill a teaching vacancy. You have 80 resumes and cover letters for one teaching job and after a while they all start to look the same. If you want to get a teaching job, you need to use your resume as a marketing tool to stand out from the other applicants. •It is important to do your research. Mention the name of the school or administrator on the letter cover. This shows that you have done your homework and have taken the time to individualize your application packet. •Inventory ...


Tips on phone interviews

I work as a Human Resources Director for a large school district in the Denver metro area. Years ago, I re-located to Colorado for career opportunities and the quality of life. It appears that people still are drawn to Colorado and so I deal with a steady number of out-of-state applicants. Sometimes, the short time frame and the long distance challenge our ability to connect with the best and the brightest from out-of-state. On a limited basis, we've used phone interviews and more recently Skype interviews to interview candidates. I've viewed some effective tips on Skyping on You Tube. For ...


Hiring Tips for Out-of-State Applicants

Many times I am asked by out-of-state applicants how to get a job? Here are some tips that might help. •Complete the online application and apply for posted jobs on the school's website. Send a cover letter and a resume (email or hard copy) to the principal. •Do your homework on the school district and the location of the school district. Principals and recruiters will know that you are serious about moving if you have done research and aren't asking questions like, "Where are you located?" or general questions about their school district. •Come out to visit in the spring ...


Should I Get my Master's Degree or Not?

I frequently have opportunities to participate in panel discussions where several local Human Resources directors are asked to provide insight into the teacher recruitment process. These are typically sponsored by either career centers or education department s of local colleges and universities. There are frequent questions that are asked over and over. One such question is: In the event I am unable to find a teaching position, should I purse my Master's degree? Would that hurt my chances for getting hired? Would I be "too expensive" to be hired? In most large school districts, hiring decisions are made at the ...


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