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. ...


Teacher Recruitment Fairs: Do's and Don'ts

Teacher recruitment fairs are great opportunities for face-to-face contact with possible employers. During this technology era there are very few opportunities for candidates to gain face-to-face exposure prior to the interview. Therefore, it's important to make sure that your first impression is a lasting impression. Do's Research the school district or organization prior to the event Dress appropriately Bring padfolio, pens, and résumés Develop an elevator pitch Send thank you notes immediately following the event Don'ts Show up unprepared Answer your phone while speaking with an employer Ask about salary/benefits Dress unprofessionally Take free items without talking to the ...


Transitioning from K-12 to Higher Education

Q: I would like to find work in student support services at the college level but only have high school experience. Any ideas to help me get past the screening application process?Thank you,Nancy A: Nancy, To make this type of transition, a good place to begin might be with volunteering to work with a college group in some manner--perhaps through a student organization or a religious-affiliated campus group. This would allow you an even closer view of current issues among college students, including non-traditional and international students, plus the chance to network with other support personnel. Carefully perusing ...


Needs vs. Wants: Who Will Win?

A great feeling at the conclusion of your job search is getting multiple offers! How do you decide which offer to take and which one to pass up? Finding out your needs and wants can help you make this decision. Figure out your needs and wants for your first job as well as life after work. When evaluating your needs and wants from a school and/or other organization consider the following: Culture and Values Philosophy and Mission Salary and Benefits Job Responsibilities and Advancement Opportunities Professional Development Opportunities When evaluating your needs and wants from your personal life consider ...


Balancing Student Teaching and Job Searching

Graduation is around the corner and your to do list seems to be growing faster than it is dwindling. You may ask yourself "How I can think about job searching when I have to finish student teaching, prepare for graduation and enjoy senior year?" The key to completing these tasks with as little stress as possible is learning how to tip the scales in your favor, not balance them. Use the semester prior to student teaching to think about the lesson plans you would like to implement in your classroom. Start working on your résumé and cover letter semesters before ...


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