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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: Hello Nancy,There are people who make the move from working with high school students to working with college students. The key is in stressing the skills that you've gained that will make you unique - that will make you stand out positively from those who have only had experience with college students. One of the first things that comes to mind for me ...


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 ...


Bullet Points: Making a Statement Worth Reading

On average, employers spend less than a minute reviewing a candidate's résumé, therefore candidates need to make every second count! The biggest mistake a candidate can make when writing bullet points for the experience section on their résumé is simply telling the employer the tasks they did. For example, "Provided tutoring to students." does not tell the reader how you provided tutoring to the students; why providing tutoring to the student is important; or the impact your actions had on the students. Providing the reader with a descriptive bullet point gives them the opportunity to understand the duties of your ...


How to Find, Ask For, and Develop a Reference

When you are new to the job market, it can be a challenge to know how to obtain a reference for a job application. It is not a good idea to ask just anyone or to ask people at the last minute either. Whether you get that wonderful job will be based primarily on your own merits, but a shining recommendation that highlights your great credentials can be the tipping point between you and your competition. Great references are not found just anywhere. They must be cultivated and developed. Someone from Human Resources whom you have never seen is not ...


Connecting the Dots--Telling Your Stories in an Interview

Congratulations! You have made it to the interview! Your application materials were successful and now they want to meet you. How can you take your interview experience to the next level and get the job? Since an interview means that you likely meet at least the minimum requirements of the job, interviews tend to be focused more on finding the right person for the job. Knowing this, many employers tend to focus more on how you might fit with their team and the organization. Expect open-ended questions such as: Tell us about a time you showed flexibility and creativity. What ...


Goal Setting for the Job Seeker

Congratulations! You have made it through college. You have passed all the testing and licensing. You are now ready to go! You are ready for your first "official" job as a teacher. Yet, the job search can seem so... overwhelming. It is important to know what you want - and what you do NOT want - when seeking a job. Yes, you "just need a job." But, you do not need just any job! You need a job that is worth the time, effort, and financial outlay you put into your degree. One of the best things you did as ...


Master Resumes for the Serious Job Seeker

Employers today expect targeted job search documents and well-prepared job candidates. One generic resume and cover letter for all potential employers simply is not very effective in this tough job market. If you want to get serious about your job search, create a master resume with all the details. The master resume is not just a template--it includes all you have done in your "public life;" it includes all your educational experiences, work experiences, volunteerism, clubs/organization activities, research, and perhaps even interests and ideas. With a master resume, it is simple to sit down with the job description and ...


Following Up Post-Interview

In the job search we find ourselves doing everything and anything possible to land an interview. We figure that if we land the interview and it goes well, then if the job is meant to be, it will be. However, even after you walk out of your interview, you continue to have the power to make an impact. How? Through the art of the thank you email. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you are ready to write yours. Send a thank you email within 24 hours after your interview. This way you are meeting the expectation ...


Writing Values & Experience-Based Cover Letters

I recently sat in on an employer panel that included a CEO of a charter school here in Chicago. When asked about the importance of cover letters, he responded by saying, "If a cover letter isn't targeted to my school specifically, I won't read it." Even as a career advisor, I was shocked by the seriousness with which he stated this, and I immediately took note of how I could stress this important message to every teacher job candidate coming across my path. The steps below will help you transform your letter into a relationship builder. I always tell my ...


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