Our profession has become more and more competitive. Districts are on the hunt for the best and the brightest. Our children deserve no less! Candidates are competing for jobs with others from all over. We recognize the shortages in areas of math, science, special education and world languages.


We are more digitally connected than ever before. Because of that I have become more digitally paranoid than ever before and frankly, it is a paranoia that I have embraced because it comes from the horror stories of careers being derailed and professional reputations trashed through the many forms of social media.


Similar to football, if you are going to be victorious in the job search game, it is what you do with the time prior to applying and interviewing for a job that will be most influential to obtaining the job you want. It will hinge on your game plan. Below are a few critical item to consider when putting together a strong game plan:


Students from underrepresented populations, who often face obstacles related to their minority status in society, stand to benefit from strong mentors--particularly ones who share the students' culture or other background. When navigating in a community that doesn't look like them, students can develop greater confidence in their ability to succeed when they have the support of someone who has already done so.


For the month of May, Career Corner's posts will be contributed by The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. AACTE is lending its expertise to the blog as the leading voice on educator preparation through the eyes of the renowned Holmes Scholars Program. With 25 years of promoting diversity in education through the inclusion of students from the most historically underrepresented backgrounds, the Holmes Scholars Program will share insights into increasing teacher diversity from preparation institution to the classroom.


School districts, charter schools and private schools are scrambling to fill their schools with qualified teachers, while the universities are producing fewer and fewer teachers. Over the last several years the candidate attendance at the fairs have been at a steady decline. Other locations across the country are even canceling fairs due to lack of job-seekers. Recruiters need to make the most of the dwindling number of job-seekers at career fairs.


There are three key areas that teachers outside of salaries that must be considered before accepting a position.


When trying to figure out where to start your career or the next step in your career it is important to remember that reality does not always match perception.


Student engagement is more than the design of the lesson, it is the delivery that is key. Teachers today, must provide engaging lessons that catches a student's imagination within the first eight seconds.


If you've been interviewing and applying for positions but you still haven't found a teaching job, you might be overlooking some key elements that could impact the impression you are making on school districts.


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