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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 ...


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 ...


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