Parents and administrators are monitoring the online activity and social media usage of their teachers and school district employees. Don't let poor decisions ruin your career before it even starts.

If you are an elementary teacher candidate nearing graduation, here are three steps you can take to stand out from other candidates and get noticed by district recruiters.

Teachers are held to a high standard and must take care to demonstrate their professionalism in a variety of ways at all times.

Increase your chances for success by being open to all prospects and possibilities; don't limit yourself when it comes to pursing opportunities or geographic locations different from what you originally planned. There is much to explore and consider in the K-12 world.

Never provide less than 100% - to both your job search, and to your efforts in the classroom. Always strive to "bring your best."

The process of securing a teaching job, as well as growing in the profession, is improved by making connections and networking. Make an effort to reach out and connect with others, share ideas, and support each other - both now and for future growth.

It is important to understand diversity at all levels - from student teachers who must gain additional experience working with diverse student populations via volunteer activities, to colleges and universities that need to make it a priority to place their student teachers in diverse settings, to school district administrators charged with staffing schools with diverse educators.

The first in a five part series highlighting tips for all parties involved in the teaching profession - from future educators, to those who prepare them, to the school district administrators who hire and support them in their careers.

Don't miss the Virtual Career eXPO on March 5th, 2015! A chance to connect online with representatives from over 60 school systems from across the country who need to fill hundreds of teaching vacancies for the 2015-16 school year. Attend webinars, participate in Q&A with industry professionals from AAEE (American Association for Employment in Education), and network with employers - all done real-time online!

As you begin your search for a teaching job, don't limit yourself geographically. Consider leaving your hometown or home state and venturing off to urban or rural school districts that desperately need highly qualified teachers. You may find not only an increased demand for educators (especially in surplus teaching fields) but also many additional benefits such as first class technology, mentoring opportunities, and professional development. Be open to serving those who may need you most.

The opinions expressed in Career Corner are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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