I recently came across the article courtesy of Robert Half International, Inc. a global staffing firm and thought it might be useful during this busy interviewing time. Performing well during the job interview is one of the most important steps in the hiring process. Every candidate wants to impress a prospective employer, but, despite his or her best efforts, not all do. Often, a simple mistake can cause an applicant to blow the entire meeting. Here are some errors to avoid: 1. Arriving late. Getting to an interview on time or, for that matter, a few minutes early is an ...


Here are some questions to ask yourself when going through the often difficult decision-making process. Getting Unstuck - Gaining Control 1. What are my assumptions? Many of us assume if only we could make the one right decision about the matter at hand, everything else would fall into place and we would be happy. Decisions are not black and white in terms of their consequences, but simply move you in one direction rather than another. Decisions open up some options and close off others. 2. What are my feelings? Some people create unnecessary stress about making decisions because they give ...


There are many steps to the application process for teaching positions and you should be prepared to spend a considerable amount of time preparing each application. Here are some tips to help you in your job search and the application process: Have a professional email address that is separate from your personal email address. Create an address using your first and last name or continue to use your University's email address, if possible. Check your voicemail message! If it has been awhile since you have listened to your voicemail message, please do so and be sure to change it to ...


As you transition from your college career into your professional career as an educator you will be experiencing many new beginnings in your life, one of which may include a type of stress you have never dealt with before. The great excitement of your first year teaching can sometimes be coupled with great stress and anxiety to meet the needs of your students, administrators, peers and parents! Here are a few tips I learned in a recent workshop to help you keep your cool under stress. Situation: 1. Clearly identify problem areas - a specific person or situation where communication ...


Working with many students, particularly freshmen, reminds me of conversations I would like to have with teachers about their work with students in helping them to discover their majors and career paths. Students in high school need to know what a resume is and try to create one. When they get to college, they will already be in the mode of how to create one. It is a powerful experience to see your work on paper and this goes for students, too. It will help them as they move forward to review what they have done in high school and ...


Do you ever think about how you are perceived by others? There are many ways this occurs both in person and online. This can affect you in the workplace. Perceptions become reality so it is worth the time to review how we present ourselves which becomes our personal brand. Your brand is often first noticed by colleagues and employers online. This is through: Email: This should be one that is appropriate and that you will check regularly. Facebook: Employers receive resumes and then cross reference on Facebook. Your profile should be "cleaned up." There should be no questionable photos or ...


What things have you been wanting to change or improve on lately? We want improvement, but we do not necessarily know how to get that improvement. For most of us, the difficulty probably lies in getting started. Perhaps we are afraid of what might come from change or maybe we lack the resources or momentum to build the right circumstances for change. Oftentimes, the idea of change will feel like it threatens the existing balance and routine in place, but think about what good might come from change. Even when it does not feel like there is time to make ...


There is a quote I found recently attributed to Soren Kierkegaard which says "life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." In many ways, our past can easily influence our present and the people we are today. We might not consciously think about it very often, but our experiences with the world around us shape our career trajectories, too. Think about the resources, relationships, and environments which have shaped you as a person. How did you learn the skills you have today? How did you arrive in the occupation you have now? Perhaps there was an "Aha!"...


We have all heard the stories - teachers let go because of a blog post, peers asked to show their Facebook profiles in an interview, or employers googling their prospects to see what pops up. According to a survey released by Microsoft, 79% of hiring managers and recruiters in the United States admitted to reviewing information online about interviewees and potential applicants. 70% of those managers and recruiters admitted to rejecting applicants due to uncovering an offensive social media profile. As technology and social networking continue to flourish, as a job candidate, particularly for a teaching position, it is up ...


A question that often arises when I am speaking to students and alumni about their resumes is "is it important to include my non-classroom experience?" I always answer with a resounding "yes!" Often, people play down the activities and experiences they are involved in outside of their "professional" life, thinking that the resume should focus solely on the classroom. While you definitely should lead your resume with your most important and relevant information (i.e. degree, certifications, classroom experience), it is also important to include information on some of the other activities you are involved in. For example: Volunteer experiences ...


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