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 ...


Behavioral-based interview questions are a popular way for employers to gain knowledge of your experiences and how you may make decisions or act as a potential employee. A typical behavioral-based interview question would start out asking for you to "Tell me about a time when..." or "Give an example of..." The employer is trying to use your past experiences to gauge how you will act in the future. These questions can often throw interviewees off, as they try to come up with past experiences to meet employers' expectations right on the spot. Job seekers often incorrectly believe there is no ...


Often when I discuss networking with people, they focus on two main issues: A discomfort with entering a large room of people for a networking event. An uncertainty on how to find people to network with in the schools or districts they are interested in working for. LinkedIn can help you with both of these problems. Although attending networking events and career fairs is an important aspect of job searching, an informational interview is another nice way to network with a professional in a 1:1 setting, controlled by the job seeker. This can often ease some of the stress ...


Networking has become a buzzword for those who are job searching and the lack of networking can definitely hurt your job search in the long run. The networking process should not stop when you land a job or when you are in a job you love. Networking can help you exchange ideas with other teachers, solve problems you are facing in the classroom, or learn of new and existing resources. Here are a few tips to help you begin networking: Job Seekers: If you are student teaching or observing in a school - schedule informational interviews for yourself throughout your ...


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