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 ...


Ultimately, that is the fundamental question. With all of the programs and initiatives that we implement in schools, the greatest factor in the academic achievement of students is the teacher. There is no amount of interview coaching or resume development that can substitute for a teacher that is qualified to teach and passionate about the success of students. If your passion for the learning and success of your students does not come through, your interview process will be short. Before you launch into a career move or into your first teaching assignment search, spend some time reflecting on what you ...


There is a saying that "the job isn't finished until the paperwork is done." There is a different spin on this when applying for a position. The job won't begin if the paperwork is not done correctly. Your application and resume introduce you as a prospective candidate. Often attention to detail makes the difference in whether you are screened out or brought to the table in an interview process. Building and personnel administrators can tell stories of paperwork blunders that sometimes cost a potential candidate an interview and ultimately a position. First, take care in the story you tell. Your ...


As a principal it was so clear when a candidate just wanted a job and when he or she was truly interested in working at my school. We hosted a multi-step interview process that gave potential teachers an opportunity to interact with various members of the staff. Each stage of the process painted a clearer picture of the candidate under consideration. Additionally, however, each stage gave the candidate an opportunity to learn a little more about our school, its climate, culture and values. I typically will ask a simple question, "Based on the questions you have heard, what do we ...


A RECENT QUESTION FROM A READER: How would I present information about a contract non-renewal in a positive way to prospective schools? All applications ask this and I am worried I will not receive consideration. I do have a reference from my supervisor. The non-renewal was due to differences with the priest (Catholic School). RESPONSES: Prospective employers will be interested if you have had a contract non-renewal due to performance or behavior. I think the best way to address this is to be honest about the circumstances. You would need to disclose that you did experience a non-renewal. If it ...


Often we think a job interview consists of the answers given to a series of questions from a committee or building administrator. There is an interview that happens even before you walk into the conference room or office that too often candidates overlook. The impressions you make on the students and office staff can impact the decision as to whether or not a candidate is a good fit for a school. Being personable, approachable and aware of those in the room is an indicator of the presence you will have in the school community. I recall an interviewee at my ...


Interviewing season is upon us...are you prepared? This post is geared toward interviewing preparation with, what I hope you find to be, helpful information! In order to be invited for an interview, you have to first apply to school districts (check back to the first post of January 2014), so make sure that step is complete. But it's what you do after you are invited for an interview that will help you obtain a teaching position...being prepared! Below are some easy steps to keep in mind when preparing for an interview, as well as afterward! Prior to the ...


It is about this time that many pre-service teachers are beginning or returning to their classrooms for their student-teaching experience. As you do so, I encourage you to take some time to reflect on your personal teaching philosophy and what you hope to imbue in your students. Specifically, I encourage you to think about the importance of citizenship, responsibility, and community action. Your students are part of communities, many of which they define themselves, and all of which are larger than themselves. As effective educators, we seek to identify these communities and encourage our students to think critically about their ...


Do you believe? Take time to reflect on that question, and what it means to you as an educator. Whether you just graduated and are in the first weeks of your teaching experience, searching for a teaching position, or are getting ready to begin your student teaching, this is a very important question. Do you believe in yourself as a teacher? Do you believe in your students and that each and every one of them has the potential to succeed? Below is a video that you may have seen before, but I encourage you to watch it again; if you ...


Happy New Year! I hope everyone is ready for a fantastic 2014, and if you are searching for a teaching position this year, I wish you all the best! For those of you who have begun your search for a 2014-2015 academic year teaching position know the intensity and time that can go along with creating professional documents, gathering necessary materials, and identifying districts where you would like to teach. So, how do you get a job? The first step is to apply, but in order to do so you must be prepared! My advice is to pace yourself, but ...


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