What unique life experiences do you bring to the classroom? More and more school administrators are looking for teachers who bring unique life experiences to their position and more importantly, who can incorporate these experiences into teaching their students in a classroom. Administrators are also seeking teachers who are team orientated and can use their special skills and interests to serve in important roles and functions beyond the classroom. A local school administrator, Mr. Alejo Padilla, has seen this firsthand in his own role as an educator and looks for these characteristics in teacher candidates. Mr. Padilla states: "For the ...


Since you've landed at the Career Corner blog, chances are good that you are receptive to advice regarding your job search and teaching career. However, actively seeking feedback and suggestions may also lead to an additional set of challenges - dealing with conflicting or confusing advice. Resumes First, know that if you ask for feedback regarding your resume - you will receive suggestions. Think of an instance in which anyone stated, "your resume looks great - don't change a thing!" It never happens. Additionally, the suggestions provided will rarely be consistent. You may be told to add content, subtract content, ...


This concludes a 3-part blog series outlining typical interview questions and tips to consider when preparing a response. Remember: While I've listed suggestions for how to formulate your response, ultimately the answer will be uniquely yours. Stay focused, positive, and honest. Try to avoid vague or ambiguous responses. Ideally, you should substantiate your answer with solid examples whenever possible. List three adjectives that best describe you professionally. • The interviewer will be trying to gain insight about what makes you unique. • Use adjectives that focus on professional priorities, relationships and your personality. • Consider how colleagues, supervisors, students and parents would describe ...


Last week, I outlined interview questions and tips related to instruction. This week, we'll look at interview questions related to being an effective professional educator. Remember: While I've listed suggestions for how to formulate your response, ultimately the answer will be uniquely yours. Stay focused, positive, and honest. Try to avoid vague or ambiguous responses. Ideally, you should substantiate your answer with solid examples whenever possible. What would your current supervisor say about you? • Be aware! The interviewer may choose to call your current (or past) supervisor and ask them this same question. • Be honest but only focus on the ...


As you start to prepare for an important interview, take your time and thoughtfully consider questions that you may be asked. To help get your head in the right "space," here are some questions regarding your ability to engage students and lead instruction. While suggestions are listed for formulating your response, ultimately the answer will be uniquely yours. Stay focused, positive, and honest. Try to avoid vague or ambiguous responses. Ideally, you should substantiate your answer with solid examples whenever possible. Since there will never be just one "right answer" and each person has unique circumstances, prepare your answers and/or...


While the job search seems basic in terms of submitting a resume and cover letter, there are several factors evaluated by administrators during the job search process. As a result, candidates unknowingly make costly mistakes that eliminate them for consideration. As provided by Wisconsin school administrators, below are 10 mistakes routinely made by teaching candidates during the job search. • Answering questions dishonestly/omitting criminal background violations and misrepresenting certification and licensure qualifications. • Making one generic cover letter that you submit for all teaching positions. • Inserting "see resume" when filling out application questions. • Failing to proofread or update job application materials. • ...


Throughout the course of the academic year, I sat down with several administrators and discussed the skills and qualifications that they are seeking in teaching candidates' applications. While answers varied slightly depending on the school administrator and the specific needs of their districts, below are common action steps they recommended for teaching candidates: • Your application must be complete. Failure to do so will eliminate your candidacy. Read and follow application instructions (e.g., required documents) • Update your application, so it reflects your current experiences. • When completing your resume, include key information such as your certification, teaching experience, leadership/diverse experience, ...


Last week, I discussed strategies for building meaningful relationships with education professionals both during and after the job search. This week, I transition to focus on effectively presenting yourself to education professionals and maintaining professional relationships once they are initially established. 5. Be able to articulate your skills and experiences in terms that the school district values. Through doing research, you should be able to better understand the school culture and articulate your own experiences in a way that shows you have the desired skill sets listed in the job posting that would make you a valuable asset to the ...


When meeting with students, I have commonly observed a tendency of students cringing the second that I mention the word "networking". This negative perception of networking originates largely from the popular misconception that it's nothing more than fake, small talk. While some individuals perpetuate this stereotype, over the next two weeks I will present seven pieces of advice for building authentic relationships that will be helpful during the teaching job search and beyond. 1. Do your research about school districts before reaching out to administrators and teachers, so you can have specific questions and demonstrate that you are well informed ...


Guest post by Molly Donovan. So you've figured out that you want to teach. But do you know what kind of school is most appealing to you? There are over 130,000 K-12 schools in the United States--and over 3.7 million teachers who teach in them. You've heard people talk about public schools, charter schools, and independent schools--which of these educational environments is best for you? Of course, there is no universal "right" choice. All three types of schools offer their own advantages. In making your decision, the first step is to understand what, exactly, constitutes a public, an ...


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