Are you a fresh new teacher heading out to interview and compete for the best teaching job out there? Well, you aren't alone! Be sure to follow these tips to get ahead in this upcoming interview season: Research, research, research. It is 2013, soon to be 2014, and Google is a powerful tool. So is LinkedIn. When you are offered an interview at a school or with a district, politely ask for the names of those with whom you will be meeting, and then do everything in your power to find more information about them. The more armed you are ...


Hold off on writing a general cover letter. Instead, be sure to have a targeted list of districts and schools and then tailor each letter to the needs of each particular district. Organize your interview portfolio. Many candidates have come to my office for a mock interview prepared to get through a 2-3 inch binder that they printed from LiveText for their licensure requirements. They are often shocked when I recommend that they edit it down to a ½-1 inch binder and to practice referencing their portfolio without the interviewer asking to see it. Locate your references past and present. ...


Many, if not most, of the postings to this blog recommend at one time or another the use of the career center at your college or university. That's such an important suggestion that it merits its own post - so here it is! The career advisors at your college know what employers look for, because they interact with employers on a regular basis. They exchange ideas with employers and with other career professionals. They are constantly seeking new ways to help you connect with the employers of your choice. Here are three of the many things that you should take ...


Where Do You Get Your News? Last week I had the opportunity to present in a couple of classes to new education majors. Before class, several students were chatting with the instructor about a local school board meeting they attended as part of an assignment. They were surprised at the length of the meeting and the attention, or lack thereof, paid to items on the agenda. What a great assignment! The issue it raises for me is how well we follow what is going on in our communities and where that information comes from. I believe that, to be an ...


Bah! Humbug! ̓ Tis the season! Here come the holidays again. Whether you love or hate the holiday season (and I go back and forth), it presents a few opportunities for education job seekers that you should take advantage of. Here are two you might think about. First, maximize the advantage of holiday networking opportunities. Regardless of what holidays you celebrate, there are likely to be gatherings of various kinds that you will attend. They may be gatherings of family, friends, organizations, or informal groups of associates. Whatever the group, it's a networking opportunity. Though these gatherings may seem insignificant to ...


Last week I attended the annual conference for the American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE), the organization that sponsors this blog. In a few brief vacation days for me following the conference, I reflected on what professional associations, including AAEE, mean to educators. For teachers, two large umbrella organizations sometimes referred to as unions are the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). You may already be a member of one of these organizations in order to have liability insurance for your student teaching. AFT is very open about being a union; it's an affiliate ...


In today's world it is important to be flexible and adaptable. You never know when you may need to look for a job outside of teaching. For instance, what if you are geography-bound to a certain area and there is a hiring freeze or budget cuts force your school district to decrease the number of teachers and you find yourself without a job? The good news is that teachers possess many marketable transferable skills that make them very competitive in the job market and open up a wealth of rewarding career possibilities. Not sure what those careers are? In addition ...


"It is being hailed as the best-ever Emmy speech, or at least the shortest ever," wrote USA Today's Olivia Barker. She was speaking, of course, about the recent acceptance speech of Merritt Wever, who won for Supporting Actress in Showtime's Nurse Jackie. Neil Patrick Harris, host of the Emmy awards show, issued similar praise, "Merritt Wever," he chimed, "best speech ever!" All she said was, "Thanks so much. Thank you so much. I gotta go. Bye." In the world of the job search, a follow-up "thank you" after a networking encounter or job interview doesn't have to be much longer ...


It is often said that if your ship is slow to come in, you should swim out to meet it. The same can be extended to your acquisition of relevant experience. You need not wait for an employer to formally hand you an opportunity to gain some experience. You can create your own credible experience by volunteering and by exercising initiative. Some job-relevant experiences that the writer has encountered over the years include activities such as the following: Served as a summer nanny / sitter for five-year-old twins Taught weekly Sunday School classes for 12-year olds Assisted with children's church choir ...


With the fall semester of the school year underway, most seniors in our nation's teacher education programs are probably gearing up for student teaching. However, the fall semester is also a great time to gear up for your job search. Student teaching in itself can, of course, become a "try-out" for a vacancy that may occur on campus; but even ahead of the student teaching experience, there are some enjoyable actions you can take to launch your job search. Don't wait for the official job fair/recruitment season. Here are 3 steps you can take right now, this fall. Attend ...


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