As summer comes to a close, many schools begin new teacher orientation, teacher workshops, and professional development activities before the start of school. Maybe you are one of those new teachers anxiously awaiting your orientation and the start of the school year. Or, perhaps you've yet to receive a full-time offer. In a tight education job market, your job search may take longer than anticipated. If you haven't landed a full-time teaching position, don't lose hope! There are steps you can take to stay connected and keep your skills sharp while continuing your search. • Stay positive. A large part of ...


Recently a reader asked for assistance with transitioning from a challenging situation. Here are some tips: There will be many times in life where we find ourselves in situations that no longer serve us in the way they once did. Realizing that we are at this point is normal as we are constantly evolving--our interests and values change over time. This is especially true in our careers. The average person will hold about seven different careers in their lifetime. There will come a point when we are no longer satisfied in our position for one reason or another and will ...


LinkedIn is a professional networking site that includes nearly 225 million professionals from over 150 industries and these numbers continue to grow each day. LinkedIn connects professionals from around the world allowing them to connect in ways that may not have been possible before. LinkedIn allows members to connect to people, ideas, companies, and jobs. It is a great tool that could create future career opportunities when used effectively. Below are basic strategies to build and maintain a professional profile on LinkedIn. 1. Build a complete profile. Building and maintaining a complete profile is extremely important because it communicates commitment, ...


Have you performed a Google search of your name recently? If not, try it now. Simply type your first and last name in the Google search bar and watch the results filter in. Need to be more specific? Include the city and state that you live in after your name. What did you find? A growing number of employers are using social networks to make hiring decisions. According to a survey released by Jobvite.com, 92% of employers are using or planning to use social networks in their hiring decisions this year. Employers are using sites such as Google, LinkedIn, ...


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. • ...


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