A reader recently asked: "I am about to obtain alternative Elementary certification in Texas, and would like to know about the best prospects for a teaching career. Specifically, which fields are projected to be in most demand in the next 20 years, e.g., Math, Science, Technology, English, Social Studies, etc." Understanding Supply and Demand is important across the United States. While the following information is specific to Texas, the reader's targeted area, the information is transferrable to other states and regions as well. In the State of Texas, there continues to be a shortage of secondary math and science ...


In today's job market, networking is vital to the success of achieving your career goals. Networking can be as formal as attending a networking reception and handing out your business cards, or as informal as talking with a friend's dad at a backyard barbecue. In any case, networking is about effectively communicating who you are, the career path you are pursuing and the skill sets you have to offer a school district. Then, ask your networking contacts to share this information with those who have hiring authority and/or relay news back to you regarding teaching/coaching/leadership opportunities within ...


Whenever you send your resume to a school district to be considered for a teaching, coaching or administrative position you should always include a well-crafted cover letter. Effective cover letters are clear, to the point, and brief. The cover letter should convey information in three to four paragraphs that consist of the opening, the body and the closing. The best way to craft a good cover letter is by working from the job description or job posting announcement, making reference to how you have demonstrated the skills required or knowledge necessary to fulfill the stated responsibilities. A cover letter should ...


Today's job market for teachers is very challenging. How much time are you prepared to spend on your job search? A few hours a week? A few minutes a day? Well, those who have been successful with their search tell us that it took 6-8 hours a day for many weeks before they obtained the job offer they were seeking. A job search is like a full-time job, reviewing job posting sites, attending job fairs, making phone calls, filling out applications, mailing resumes, sending e-mail messages and keeping good records. Just finding the teaching opportunities that match with your license ...


When applying for teaching positions it is important to remember that all school districts and all teaching positions are not created equal. It isn't just a matter of whether or not they are willing to hire you; it is about finding the right fit between you and the school/position. So, how do you determine "fit"? Here are a few tips to consider: *Does this district/school share your philosophy of education? If you haven't reflected on what your particular philosophy is, now is a great time to do so. It is a given that they will ask you this ...


Although spring is the traditional time for job fairs, fall is grad school fair season. Whether graduate school plans are at the top of your mind or just a thought at this point in your academic career, it is important to consider the benefits of attending your campus or community's upcoming graduate and professional school recruiting events. Graduate school fairs offer an efficient opportunity to meet with a number of universities and programs while making a personal connection with faculty and admission staff beyond an online application. Whether you are just considering grad school or are certain you will attend, ...


In my last blog post, I discussed the importance of starting the academic year strong. However, an overly ambitious start to a job search can sometimes have unintended consequences. Many of the top frustrations job seekers encounter are related to the search process. Technology has changed almost all aspects of employment and hiring, but the changes have not all been positive. First, there are multiple online job databases for multiple schools, districts, states and general searches. Further, the availability of these online resources means that there are more applicants per position. However, increases in applicant numbers are not beneficial for ...


August signals new beginnings--particularly for education professionals. This month may represent the start of a teaching practicum, the final semester of classes, or a recently secured career-level teaching position. Whatever the situation, if you are beginning a new experience this fall, take time to reflect on how you will make the most of the transition and opportunity. As a career advisor, I often ask our new, first-year students to consider how their resumes will look in the senior year, four years beyond their fall orientation. Simply put, the resume of a graduating student will be entirely evolved and contain little ...


Not getting any interviews? Maybe it's your resume. How does yours stack up against the competition? A few things to keep in mind: * Your resume is your marketing tool to get interviews. * Don't underestimate the value of a well-formatted resume! If it is poorly formatted no one is going to read it. So all that great experience and wonderful skills you have may go unnoticed. * A well-formatted resume must also have great content. This is your chance to concisely document your experience, accomplishments, and skills. * The most important information should be in the top third of your resume - and ...


Recently, we received a specific request from a reader in India. The response following the question provides helpful information for all international job seekers. Question from Reader: "How much is an Indian applicant based in India with long teaching / administration experience likely to be accepted in the US system of education? I am 52 years of age with 28 years of teaching / admin experience. Would you recommend I spend time / money on exploring the possibility of getting a senior opening as school administration staff / School Head or something similar?" I would recommend that any educator from outside of the U.S....


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