Communication skills, flexibility/adaptability, and problem-solving skills are some examples of "soft" skills that make a big impact in the workplace. While soft skills are important, it can be difficult to find specific examples highlighting soft skills to share with employers. In characterizing soft skills to potential employers or networking contacts, draw from previous experiences to demonstrate abilities. Reflect on classroom experiences, work experiences, student involvement, and volunteering to uncover examples of positive experiences where some of these superior soft skills were applied. Consider how the skills mentioned above are critical to success in education. For example, communication skills are ...


RECENTLY, A READER ASKED THE FOLLOWING QUESTION: I love to teach. I have tutored and taught English as a Second Language to adults as a volunteer. I completed a 9-hour tutor training program, however, the community agency has not sent the certificate. Because of my age, I do not see myself attending a traditional 4-year collegiate program for certification. Is there an alternative certificate program that would prepare me to teach/tutor elementary school-age students? Thank you. RESPONSE: First, because you have completed a certification program, it would be helpful to check the status of your official certificate and verify ...


"Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you." -Oprah Winfrey You've reviewed hundreds of interview questions. You've practiced and practiced some more. You're feeling ready for your upcoming interviews. Don't forget the final and maybe most important component of a successful interview: demonstrating your passion. Two candidates may appear equally qualified on paper but if one demonstrates energy, excitement, and enthusiasm in an interview and the other one does not, who do you think will receive an offer? How do you show your passion for education? Here are some ways in which you can ...


LinkedIn is a helpful tool in your job search for both networking purposes and staying informed about current trends and issues in the field of education. Below are a few suggestions to effectively utilize LinkedIn as you begin your job search. Groups: Click on the Groups tab to instantly connect with thousands of passionate educators around the country! Some education-focused groups to consider include National Science Teachers Association, Kappa Delta Pi, National Education Association, National Association for Music Education, and Council for Advancement and Support of Education, among many others. Once you join the group, search through the Members section ...


5. Prepare your professional interview outfit: With holiday sales galore, now is the perfect time to purchase a suit for your upcoming interviews. If you are unable to invest in a suit, it is appropriate for females to wear a sweater or blouse with dark colored pants and closed toe shoes; for males it is considered appropriate to wear a button down shirt, preferably with a tie, and a dark pair of pants. Making a positive first impression is important, as well as demonstrating that you are a polished and mature candidate. Remember, dress for the job you want, not ...


The academic year is nearly halfway over and you're probably thinking about "what's next." As you are thinking about looking for a job, where you would like to live, and working on your resume and cover letter, make sure to visit your college or university's career center. Your career center is your partner in the job search process and provides many helpful resources to assist you along the way. It may feel slightly intimidating to reach out to your career center and schedule an appointment with an advisor, but trust me when I say we want to help you and ...


Getting plenty of interviews but not getting job offers? It's time to evaluate what might be going on. Did you: *Do your interview preparation by researching the school/district? This helps to ensure a good job fit and helps you to do better in the interview. *Prepare and provide access to (electronic or hard copy) an excellent portfolio that clearly demonstrates the kind of teacher you are/will be? *Obtain strong letters of recommendation to include in your credential file? *Dress appropriately/professionally for the interview? *Offer a solid handshake, smile, and make eye contact? *Discuss how the job is ...


Getting ready to apply for teaching positions? Take the time to perfect your application materials. This includes having multiple people look over your resume, ensuring that your cover letter is error free and well-written, as well as getting your application materials and portfolio in order. If you are getting ready to graduate, your school's career center is a great place for assistance with this. Not in school? Most schools offer career services to their alumni. Focus your job search. Identify a geographic region where you would like to live/work and focus your research on the schools in the area. ...


This blog posting is Part II of a profile of a successful job applicant. See Part I in the previous blog posting. I asked the successful job applicant to share some advice related to the job search, hiring process, and interview. 1. Prepare well. Make sure everything you post online is edited and accurate. If you click "submit" and then realize there are errors in your materials, then you should withdraw your application and resubmit it. However, if the deadline for submitting applications has passed, then you can no longer reapply even if you've already applied. 2. Get organized. Keep ...


This is Part 1 of a two-part blog posting. Recently, I heard from a graduate who landed a Grade 2 general elementary education position. I asked her about her experience with the job search, hiring process, and advice for other job applicants. Here are responses to some of my questions: What was the timeline for the job search and hiring process? Noticed the Grade 1/2 job postings on the teacher recruitment website: June 16 Application due: June 29 Selected for an initial interview: July 19 Initial interview: July 24 Selected for a second interview: July 26 Second interview (lesson): ...


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