As I stood in front of the class on my first day as a teacher, my knees were knocking - literally! How would I ever learn the names of the 33 students sitting in front of me? Would I be able to control a rowdy group? Had I prepared enough material? Would I be able to remember everything on my detailed outline for the first class? Just like many of you who are reading this, I am an introvert. In a profession that seems to value extroversion - the gregarious, social, energetic teacher who is never at a loss for ...


Our office is settling down to the peace and quiet of spring break, after having staged three job fairs in less than a week. As fair season draws to a close, some job seekers think it's okay to let their job searches wind down, too. Good idea? Of course not! The reality is that few people are hired at job fairs - or even immediately afterward. The fairs are a chance for administrators to look at candidates and to consider who will be invited for interviews later in the spring or summer. The real work for candidates begins when the ...


"Keep your resume to one page." This is the message we've been receiving from districts recruiting our teachers. In a market with an oversupply of applicants, administrators need to be able to sort quickly through hundreds of resumes. Wading through padding, repetition, and unnecessary information is frustrating - and a poor use of time. In response, we at NIU's Career Services have been struggling to create good one-page resume examples for each of our teaching areas. This has been hard. Most of us were taught that educators were different from other clients. Their resumes had to describe student teaching, clinical ...


A resume is only one portion of the correspondence you will need to prepare for your job-hunting campaign. A well-written cover letter is necessary for introducing the accompanying resume. Knowing this, you should expect to devote careful attention to organizing and developing a cover letter that is targeted for each employer. Although you need to write cover letters for individual school districts instead of mass-producing them, you may prepare a "generic" letter of introduction and adapt it for specific positions or employers. A well-written cover letter does the following: • Personalizes and targets the resume • Directs attention to the specific skills ...


A question that I get, especially as it gets late in the hiring season is, "What can I do if I don't get a teaching job? How do I maximize my opportunities for eventually getting a teaching contract?" There are a number of actions to contemplate. First, keep connected to the teaching community; for example, substitute teach as much as possible. Do this in several school districts to maximize exposure. I can't tell you how many times I have seen principals hire successful substitute teachers when a sudden vacancy occurs. You can also stay connected working as a paraprofessional or ...


Before changing careers it is important that you have done the requisite self-analysis and concluded that a career change is the proper course of action. The next logical question is how can you possibly use your education degree in any other career? At this point you are probably poised for a litany of specific job and career options to be listed. I hate to disappoint you but I need for you to start this process with the simple premise that you can do whatever it is you want to do with your education degree!! Yes, it is imperative that you ...


Put yourself in the shoes of the administrator who has to fill a teaching vacancy. You have 80 resumes and cover letters for one teaching job and after a while they all start to look the same. If you want to get a teaching job, you need to use your resume as a marketing tool to stand out from the other applicants. •It is important to do your research. Mention the name of the school or administrator on the letter cover. This shows that you have done your homework and have taken the time to individualize your application packet. •Inventory ...


I work as a Human Resources Director for a large school district in the Denver metro area. Years ago, I re-located to Colorado for career opportunities and the quality of life. It appears that people still are drawn to Colorado and so I deal with a steady number of out-of-state applicants. Sometimes, the short time frame and the long distance challenge our ability to connect with the best and the brightest from out-of-state. On a limited basis, we've used phone interviews and more recently Skype interviews to interview candidates. I've viewed some effective tips on Skyping on You Tube. For ...


Many times I am asked by out-of-state applicants how to get a job? Here are some tips that might help. •Complete the online application and apply for posted jobs on the school's website. Send a cover letter and a resume (email or hard copy) to the principal. •Do your homework on the school district and the location of the school district. Principals and recruiters will know that you are serious about moving if you have done research and aren't asking questions like, "Where are you located?" or general questions about their school district. •Come out to visit in the spring ...


I frequently have opportunities to participate in panel discussions where several local Human Resources directors are asked to provide insight into the teacher recruitment process. These are typically sponsored by either career centers or education department s of local colleges and universities. There are frequent questions that are asked over and over. One such question is: In the event I am unable to find a teaching position, should I purse my Master's degree? Would that hurt my chances for getting hired? Would I be "too expensive" to be hired? In most large school districts, hiring decisions are made at the ...


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