A reader posted the following: "I was recently downsized from a position in a state education department. I had been there 10 years and had hoped to retire (maybe with one more promotion). Now I find myself an older candidate competing for school district jobs with individuals who are currently employed by that district and have been groomed for the position. I am feeling like I have to take a giant step backward and do not have enough time left to work my way back to where I want to be. Do you have any suggestions for me?" Several members ...


A while back, I came across an article in which a recruiter was asked to describe what makes an effective interview performance. Her answer was simple, yet compelling: storytelling. From her perspective, interviewees who can master the art of storytelling make the best interviewees. Consider the most memorable lessons you have learned from teachers, speakers, or mentors. My guess is that what comes to mind for most people involves a personal story. As teachers know best, concepts most often come alive when they are put into meaningful or relevant context. So, what exactly does "storytelling" look like in an interview? ...


As you all know, the education market is very tight right now. Competition is at its highest level--many districts receive hundreds of applications for one opening. What is a candidate to do? How can you stand out from the crowd? At SchoolSpring.com we speak with hundreds of administrators and they tell us what they look for in an applicant's resume. Below is a summary of their do and don'ts. Cover letter: This is the first impression you make with the employer. Make sure it is specifically written for the job you are applying for. Find a way to connect ...


Writing a Cover Letter is a tricky balance. It can't quite be a commercial for yourself--too pushy and self-absorbed--yet it must convey enough about you as a person and as a potential teacher to grab the employer's attention to keep reading. It can't be too long, they will never read to the end--but not too short that it doesn't really say anything. It should also communicate that you have done some research on the school to which you are applying. The cover letter is really the only place in your application where you can demonstrate that you've done your homework ...


Question: "I recently was laid off from my job as a Buyer (Capital) ... and now I plan to make a career change. I'd like to get into education, but on the business/administrative side. Please let me know if you have some advice about certifications or education that I could obtain to qualify me for something more than an entry level job. I have a BS in Business and Management with a Major in Information Technology." --Keri O. Answer: The business side of running a school district, especially a large district, requires many specialists. Many of these positions are similar ...


Are you wondering how to buy your interview suit and build a professional wardrobe without maxing out your credit card? Whether you've already started to transition your attire for student teaching or you're just beginning to think about it, we have a few tips for creating a collection of clothes that will give you confidence and convey that sense of professionalism that will help you land a job — without breaking the bank. 1. Hit the consignment and resale stores. Even Goodwill is an amazing resource. Choose basics that can be worn together instead of a few trendy pieces. According to RealSimple.com,...


Over the past few months I have been part of a few discussions that have focused on the ability and often inability of today's college students to articulate the benefits of liberal arts based education and a core set of courses at their respective colleges and universities. In many instances students often perceive these courses as a "hoop" they must jump through before graduation rather than a planned effort to ensure that graduates of colleges and universities are challenged to attain higher order thinking; analyze and apply information and problem-solve. Today, I was reading an article* about the common core ...


Have you read the February 2012 article releasing the ratings of over 18,000 New York City teachers? Did you know that similar controversy exists in California over whether teacher ratings should be public knowledge? Although it is not possible to be up to date on every piece of news related to your career that hits the media outlets across our country, it is incredibly important for you to keep abreast of trends and newsworthy items for discussion in interviews. In addition to educators who can differentiate instruction; integrate common core standards; build rapport with students and parents; and utilize ...


A reader recently asked: "I am interested in changing careers and getting into human resources [within the field of education]. I have a master's degree in Education with a concentration in Adult Education and Training. How do you get into this industry?" If you have an interest in Human Resources, I have observed that most Education HR folks enter through one of two paths: a) The most traditional, especially in small school districts, is to have served as an administrator at the building level. That usually means having been a principal or assistant principal in a school. This path is ...


If you've been applying for online jobs, chances are good that applications have included the dreaded essay questions. You know...they're the ones that ask about your reasons for wanting to become a teacher, the components of a lesson plan, your strategies for dealing with diversity or differences in learning styles, and more. These questions can be problematic for new teachers who aren't sure what sorts of answers are expected. Do districts really look at the responses? Of course they do. Do they expect candidates to come up with responses that will revolutionize the teaching profession? Of course they don't. ...


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