How are you keeping up with what is going on in your job search - and in the world? Record-keeping in your job search is important, but it is also vital, in my opinion as an educator, to keep up with what's going on in education and in the world. This may seem an odd topic for an education job seeker blog, but I think it goes directly to a higher purpose and to your excellence as an educator. I work with college students every day, and it is a question I ask or want to ask on a regular ...


A reader recently submitted a question regarding re-entering the classroom after a stint as an administrator and asked for feedback on her résumé, as she was having limited success in being selected for interviews. Diana Sanchez wrote an entry for this blog in December called "The 'Over-Educated' Myth?" in which she addressed some of the questions surrounding advanced degrees for teachers. I'll give my thoughts as a career services professional on a re-entry résumé, but I would encourage school HR or hiring officials to provide their (more relevant) thoughts as well. First, begin your résumé with a summary of the ...


As I have worked with education job seekers over the years, I have often been asked by candidates why they are not getting interviews or offers. There are lots of reasons why one may not be generating interest, and you have read many good ideas on this blog for increasing your attractiveness to potential employers. Commonly, however, candidates eventually get around to this: Am I not getting interviews (or offers) because I am new and don't have much experience? Or: Am I not getting interviews because I have a lot of experience (and they will have to pay me too ...


Question from a reader: "What are the top K-12-related part-time, flexible-schedule, and work-from-home job opportunities teachers can explore to stay current in their careers while staying home with children?" The response to your question may be helpful to new teacher candidates trying to gain experience related to the K-12 realm, as well as experienced teachers seeking to stay current while staying home with children. Below is a list of potential options for K-12 related part-time, flexible schedule and work-from-home job opportunities, which was developed with input from members of the Illinois Association for Employment in Education (IAEE) and the American ...


Several teacher candidates have asked me, "How can I stand out from the hundreds of other candidates?" "Should I try brightly-colored resumé paper or different-colored clothing?" Of course, these ideas may make you stand out in the wrong way! To consider the factors that help you 'stand out' as a teacher candidate, keep in mind the missing letter E that has been passed over in the traditional A,B,C,D,F grading scale. You will stand out through your E's - Endorsements/Education, Experience, connection to Employers, Extended Effort, Expertise, and through your Evidence/Examples. Endorsements /additional Education - ...


Question from a reader: With school budgets tight across the country, what are specific things that recently laid-off teachers can do to better their chances of getting one of the few jobs available? Dear reader, Several school district human resources administrators who are affiliated with the American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE) have offered responses to your question. Here is a summary of their responses: A recently laid-off teacher would need to do many of the same job search tasks as a first-time job seeker. Do your homework - process matters Research the job openings, but as a part ...


Question from a reader: "Is an advanced degree (MA or PhD) a helpful asset or actually a disadvantage when it comes to keeping one's teaching job or getting hired in today's tough market (because administrators and districts have to pay those with advanced degrees more money)? In other words, is it worth the extra time, effort and money to get an advanced degree or will this only hurt teachers in the end?" Dear reader, You raise a good question! As you consider an advanced degree, please keep in mind the fact that schools and school districts can vary widely according ...


The education job market is becoming increasingly difficult in these tough economic times. So what can you, as a candidate, do to be remembered? My advice is to start by looking in the mirror and at the way you communicate. These are the first impressions that administrators, parents and students will get of you and how they will remember you. Actually, you started building your professional image as a student with your professors, academic advisors, and peers. If I were to ask your academic advisor or program coordinator to describe you, what would they say? How did you interact and ...


With so many resources available to assist candidates in preparing their job search application materials, how does one not plagiarize? The internet is a powerful tool to locate information on any topic, but it does not give you the right to plagiarize the author's materials. So how can one be sure they are producing original work in their application materials? Let's start by defining what plagiarism is. Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary describes "to plagiarize" as: to use the words or ideas of another person as if they were your own words or ideas; to present as new and original an idea ...


By now pink slips or RIF notices have been handed out and the job market just got worse with a flood of experienced teachers looking for work. You may be asking yourself "Why am staying in this business?" or "How can I compete with the experienced teacher?" Only you can answer the first question of "why" here are some ways to accomplish the "how." 1. Get organized. Keeping track of what you did, when you did it and following up is crucial in your job search. I firmly believe that you need to write things down and track actions. How ...


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