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 will take many hours. This will require research ...


You start the year with high hopes. The interview went well, and the job (or student teaching placement) sounds ideal. Sometimes your expectations are realized, and the fit is perfect. Sometimes, though, it is not. How does this happen? I wish that I could say that every job that LOOKS good IS good. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. What goes wrong? It may be one of the following: • You looked at the job idealistically, rather than realistically. When we want something very badly, we tend to see only the highlights and overlook the drawbacks. • You didn’t do ...


As you begin to transition from your military service, there is a way that you can continue to “Be All that You Can Be,” and “Aim High,” and still “Be Part of the Action,” as you “Let the Journey Begin,” as one of “The Few, The Proud,” become a teacher. If you are considering making a career change into the teaching profession, know that teaching is not just another job and that teaching is not for everyone. Teaching is a career in which you are able to make a difference in our youth and children, society and the world. Keys ...


“When I was in high school, I made a really stupid mistake. I went to a party and all my friends were drinking, so I did, too. I had a curfew, and I knew that my parents would worry if I didn’t get home on time, so I drove – even though I shouldn’t have. I hit a car, and the investigating officer smelled alcohol on my breath. The bottom line is that I was charged with a DUI. It’s a felony in our state. My dream, since I was in third grade, was to be a teacher. ...


Burned out? Overwhelmed? Exhausted? Whether you’re a student teacher, new teacher or seasoned professional, you may find yourself overcome by stress at this time of the year. You never think twice about being there for your students and responding to their needs. But what about you? If you don’t take care of yourself, your job will become a burden and you’ll lose your effectiveness in the classroom. Many teachers work to the point of physical and emotional exhaustion. The reality is that teachers are busy day and night; they are asked to take on many extra duties; ...


Here we are, approaching the end of September, and teachers’ minds are on upcoming parent-teacher conferences. School district human resources professionals are celebrating having a complete staff – or wondering how they will fill those challenging positions now that school is already well underway. Student teachers and soon-to-be student teachers are worried about lesson plans and classroom management. But for those who are or will be seeking a new position, the time to start thinking about the job search and making plans is now. Recruiters will begin seeking candidates for fall 2009 openings by October or November. Large districts can predict ...


With the School Year underway, now is a perfect time to promote the role of teachers specifically in the area of “Teacher Ethics”. “I believe we must maintain a culture of professionalism and respect with our students which provides a healthy atmosphere for student growth”. From this prospective we must: A) Maintain proper boundaries-we are role models, we can be friendly to our students and we need to always consider and remind students of the limits of our relationship as Teachers. B) Our professional behavior, values and responsibilities are more important than being popular – in other words “keep the relationship ...


I appreciate the opportunity to share some thoughts for readers who are beginning their job searches for a teaching position. I hope that some of them may strike a chord and will be helpful. First, remember that it is YOUR search; you must invest the time and effort to make it successful. In saying that, please know that you have a wonderful resource on your own campus to help guide you and offer solid advice- your campus Career Center. I am the Director of one and have been at 3 different institutions for over 30 years. That does give me ...


You student taught and loved it. You went to the Teacher Job fair at your school and met lots of great recruiters from school districts across the state. You filled out all the applications you possibly could. Now you are sitting by the phone waiting….waiting….waiting…. Finally the phone rings and to your great relief it is a school district that is on the top of your list. After you call everyone you know to let them know the good news, high five your little brother, you pick out your interview outfit, map out the course to the school ...


There are different types of teacher job fairs. They range from those sponsored by local school districts; those sponsored by colleges and universities and those that are sponsored by different regions of individual states. School districts send various types of personnel; from human resources staff to an assistant principal. The districts may use different forms of media to enlighten students on their needs. Fashions and Accessories: Most school representatives dress professional but some do dress “Business casual”. However for the candidates professional dress is a must. By dressing professionally, you will no longer appear to the school representatives as a ...


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