Every graduate is eager to secure employment. Although most individuals don't prepare themselves very well. The preparation on the part of the individual will make the interview team much more understanding of what is being said and they can listen for passion and desire. Every interview is meant to be a showcase for a candidate. The truth is that employers are looking for something. I can't predict what that might be, but I know that there are going to be things that will make one individual stand out above the crowd. How can you be that person? First, what do ...


For job seekers in the field of education, the spring of the year is a time filled with great anticipation. School districts around the country are moving in full swing to hire highly qualified staff for the upcoming school year. Having said that, the inevitable question is "what do I have to do to get a job?". One of the fundamental questions in today's electronic world is "what do you know about the school district where you want to apply?" With websites improving daily and in-depth information available on the internet, candidates need to do a thorough job of reviewing ...


We’re beginning to talk with excited clients who have actually been offered jobs. For you, that magic moment may be just around the corner. Will you be ready to make an informed job choice? While it might be tempting to immediately accept the first offer that comes along, careful consideration of each offer produces better results. Our office presents a workshop to prepare candidates to evaluate job offers, consider benefits, and make wise job choices. Here are some topics we cover: • How to Respond Initially Thank the employer for the offer. Ask for time to consideration. This demonstrates that ...


The end of the semester is drawing near. Student teachers are completing their final assignments, and some students (primarily special education, bilingual, math and science) have already signed contracts. If you are one of the many who do not yet have a job, use April and May wisely to ensure that you will be teaching in the fall. What should you be doing in April and May? Here are a few recommendations (many of which are based on material from AAEE’s Job Search Handbook for Educators) that we make to our students: • Ask your principal to conduct a practice ...


My title is “online advisor." The role is one that is still relatively unique, but it is rapidly gaining in popularity. Since most of our student teachers and alumni are NEVER on campus, we had to think of a way to bring our services to them. I advise education clients via a special email address ([email protected]) that has been set up specifically for that purpose. Technology is a vital part of our lives. Electronic communication permits counselors to respond to your questions and also to review job search correspondence, such as resumes, CVs, cover/thank you letters, reference ...


Spring is in the air, and summer is fast approaching. Summer – the time when every education student’s thoughts turn to…work-related experience. Have you found a summer job yet? As a career counselor, I always recommend that students start thinking about summer jobs early – setting the goal of finding the perfect position by the end of spring break. In reality, though, most students have other things in mind at that time of the year. It’s after break that they start thinking – and asking us – about their best summer job options. Education students are especially interested in using their ...


In the wake of the spring Education Interview Day on our campus, I am reminded of, and wish to remind you of, the importance of writing thank-you letters to interviewers. I am sure that all of you have heard it before, and it seems minor, but in cases where multiple candidates have similar qualifications and experience, the thank you can make a difference. Some time ago, at a career services advisory council meeting, someone on my staff asked the members from the employer side how many of the candidates they interviewed sent thank yous after the interview. The employer members ...


Students preparing for careers in education are often exposed to the latest technology in universities and are urged to help soon-to-be employers learn about and engage with new technologies once on the job. Knowing about the latest technology is certainly important, not simply from a classroom standpoint, but also for knowing what our students are experiencing and engaging with outside the classroom. My first exposure to Second Life came at the annual conference of the National Association of Colleges and Employers in New York last summer. I was amazed at what I learned about Second Life and similar virtual worlds. ...


At some point in the interview process, you are likely to be asked about your weakness(es). This is the question that seems to be most problematic to candidates, and is the one I get the most questions about. There are two possible approaches to this answer, in my opinion. One is what I call the "traditional approach," and the other is what I call the "realistic approach." I believe that one is better than the other based on my conversations with employers, but I will give a brief description of each and let you decide. The traditional approach is ...


Perhaps the most common interview starter is the request to "tell me about yourself." It is also one of the most confusing parts of the interview for many job seekers. My favorite corny comment about "tell me about yourself" is that the interviewer really does not care who your third grade teacher was. My point is that the interviewer is not looking for your life history. One of my colleagues has said that a good way to start is to mention your hometown - where you are from. My opinion is that this is still missing the point of the ...


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