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 ...


One of the first things you do in starting your job search is to make sure your paperwork is in order. When we think of the paperwork associated with your job search, we generally focus on the resume as the key document in the process. Although the resume is important and should represent you in a professional manner, it is not the only document that is vital to your job search. Your evaluations and your applications are equally important. If you self manage your placement file, you need to make sure that the copies you send or legible and if ...


As most everyone knows, a resume is a document that highlights your experiences and qualifications to potential employers. Unfortunately, what some people don't know is they are held accountable for the information they put on the resume. If you post something on your resume, make sure it is truthful. In an interview, an employer can tell if you are skirting around the question or issue being talked about. If it's not true, don't post it. Also, you must know your resume very well and be ready to answer questions about everything on it. I have the fortune of conducting mock ...


What is Sustainability? Sustainability is the concept of meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. It is progress toward a sustainable economy, society and environment (environment, equity and economy). Sustainability can be described as each of us doing our part to build the kind of world—economically, environmentally and socially—that we want to live in, and one that we want our children and grandchildren to inherit. It means becoming aware of all interconnections—visible and invisible—in which our day-to-day choices affect the intricate balance of social, economic and ...


What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? Tell me about yourself. These were very common questions in an interview, but times are changing, and so are interviews. You need to be ready for behavioral interview questions. In a behavioral interview you will have to demonstrate your knowledge, skills, and abilities, collectively known as competencies, by giving specific examples from your past experiences. The principal or human resources recruiter wants to know, not that you can do something, but that you have done it. He or she, prior to the interview, determines what competencies are required for the position. Then ...


Recently I was surprised to hear two different school districts in major cities advertising for “anyone with a bachelor’s degree” to apply to teach. The advertisements stated that the districts were desperate for teachers and could certify anyone with a bachelor’s degree. One district even said certification could be accomplished in only two Saturdays of preparation. I was shocked! How could someone with two days of preparation be the equivalent of a teacher who trained and studied for many years in college and was then mentored by a master teacher during a semester of student teaching? How could ...


This past May has been unusual for my office. I help place student teachers into the positions where they will student teach for the fall semester. In past years this has been fairly normal and fairly routine. The reason I have called this past month "unusual" is that four of the math majors I placed in student teaching positions for this fall were offered teaching jobs at schools other than where they were assigned to student teach. In other words these students will be teachers with their own classroom, their own discipline system, their own grading system, their own set ...


A student recently emailed my office asking for job placement statistics for the teacher education majors at our university. I am always at a loss to answer such a broad question because many factors go into what I am sure this student hopes is a simple answer. I once overheard a career services director of a major university answer the job placement statistics question by saying, "We have 100% job placement! All of our students eventually find a job somewhere." With that answer in mind I would like to give three main factors in successful job placement. First, is the ...


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