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 ...


Behavioral interviewing has become the norm rather than the exception with all types of employers. Behavioral questions usually begin with a phrase such as "Gve me an example of a time…"or "Tell me about a time when you…." A variant of the behavioral question is the scenario question. Scenarios often begin with something like "How would you handle a situation where…." Scenario questions have been around a long time; most of us have been faced with them in interviews. Answering behavioral questions successfully involves telling a short story. Begin with what the situation was, then tell what action you ...


As I watch the comments that are posted here, I am struck by the questions many are posing about why they are not being hired. Several of these are related to administrative positions, with a few in the teaching areas. There are a number of questions that can be asked in return, so I will pose a few of them here myself. At what level/in what field are you applying? I find general agreement that middle- and secondary-level administrative positions are more difficult to fill than those at the elementary level. In teaching, the shortage fields are well-documented, with ...


Spring is just around the corner and if you are a prospective teacher, you are probably well aware that spring is Educator Career Fair season. If you are planning on including career fairs in your job search, please consider that despite the often noisy, informal feel and the use of the word “fair,” these events are essentially job interviews. If you start from that point, you may already be thinking differently about what to wear and how to present yourself, but here are a number of less obvious steps you may also want to consider: Preparation Obtain a list of ...


In my neck of the woods, Northeastern Ohio, there is a consortium of twelve colleges and universities, some public, some private, that works collaboratively to sponsor a huge teacher education fair; The Northeast Ohio Teacher Education Day (NOTED). Every year, hundreds of students and alumnae from the participating schools show up at the crack of dawn (in April, that is around 6:00 a.m.) rain, shine or even snow, dressed in their suits and armed with folders full of resumes and. . . . .carefully crafted portfolios. Portfolios of the educational journey toward licensure and employment in the teaching field serve as ...


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