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January 13, 2013

Celebrate Your Soft Skills

Communication skills, flexibility/adaptability, and problem-solving skills are some examples of "soft" skills that make a big impact in the workplace. While soft skills are important, it can be difficult to find specific examples highlighting soft skills to share with employers. In characterizing ...

December 24, 2012

How Do You Show Your Passion?

"Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you." -Oprah Winfrey You've reviewed hundreds of interview questions. You've practiced and practiced some more. You're feeling ready for your upcoming interviews. Don't forget the final and maybe most important component...

November 27, 2012

Getting plenty of interviews but not getting job offers?

Getting plenty of interviews but not getting job offers? It's time to evaluate what might be going on. Did you: *Do your interview preparation by researching the school/district? This helps to ensure a good job fit and helps you to do better in the interview. *Prepare and provide access to (elec...

October 30, 2012

Profile of a Successful Job Applicant (Part 2)

This blog posting is Part II of a profile of a successful job applicant. See Part I in the previous blog posting. I asked the successful job applicant to share some advice related to the job search, hiring process, and interview. 1. Prepare well. Make sure everything you post online is edited and...

July 05, 2012

Keep It Positive: How to Use a Bad Experience to Your Advantage in the Interview

I had a student this past semester whose student teaching experience almost drove her away from wanting to teach. Her cooperating teacher was retiring at the end of the year and had already "checked out" from teaching. She was completely on her own in the classroom. She gave serious thought to no...

June 07, 2012

Interviewing: Becoming an Effective Storyteller

A while back, I came across an article in which a recruiter was asked to describe what makes an effective interview performance. Her answer was simple, yet compelling: storytelling. From her perspective, interviewees who can master the art of storytelling make the best interviewees. Consider the ...

May 03, 2012

From Jeans to Suits--With Money to Spare

Are you wondering how to buy your interview suit and build a professional wardrobe without maxing out your credit card? Whether you've already started to transition your attire for student teaching or you're just beginning to think about it, we have a few tips for creating a collection of clothes th...

April 17, 2012

Be Prepared! Keep Up with Current Events.

Have you read the February 2012 article releasing the ratings of over 18,000 New York City teachers? Did you know that similar controversy exists in California over whether teacher ratings should be public knowledge? Although it is not possible to be up to date on every piece of news related to yo...

January 17, 2012

Tips on phone interviews

I work as a Human Resources Director for a large school district in the Denver metro area. Years ago, I re-located to Colorado for career opportunities and the quality of life. It appears that people still are drawn to Colorado and so I deal with a steady number of out-of-state applicants. Sometimes...

December 16, 2011

E-Interviewing Strategies

Sometime in your job search, you will likely have an interview that doesn't take place in person. School districts have been conducting phone interviews for many years, but more and more districts are turning to Skype as a means of interviewing candidates. And while you should prepare as thoroughly...

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