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April 14, 2015

What Do Parents & Administrators Know About You?

Parents and administrators are monitoring the online activity and social media usage of their teachers and school district employees. Don't let poor decisions ruin your career before it even starts.

February 19, 2014

Does Your Paperwork Tell Your Story?

There is a saying that "the job isn't finished until the paperwork is done."  There is a different spin on this when applying for a position.  The job won't begin if the paperwork is not done correctly. Your application and resume introduce you as a prospective candidate.  Often attention to deta...

February 07, 2014

Contract Non-renewal: What Do I Say?

A RECENT QUESTION FROM A READER: How would I present information about a contract non-renewal in a positive way to prospective schools? All applications ask this and I am worried I will not receive consideration. I do have a reference from my supervisor. The non-renewal was due to differences with t...

September 16, 2013

Resume and Application Tips

Applications, resumes and job applications are always a "Work In Progress," or should be. Gone are the days when you took your résumé to the stone mason and had it carved in stone. Two things that employers look for are individual tailoring and recent activity. Tailor your materials: read the pos...

June 25, 2013

Managing Career Advice

Since you've landed at the Career Corner blog, chances are good that you are receptive to advice regarding your job search and teaching career. However, actively seeking feedback and suggestions may also lead to an additional set of challenges - dealing with conflicting or confusing advice. Re...

May 19, 2013

School Administrators' Advice for Teaching Candidates

Throughout the course of the academic year, I sat down with several administrators and discussed the skills and qualifications that they are seeking in teaching candidates' applications. While answers varied slightly depending on the school administrator and the specific needs of their districts, b...

April 03, 2013

Creating a "Stand-Out" Resume for the Job Search in Education

Recent reports predict the demise of the job resume and the rise of Twitter, LinkedIn accounts and video resumes - all in the service of expediency. Employers and job seekers may well be moving in that direction, but at this time, the professional resume is still required in most educational environ...

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...

October 17, 2012

Profile of a Successful Job Applicant (Part 1)

This is Part 1 of a two-part blog posting. Recently, I heard from a graduate who landed a Grade 2 general elementary education position. I asked her about her experience with the job search, hiring process, and advice for other job applicants. Here are responses to some of my questions: What was ...

October 11, 2012

References and Letters of Recommendation for Job Applications

References are people you identify for an employer to contact for opinions about you as a teacher. When you apply for teaching positions, employers typically require job applicants to submit 3-5 names of references and letters of recommendations. Employers expect positive letters of recommendation. ...

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