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November 09, 2012

Job Search Tips

Getting ready to apply for teaching positions? Take the time to perfect your application materials. This includes having multiple people look over your resume, ensuring that your cover letter is error free and well-written, as well as getting your application materials and portfolio in order. If...

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 03, 2012

Maximize Your Success of Winning a Teaching Position

Winning a teaching position in today's job market requires tremendous effort, persistence, marketing and strategic thinking. One of the most important things you can do to maximize your chances for success is learning about how employers select job applicants. Find out about the hiring process and w...

October 02, 2012

Building Your Professional Network: Part II

A few weeks ago, we looked at Networking, specifically, building your professional network. (Sept. 19 blog posting). Today, we'll review methods for reaching out to your network contacts. Contacting People • By Phone - Write an outline of what you want to say; this will decrease any fears you ...

September 28, 2012

Managing the Job Search so that your Past Doesn't Haunt You

Recently, a reader asked the following question: "[After being offered a position] ... a couple days later, I was told that the fingerprint/background check came back showing an arrest record from over 30 years ago when I was 18. It was for a felony drug possession and resisting arrest. I was giv...

September 12, 2012

Writing Cover Letters that Get Attention

Whenever you send your resume to a school district to be considered for a teaching, coaching or administrative position you should always include a well-crafted cover letter. Effective cover letters are clear, to the point, and brief. The cover letter should convey information in three to four para...

July 27, 2012

Resume Tips That Will Get You an Interview

Not getting any interviews? Maybe it's your resume. How does yours stack up against the competition? A few things to keep in mind: * Your resume is your marketing tool to get interviews. * Don't underestimate the value of a well-formatted resume! If it is poorly formatted no one is going to r...

June 20, 2012

Handwritten Thank-you Notes: old-fashioned or in vogue?

It always amazes me to hear employers comment on how infrequently they receive notes of thanks following interviews with prospective candidates. According to Katherine Hansen, Ph.D., from Quintessential Careers, only about five percent of job seekers send thank-you notes. This is a critical aspect...

June 01, 2012

What Employers Want

As you all know, the education market is very tight right now. Competition is at its highest level--many districts receive hundreds of applications for one opening. What is a candidate to do? How can you stand out from the crowd? At we speak with hundreds of administrators and...

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