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March 04, 2011

Toolkit for Success

There have been volumes written on how to conduct a successful job search. This is my attempt to boil it down to the essential tools needed to develop your professional brand. First, you need to develop a marketing plan - yes educators this means you. How are you going to sell yourself to potenti...

January 24, 2011

Research Beyond the District's Website

When applicants apply for a teaching job, they generally go to the school's website to learn more about the district. While this approach can render some good information, applicants should strive to learn even more about a district. Logical sources are the community's newspaper (either in print o...

January 21, 2011

What do employers want?

I was just reviewing the NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Job Outlook 2011 report and one of the sections caught my eye -- "What Employers Want: Candidate Skills and Qualities". I found it interesting that employers are much more interested in verbal communication skills rather ...

December 30, 2010

Yearend Job Search Review

Much like the process used by student teachers after teaching a lesson, yearend is a perfect time for reflecting on our performance during the past year. For those of us seeking a career position, this means evaluating how we've been conducting the job search. First we want to review the documents ...

October 28, 2010

The Glass is Half Full--Fill it up!

Your Job Search Cup is Half Full - Now is the time to fill it up! 1. You will get a job, maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but you WILL! 2. Come to terms with the fact that your job search for your Plan A (ideal) job may take weeks or months 3. Stay away from: Self Imposed Limitations or Sel...

October 04, 2010

It is Fall and I Don't Have a Teaching Job

Over the last few weeks, I have been visited by many teaching candidates frustrated at their lack of success in finding a teaching job for this school year. This is not surprising given the tight job market. So, what can you do? 1. Last Minute Jobs There are still teaching jobs available. Surp...

September 20, 2010

Reality Check

Dear Career Corner Readers, First, let me apologize for the long gap in entries to our blog. The combination of "summer haze" and a bit of soul-searching on the best way to continue this blog caused the delay. In fact, we are still looking for ways to make this forum more viable and useful to you a...

May 27, 2010


Reader Question: I am searching for education head-hunters who have a proven record of matching educators with school districts. Please share a few (2-3) top head-hunters. Thank you for your assistance. Reader Answer: Dear Reader, The hiring practices for teaching positions do not typically ...

May 21, 2010

Getting a Teaching Job With a Felony

Reader Question: I am a person who would like to become a teacher. I currently live in the midwest, but I would move anywhere the occupation took me, especially if I could land a job with Dodds and teach overseas. I have my undergraduate degree and have been in the business world for 11 years. I ...

May 07, 2010

What Employers Want You to Know

Are you dedicated? Committed to teaching? Do you have expertise in your field? Are you knowledgeable about effective teaching and classroom management? Do you understand learning theories? Can you differentiate your instruction with relevance to the learner? Can you collaborate with other depa...

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