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April 28, 2010

Job Search Advice from Current Teachers

What advice would you offer future teachers as they search for a teaching position? This question was asked in a survey sent to over 700 teachers in North Carolina, with 344 responding. The purpose of the survey was to collect data that will ultimately help current education students understand the...

February 24, 2010

Where do I begin? The Career Center

Where Do I Begin? The Career Center You've heard the quotes: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." "Today is the first day of the rest of your life." "No good ending can be expected in the absence of the right beginning." Whoa! Wait a minute. You chose a career and now you're face...

December 01, 2009

Improving Your Candidacy

When speaking with candidates during job fair events, I am often asked what people can do to "stand out" as they look for a position. Following are some things to keep in mind as you navigate the process: • Always be professional, courteous and considerate • Avoid spelling and grammar mistakes...

November 24, 2009

Education Candidates: Prepare for the Hiring Season

We are rapidly approaching a time when things get really hectic. Whether you are an administrative or teacher candidate, there are tasks that you can be completing now to make it easier this spring. The job search process will require a variety of documents which would be helpful to start develop...

November 03, 2009

December Graduates

I had an opportunity recently to talk to a group of student teachers at a local university. The questions that they asked were general and typical of those that I've answered in the past. One question, however, was timely and I think worthy of sharing in this blog. What should teacher candidates b...

July 09, 2009

Don’t Give Up! How to Make the Most of Your Summer Job Search

The lazy days of summer are upon us, but if you’re still searching for a teaching position for the fall, these summer days are probably filled with anxiety and fear. It’s not too late to find a fall job, so don’t give up! Below are a few summer job-search strategies: 1) Clean up from ...

April 23, 2009

Can't Get a Teaching Job? Can You Speak the Language?

I really enjoy the opportunity to interact with prospective students at our Admissions functions. One such encounter occurred last Saturday when I spoke with a high school senior (and her parents) who is planning to become an elementary school teacher. Since these chance encounters do not allow time...

November 06, 2008

Time Commitment to a Successful Job Search

How much time are you prepared to spend on your job search? A few hours a week? A few minutes a day? Well, those who have been successful with their search tell us that it took 6-8 hours a day for many weeks before they obtained the job offer they were seeking. A job search is like a full-time j...

September 19, 2008

Get an Early Start, Job Seekers

Here we are, approaching the end of September, and teachers’ minds are on upcoming parent-teacher conferences. School district human resources professionals are celebrating having a complete staff – or wondering how they will fill those challenging positions now that school is already well under...

August 28, 2008


I appreciate the opportunity to share some thoughts for readers who are beginning their job searches for a teaching position. I hope that some of them may strike a chord and will be helpful. First, remember that it is YOUR search; you must invest the time and effort to make it successful...

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