May 2008 Archives

As a candidate for a teaching position, the search is only one part of getting in front of the classroom. Most people find the chase to be rather tiring, but the real work starts as a person signs a contract and makes a commitment to be in front of kids. Every teaching position in this nation is important. Every teacher is important for what they bring to the classroom. From the time you are hired, you need to know there will be paperwork and preparation. In today's business environment, the school district will have quite a bit of forms and ...


Most candidates focus on several aspects of preparing for the interview—careful preparation of the resume and portfolio, a mock interview, and finding appropriate professional dress. However, there is also work to be done after the interview. Once you leave the site of the interview, the temptation is great to avoid thinking about it, to relax, to focus on the drive home with the promise that you will later sort things out. From my point of view, that’s a mistake. Each interview is a learning experience. Interviewing is not easy for anyone. Any situation that prompts us to think ...


As you progress through the job search process, there may be offers that come from school districts at job fairs, over the phone, or at the end of an interview. School districts feel that once a candidate has agreed and accepted a contractual offer that the candidate will honor their commitment. I know what you are saying, "this was a really short post and why would a personnel director make such a simple comment." Well, the reason for this post is simple, I will agree. Candidates don't always honor their commitment. I would like to say that districts always do ...


Every graduate is eager to secure employment. Although most individuals don't prepare themselves very well. The preparation on the part of the individual will make the interview team much more understanding of what is being said and they can listen for passion and desire. Every interview is meant to be a showcase for a candidate. The truth is that employers are looking for something. I can't predict what that might be, but I know that there are going to be things that will make one individual stand out above the crowd. How can you be that person? First, what do ...


For job seekers in the field of education, the spring of the year is a time filled with great anticipation. School districts around the country are moving in full swing to hire highly qualified staff for the upcoming school year. Having said that, the inevitable question is "what do I have to do to get a job?". One of the fundamental questions in today's electronic world is "what do you know about the school district where you want to apply?" With websites improving daily and in-depth information available on the internet, candidates need to do a thorough job of reviewing ...


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