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Think differently about getting the message of your candidacy to the individuals responsible for hiring. In today's competitive job market where there may be hundreds or even thousands of applicants for each position, and with the advent of online applications, it is increasingly difficult to catch the attention of principals and human resource professionals. How can you rise above the crowd of applicants? How can you share a personal message about your candidacy? Consider creating a multi-media personal statement that highlights your personal vision of teaching, experiences supporting your candidacy, accomplishments, and credentials. Both iMovie (Mac) or MovieMaker (Windows) are ...


The application process for candidates can be a frustrating process considering the variance between what is expected from one school district to the next. While there are a number of school districts that require candidates to complete paper & pen applications, a growing number of districts require candidates to complete online applications. These online applications can be time-consuming endeavors that challenge the patience and test the desire of many candidates. Candidates need to understand that online applications are often the first place school district administrators will turn to when openings occur in their particular school or school district. Therefore, it is ...


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 on your application materials and correspondence • Learn everything you can about the school district(s) that interest you (websites often contain a plethora of information) • Prepare good questions for job fairs and interviews • Express genuine interest and enthusiasm for the district • Be conscious of your personal "web presence" (social networking sites, ...


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