October 2010 Archives

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 Self Doubt or Self Fulfilling Prophecies! 4. Be confident that you are employable 5. Surround yourself with supportive people. If you friends, peers, colleagues are negative about the job search/job market, create some space between you and them. ...


Reader Question: As a retired American teacher, 77 years old, in perfect mental and physical health, I wonder how realistic it would be to start searching for a contractual position on the national and international level. Nationally , it would seem that this ought to be possible given that a retired teacher obviously could be more flexible salary wise, since he or she has already an income, and has already health insurance under medicare. Obviously a retired teacher would have solid experience in his or her subject matter. On the international level, where apparently, there are a greater number of jobs ...


Yesterday afternoon and again, this morning I was reminded of the importance of getting multiple people's opinions about your resume. Basing your resume off of one person's opinion or that of your own can be a crucial error in the job search. This is when I tend to see resume's that are not attractive or aligned, have spelling errors, undersell your qualifications or include everything you have ever done! In the case of the person I worked with yesterday, she had received multiple opinions but tried to incorporate everyone's thoughts into the resume. The result? Her resume was three pages ...


Reader Question: As a rising sophomore elementary education major, what are the best opportunities to gain classroom management and instructional experience prior to my student teacher program? Dear Reader: Many teacher preparation programs offer students opportunities (through class work) to observe and participate in the schools prior to student teaching. I would encourage you to ask your academic adviser questions about how to take advantage of this. Additionally, many of my own students work in Pre-k and day care settings, while in college furthering their classroom management and instructional experience. You can also do this in camps, and before-school/after-school ...


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. Surprised? There are a variety of reasons. For example, student enrollment increases suddenly at the end of summer, teachers become ill or pregnant, or new teachers do something egregious and are let go. If any of these should happen, administrators may not go back to their applicant pools ...


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