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The education job market is becoming increasingly difficult in these tough economic times. So what can you, as a candidate, do to be remembered? My advice is to start by looking in the mirror and at the way you communicate. These are the first impressions that administrators, parents and students will get of you and how they will remember you. Actually, you started building your professional image as a student with your professors, academic advisors, and peers. If I were to ask your academic advisor or program coordinator to describe you, what would they say? How did you interact and ...


With so many resources available to assist candidates in preparing their job search application materials, how does one not plagiarize? The internet is a powerful tool to locate information on any topic, but it does not give you the right to plagiarize the author's materials. So how can one be sure they are producing original work in their application materials? Let's start by defining what plagiarism is. Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary describes "to plagiarize" as: to use the words or ideas of another person as if they were your own words or ideas; to present as new and original an idea ...


By now pink slips or RIF notices have been handed out and the job market just got worse with a flood of experienced teachers looking for work. You may be asking yourself "Why am staying in this business?" or "How can I compete with the experienced teacher?" Only you can answer the first question of "why" here are some ways to accomplish the "how." 1. Get organized. Keeping track of what you did, when you did it and following up is crucial in your job search. I firmly believe that you need to write things down and track actions. How ...


During our recent educator job fair, I was amazed at the number of candidates who were discarding phenomenal opportunities because of their lack of research. When asked if they had talked to the charter schools, the most common response I received was "what is a charter school?" Here is my attempt to define public, parochial, charter and magnet schools. Let's start with the easy one first. Public schools: a tuition free school in the United States supported by taxes, controlled by a school board and run by certified teachers and administrators. Students attend the school designated in established school district ...


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 potential employers? What is your personal brand i.e. image? What is your competitive edge? What makes you unique? When you leave the room or hang up the phone, what do you want the person to remember about you? Here are the tools you need to develop. ...


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