May 2011 Archives

About this time every year, I start to see a few educators who are very worried about their employment prospects for the next academic year. Inevitably, the conversation includes a question about whether it is time to panic if one has not secured a position for the fall. The answer is "no." Most states are wrestling with budget problems. Public PK-12 education in my state (Kansas) has taken quite a hit in the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, with a sizable decrease in per-student state funding to districts. Things are going to be tough for a while, it appears, ...


How are you keeping up with what is going on in your job search - and in the world? Record-keeping in your job search is important, but it is also vital, in my opinion as an educator, to keep up with what's going on in education and in the world. This may seem an odd topic for an education job seeker blog, but I think it goes directly to a higher purpose and to your excellence as an educator. I work with college students every day, and it is a question I ask or want to ask on a regular ...


A reader recently submitted a question regarding re-entering the classroom after a stint as an administrator and asked for feedback on her résumé, as she was having limited success in being selected for interviews. Diana Sanchez wrote an entry for this blog in December called "The 'Over-Educated' Myth?" in which she addressed some of the questions surrounding advanced degrees for teachers. I'll give my thoughts as a career services professional on a re-entry résumé, but I would encourage school HR or hiring officials to provide their (more relevant) thoughts as well. First, begin your résumé with a summary of the ...


As I have worked with education job seekers over the years, I have often been asked by candidates why they are not getting interviews or offers. There are lots of reasons why one may not be generating interest, and you have read many good ideas on this blog for increasing your attractiveness to potential employers. Commonly, however, candidates eventually get around to this: Am I not getting interviews (or offers) because I am new and don't have much experience? Or: Am I not getting interviews because I have a lot of experience (and they will have to pay me too ...


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