March 2012 Archives

If you've been applying for online jobs, chances are good that applications have included the dreaded essay questions. You know...they're the ones that ask about your reasons for wanting to become a teacher, the components of a lesson plan, your strategies for dealing with diversity or differences in learning styles, and more. These questions can be problematic for new teachers who aren't sure what sorts of answers are expected. Do districts really look at the responses? Of course they do. Do they expect candidates to come up with responses that will revolutionize the teaching profession? Of course they don't. ...


As I stood in front of the class on my first day as a teacher, my knees were knocking - literally! How would I ever learn the names of the 33 students sitting in front of me? Would I be able to control a rowdy group? Had I prepared enough material? Would I be able to remember everything on my detailed outline for the first class? Just like many of you who are reading this, I am an introvert. In a profession that seems to value extroversion - the gregarious, social, energetic teacher who is never at a loss for ...


Our office is settling down to the peace and quiet of spring break, after having staged three job fairs in less than a week. As fair season draws to a close, some job seekers think it's okay to let their job searches wind down, too. Good idea? Of course not! The reality is that few people are hired at job fairs - or even immediately afterward. The fairs are a chance for administrators to look at candidates and to consider who will be invited for interviews later in the spring or summer. The real work for candidates begins when the ...


"Keep your resume to one page." This is the message we've been receiving from districts recruiting our teachers. In a market with an oversupply of applicants, administrators need to be able to sort quickly through hundreds of resumes. Wading through padding, repetition, and unnecessary information is frustrating - and a poor use of time. In response, we at NIU's Career Services have been struggling to create good one-page resume examples for each of our teaching areas. This has been hard. Most of us were taught that educators were different from other clients. Their resumes had to describe student teaching, clinical ...


A resume is only one portion of the correspondence you will need to prepare for your job-hunting campaign. A well-written cover letter is necessary for introducing the accompanying resume. Knowing this, you should expect to devote careful attention to organizing and developing a cover letter that is targeted for each employer. Although you need to write cover letters for individual school districts instead of mass-producing them, you may prepare a "generic" letter of introduction and adapt it for specific positions or employers. A well-written cover letter does the following: • Personalizes and targets the resume • Directs attention to the specific skills ...


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