August 2012 Archives

When applying for teaching positions it is important to remember that all school districts and all teaching positions are not created equal. It isn't just a matter of whether or not they are willing to hire you; it is about finding the right fit between you and the school/position. So, how do you determine "fit"? Here are a few tips to consider: *Does this district/school share your philosophy of education? If you haven't reflected on what your particular philosophy is, now is a great time to do so. It is a given that they will ask you this ...


Although spring is the traditional time for job fairs, fall is grad school fair season. Whether graduate school plans are at the top of your mind or just a thought at this point in your academic career, it is important to consider the benefits of attending your campus or community's upcoming graduate and professional school recruiting events. Graduate school fairs offer an efficient opportunity to meet with a number of universities and programs while making a personal connection with faculty and admission staff beyond an online application. Whether you are just considering grad school or are certain you will attend, ...


In my last blog post, I discussed the importance of starting the academic year strong. However, an overly ambitious start to a job search can sometimes have unintended consequences. Many of the top frustrations job seekers encounter are related to the search process. Technology has changed almost all aspects of employment and hiring, but the changes have not all been positive. First, there are multiple online job databases for multiple schools, districts, states and general searches. Further, the availability of these online resources means that there are more applicants per position. However, increases in applicant numbers are not beneficial for ...


August signals new beginnings--particularly for education professionals. This month may represent the start of a teaching practicum, the final semester of classes, or a recently secured career-level teaching position. Whatever the situation, if you are beginning a new experience this fall, take time to reflect on how you will make the most of the transition and opportunity. As a career advisor, I often ask our new, first-year students to consider how their resumes will look in the senior year, four years beyond their fall orientation. Simply put, the resume of a graduating student will be entirely evolved and contain little ...


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