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Recently, a reader asked the following question: "[After being offered a position] ... a couple days later, I was told that the fingerprint/background check came back showing an arrest record from over 30 years ago when I was 18. It was for a felony drug possession and resisting arrest. I was given probation and completed it as required. As a result of this, the school district ... wasn't able to forward and hire me, which I was extremely disappointed." The reader continues to describe a clean record, completion of a baccalaureate and master's degree, state certification, and experience teaching special needs ...


A reader recently asked: "I am about to obtain alternative Elementary certification in Texas, and would like to know about the best prospects for a teaching career. Specifically, which fields are projected to be in most demand in the next 20 years, e.g., Math, Science, Technology, English, Social Studies, etc." Understanding Supply and Demand is important across the United States. While the following information is specific to Texas, the reader's targeted area, the information is transferrable to other states and regions as well. In the State of Texas, there continues to be a shortage of secondary math and science ...


In today's job market, networking is vital to the success of achieving your career goals. Networking can be as formal as attending a networking reception and handing out your business cards, or as informal as talking with a friend's dad at a backyard barbecue. In any case, networking is about effectively communicating who you are, the career path you are pursuing and the skill sets you have to offer a school district. Then, ask your networking contacts to share this information with those who have hiring authority and/or relay news back to you regarding teaching/coaching/leadership opportunities within ...


Whenever you send your resume to a school district to be considered for a teaching, coaching or administrative position you should always include a well-crafted cover letter. Effective cover letters are clear, to the point, and brief. The cover letter should convey information in three to four paragraphs that consist of the opening, the body and the closing. The best way to craft a good cover letter is by working from the job description or job posting announcement, making reference to how you have demonstrated the skills required or knowledge necessary to fulfill the stated responsibilities. A cover letter should ...


Today's job market for teachers is very challenging. How much time are you prepared to spend on your job search? A few hours a week? A few minutes a day? Well, those who have been successful with their search tell us that it took 6-8 hours a day for many weeks before they obtained the job offer they were seeking. A job search is like a full-time job, reviewing job posting sites, attending job fairs, making phone calls, filling out applications, mailing resumes, sending e-mail messages and keeping good records. Just finding the teaching opportunities that match with your license ...


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