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This blog posting is Part II of a profile of a successful job applicant. See Part I in the previous blog posting. I asked the successful job applicant to share some advice related to the job search, hiring process, and interview. 1. Prepare well. Make sure everything you post online is edited and accurate. If you click "submit" and then realize there are errors in your materials, then you should withdraw your application and resubmit it. However, if the deadline for submitting applications has passed, then you can no longer reapply even if you've already applied. 2. Get organized. Keep ...


This is Part 1 of a two-part blog posting. Recently, I heard from a graduate who landed a Grade 2 general elementary education position. I asked her about her experience with the job search, hiring process, and advice for other job applicants. Here are responses to some of my questions: What was the timeline for the job search and hiring process? Noticed the Grade 1/2 job postings on the teacher recruitment website: June 16 Application due: June 29 Selected for an initial interview: July 19 Initial interview: July 24 Selected for a second interview: July 26 Second interview (lesson): ...


References are people you identify for an employer to contact for opinions about you as a teacher. When you apply for teaching positions, employers typically require job applicants to submit 3-5 names of references and letters of recommendations. Employers expect positive letters of recommendation. However, the content of the letters (or phone conversations with references) often reveals unique personal qualities, knowledge, and skills related to effective teaching that can set you apart from other job applicants. How employers review letters of recommendation During the initial screening phase, letters of recommendation are logged in and viewed briefly by school personnel in ...


Winning a teaching position in today's job market requires tremendous effort, persistence, marketing and strategic thinking. One of the most important things you can do to maximize your chances for success is learning about how employers select job applicants. Find out about the hiring process and what employers value when selecting applicants. The hiring process varies from school to school. Typically, the process begins with initial screening of paper or electronic application materials (e.g., background information, cover letter, transcript, résumé and letters of recommendation). Human resource department representatives quickly review materials to ascertain if applicants are qualified for the ...


A few weeks ago, we looked at Networking, specifically, building your professional network. (Sept. 19 blog posting). Today, we'll review methods for reaching out to your network contacts. Contacting People • By Phone - Write an outline of what you want to say; this will decrease any fears you might have and ensure you communicate effectively and obtain the information you are seeking. Your network will recognize that you are an organized and professional candidate. • By Email - Describe your career goals and ask your contact to assist by sharing your information with school personnel. Additionally, ask your contact to share ...


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