March 2013 Archives

For years, I hit the road with other School District Hiring Directors as we conducted the 'Meet and Greet' Job Fair rotation. These are grueling days of candidates putting their best forward and Directors searching for the best candidates for their schools. In the past few months, I have attended a couple of Job Fairs representing my University as a volunteer, no longer in the frenetic foray of the Director conducting on-the-spot interviews. This has been a wonderful opportunity for me to watch and to learn what makes the difference. From my observer perspective, here are some tips to keep ...

Many pre-service teachers think they need to memorize the 'right answer' to interview questions or participate in many mock interviews. First of all the bad news: there is no 'right' answer. In addition, while the mock interview may help you calm down and feel more confident about an interview, the best preparation is to think deeply about your teaching career. I spent many years as a school district recruiter, and I was never impressed by the rehearsed answers. Interviewers don't look for stock responses to their questions; they look for sincere responses. To best prepare for an interview session, spend ...

Your resume is a very valuable piece of job search realty! Don's skimp on preparing this document. I recommend that you contact your university Career Center for assistance; often you can find resume samples on their websites. There are also free online resume builders that are worth investigating. Here are some general guidelines for education resumes: • Be sure to list your area of licensure endorsement in a prominent place on your resume, preferably at the beginning. Don't make an employer guess what license you hold. • Give specifics about your student teaching experience: diversity of student population? courses you taught? length ...

The time to begin thinking about your career in education is not as you are ordering your cap and gown! You need to be strategic throughout your program to best set yourself up for a successful job search. All college and university Teacher Education Programs require some kind of classroom observations and visits. This typically begins long before student teaching, so take full advantage of these opportunities. Wise teacher recruiters will tell you that your first interview is the first time you meet anyone in a school. Often, teacher candidates make the mistake of staying in their comfort zone: they ...




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