May 2013 Archives

While the job search seems basic in terms of submitting a resume and cover letter, there are several factors evaluated by administrators during the job search process. As a result, candidates unknowingly make costly mistakes that eliminate them for consideration. As provided by Wisconsin school administrators, below are 10 mistakes routinely made by teaching candidates during the job search. • Answering questions dishonestly/omitting criminal background violations and misrepresenting certification and licensure qualifications. • Making one generic cover letter that you submit for all teaching positions. • Inserting "see resume" when filling out application questions. • Failing to proofread or update job application materials. • ...

Throughout the course of the academic year, I sat down with several administrators and discussed the skills and qualifications that they are seeking in teaching candidates' applications. While answers varied slightly depending on the school administrator and the specific needs of their districts, below are common action steps they recommended for teaching candidates: • Your application must be complete. Failure to do so will eliminate your candidacy. Read and follow application instructions (e.g., required documents) • Update your application, so it reflects your current experiences. • When completing your resume, include key information such as your certification, teaching experience, leadership/diverse experience, ...

Last week, I discussed strategies for building meaningful relationships with education professionals both during and after the job search. This week, I transition to focus on effectively presenting yourself to education professionals and maintaining professional relationships once they are initially established. 5. Be able to articulate your skills and experiences in terms that the school district values. Through doing research, you should be able to better understand the school culture and articulate your own experiences in a way that shows you have the desired skill sets listed in the job posting that would make you a valuable asset to the ...

When meeting with students, I have commonly observed a tendency of students cringing the second that I mention the word "networking". This negative perception of networking originates largely from the popular misconception that it's nothing more than fake, small talk. While some individuals perpetuate this stereotype, over the next two weeks I will present seven pieces of advice for building authentic relationships that will be helpful during the teaching job search and beyond. 1. Do your research about school districts before reaching out to administrators and teachers, so you can have specific questions and demonstrate that you are well informed ...




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