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A question that often arises when I am speaking to students and alumni about their resumes is "is it important to include my non-classroom experience?" I always answer with a resounding "yes!" Often, people play down the activities and experiences they are involved in outside of their "professional" life, thinking that the resume should focus solely on the classroom. While you definitely should lead your resume with your most important and relevant information (i.e. degree, certifications, classroom experience), it is also important to include information on some of the other activities you are involved in. For example: Volunteer experiences ...


Behavioral-based interview questions are a popular way for employers to gain knowledge of your experiences and how you may make decisions or act as a potential employee. A typical behavioral-based interview question would start out asking for you to "Tell me about a time when..." or "Give an example of..." The employer is trying to use your past experiences to gauge how you will act in the future. These questions can often throw interviewees off, as they try to come up with past experiences to meet employers' expectations right on the spot. Job seekers often incorrectly believe there is no ...


Often when I discuss networking with people, they focus on two main issues: A discomfort with entering a large room of people for a networking event. An uncertainty on how to find people to network with in the schools or districts they are interested in working for. LinkedIn can help you with both of these problems. Although attending networking events and career fairs is an important aspect of job searching, an informational interview is another nice way to network with a professional in a 1:1 setting, controlled by the job seeker. This can often ease some of the stress ...


Networking has become a buzzword for those who are job searching and the lack of networking can definitely hurt your job search in the long run. The networking process should not stop when you land a job or when you are in a job you love. Networking can help you exchange ideas with other teachers, solve problems you are facing in the classroom, or learn of new and existing resources. Here are a few tips to help you begin networking: Job Seekers: If you are student teaching or observing in a school - schedule informational interviews for yourself throughout your ...


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