July 2014 Archives

I recently sat in on an employer panel that included a CEO of a charter school here in Chicago. When asked about the importance of cover letters, he responded by saying, "If a cover letter isn't targeted to my school specifically, I won't read it." Even as a career advisor, I was shocked by the seriousness with which he stated this, and I immediately took note of how I could stress this important message to every teacher job candidate coming across my path. The steps below will help you transform your letter into a relationship builder. I always tell my ...

The joys and perils found within a job search during summer months are aplenty. I remember my undergrad days of ferociously searching for employment in the summer months just so I did not have to leave my new home, beautiful Chicago. The full time teacher job search during the summer, though, is likely a daunting or anxiety-filled experience given the strict timelines put out by school districts; unless you have one very important part of your candidacy figured out-- your confidence! Confidence? Why is confidence so important? Are we not to focus solely on the resume, online applications, and interview ...

Avoid using horizontal lines as the computerized applicant tracking systems that most school districts use may misread them as the end of the document so that your resume never even gets read. With this in mind, then, the entire document should have as simple formatting as possible. Because employers look at resumes for around only 30 seconds, it is best to have the most relevant and important information as close to the top of your resume as possible. Each bullet point should answer the question "Why am I unique?" and complete the sentence: "I am an effective teacher because..." Your ...

I often get asked "What is the average time it takes to get a job?" Now THAT's a loaded question! Usually the real question behind it is "I've been searching for x weeks - is that a long time? What's WRONG with me?" The short answer is that it varies - varies by person, region and especially by profession! AARP published numbers that said the "average" is 21.4 weeks if you are under 55, or 29.9 for those 55 or "better." The International Business Times had a figure of 8 months (32 weeks) and the Bureau of Labor ...




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