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Having a teaching portfolio can provide a competitive edge during the interviewing process. This tool is your way to showcase your accomplishments, teaching style, organization skills, technical skills, and overall passion for education. However, the teaching portfolio is seen differently depending on the reviewer and the avenue in which the information is presented. For example, a principal will view your portfolio in an entirely different way from the human resources director. There are three types of portfolios you can create: trifold portfolio, electronic portfolio and hard copy portfolio. A trifold portfolio should be a small version of your main portfolio. ...


Teacher recruitment fairs are great opportunities for face-to-face contact with possible employers. During this technology era there are very few opportunities for candidates to gain face-to-face exposure prior to the interview. Therefore, it's important to make sure that your first impression is a lasting impression. Do's Research the school district or organization prior to the event Dress appropriately Bring padfolio, pens, and résumés Develop an elevator pitch Send thank you notes immediately following the event Don'ts Show up unprepared Answer your phone while speaking with an employer Ask about salary/benefits Dress unprofessionally Take free items without talking to the ...


Q: I would like to find work in student support services at the college level but only have high school experience. Any ideas to help me get past the screening application process?Thank you,Nancy A: Nancy, To make this type of transition, a good place to begin might be with volunteering to work with a college group in some manner--perhaps through a student organization or a religious-affiliated campus group. This would allow you an even closer view of current issues among college students, including non-traditional and international students, plus the chance to network with other support personnel. Carefully perusing ...


A great feeling at the conclusion of your job search is getting multiple offers! How do you decide which offer to take and which one to pass up? Finding out your needs and wants can help you make this decision. Figure out your needs and wants for your first job as well as life after work. When evaluating your needs and wants from a school and/or other organization consider the following: Culture and Values Philosophy and Mission Salary and Benefits Job Responsibilities and Advancement Opportunities Professional Development Opportunities When evaluating your needs and wants from your personal life consider ...


Graduation is around the corner and your to do list seems to be growing faster than it is dwindling. You may ask yourself "How I can think about job searching when I have to finish student teaching, prepare for graduation and enjoy senior year?" The key to completing these tasks with as little stress as possible is learning how to tip the scales in your favor, not balance them. Use the semester prior to student teaching to think about the lesson plans you would like to implement in your classroom. Start working on your résumé and cover letter semesters before ...


On average, employers spend less than a minute reviewing a candidate's résumé, therefore candidates need to make every second count! The biggest mistake a candidate can make when writing bullet points for the experience section on their résumé is simply telling the employer the tasks they did. For example, "Provided tutoring to students." does not tell the reader how you provided tutoring to the students; why providing tutoring to the student is important; or the impact your actions had on the students. Providing the reader with a descriptive bullet point gives them the opportunity to understand the duties of your ...


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