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March 24, 2011

How Do I Avoid the Plagiarism Trap?

With so many resources available to assist candidates in preparing their job search application materials, how does one not plagiarize? The internet is a powerful tool to locate information on any topic, but it does not give you the right to plagiarize the author's materials. So how can one be sur...

October 18, 2010

The Importance of Having Multiple Resume Reviews

Yesterday afternoon and again, this morning I was reminded of the importance of getting multiple people's opinions about your resume. Basing your resume off of one person's opinion or that of your own can be a crucial error in the job search. This is when I tend to see resume's that are not attrac...

December 07, 2009

The Online Job Application

The application process for candidates can be a frustrating process considering the variance between what is expected from one school district to the next. While there are a number of school districts that require candidates to complete paper & pen applications, a growing number of districts requi...

July 23, 2009

PORTFOLIOS IN THE JOB SEARCH: Busy Work or Competitive Edge?

While a resume and cover letter are non-negotiable documents in the application process, a portfolio is an optional piece. Rarely will an employer request a portfolio, either in the initial screening or at the interview. So, if employers don’t request portfolios, why prepare one? Based...

November 13, 2008

Your Online Profile - Does It Matter?

We live in an online world, and you have chosen a public profession – a potential precarious combination. Online social networking sites provide education majors and teacher candidates a challenge to balance online activities with the realities that just about everything in the life of a teacher i...

August 07, 2008

Paperwork is Key to the Job Search Process: Dot Your I's and Cross Your T's

One of the first things you do in starting your job search is to make sure your paperwork is in order. When we think of the paperwork associated with your job search, we generally focus on the resume as the key document in the process. Although the resume is important and should represent you in ...

January 30, 2008

Portfolios, The Good, The Bad, The Essential?

In my neck of the woods, Northeastern Ohio, there is a consortium of twelve colleges and universities, some public, some private, that works collaboratively to sponsor a huge teacher education fair; The Northeast Ohio Teacher Education Day (NOTED). Every year, hundreds of students and alumnae from ...

January 25, 2008

How Cute Is Your Résumé?

Occasionally, I get a résumé from an education candidate who believes that incorporating some cute graphics will demonstrate their ability to use technology to create inventive classroom projects. My advice is not to use your résumé for that purpose. One excellent example was the elementary edu...

January 04, 2007

A New Year - A New Direction?

The New Year is often a time that you begin thinking about changes in the coming year. The holiday break gives time to reflect and often the new year brings about thoughts of a new career direction. For those of you thinking about a K-12 position beginning in August, it is not too early to begin t...

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