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February 07, 2014

Contract Non-renewal: What Do I Say?

A RECENT QUESTION FROM A READER: How would I present information about a contract non-renewal in a positive way to prospective schools? All applications ask this and I am worried I will not receive consideration. I do have a reference from my supervisor. The non-renewal was due to differences with t...

January 08, 2014

Five Important Steps to Job Search Success

Happy New Year! I hope everyone is ready for a fantastic 2014, and if you are searching for a teaching position this year, I wish you all the best! For those of you who have begun your search for a 2014-2015 academic year teaching position know the intensity and time that can go along with creating ...

December 13, 2013

The HOLIDAY Job Search

Hold off on writing a general cover letter. Instead, be sure to have a targeted list of districts and schools and then tailor each letter to the needs of each particular district. Organize your interview portfolio. Many candidates have come to my office for a mock interview prepared to get through a...

December 03, 2013

Use Your College Career Center!

Many, if not most, of the postings to this blog recommend at one time or another the use of the career center at your college or university. That's such an important suggestion that it merits its own post - so here it is! The career advisors at your college know what employers look for, because they...

November 01, 2013

The Usefulness of a Brief Thank You

"It is being hailed as the best-ever Emmy speech, or at least the shortest ever," wrote USA Today's Olivia Barker. She was speaking, of course, about the recent acceptance speech of Merritt Wever, who won for Supporting Actress in Showtime's Nurse Jackie. Neil Patrick Harris, host of the Emmy awards...

October 15, 2013

It's Never Too Early: Three Tips on Launching the Job Search Process

With the fall semester of the school year underway, most seniors in our nation's teacher education programs are probably gearing up for student teaching. However, the fall semester is also a great time to gear up for your job search. Student teaching in itself can, of course, become a "try-out" for ...

October 02, 2013

Are you guilty of "False Diligence"?

I hear this a lot: "I've been applying everywhere, updating often, doing EVERYTHING.... but getting no results." In this digital age, you may feel like you are being diligent, but are you really?  Another way to define false diligence is the old term "Spinning your wheels."  So how do you get some...

September 23, 2013

"It's not WHAT you know, it's WHO you know"

We've all heard that line, and after a few rejections and seeing some others hired before us, we may start to truly believe it. But it really is wrong. In fact, it is wrong on two counts.First it IS about what you know. To be hired as a teacher in the public school system (and increasingly in privat...

September 16, 2013

Resume and Application Tips

Applications, resumes and job applications are always a "Work In Progress," or should be. Gone are the days when you took your résumé to the stone mason and had it carved in stone. Two things that employers look for are individual tailoring and recent activity. Tailor your materials: read the pos...

September 03, 2013

September Job Search Tips

Since it is September, post-Labor Day, I will assume that those of you reading this are either professionals in the field, seniors about to graduate or recent graduates who haven't secured that permanent position and are looking for assistance (also known as "freaking out...."). First, for the rec...

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