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May 16, 2012

Cover Letters: Finding the Balance

Writing a Cover Letter is a tricky balance. It can't quite be a commercial for yourself--too pushy and self-absorbed--yet it must convey enough about you as a person and as a potential teacher to grab the employer's attention to keep reading. It can't be too long, they will never read to the end--...

May 08, 2012

How to Turn Private Sector Experience into a K-12 Career

Question: "I recently was laid off from my job as a Buyer (Capital) ... and now I plan to make a career change. I'd like to get into education, but on the business/administrative side. Please let me know if you have some advice about certifications or education that I could obtain to qualify me fo...

February 20, 2012

What If I Don't Get a Teaching Job?

A question that I get, especially as it gets late in the hiring season is, "What can I do if I don't get a teaching job? How do I maximize my opportunities for eventually getting a teaching contract?" There are a number of actions to contemplate. First, keep connected to the teaching community; for...

January 13, 2012

Hiring Tips for Out-of-State Applicants

Many times I am asked by out-of-state applicants how to get a job? Here are some tips that might help. •Complete the online application and apply for posted jobs on the school's website. Send a cover letter and a resume (email or hard copy) to the principal. •Do your homework on the school distr...

December 26, 2011

For the New Year: Truths about your job search

Yes, it is true that now is a tough time to be looking for a job. But there are other truths about the job search that will help keep your motivation high and improve your likelihood of employment success in 2012: Hard is not the same as impossible. Remember why you chose education as a profession...

December 02, 2011

"Initiative among job seekers is breathtakingly rare."

This comment, made by a recruiter at a conference I attended a couple of years ago, points to the need for educators to engage in best practices in all aspects of their job search. If you are to stand out in a candidate pool that might number in the hundreds of applicants, you simply must do more th...

September 26, 2011

Networking During Your Student Teaching Placement

1. Eat lunch in the faculty room and get to know the staff • Become part of the community • Steer clear of inappropriate conversations 2. Volunteer to help others in the building with activities, fundraisers, concerts, etc. 3. Invite the school leadership to observe...

September 19, 2011

Do your own research

While struggling to decide what to write about this week, an email came across my computer. So, as opposed to a list of tips, I am going to tell you a bit of a story and then some advice. Let's backtrack. I am organizing a career night for education students this October. Part of my job is to ma...

September 08, 2011

Creating a Strategy

Oftentimes candidates, especially in this tight job market, come to me for advice on how to conduct their job search. They find themselves staring at the computer and realize they don't know where to begin, they feel overwhelmed or they use the same job site over and over. What they don't realize...

August 31, 2011

Ramp UP Your Search!

Tomorrow is September 1st. In many parts of the country school has started or is just about to start. This is the time of the year that many unemployed teaching candidates feel despondent; that there is no chance for a job. THIS IS NOT THE CASE! Many schools find themselves in need of last minute te...

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