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August 25, 2011

Five Things You Should Do For Your Career This Academic Year

It is the start of another academic year, which means it is time to consider your goals for the next nine months. If you are looking for ways to distinguish yourself from your peers, improve the quality of your instruction, and manage your career, consider the following activities: 1. Network. Joi...

August 18, 2011

How to Stand Out Among the Competition

If ever there was an industry where you needed to distinguish yourself from your peers, it is education. Nearly everyone has identical experience because of state credentialing requirements. Student teaching alone is insufficient because every applicant will have it. Don't worry though. There ar...

August 11, 2011

Finding a Plan B: 25 Career Options for Education Majors

If you feel stuck in your job search, do not lose hope. First and foremost, the labor market is not as bleak as you might believe. If a traditional teaching position is your primary objective, be persistent. The fastest way to increase your job prospects is to expand the geographical parameters of y...

August 04, 2011

Myth: Substitute teaching is the best way to increase my marketability with a district.

Reality: Many districts may give preference to individuals who have held a permanent teaching position over others with limited subbing experience. Unless you are in a long-term position, substitutes are there one day and gone the next. Individuals with a permanent teaching position often have more...

July 06, 2011

Do you have a job yet?

You are at a summer family gathering and inevitably someone asks, "Do you have a job yet?" If your answer is no, it is hard to keep from feeling discouraged. However, you are not alone. Many recent graduates have not found suitable employment yet. Unfortunately, this is particularly true for educa...

June 01, 2011

Keep a Positive Attitude During a Difficult Job Search

The teacher job market for the 2011-12 academic year is the toughest one I have seen during my 32 years in education. Even schools that need teachers may not have the funds to hire them. I still have hope that state governments will eventually provide the funds for school districts to hire the teach...

May 12, 2011

Resume with Advanced Degrees - Re-Entry from Admin

A reader recently submitted a question regarding re-entering the classroom after a stint as an administrator and asked for feedback on her résumé, as she was having limited success in being selected for interviews. Diana Sanchez wrote an entry for this blog in December called "The 'Over-Educated' ...

May 04, 2011

Why School Districts Hire Newbies - Or Veterans

As I have worked with education job seekers over the years, I have often been asked by candidates why they are not getting interviews or offers. There are lots of reasons why one may not be generating interest, and you have read many good ideas on this blog for increasing your attractiveness to pote...

April 23, 2011

Stand out with E's (appropriate at Easter time)

Several teacher candidates have asked me, "How can I stand out from the hundreds of other candidates?" "Should I try brightly-colored resumé paper or different-colored clothing?" Of course, these ideas may make you stand out in the wrong way! To consider the factors that help you 'stand out' as...

April 17, 2011

Laid-off teachers and first-timers alike

Question from a reader: With school budgets tight across the country, what are specific things that recently laid-off teachers can do to better their chances of getting one of the few jobs available? Dear reader, Several school district human resources administrators who are affiliated with the A...

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