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September 30, 2014

Teaching Portfolio: Picking the Perfect Platform

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 depend...

September 16, 2014

Needs vs. Wants: Who Will Win?

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.  Wh...

September 09, 2014

Balancing Student Teaching and Job Searching

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 stres...

September 02, 2014

Bullet Points: Making a Statement Worth Reading

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....

August 26, 2014

How to Find, Ask For, and Develop a Reference

When you are new to the job market, it can be a challenge to know how to obtain a reference for a job application. It is not a good idea to ask just anyone or to ask people at the last minute either. Whether you get that wonderful job will be based primarily on your own merits, but a shining recomme...

August 12, 2014

Goal Setting for the Job Seeker

Congratulations! You have made it through college. You have passed all the testing and licensing. You are now ready to go! You are ready for your first "official" job as a teacher.  Yet, the job search can seem so... overwhelming.   It is important to know what you want - and what you do NOT want ...

August 06, 2014

Master Resumes for the Serious Job Seeker

Employers today expect targeted job search documents and well-prepared job candidates. One generic resume and cover letter for all potential employers simply is not very effective in this tough job market. If you want to get serious about your job search, create a master resume with all the details....

August 01, 2014

Following Up Post-Interview

In the job search we find ourselves doing everything and anything possible to land an interview. We figure that if we land the interview and it goes well, then if the job is meant to be, it will be. However, even after you walk out of your interview, you continue to have the power to make an impact....

July 23, 2014

Writing Values & Experience-Based Cover Letters

I recently sat in on an employer panel that included a CEO of a charter school here in Chicago. When asked about the importance of cover letters, he responded by saying, "If a cover letter isn't targeted to my school specifically, I won't read it."  Even as a career advisor, I was shocked by the se...

July 17, 2014

Overcoming a Lull in Confidence

The joys and perils found within a job search during summer months are aplenty. I remember my undergrad days of ferociously searching for employment in the summer months just so I did not have to leave my new home, beautiful Chicago. The full time teacher job search during the summer, though, is lik...

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