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July 09, 2014

A Quick Resume Checklist to Keep You Going In Your Summer Job Search

Avoid using horizontal lines as the computerized applicant tracking systems that most school districts use may misread them as the end of the document so that your resume never even gets read. With this in mind, then, the entire document should have as simple formatting as possible. Because employ...

July 03, 2014

How Long Does it Take?

I often get asked "What is the average time it takes to get a job?"  Now THAT's a loaded question!  Usually the real question behind it is "I've been searching for x weeks - is that a long time?  What's WRONG with me?" The short answer is that it varies - varies by person, region and especially b...

June 25, 2014

Thinking about Teaching Internationally?

Many educators consider the possibility of teaching abroad, but at times it can feel like a daunting endeavor.  New teachers are excited by the opportunity to travel internationally and gain classroom experience.  If, you are considering this option investigate the following: Attend an internation...

June 05, 2014

How To Show Employers Your Passion for Student Success

I recently heard the 2014 Teacher of the Year for Pennsylvania, Anthony Grisillo (West Chester University, '96), comment to a group of student teachers, "You are not teaching physics!  You are teaching students physics!"  This statement helped put my message to future educators in context with the...

May 14, 2014

Preparing Yourself for the Job Search

There are many steps to the application process for teaching positions and you should be prepared to spend a considerable amount of time preparing each application. Here are some tips to help you in your job search and the application process: Have a professional email address that is separate from...

April 23, 2014

What is Your Personal Brand?

Do you ever think about how you are perceived by others? There are many ways this occurs both in person and online. This can affect you in the workplace. Perceptions become reality so it is worth the time to review how we present ourselves which becomes our personal brand. Your brand is often first ...

April 07, 2014

The Power of Experience

There is a quote I found recently attributed to Soren Kierkegaard which says "life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."  In many ways, our past can easily influence our present and the people we are today.  We might not consciously think about it very often, but our ex...

April 02, 2014

Monitoring Your Professional Identity

We have all heard the stories - teachers let go because of a blog post, peers asked to show their Facebook profiles in an interview, or employers googling their prospects to see what pops up.  According to a survey released by Microsoft, 79% of hiring managers and recruiters in the United States ad...

March 25, 2014

Extra-Curricular Activities - Does Anyone Really Care?

A question that often arises when I am speaking to students and alumni about their resumes is "is it important to include my non-classroom experience?"  I always answer with a resounding "yes!"  Often, people play down the activities and experiences they are involved in outside of their "professio...

February 19, 2014

Does Your Paperwork Tell Your Story?

There is a saying that "the job isn't finished until the paperwork is done."  There is a different spin on this when applying for a position.  The job won't begin if the paperwork is not done correctly. Your application and resume introduce you as a prospective candidate.  Often attention to deta...

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