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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 20, 2013

A Couple of Ways to Take Advantage of the Holidays

Bah! Humbug! ̓ Tis the season! Here come the holidays again. Whether you love or hate the holiday season (and I go back and forth), it presents a few opportunities for education job seekers that you should take advantage of. Here are two you might think about. First, maximize the advantage of holid...

November 15, 2013

Join a Professional Association

Last week I attended the annual conference for the American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE), the organization that sponsors this blog. In a few brief vacation days for me following the conference, I reflected on what professional associations, including AAEE, mean to educators. For ...

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...

July 19, 2013

Build a Professional Online Presence through LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a professional networking site that includes nearly 225 million professionals from over 150 industries and these numbers continue to grow each day. LinkedIn connects professionals from around the world allowing them to connect in ways that may not have been possible before. LinkedIn allo...

May 14, 2013

Networking Redefined Part II: Maintaining authentic relationships during student teaching, the job search, and beyond

Last week, I discussed strategies for building meaningful relationships with education professionals both during and after the job search. This week, I transition to focus on effectively presenting yourself to education professionals and maintaining professional relationships once they are initially...

May 08, 2013

Networking Redefined Part I: Building authentic relationships during student teaching, the job search, and beyond

When meeting with students, I have commonly observed a tendency of students cringing the second that I mention the word "networking". This negative perception of networking originates largely from the popular misconception that it's nothing more than fake, small talk. While some individuals perpetu...

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