How to Discover Your Strengths and Weaknesses to Communicate Positively

Updated :: 2016/01

by Candace Alstad - Davies on January 7, 2016

How to speak strengths and weaknesses in a job interviewIf you’ve just graduated from college, you’ve probably been so consumed by your hectic academic schedule that you haven’t given this subject of your strengths and weaknesses much thought.

NOW is the time, for various reasons – it’s imperative you take the time to do this thought – provoking exercise.

Why is it so important? Being aware of your personal strengths and weaknesses is a prerequisite to the other steps you must take to market yourself as the top-notch classroom teacher you know you can be.

For example, how can you prepare your mission statement, your resume, or your teacher portfolio if you don’t really know yourself? Another important reason is this: You’ll almost certainly be asked to tell about your strengths and weaknesses during your teacher interviews. The one that is virtually always asked…

5 Ways to Integrate Technology into the Classroom

Updated :: 2016/01

by Candace Alstad - Davies on January 7, 2016

Intergrate technology in the classroom effectively as a teacherEducators – especially teachers who integrate technology into the classroom – it must be VERY difficult to keep up with all the strategies.

When writing teacher, administrator, media librarian specialist, technology specialists, or any other positions in education, I’ve read so many ways they find success with this amazing, continually changing important task. It does take skill, patience, practice, and ongoing learning.

This blog post will list five unique ideas to using technology to increase student learning – it is written for many different student grade levels, so that that into account when reading. Technology plays an ever increasing role…

5 Classroom Tech Tools That Look Great on Your Resume

Updated :: 2016/01

by Candace Alstad - Davies on January 7, 2016

The number oYour teacher resume should include technology tools for the classroomf teachers using technology is on the rise, rapidly increasing with each passing year. We will discuss 5 classroom tech tools that look great on your resume.

While not all schools are equipped with 1:1 classrooms just yet, there are a variety of tools you can learn to prepare you for being in a tech-based classroom.

Still, not all of these tools require you to be teaching in a 1:1 classroom. In some cases, just one computer is all you need, so learning how to use each one is a good idea.

Google Classroom

Need: One or no computers (students can use at home) A whopping 40 million teachers use…

How to Accomplish Your Career Goals In 2016 Easier

Updated :: 2016/01

by Candace Alstad - Davies on January 3, 2016

life is short go after your career or job goalsThe New Year is here and hope you are geared up to accomplish your career goals.

Have you wrote them down with a plan to execute to ensure you don’t fall short of your

career vision?

 

 

Although making New Year’s resolutions is the top activity come January 1st, why not get a running start on your goal setting for 2016 by starting right now?

First off, have you paid much thought yet as to what you’d like to achieve in the coming year?

Leaving your goal setting until January 1st, not only robs you of proper forward planning that you could be doing now, it often also leads to rushed goal setting that you haven’t put much thought into. This is why the best time to figure out your goals for the New Year is right now.

Here are some key points to help you achieve your goals for 2016

1. Set Realistic, Specific, and Measurable Career Goals

You will need to have a vision, daily goals, strategic year plan, and use many of your characteristics. Many studies have shown a direct correlation between setting specific career goals and finding greater success.

  • Goal setters are shown to be more productive because their goals keep them accountable.
  • Goal setting helps you identify what you want to accomplish and what you need to do to get there

2. The Deathbed Question

When envisioning yourself at the end of your life, what will you have wanted to accomplish?

  • When developing your goals, start from the end goal and work backwards
  • Write down the 3-5 main points that come to mind
  • This exercise will help you determine what is most important to you and the main goals you should be working toward this year

think and reflect on career achievements and mistakes

3. Reflect on Your Past Career Achievements

Take some time to think back on 2015 and what your job achievements were – write them down.

  • How far you’ve come can help you to figure out where you want to go next in your career
  • Self-reflection is a great activity for growth

Read the other 18 tips to reach your personal and career goals

How to Master Video or Skype Teacher Job Interviews

Updated :: 2015/12

by Candace Alstad - Davies on December 11, 2015

Video or Skype Job Interview CoachingVideo or Skype teacher job interviews are skyrocketing; if  you need a video job interview coach or consultant contact us.

Video conferences or online job interview meetings have been a game changer for recruiters, school districts, employers, and job seekers. Or, well… many, many people.

 

In the recent years Skype has been a very popular platform to conduct interviews and now there are many other types of video meeting conferencing tools or applications.

As you would know, one of the most crucial parts of the job search process is the interview. This is the last stage before you are offered the position. Therefore, it is absolutely vital you understand how you will be evaluated in the meeting and know what you need to do to ace it.

Getting to understand the different types of job interviews would be worth your time:

• Telephone Screening Interview
• Dinner Interview
Behavioral Descriptive Interview
• Stress Interview
• One-on-One Interview
• Panel Interview
• Follow-up Interview
Video Conference Job Interview

In this post, we’ll be taking a look at the video conference job interview. As global competition increases, so does the applicant pool and number of positions out there. Technology has allowed a person in one city to easily apply and interview for a job in another city. This practice can also be applied between countries. Therefore, it is essential to be prepared for the possibility of a video  interview, particularly if you are knowingly submitting resumes in cities other than your own.

 

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10 Ways Your Teacher Resume Can Increase Value

Updated :: 2016/02

by Candace Alstad - Davies on November 19, 2015

Teacher resume to show value

How to ensure your teacher resume communicates the value you can bring to the school and its students.

1. Make sure your teacher resume makes YOU stand out. Even though it may seem like you are selling your resume and cover letter first, you are actually selling yourself first and foremost. Even though your resume must look and sound appealing, you need to make sure that you come across as a desirable candidate. While concentrating on developing an appealing design, ensure that you include all pertinent information, for instance education, credentials, work experience, professional development, etc. Assess the school district’s job advertisement, if available, and make certain that you have touched on all required qualifications in your cover letter.

2. Highlight the job position you are applying for or field of interest. Immediately following your contact information should be the job title you are targeting. Make it bigger than the rest of your text; treat it as you would a heading – bigger and bolder. For example you may write Science Teacher, Elementary Principal, Professional Educator, Adjunct Business Instructor, etc. By doing so, you immediately draw focus to the position in question and leave the hiring manager with a clear idea of which job you are applying for. Tailor this for each job posting, if needed.

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How to Amplify Your Resume Results By Turning Up Interest

Updated :: 2016/01

Maybe you do… or maybe you don’t know how Social Media channels can skyrocket your resume results and ultimately your job search success. First, let’s take a look at LinkedIn and how can it help you get a new position. The basics, LinkedIn is a website that connects professionals and businesses with one another. Individuals […]

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How To STOP 5 Resume Writing Mistakes NOW!

Updated :: 2015/12

A teacher resume can be an effective tool, which markets you as the product. However, it only works if you do it right! Avoid these resume writing mistakes educators make. Have you sent out resume after resume with very few, if any results? Do you fail to comprehend where you are struggling? Have you used […]

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10 Tips Before Changing Careers to Teaching

Updated :: 2015/12

 You may call it a career transition or changing careers to teaching, career change to education, career move, or a job search. Or maybe you thinking of transitioning out of teaching?   Whatever you call the job change, it needs to happen if you dread getting up every morning to go to work? CLICK to […]

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