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Updated :: 2015/11

by Candace Alstad - Davies on November 24, 2015


Wishing all those celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend the very best… hope you are able to capture and hold onto many peaceful, caring, fun, safe, loving and memorable moments that will last a lifetime.


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10 Ways Your Teacher Resume Can Increase Value

Updated :: 2015/11

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.


3. Implement an area of expertise or core competencies section. This is a very crucial segment that is guaranteed to set you apart from the competition. Focus on key skills that are needed to succeed in the job you are applying for. Concentrate mostly on hard or technical skills, i.e. competencies needed to perform the job itself. These would include classroom management, student motivation, parental communications, differentiated instruction, reading strategies, etc. You may also want to examine soft skills such as problem solving, organization, time management, etc. List your qualities in a chart and/or bullet point format to make them stand out from the rest of your text.

4. Craft a well-written body that explores your work experience. You may use a heading of Professional, Work, Teaching, Relevant Experience, Business Experience, etc. This is where you will list the places where you worked, as well as the location, dates employed, and your job title. Make sure those items are bolded or one font size higher to make them stand out and reflect their significance. After, you will lay out your job responsibilities in a concise and matter-of-fact manner. Generally this portion would be written in chronological order, from newest to oldest. This will vary depending on your background – you may be a career changer or re-entering the education sector and need to bring older experience up front and center.

5. Highlight your accomplishments. Immediately following your job responsibilities think of a few key accomplishments that stand out in your mind that you can properly articulate in your resume. This may include an increase in student grade point average, reduction in absenteeism, securing a grant, increasing the grade level of a few at-risk students, etc, depending on the job itself. Regardless of the achievement, make certain that you explain how you accomplished it. List these in bullet point format to set them apart from the rest of your duties. Try to find at least a couple of achievements for each position.

6. List your greatest strengths that will help you in your next position. This is separate from the skill set mentioned above. Analyze the job advertisement, if available, and see how the mentioned requirements correlate with strengths you have demonstrated in other careers or positions. Perhaps you excel at collaborating with colleagues to assess a situation and devise an appropriate reaction or solution. Maybe you are great at interacting with parents and working with them to meet students’ unique needs. On the other hand, you may be proficient in differentiated instruction to ensure all learners are reached and successful.

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How to Amplify Your Resume Results By Turning Up Interest

Updated :: 2015/11

by Candace Alstad - Davies on November 15, 2015

Increase resume results

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 are able to build profiles that highlight their career experience, formal education, skills, related interests, and so forth. LinkedIn is an effective way to network, put yourself out there as a potential job candidate, research and target desirable companies, and job hunt. It is also an excellent personal network learning platform.

LinkedIn also provides suggestions for other professionals in your geographical area, or with similar career or academic interests. This type of networking can be invaluable to helping you develop the skills needed to attain a new job or advance your career. Do not underestimate the power of networking!

So.. your question…. How Can You Use LinkedIn to Further Your Career?

As indicated above, LinkedIn can be a powerful tool for furthering your career, particularly if you feel like you have already hit the ceiling in your current school or organization. You can use the website to search for similar organizations or districts who are currently growing or are looking to expand in the future. You may wish to contact the school or organization directly, or track down other individuals who may have a good lead or an in at a place of interest.

Furthermore, if you have a well-crafted profile, you will be a likelier candidate for a particular place of employment that is head-hunting top-end employees. Make sure your page is concise, professional, and appealing to potential readers. Do not downplay your career success, academic achievements, or certifications. However, make sure you do not brag, exaggerate, or lie. The goal is to market yourself as an excellent employee, and leave the reader wanting to uncover more about you.

How Do You Boost Traffic to Your LinkedIn Page?

A LinkedIn page is only effective if it attracts viewers. Below you will find 8 excellent ways to boost profile views.

1. Post a professional looking photo.

a. Make sure the picture you choose for your profile represents you in the best manner possible.
b. Dress professionally.
c. Keep your hair neat.
d. Ensure make-up and/or jewelry is tasteful.
e. Make certain the lighting is flattering.

2. Utilize specific keywords and phrases to grab the reader’s attention.

a. Keep them job or industry-specific.
b. Incorporate action words.
c. Don’t include overused keywords such as “experienced” or “hard working;” be more creative and genuine than that.

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How To STOP 5 Resume Writing Mistakes NOW!

Updated :: 2015/11

by Candace Alstad - Davies on October 29, 2015

Resume Writing Mistakes To AvoidA 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 a “proven” resume template, but still can’t land a job?

STOP using templates, and avoid making these other 4 resume writing mistakes educators make!

1. Use of a resume template from MS Word or similar programs – Do NOT do this!

A Microsoft Word template may be suitable for a high school student, who is searching for his or her first job. However, it is not appropriate for a professional to utilize, particularly a teacher. Teachers must be able to demonstrate creativity and outside-the-box thinking. By simply defaulting to a basic template, you will automatically lose points with the reader.

A resume does not necessarily need to be a work of fine art; however, it is an opportunity to make yourself stand out not only professionally, but visually as well. The key is developing a concise, truthful, and eye-catching document that leaves administrators eager to learn more about you.

There are several strategies to get away from the standard resume template, including incorporating color, changing fonts, integrating a related icon, adding a border, and using testimonials.

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10 Things You Need to Know Before Changing Careers

Updated :: 2015/11

by Candace Alstad - Davies on October 20, 2015

You may call it a career transition, career change, career move, or a job search. Whatever you call the job change, it needs to happen if you dread getting up every morning to go to work?


Career Transition, Career Changer, Changing Careers

  • Are you bored while you are at work… there is no challenge left?
  • Are you tired all the time… experiencing job burnout?
  • Has your life changed in a major way… maybe your kids are grown and money isn’t the motivator?
  • Do you want to make more money?
  • Do you want to gain a broader base knowledge?
  • Does the future look bleak in your current field or occupation?
  • You can’t stand your supervisor or boss any longer?
  • Are your co-workers hostile or bullies?
  • Does your position use too many of your weaknesses?
  • Did you just have a brain-wave and discovered your calling?
  • Are you fed up with working for someone else and desire to be an entrepreneur?

If this sounds like you, you may need to start asking yourself what you really want to do with the rest of your life.

Whether you are not happy or feeling fulfilled in your current career, it may be time to make a change. Maybe you are a bit burnt out, maybe you chose your current career without completely understanding what it would entail, or maybe you ended up in your career by chance.

You are not alone!

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Strategies For Different Types of Teacher Job Interviews

Updated :: 2015/11

Strategies For Different Types of Teacher Job Interviews Getting ahead of all other candidates in a teaching interview requires careful planning and thorough homework; nothing should be left to chance. Making any headway during job interviews generally boils down to how well you can adhere to the rules that govern the process. There are a […]

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How to Make A Career Change Painless

Updated :: 2015/11

Looking for a career change and do not know how to start? You feel tired all the time and dread getting up every morning to prepare for work. Whether you are not happy in your current teaching career, or are not feeling fulfilled in your current career outside of education, it may be time for […]

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How Will You Improve Students Writing Abilities?

Updated :: 2015/11

Here are a couple of teaching job interview questions about teaching students higher-order thinking and writing skills to help you be prepared for your next teacher interview.  Have a look at these sample interview questions to help you tailor your own response…remember that including examples in your answers make your responses more convincing in the […]

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Tips to Achieve Victory in Your Teacher Interview

Updated :: 2015/11

You have put lots of energy and investigation into your job hunt, and now the telephone has finally started to ring. Recruitment managers are interested in you (based on your excellent teacher resume and top-notch credentials), so now is the opportunity to stand out! The job interview is your key to success. If you can sell yourself, […]

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