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Teaching Job Search Tips
These teaching job search tips will help with all aspects of finding teacher job opportunities. The job market in the education sector is very difficult and this section will provide education job search guidance to move your career forward.
Many job searchers are convinced that job searching between December and the middle of January is a waste of time. If you buy into this myth about holiday job searching, you are losing out on one of the better job searching seasons of the year. During the holiday season, you enjoy reduced competition for jobs and many other benefits. During the holiday season…
Your teaching portfolio is a large and well-organized binder that holds all of your most important documents and evidence of your best teaching work. Your portfolio is a very important tool in your job search as it allows schools to see snapshots of your past teaching work, your credentials, and your planning skills. Your teaching portfolio is partly used as …
Sometimes when applying for educational positions at certain levels or in specific districts, you may be required to submit an autobiography. This is a document that allows you to recount events in your life that have shaped who you are and impacted your desire to teach. An autobiography is basically a concise summary of a person’s life. To write a successful document, you do not need to start off with “I was born in 1965 in Los Angeles, California”. You do not need to start right from the beginning. If you have come from another country you can always mention that and specify when you moved to North America, as this provides a good background as to how you developed your beliefs and practices, and demonstrates your willingness to change and adapt.
If you cultivated a passion for teaching and education early on, mention that. Perhaps there was an outstanding teacher who encouraged you to take up the profession. This is also a good place to begin. However, some educators did not develop that love for teaching until later on in life, after obtaining other degrees or working in unrelated professions. If this the situation you find yourself in, start there, and explain how certain events changed your outlook and encouraged you to become an educator. As you can see…
With the economy the way it is, employers can have their pick of the litter. They may only receive a handful of applications or possibly one hundred, depending on the school district. For that reason, it is very important that you determine what makes you unique and showcase that uniqueness. Not only do you have to meet the minimum requirements mentioned on a job posting, you must also demonstrate what other special qualities or achievements you possess that you can bring to the table.
All classroom teachers must be able to develop and instruct lesson plans that adhere to curriculum and benchmarks. But how are your lesson plans different? Are they creative and hands-on? Do they relate to the real world and leave students wanting to learn more? If so, make sure this is mentioned in your résumé and cover letter. What about behavior management? Do you implement innovative methods for keeping students well-behaved and focused? Do you go the extra mile to maintain communication with parents? Are there team-building techniques you apply to boost morale amongst fellow teachers? The trick is to
When job searching for a new teaching position while the economy looks bleak and newscasters continue to talk doom and gloom, it can be easy to lose faith. However, no matter how terrible the economy gets, people are still working and schools still need to hire teachers. Even though school districts may be laying-off teachers, others will need to hire. So although there may be fewer jobs to choose from, they are still out there.
In order to be successful in your job search during these tough times, it will take some innovative techniques and a little bit more effort. Here are a few ways that you can successfully capture a school’s attention: 1. Highlight your skills: