How to Search and Apply For a Teaching Job Online
With the advent of the internet, teachers' job searches have become much easier and faster. Thanks to the internet, you can quickly scan available jobs by position, experience, state, or district, and quickly apply for them. Most job websites allow you to set automatic notifications that alert you as soon as the job of your choice becomes available.
How to Search for a Teaching Job Online
- Search Engines - These are the quickest way to locate sites that have posted teaching jobs. Google, Yahoo, and Bing are the most popular search engines, and they allow you to quickly scan any available job postings.
You can refine your search by including the city or state of your preference. For example, instead of searching for "teaching jobs" you can search for "teaching jobs in New Jersey."
You can narrow down a refined search by including the position that you are interested in. For example, instead of searching for "teaching jobs in New Jersey" you can search for "Elementary teacher jobs in New Jersey."
- Job Websites - Job websites (also known as portals) are the most popular way to search and apply for teaching jobs. You need to join these portals to be able to apply for jobs posted. Before you join any job portal, make sure that they post teaching jobs, and will allow you to search for teaching jobs in the state and/or district you are interested in joining.
Most job portals allow you to set automatic notifications that alert you of a particular position as soon as it becomes available. Make sure you use that feature, as it will save you a significant amount of search time.
- Classified Sites - Even though job portals are the most popular way to search for teaching jobs, there are many classified sites that post job listings for teachers. (Do not confuse "classified sites" for teachers with sites for classified positions, which are jobs for teacher aides, etc.) You can quickly find such websites by searching "teaching classifieds" within the search engines. Some classified sites allow you to set alerts so you find out about a teaching job as soon as it becomes available.
- Message Boards - These are several teacher community boards on the internet. There are times when job openings are posted on community boards by a board member (i.e.; not a school board member) for the benefit of other board members. Even though these boards are not the best place to search for jobs, they are a great place to network with other job seekers, discuss interview questions, and other aspects of a job search.
- School Websites - Most schools post jobs on their websites, and this includes any limited positions that are open. Please note that they may not post the same openings on job portals. If you have a particular school at which you would like to work, make sure you bookmark its website and visit it often.
Once you have found a job opening that interests you, the next step is to apply for that job.
How do you apply for a teaching job online?
The job portals allow you to upload or create your resume online so that you can directly apply for jobs from their site. When a job portal is used, you don't have to send your resumes to schools using standard mail. Although the job portal will send your resume to the schools, it is your responsibility to search and apply for jobs by using the portal.
If you come across a job lead on a classified site or a message board, you need to e-mail your resume directly to the schools. Make sure you send the resume using the format (text or attachment) requested by the school authorities. Such information is available on the classified site itself or on the school's website.
Make sure you have the perfect resume and cover letter prior to embarking on your job search. You can review our samples here.