It would be great if the school of your dreams called you up as soon as you graduated from college and offered you the teaching job you have always wanted.
Most people who have ever been hired for a teaching job know, this is never the case. If you are a certified teacher wanting a teaching job, you will need to do some serious legwork.
Obtaining a teaching position can be difficult, but it is much easier to know where to look and start your job search with a strong teacher resume and cover letter. Consider checking the following sources when seeking your next teaching job.
While it is not the most likely place to find them, some schools post job vacancies in the newspaper; this is more of a practice with private or charter schools. Find potential job listings in the newspaper between June and August. It wouldn’t hurt to check the newspaper at the end of the school year since some schools hire the school year before.
Most teaching postings listed in the newspaper include details on applying for the position and a contact number to gain more information. Answer job advertisements quickly, but don’t sacrifice the quality of your documents you submit.
Local Department of Education Website
Almost every state or province has a department of education that has been established to govern the education of the students living in that particular area.
A great source to consult when seeking a teaching job in your local department of education website. The Department of Education website for an area may have a list of job postings. These job postings are often searchable or organized by region, making them an invaluable tool for any job-hungry educator.
School District Websites
The most common way to locate teaching jobs is to look on school district websites. Almost every school district has a section of their website dedicated to listing teacher or administrator job posts. Once you have identified the school district you would like to work in, you should be sure to check the website weekly for jobs. If you are not consistent in checking district websites, you could miss the perfect teaching position.
Depending on where you are located, you can find jobs on physical job posting boards. Some school districts have job posting boards in the district office with information about openings. The methods of communicating job postings vary greatly from area to area. It would be advantageous to check with any school district you would like to work in and inquire about how they lost their jobs.
Teaching Assistant and Substitute Teaching
If you don’t see many postings for teachers, you may inquire about teaching assistant and substitute teaching positions. Many schools may prefer new teachers to start this way, so they receive training on how the school is run, get to know the other personnel, understand the school policies, and learn to communicate and interact with them.
Send your resume to agencies or recruiters who recruit teachers for open positions. Sometimes the job you can get through these companies is better than the ones you would get through a public school system.
Looking for a teaching position is serious work, and the task can make you feel defeated after searching for months. It may seem like you are getting nowhere. It’s important to recognize that landing a job may take longer than expected simply because the teaching profession is flooded and schools have no difficulty filling their positions.
The key is to start with an accomplishment-based, keyword-rich, visually-appealing resume and cover letter. When you have these documents fine-tuned, keep applying for jobs because no school will come looking for you. Be active in your job search by networking, and eventually, you will find the job you have been looking for.