Are you looking for job search organization tips? Wonderful. In this post, you will discover excellent strategies relevant to your 2019 job hunt to be one step ahead of the competition.
The rewards associated with organizing your teacher job search are valuable and necessary to reach your goal quickly.
After all – searching for a new teaching position is a job in itself that requires persistence, determination and a stellar resume and cover letter!
Adding structure to your job search will decrease the amount of time it takes to get the education job you want. You need to have a job-search system, whether you are employed or unemployed. It’s important, even if you are not ready to move on to a new job right away. The system is the same whether you are looking for full- or part-time employment, consulting, casual, or contract work.
Why? Because searching for a job in a changing economy means you need to be constantly aware of the market, the opportunities inside and outside your present situation, and what you have to offer.
The time to become aware of your opportunities is not when you are under pressure to find a new job. Make sure you are always looking around, so you are not overwhelmed if and when the time comes to find a new teaching job.
Organization Tips and Strategies You Need to Try
Narrow Down Your Target Position
Choose your job target(s) prior to writing your resume and cover letter. A targeted, laser-focused resume will get you better results than one that is overly generalized. A targeted resume will allow you to choose and target potential schools that fit better with your experience, talents, and teaching philosophy.
Select a city or town you’d be willing to work in, a specific school district, a school type or size, and a particular teaching job or teaching area. For example, you may want to be an Elementary Special Education Teacher in a small charter school outside of Chicago. That’s your target market.
Then it’s time to embark on the dozens of steps involved in looking for a job. There are resumes, cover letters, philosophy of education statements, follow-up letters, and thank-you notes to compose. You need to network by contacting personal friends and colleagues, as well as recruitment firms. You need to answer teaching job ads and regularly follow up. It is easy to lose sight of what is most important – so be careful to keep your goal in mind.
National Education Association has an article posted on six steps to land your first teaching job. An important point, in the article, is don’t wait for the phone to ring.
Four Important Aspects of a Job Search
They are: targeting job opportunities, getting interviews, the interview process, and following up. Every step of your teacher job search develops from your objectives, which leads to interviews and ultimately job offers (The beautiful words you are waiting for, “We would like to make you an offer”). Make sure you don’t accept just any offer. Learn to negotiate a mutually beneficial offer.
Organization Tips to Develop a Job Search Plan
Once you’ve figured out what you are looking for, develop your education job search plan. Your job search will be more effective if you map out your strategy in advance. If you do it correctly, you will be able to answer teaching job postings quickly, which is a critical component of a successful job hunt.
Set daily and weekly objectives so that you have a concrete way to evaluate your progress, and determine the amount of time you will spend on each job search activity like research, targeting teaching jobs, and making contacts.
Your schedule should be built around tasks you know will need to be completed. For instance, updating or creating a strong LinkedIn profile, updating your resume and cover letter, targeting your resume and cover letter for specific education postings, conducting networking activities, and the actual act of job searching all need to be factored into your schedule.
Before you even begin your job search, you should be able to plan the first week’s schedule just off of what you know will need to be done – like updating your resume and cover letter. Once you create your job search schedule – stick with it! Don’t pick and choose which items to complete as this is the perfect recipe for an unorganized job search disaster.
Aim to organize your job searching days just like you would an ordinary workday if you are unemployed. And if you are currently employed, you will need to schedule concrete blocks of time in your day to devote to job searching.
Even when organized, job searching is a time-consuming process and will require your regular attention. Make sure to schedule in at least an hour or two of time specific to your job search each day.
How Long Should a Job Search Take?
Many job seekers wonder how long their hunt will take – that’s a tough question.
If you follow these job search organization tips you will have better results, provided you have an excellent resume and cover letter to submit.
Each phase of your search can vary significantly in length, depending on your needs and desires, as well as the number of available opportunities in your area. For example, selecting the area in which you want to work can be as simple as saying, “I want to be an elementary teacher in a large well-ranked school.” It could be as detailed as, “I want a 5th-grade teaching position in a new charter school in any major city, where I can help to develop the school philosophy and work with team players who will collaborate to produce data-driven instruction that produces high student achievement. The position needs to lead to advancement.”
It helps to be well-connected and to know people in hiring positions. It also helps if you and the interviewer hit it off quickly. From beginning to end, your teacher job search could take a few months. The average job hunt takes longer. Statistics show that professionals and middle managers, such as educators, take an average of five to six months, and sometimes longer, to find the position they desire.
Job seekers looking for a career change out of education will take longer to secure a new post because they lack direct experience. People currently employed may take longer too – they don’t have as much time to devote to their search.
For those who wish to make teaching a second career, the length of your job search will depend on how you present your relevant skills and accomplishments on your resume and cover letter. It is critical to communicate your value to a potential school district if you wish to secure job interviews and an offer.
Don’t forget how important keywords are in an education resume too. In order to pass the Applicant Tracking Systems, your resume needs to include these important industry keywords.
If you are employed though, you will be more desirable. It is estimated that for every $10K you want to earn, your job search will take one month. These are just common statements, not necessarily true for all job seekers, as each experience is different.
There are many reasons a job search can take longer than this. For example, you may not be clear about what you want, or what you want may not be practical. Maybe your goal is realistic, but there are no immediate openings. Maybe there are openings, but you don’t know where. Maybe you hear about an opportunity, but don’t know the person in a position to hire you. Maybe you meet someone in a position to hire you, but the two of you don’t hit it off.
Dedicate plenty of time and energy to your job hunt if you seriously intend to find an appropriate position. A thorough teacher job search is so much work that the teaching job you finally land will seem easy by comparison.
On the other hand, job hunting is like any other skill: you’ll get better at it with practice. You’ll study the techniques, and you’ll learn more about what’s right for you. You’ll become aware of what’s happening in the education field, so when you start a formal search it won’t take as long. And, you’ll know how to keep organized in your job search!
Keep Logs or Folders of Job Contacts and Positions You’ve Applied
Staying organized is the key to a successful job search. Keeping a log/folder of all of the contacts you have made, and a log/folder of jobs that you plan to contact will help you immensely with staying organized. Especially when you are applying to a whole pile of schools, you will need to keep them all straight.
It can be embarrassing to cold call the same school twice.
Along the same lines, you don’t want to potentially ruin your chance of an interview if you are on the phone with one of the many schools you’ve applied to and you confuse one school for another.
Staying organized is important for keeping your sanity, and making your job search run as smoothly as possible. It will also help you to track your success and progress. Keep your hard copy job search folders close by, or your electronic files in a familiar place on your device. This is especially helpful when you are applying for numerous jobs.
Organize your education job search further by keeping detailed notes on each school you’ve contacted or applied to so you can keep them all straight. When you are applying to dozens of schools, you don’t want to have to worry about remembering which one is which on top of your usual job search worries.
Your log/folder will end up being your best, most reliable job search companion. It will be an invaluable tool to organize your job search to help land your next teaching job quickly, easier, and with less stress.
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Set Job Search Goals
Organizing and structuring your job search will make it much easier, more pleasurable and will give you a greater sense of accomplishment each day. By giving yourself set goals each day, you will be less likely to get discouraged.
Securing a rewarding teaching job starts with being proactive and using modern organization tips. By creating and following the necessary job search steps to obtain your employment goals, you will find yourself in a new position much more quickly.
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