Job Searching Tips for New Teachers
By Giana / August 29, 2016Congratulations! You're graduating with a degree in education, pursuing your certification, and completing your student teaching requirements. Soon, you'll be ready for your first classroom position! Here are a few tips that can help you navigate a tough job market.
For many of our readers—teachers, parents, and students—the arrival of August means one thing: back to school! It’s time to gather supplies, refresh your wardrobe, and make some serious schedule adjustments. The lazy days of summer are coming to an end.
If you are graduating this year with education degree, this season will mark the beginning of your formal job search. You’re about to face the marketplace with your resume in hand…gulp.
For newly minted teachers who already hold job offers, congratulations! And good luck! Enjoy the first September of your long career as an educator. And for those who are working their way into the system and pitching their skills to school administrators, we offer our heartfelt support and few tips that can pave the way.
Create a portfolio.
The application instructions provided by each school will typically be very clear. Some institutions ask for more detailed credentials and paperwork than others. Some use more automation during the process than others do. Follow the directions that apply to each institution and you’ll make your way through the system. But there’s one item you should have available no matter who asks to see it: a portfolio. Your portfolio should be an online collection of your major accomplishments, including descriptions and syllabi/curricula for each course you’ve taught. A simple webpage should do the trick. You can list the address of your portfolio on your resume or within your application.
Get formal resume help.
Applying for a teaching position differs widely from pursuing a corporate or for-profit job. In the education field, your resume will need to be standardized and organized according to clear guidelines. Missing one important rule or omitting one key section can cost you a valuable opportunity. Have your resume reviewed and edited by a professional and don’t miss a single detail. Your resume and cover letter should emphasize your understanding of the issues that impact education in your field and your geographic area.
Show off your skills and training.
Have you taken recent courses on brain-based learning? Classroom management? Teacher training and administration? Curriculum development? If you’re like most teachers, you haven’t stopped learning, and you have no plans to stop any time soon. Show off your most recent coursework and professional development in your portfolio and in your resume.
Stay open to substitute roles.
Serving as a substitute teacher first can open doors to a full-time position later. In fact, if you’re targeting a district with very few open positions or tight competition for each position, this is the most reliable path into the classroom. Find out how your target substitution system works. Many are now automated and you’ll need to register yourself immediately for consideration this fall.
Now is a great time to network.
Education and school-related issues are at the top of everyone’s mind at this time of year. So this is a perfect time to get into the subject, meet new people, learn new information, and make professional connections. Take advantage of every networking opportunity that comes your way. Remember, everyone knows someone in this business! Keep your ears open and be ready to follow through if you come in contact with someone who can help you.
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