INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Job Search Action Plan
Finding your dream job has never been so fun.
- Visit your campus career center or make an appointment to see a career counselor regarding your job search planning process
- Learn as much as possible about the teacher jobs in the area that you would like to live and work
- Google the school district and learn about its mission and vision. You will need this information in the cover letter to explain why you are a good fit
- Search online for educator jobs of interest to you, career events and job search related resources
- Google yourself. Be sure your online persona reflects the qualities of an effective teacher. Delete anything that you find about yourself that is even slightly questionable
- Start a file to collect artifacts for your professional portfolio (electronic and hard copy) to showcase your experience in an interview
Oct / Nov /Dec
- Begin creating a professional “teaching” resume; this is a work in-progress and will change with each practicum and student teaching experience. Be sure to update as you gain experience
- Start a rough draft of a cover letter
- Begin networking by contacting friends, family, and faculty to inform them of your job search and conduct informational interviews
Jan / Feb / Mar
- Continue updating and revising your resume and cover letter
- Collect letters of recommendation from practicum and student teaching experiences. Your references should be able to speak to your teaching ability
- Register online for the DIVERSITY in Ed Virtual Job Fair on April 6, 2017 (CLICK HERE) and any others in your area
April’s Action Plan
- Finalize your working and presentation portfolio
- Prepare and practice for any upcoming interviews and job fairs
- Attend the DIVERSITY in Ed Virtual Job Fair and others in your area
MAY ACTION STEPS
- Continue to practice answering interview questions. If you have a webcam, find online resources such as InterviewStream, which allows you to practice web-interviewing from the comfort of your own home
- Send thank you letters to school districts you interviewed with at job fairs
- Utilize online job posting systems to identify and apply to open positions locally, nationally, and internationally. Keep a log of job search communications and copies of your applications
June / July
JUNE/JULY ACTION STEPS
- Hopefully, you’ll have several offers to consider. If you accept an offer, celebrate!
- If you have not yet received a full-time job offer, consider teacher assistant or substitute teaching opportunities. Positions may continue to open through early fall. Don’t give up!
- Meet with a career counselors to thank them for help in finding a job or to discuss your job search and analyze what worked and what did not work to prepare for mid-year openings.
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