Teachers are very special people. When you make the decision
to become a teacher, chances are you know the dynamics of the
position, including workload required, classroom management, meetings
with staff and parents/guardians, etc. Teaching is not the easiest
job out there, but it certainly is one of the most rewarding ones
you'll ever find. So, how do you go about getting a teaching job?
Creating a Spectacular Resume
The first step to getting a teaching job is to put together a
resume that captures who you are and the experiences that you
have with the field. If you are just recently graduated from college,
you should be sure to include all of the teaching internships
that you completed in detail. If you are searching for a new position
with teaching experience under your belt, you should include where
you taught, for how long you taught, and the grade level(s) that
you are experienced in working with. Your resume is your foot
into the door, so it has to be accurate and stand apart from the
You can find more information on how to write a good resume at
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Finding Job Openings
Job searching can be daunting. There are many positions available
for teachers, but finding the one that is right for you can be
challenging. The first two places you might consider for finding
job openings will be your local newspaper and metropolitan newspaper.
The best time to search your metropolitan newspaper is on Sundays
when most jobs are listed. You may find some during the week,
though, so it is worth buying extra papers while you are job hunting.
Many schools post ads only because they are required by law,
in some states. In many cases it is after the fact. For instance,
my current position that I was hired for 12 years ago was advertised
3 days after I already accepted the position. With this is mind,
one of the best things to do is to get your resume on file with
all of the school district you could see yourself working at.
Grab a phone book or Google the school, look up their physical
addresses. Start cranking out your resume to their Human Resources
Department. This will cause many an unexpected phone call, so
be careful when you answer the phone.
The Internet has made it increasingly easier for teachers to
find jobs. There are websites specifically geared for job searchers
in the teaching profession, such as:
Some sites on the Internet will require a membership fee in order
to use the job search feature, so be aware of this, if you don't
want to pay to find a job. If you plan to stay local, most of
these sites will not provide you with lists of teaching jobs close
to your home.
Getting Ready for the Interview
Being prepared for an interview is of utmost importance. Chances
are there are several people trying to obtain the same job that
you are wanting. You have to remain calm and focused on your interview.
Dress professionally. Schools do not want to hire trendy teachers;
they want professional teachers who will be an example to the
Go over possible interview questions with a spouse or friend
to practice your answers. Example questions might include:
- Why should we hire you?
- What are your qualifications?
- What would your classroom be like?
- How would you handle a disruptive student?
- What makes you the best candidate for the position?
- How would you evaluate your own teaching performance?
- What ways would you implement school policies in the classroom?
It is a good idea to research your perspective school. Find out
what their philosophies are and what their mission statement means.
Learn about their reading programs and extracurricular activities.
You can accomplish this by using the Internet and obtaining a
copy of the school's handbook. Knowledge is power!
What to do after the Interview
When the interview is over you will want to ask the principal
when he plans on making a final decision. This gives you an idea
of where you are in the interviewing process. You don't want to
follow-up too quickly, when you know that you were the first,
second, or third person interviewed.
Be sure to follow-up in the appropriate amount of time. This
shows the principal that you are eager to work at the school,
and that you regard the position of teaching highly. Just be sure
to maintain your professionalism, as you don't want to look desperate
for the position.
When following up on your interview, make sure you have the proper
names of the people you spoke with during the interview. It is
okay for you to bring a compact notebook to the interview so you
can take notes.
Consider sending the principal a thank you letter promptly after
your interview. Any chance you have to show that you are conscientious
teacher is to your advantage. The letter should be sent no more
than two days after the interview.
Make sure that anyone you listed as a reference on your application
is aware that they might get a phone call. Remember to be patient,
as an interview process can take a while. Meanwhile, go on other
interviews as well. Don't put all your eggs in one basket.