How to Find Teaching Jobs

The hiring season for teachers is relatively short. Most positions are filled by the start of the school year in August, even through there are always exceptions to be on the lookout for.

Most of the hiring takes place in late spring or early summer, but a well-planned job search must started long in advance. Make sure to begin creating the necessary documents and researching possible openings months beforehand.

Often, a cover letter and resume are the first impression a teacher has in the job search. Developing a professional cover letter and resume takes many hours, but has the payoff of landing a teaching position. Both documents must be carefully written and free of grammatical errors. They should be submitted on resume quality paper of a neutral shade. The font should be easy to read and all text should be formatted in a consistent and organized manner. Most colleges and universities offer career planning services that will help prospective teachers develop a noteworthy resume and cover letter. Also, share your cover letter and resume with trusted professionals like your education professors, student teaching supervisor, and cooperating teacher. Take advantage of such valuable services.

Also, make sure to practice your interview techniques. When the opportunity for an interview arrives, you will be confident in your ability to make a positive impression. Recruit the help of friends and professional contacts to help you master successful interview techniques like an enthusiastic voice, positive body language, and well supported answers.

A portfolio is a professional collection of documents related to your teaching accomplishments and skills.

While not a necessary part of a job search, a portfolio does show dedication and can make your interview stand out.

Along every step of the interview process make sure you professional. Also, examine your social media presence. Make sure that all information about you that can be accessed by the public online is professional. Remove any inappropriate pictures or descriptions. Also, consider removing your content from the public domain and have people view it with your permission only. If you do not have one, create a respectable sounding email address for your contact information. Similarly, check to make that your voicemail message is formally worded and has a positive tone.

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