This is a guest post by Candace Davies, Global Career Management Professional, Creator of ‘A+ Resumes for Teachers’ & Author of 101 A+ Teaching Job Search Tips
If you have just finished college and have received your teaching degree, or are currently a professional not in the teaching field and you want to transition into teaching then read on.
The process of finding employment in the teaching field can be an overwhelming task, if you are unprepared. Quite often, more experienced teachers are automatically invited to continue teaching at the beginning of each school year, leaving those new to the field out of luck. Another reason for job seeker frustration is that available teaching positions may be limited and competitive.
A huge chunk of the process that will help greatly is to know where to look. There are ways you can make this process a lot less painful by following a few simple guidelines, and before you know it you will be on your way to a new teaching career!
If you are a new graduate, visit your local school system’s HR department or recruiting department and inquire about any possible open positions. If there are currently no available positions, ask if you can leave your resume in case something opens up. Most teacher interviews take place several months before the actual hiring for the upcoming school year.
Beginning as a substitute teacher will help you start your career, and this may very easily lead to a full-time teaching position. While attending as a substitute, it is important to network with your co-workers and administrators and mingle with the students. If you create an excellent bond with the students and co-workers, your chances of getting hired as a full-time teacher will greatly increase. Develop a relationship with the administrators at the school and demonstrate that you are passionate and enthusiastic about having a classroom of your own. If you do an excellent job while substituting, you will have more of a chance of getting an interview if you are known by the administration.
Networking is crucial. Let everyone in your social circle – your family, friends, colleagues, etc. – know that you are looking for a full-time teaching position. You never know what can happen in casual conversation. Usually it is easier to get an interview when you are vouched for by word of mouth, especially if you are new to the field.
Many overlooked alternative teaching positions include, tutoring, coaching, training, mentoring, or teaching degree programs. Do not close yourself off to just teaching in a traditional school environment. Usually, if you have just started in the teaching profession, a great way to get acquainted with the field is in ‘training’ positions.
Search for job posting on the internet. If you enter ‘teacher jobs’ or ‘teaching jobs’ or ‘education jobs’ on any job website’s search engine, you will find a huge list of teaching positions. The drawback to this is that hundreds of other interested teachers are looking at the same available positions. Narrowing your search online by searching specific areas of teaching, for instance ‘math teacher’, will narrow your search to that specific job title and make things a little less overwhelming.
Remember, entering any new field can feel like it is overwhelming and daunting, but persistence and hard work will guarantee your success. Make sure you start with a visually appealing, keyword rich, accomplishment-based teacher resume and cover letter that showcase what you can bring to the school district.
If you found this article helpful, then check out Candace Davies’ 101 A+ Teaching Job Search Tips