Where To Find a Teaching Job
If you’ve made it to the point where you are eligible to be hired as a teacher, then congratulations! This is the first step in your rewarding career as a professional educator. But now what? Where do you go from here? You might be wondering where you can even find teacher postings.
Teacher job postings can be found in several different locations. Firstly, the most reliable way to find these listings is to look at the websites of school districts in your area. Generally, there are sections for “Certified Professionals”, which will be what you would be looking for!
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Another way to find teaching jobs is to reach out to administrators. If you can find the email address for Human Resources for a district, you can send them an email asking if they are hiring. This is a good way to not only find a position but also to get your name out there for those who will be making the hiring decisions.
How to Prepare for Your Teaching Job Interview
If you have secured an interview, then this is your chance to get your foot in the door. Do not wing it when it comes to preparing for the interview. It could be your chance to continue conversations with the district. But it might also be the only chance you get, so take it seriously.
When setting up the interview, try to find out as much information about the meeting as possible. Make sure you know when it is, where you’re meeting, and who you are meeting with.
Here is an insider tip: If you know who you are meeting with, try to find out what they look like and any information about them ahead of time. Now, don’t become a stalker, but see where they went to school, what they studied, and see how you can relate to them. If they have a public social media profile, see what type of topics interest them. Don’t make yourself someone you are not, but it’s important to know your audience so you know how to best communicate with them. This may be a way to make more of an impression! (But use it with caution…)
Another way to prepare is to organize your personal information and documents. Having a binder of copies of your résumé, a list of references, and any work samples that you can provide will only work to your benefit.
Making a Good Impression
You only get one shot at a first impression. This is why it is important to make it a good one! Their opinion of you may be the difference between you teaching and not. Here are a couple of things to take into consideration when preparing for your interview.
Firstly, be mindful of how you are going to dress. Professional attire is more than likely the best way to go. Be modest, but don’t be afraid to put on a tie or wear your nicest shoes! In some instances, business casual works well too. This includes cleaning up and taking a shower!
Before you go into the interview, make sure to review your information and knowledge. Think about why you want the job, how you can make an impact, and what skills and certifications you possess that will make you a desired candidate.
To see some tips on business casual dress, watch this video from Indeed.
In the Interview
The time has come to put together all of the information that you know and show off why you should get the job. The interview is your chance to brag on yourself and your skills. Be confident in what you can do, but avoid appearing too arrogant.
In the meeting, maintain good eye contact, give a firm handshake, and be polite when speaking to the hiring manager. They are taking a chance on you by meeting, and you want to let them know you are grateful for the opportunity.
Lastly, be confident and don’t be afraid to speak up. If you are in an interview, then they are interested in you! Seize the moment to show off a little. You can do this!
It’s Not Over Yet
When the interview is over, hopefully, you have put your best foot forward. By this point, it is pretty much out of your hands. You can still send a follow up email a few days later to thank them for the opportunity and their time. Use this as a way to offer any further information to the district. This is a good way to show that you are eager for the role but also to keep your name at the forefront of their minds and consideration.
These are just a few of the ways that you can ace your interview! Of course, every situation is different, so these are not all-encompassing. But it’s an excellent way to start your interview process. With the help of the iteach courses, you will be able to know what you are talking about and be the ideal candidate for your new district!
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