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Updating Your Resume

It never hurts to go back and polish your resume from time to time. In fact, your resume could be the reason you are not getting job interviews. Here are some great links to help get you started in that direction. Further Reading But I Don’t Want To Teach — So You Want To Teach? Help! My Resume Is Blocking Me From Interviews — Record Eagle Blogs How To Construct A Killer Resume, From Start To Finish — The Simple Dollar How To Make A Resume That Gets Results — Employment Digest How To Spiff Up Your Resume — New York Times Looking For A New Job? — So You Want To Teach? Polishing The Resume — So You Want To Teach? Ten

The Total Resume Makeover

It's the last half of July, you're looking for a job, you have no interviews lined up, and school starts in a month or less (or 40 days if you live in Texas). You have all the skills and experience in the world, but simply get no phone calls. The old adage goes, "If you keep doing what you've been doing, you'll keep getting what you've been getting." So change something. Let's see if maybe your resume needs a total makeover. Change something! I am amazed when I look at most resumes. They generally look bland, boring, and banal. As Louise Flethcer writes: Your resume is a marketing brochure, not a product catalog. It has to say just enough to make the sale

How To Polish Your Resume To Rack Up Job Interviews

Polishing The Resume So you have just graduated from college and ready to enter the teaching field. Or maybe you are in the midst of your final days, weeks, or months of college education and want to know where to start. Or maybe you are simply looking for greener pastures. The deal is, nobody gets a job unless they first have a job interview. That's pretty obvious, right? So how do you get a job interview? There are a few ways, but the focus for today will be getting out the old resume and preparing to be interview bait. Some sticking points to remember are that everybody else applying for the job has a resume also. Yours has to jump out of

5 Ways To Make Your College Application Stand Out Beyond The Essay

As we approach the beginning of the new school year, high school teachers will undoubtedly be approached by seniors for help with college applications. What do you tell them? How can you help? Writing a great essay is a good start, but there are other ways to make any college application stand out, and the best time to begin addressing that is now. In today's article, Vera Reed explores some other ways we can guide our students toward making their college application stand out. Going above and beyond the call to duty is simply one of the things that great teachers do. So while you technically don’t have to help your students with their college applications, going the extra mile to do so will

Finding A Teaching Job

Do you ever feel alone in your quest to become a teacher? Well, the truth is that finding a teaching job can be lonely, but it is not a unique experience. Over the next few weeks, I will be curating Resource Posts that will serve as a springboard for digging deeper into specific topics that have been covered on this blog. Since we are at the beginning of July and many teachers are searching for their first job or for greener pastures, the first stop is a collection of resources on finding a teaching job. General Tips Help: Should I Become A Teacher? Help A New Student Teacher Out With Resources 10 Things I Wish Someone Had Explained Before My First Teaching Job Five Ways

10 Steps For Interview Success [INFOGRAPHIC]

Summertime is in full swing. That means that many new teachers search for their first job, and many more experienced teachers look for a new job. The interview is an inevitable part of the job hunt. For many pre-service teachers, a teaching job interview is the first real job interview they have ever had. But interviews often lead to rejection. The good news is you only need one interview success. Nowadays, numerous resources are available to help make sure the interview goes well. Unfortunately, few of them seem to be geared specifically toward teachers. Tradewind Recruitment is one company whose focus is helping teachers find jobs. They have put together a nice infographic to help guide you through the process. If you happen to be in the United Kingdom, you may want to check out

What To Do When You Hate Teaching

Disillusionment is common to most of us involved in the teaching profession. We all deal with it at one point or another. But what do you do when you hate teaching? From dream to reality Here's the general path many of us take: You major in education because you want to change the world You realize that in order to teach, you need a find a job You go through disappointing interview after disappointing interview and are told if you had more experience, you would be perfect for the job You get frustrated that the only way to get experience is to get the job they won't give you because you don't have experience Some school district that was not your first

Quick List of 50 Teaching Tips

I have had countless discussions lately with some of the newer teachers around me about some general concepts. This is just a random list of a few of the suggestions I have passed along to some of them that might be helpful to you or someone you know in some way. And it comes you way free of charge. Choose your battles Bite your tongue When someone offers you unsolicited advice, give them the impression that you are listening When someone offers you unsolicited advice, listen to them and apply the advice as quickly as possible Most unsolicited teaching advice is given because of a perceived urgent deficiency in your teaching When talking with students about negative behaviors, don't chase other adults away, they could be

Guest Posting

I am excited to be able to offer opportunities for guest posting on So You Want To Teach? However, due to an overwhelming number of off-topic article submissions and overall time constraints in my own schedule, the guest articles have to be great. Therefore, only the highest quality articles will be given consideration. Below are guidelines that will help give you the best chance to get an article published. Thank you, and some background First of all, thank you for your interest in writing an article to be featured on So You Want To Teach? I have maintained this website since June 2007, with articles dating back to February 2007. As of August 2016, the blog has over: 650 RSS subscribers 1,950 Twitter Followers 1,275 Facebook Fans 2 million pageviews Google PageRank 4 Since I resumed blogging in June

20 Year Reflection: What I Have Learned

This is a guest post by Kathryn Laster, who teaches math in a suburb of Dallas, TX. She writes: This year was my 20th year of teaching, so my humble opinions qualify as part B of your "call for guest bloggers." I really started working on my formal philosophy as a grad school assignment, and I have been slowly tweaking it for several years. Since this was a milestone year for me, I thought it would be appropriate to really re-think and re-visit my philosophy, and your call for guests inspired me to do so. My brief resume: this year, I taught ESL algebra 1, pre-calculus, and AP calculus AB, and this is also my 10th

Who’s Looking For A Job This Summer?

Are you looking for a new job this summer? I know some people are sticking it out in their current district just because of the insecurity with the recession and current economic situation. I also know that some people have graduated from college and are moving into the world of education. Others have chosen to leave the teaching profession entirely. Are you looking for a new job this summer? Care to comment about your questions/fears/experiences?

Almost Finished

We are halfway through the Total Teacher Transformation series. I've been pretty much forced to take a break from it because of the busyness of the end of the school year. It will resume next week. This week, I plan to do a wrapup of the 08-09 school year. I just thought I should drop all of you a note to thank you for continuing to visit and link to my blog and also let you know I am still alive...

Flashback Friday

I've been thinking lately about trying to have each day be a sort of theme day. I don't intend on posting every day (that's not realistic for me at this time), but I would like for things to be a bit better aligned. So for instance, if I write a list article, I'll schedule it for the next available Monday. If I have a blogging article, I'll schedule it for the next available Wednesday. Or something along those lines. Here's the ideas I've come up with: Monday Music Monday - I am a band director. I haven't posted a whole lot about teaching band. I would like to overcome that and really begin to place a bit more emphasis on the

Survival Kit For Teachers Looking To Relocate

Someone left a comment on another article on my blog yesterday that I wanted to address more in-depth with a Survival Kit of sorts to help you find a new teacher job. I posted a teaser this morning to see what kind of responses the community would come up. So far, I have read some incredible (and almost all positive) pointers. I’ve written a great deal about classroom management in the past here I’ve written about how I changed course and overcame a poor history of teaching in March of my second year of teaching I suppose this is sort of a follow-up to The Honeymoon Is Over: What Killed My First Teaching Job And 7 Tips For Getting Your Next Job. In that initial


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