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looking for work and filling out job applications

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I have started filling out job applications, writing letters of application, resume, personal statement... and I am sure it is a busy time for all of us looking for a job. I have used one web site that has helped me to build my documents : http://resumes-for-teachers.com/ But still it is hard for a new teacher to know what to put in those documents in order to make it a successful application. How, as a newly qualified teacher, can I work on my applications so that my resume is not taken out from the list because of my lack of experience? What are the challenges you face when looking for a job or filling out applications?

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Celine Mazoyer's picture
Celine Mazoyer
French teacher

Hello Karen,
One thing I can tell has helped my husband (also a teacher) speed up the process is by giving calls to the schools or districts to check on the status of your online application: Has it been received? Do they need any more information? Is the principal already interviewing?... Talking to the districts or schools, he got the principals e-mail and sent his application again. This way you make sure that your application will be seen and read and increase your chances of getting a call back...
Good luck in your search!

Ryan Reed's picture
Ryan Reed
7/8th Grade Social Studies Teacher in Maine

I'd echo Karen's questions. With the way the economy is, I feel like there is a massive amount of us applying for every position. I know I'm certified and highly-qualified for the positions I'm applying, what can I do in a state that still is stuck in paper-application (with regards to my letter and resume) to get me in the door for an interview? In other words, what magic words tend to make you take a longer look?

Teri Hardman's picture

I'm glad to join this thread. I've been to 5 job fairs here in San Antonio in the past few months and can attest to the fact that there are many of us looking for teaching positions. My question is whether cold-calling individual principals is appropriate. I've done it several times because someone suggested it. What do you think?

Teri Hardman's picture

Hi, Celine. I just bought the 101 interview tips from that site. I'll let you know if I think its worthwhile. What did you think about the documents they prepared for you?

Celine Mazoyer's picture
Celine Mazoyer
French teacher

Hello Teri,

I only used the online resources they have available to build my own resume et letters. I actually haven't used their services so I have no idea how good they are. Let me know what you think of the 101 interview tips!

I haven't done any cold-calling. Was this approach successful in your case? If I know there is an opening in a school I like to send my documents first and then call to check on my application.
I did go to a couple of (private) schools to give my file in person to the principal but I was not very successful. I may just have not handled it the proper way.

I think you have to choose the method that you feel more comfortable with to get in touch with the school. I also like to check the school's website that will tell you a lot about the school's culture and will help you define how they expect the candidate to get in touch with them. Once you have made contact you really have to do some follow-up to reinforce your interest in the position.

Well, this all sounds very good on paper and I still need to put these ideas in application right after I get my work permit renewed... hopefully it won't be too late!

Good luck in your search

Teri Hardman's picture

I haven't gotten any job interviews off of the cold-calling procedure. I did get to talk to two principals and drop off a small file of documents. I collected my resume, Philosophy of Education, Mission Statement, reference letter, and certification test scores and put them in a file folder with a business card on top. Right now is the time when openings tend to occur as teachers are required to sign their contracts (I think) 45 days before the school year starts. It is (again I'm told) the time when new teachers and alternative certification teachers tend to be hired. I'll let you know what I think of the book as soon as I'm finished. Thanks and good luck to you too!

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Mrs. W
5-8 Language Arts and History Teacher

It's a tough job market out there. I graduated with my B.A. degree in elementary education back in 2004. I had so many interviews, but could not secure a job then. I subbed and then started working as a special ed aide. It hasn't gotten any better since then, and now it's even harder to find a teaching job. There are so many people with the license that do not have jobs. I am currently doing an online program for my special ed certification. I finally secured a teaching job at a private school this next school year which was so exciting. I finally got the teaching job, by knowing the right person that got my foot in the door. Sometimes people are doing everything possible. There are so many people wanting to be teachers and just not enough teaching jobs available.

Teri Hardman's picture

Congratulations on your teaching position! I'm going to keep plugging along and look for paraprofessional work too. What part of the country are you in? I'm in Texas.

Debi Lewis's picture

Thank you for sharing these two links, but they do not offer any opportunities for classroom teaching jobs. I registered on both and was deluged with spam from many other advertisors. Beware!!!

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