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looking for work and filling out job applications

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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Lisa Dabbs's picture
Lisa Dabbs
Educational Consultant. Author. Speaker. Blogger.

Hi Celine,
Great questions! I have several ideas for you but a few that I want you to start with:
https://www.visualcv.com/signup and

Please take a look at these. It's such an incredibly competitive market right now that you need to do everything you can to stand out! These tools will support you to have your resume stand out and create a network with other educators. I'm more than willing to help you look at samples of how to start if you'de like.

As a former school principal, I often had very new teachers apply to teach at my schools. They often were not specific enough about "why" they wanted the job. It's challenging, but be very specific with your
intent. Use words that you see in the job description in your letter of intent or resume. Share your success in current position with dynamic words. Show how you are eager to grow, support, share your skills. Re-frame what you've done prior as a skill set you will bring forward to your new position. You may need to revise your letter/resume each time you submit an application. It will make a difference if you do.

I have samples of resumes from teachers and letter's of intent if you'd like me to share. Message me here or send email.

Hope this was helpful. Let me know!

Anyone else have some good ideas to share?


Celine Mazoyer's picture
Celine Mazoyer
French teacher

Thank you Lisa for your help.
I have completed my profile on LinkedIn and here is the link to my Visual CV : http://www.visualcv.com/huj7uds. If you have a minute to take a look at it, I would welcome any feedbacks.
On LinkedIn, it seems to me that you can only connect with people you know, is that right?
Then, how do I use my Visual CV? Can I use it only with schools who use Visual CV for their search?
I would be happy to take a look at examples of letters/CV of you have any.
Thank you again for your help!

Lisa Dabbs's picture
Lisa Dabbs
Educational Consultant. Author. Speaker. Blogger.

Celine...was out this afternoon. Will get back to you tomorrow (4/2)
So excited for you that you created your CV!
Talk soon,
Lisa :)

Joe Teach's picture

Hi Lisa,

I've been a substitute teacher for the past 2 years and would really like to find a teaching position for the upcoming year. I have 3 years experience as a full time teacher and I'm finally understanding classroom managment (wish this were the case a year ago). Nobody seems to be looking for a teaching with some years of experience! Can you please help?



Lisa Dabbs's picture
Lisa Dabbs
Educational Consultant. Author. Speaker. Blogger.

Hi Celine,
Good start to your cv! I want you to take a look at mine. You can add a little more pizazz to yours and make it stand out! Add some presentations you've done, post copies of letter of recommendations, etc. You can send your visual CV to potential hiring managers in an email. They can see all your info in this manner instead of just on paper.
On LinkedIn, as you set it up, hiring managers will also be able to see you, just in a different format. When they Google your name, your LinkedIn public portfolio will be able to be seen. Yes, you can start connecting to people you know as well,post presentations,your blog,twitter, etc. If you only want to do one, I would stick to the visual CV. I think it's a more powerful tool for hiring and presenting yourself.
If you message me your email, I can send you copies of letters of introductions and resumes and my Visual CV.
Talk to you soon!

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