As we get ready to welcome summer, new teachers all across the country will complete their credential or graduate programs, finish up with student teaching, and get ready to launch into the real deal this fall. They'll be looking to find a job in education.
Current teachers, can you share your tips for how to land a teaching job?
I’ve included a few pointers, but I’d love to hear from those who have been through it personally and can share insights for our new and returning teachers.
Tip #1: Actively network!
Just like any other profession, knowing people within the education community can help you get your foot in the door, as well as give you the first word on job openings often before the general public.
Tip #2: Consider substitute teaching
Not only will this give you more time in a classroom, but it also provides an avenue for networking and building future connections. Substituting at a school can give you an chance to mingle with teachers and administrators and make yourself more visible.
Tip #3: LinkedIn, EdJoin, and SchoolSpring
Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date, and check EdJoin and SchoolSpring regularly for new postings. If you have your sights set on a specific school/district, it’s also not a bad idea to follow them on social media and set up Google alerts to keep an eye out for job opening announcements.
Tip #4: Prep for the interview
The interview is where you're going to sell yourself and your skills. Check out the comments on this Reddit thread for tips on how to handle the experience. There's also a bonus list of acronyms and terminology that you should be familiar with.
And share your own in the comments!