Job Search Tips for Teachers and Educators

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Job Search Tips for Teachers and Educators

Finding a quality job that pays well and that also offers the enriched environment of helping students learn is important for any teacher. This discussion and some of these job search tips will help you to find the teaching position that is a good fit for you.

The inner city school districts may have the highest turn-over of teachers. Working in inner city schools offers the most challenge, at some 
Job Search Tips for Teachers and Educatorslevel. Some would say they offer the highest reward, as well. Generally, one has to be gaited to work in the more challenging environments. One thing you can count on, if you work there, is to gain the most experience in the shortest amount of time.

[This page was last reviewed on 25th of August 2017]

That is, if you continually run up to hurdles and test your ingenuity by trying to get over, under, or around that hurdle, it has a tendency to season a professional in any discipline.

The following discussion consists of some basic tips or topics to ponder, as a guideline, if you are just beginning your job search, to help put your thoughts in order.

Before you go …See video below.

Find out the types of teaching jobs that are available in your area. Do you want to teach at a grade school or high school level? Do you want to teach in a public or private school? Would you rather be in administration? Maybe you are interested in teaching at a community college or a university. All of these options have different requirements.

Take an assessment of what you have to offer as an educator so that you can find those jobs you are qualified for. A copy of your current teaching certificate is important to have on hand so that you can verify you have the credentials for teaching. You also want to give your background check a good review to make sure it is clean and that you can pass what the school will require before hiring you.

Do take the time to craft a finely tuned cover letter that will showcase your positive attributes.  It is important that you send a cover letter that is molded for teachers rather than using a generic cover letter.  It is your one and only chance to get an interview.

Be prepared to pass a drug screening, if required.

Consider your Facebook pages, or the like, for posts a potential employer might not think are humorous; things you wouldn’t have posted if you thought more about it at the time.  They can cause your resume to go to the bottom of the pile.

How much money you can expect to earn is important when you take any teaching job. Sure, you are in the profession for the opportunity to help others learn. You may love what you do but at the end of the day, you have to be able to pay your bills, too. Look for job listings that have the salary included. You also want to find out about other benefits such as dental, medical, and retirement. These are perks that can help you decide what teaching jobs to apply for.

All these things can be discussed, of course, in the interview.  Beware of little untruths that are sometimes offered.  Interviewers have been known to lie about such things.  It’s good to get some information on body language, etc., so you can tell if you’re being lied to.

Create a resume and cover letter to go with your applications for those teaching positions you are interested in. Make them unique and appealing so that you don’t sound robotic. Schools are looking for educators that are creative, that take initiative, and that have a positive outlook. If you can show all of that in your resume and cover letter, it will help.  (Continued below)

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If you are new to teaching, don’t worry because you can still get hired for a variety of jobs. Make sure you include information about any volunteering you have done and any clinicals that you did as part of your educational hours. All of this will show that you do have some classroom experience.

When you are new, consider applying for teaching jobs such as an aid that can help you to get your foot in the door. If you do well at that for the first year you are at a school, it won’t go unnoticed. Then when other teaching positions are open you can apply for them and have a very good chance of being hired.

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8 Responses to “Job Search Tips for Teachers and Educators”

  1. Diana says:

    Thanks for the tip about including volunteering in the resume. I am a new teacher and don´t have a lot of experience so I find it hard to make my resume look interesting.

    • Dave Potts says:

      Hi Diana –

      Yup. That is the perennial challenge. I believe the more organizations you participate in the better off you are.
      Not only does it look good on a resume, it widens your circle of acquaintances -what I call your ‘grapevine network.’

      Thanks for leaving your comment. Best of luck in your job search.

      Dave P

  2. Stella says:

    Oh my god, I feel so stupid.. my Facebook page, that probably has a lot to do with the fact that I wasn’t even getting calls for the interviews. I don’t have anything too vulgar on my Facebook page, but I have lots of party and vacation photos that I’ve taken while I was in college. In my eyes they’re just good memories from the past, but in the eyes of the interviewer it could seem as though I’m a wild party animal. I’m going to have take all my photos down and wait a few months until I start submitting my resumes again. What a pain in the…

    • Dave Potts says:

      Uh huh. Right. They are not too interested in the wet tee-shirt contest you won during spring break.
      (I’m kidding). But you are right.

      You could probably speed up the cleansing process by deleting you FB account.

      Thanks for the note.

  3. Elijah says:

    My resume does seem very generic and boring. I thought all resumes looked like that, but apparently that isn’t the case. I could probably get some help on that front with the amazing cover letter creator, but I still need some help to get myself trained for the interviews as well. Life was so much easier when I was in college.. sigh…

    • Dave Potts says:

      Indeed. College was easy in comparison.
      You are right about getting the right training for you cover letter and to improve your interviewing skills.
      The quicker the better if you are someone who needs to work, like me.

      Best to you.


  4. Sebastian says:

    I’m a little ashamed to admit it, but honestly I want to avoid working in inner city schools as much as possible. The thing is though I may not have much choice. The job market for teachers is dry and when they hire, the competition is fierce. I need to try something new and I should probably start with the very basics. First I need to revise the cover letter for my resume, then the resume itself, and I should probably learn more about situational interviews as well. If all fails, off to inner city school I go.

    • Dave Potts says:

      Thanks for the note Sabastian –

      Why not? If you give it a couple of years, you’ll be qualified to go anywhere you want.

      (Priceless experience).

      Dave P

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