By Teachers, For Teachers
Student teaching is over and now it’s time to get a teaching job. How are you going to get school districts to notice you? In order to get a teaching job, you must stand out above the many applicants that are vying for the same job that you want. Here are a few teacher-tested tips to help you get noticed so you can start the teaching career that you have worked so hard for.
Substitutes who stand out are those who work hard and take direction from their classroom teacher. They are individuals who get to know their students on a deeper level, volunteer their time when needed, and are always willing to go that extra mile. They come in early and stay late, and are always prepared for anything. Your goal is to go above and beyond what is expected of a substitute teacher. When you do this, the word will spread quickly and you will earn a good reputation within the district. It’s also a great way to get to know other teachers, and the better you know them the easier it will be to ask for a recommendation. These are just a few of the things that will help you get noticed besides the following tips.
In addition to your cover letter and resume, create a brochure about yourself. Include a great snapshot of yourself, along with your teaching philosophy and experience. You can also add pictures of yourself working with students to really help “Sell” yourself. Be sure to make a few of these to hand out after your interview to help potential employers remember you.
Teachers cannot be shy! If you really want to stand out above the rest, then you have to make bold moves like going to every school district that you apply for and asking to introduce yourself to the principal. While this may sound a little over the top, I personally know one teacher that did this and got several interviews. A few principals even called her even after she got a teaching job! You have to think of it like this: You are one person out of hundreds or applicants, so if you want to stand out then you have to something daring and out of the ordinary.
A thank-you note is not only a great way to help you get noticed, but it’s a great way to show that you are interested in the job. You can talk about how much you appreciate the opportunity, as well as how you are looking forward to hearing from them soon. Employers are always raving about the interviewees that send thank you notes, so make sure that you are one of those candidates.
You must be prepared and get your stuff together. By this, I mean you need to have your transcripts, letters of recommendation, cover letter, resume, teaching portfolio, and references all set and ready to go. Your cover letter should be simple and to the point, while your resume should be one single page. I also recommend having an online resume to really show that you are up-to-date and living in the 21st century. Your letters of recommendation should be from someone that respects you and knows you well, while your references should include names, phone numbers, addresses, and emails of each person referenced. You should also make sure to contact each person on that list to let them know that you are using them as a reference. Once you have all of these things prepared, then you will definitely get noticed.
It’s important to note that when you are a substitute teacher that you have to get your face out there. Don’t eat in the classroom or hide during prep time. Get out there and talk to other teachers and ask if you can be of any assistance. Remember that the other teachers were in your position at one point and they know what it takes to get noticed. Take the time to build a reputation and a few solid relationships and you we will eventually reap the benefits.
How do you get school districts to notice you to get a teaching job? Do you have any tips or advice that you would like to share? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below, we would love to hear what you have to say.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds Masters of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com, TeachHUB Magazine, and Hey Teach. She was also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com for five years. You can follow her on Twitter @Empoweringk6ed, on Facebook at Empowering K6 Educators, or contact her at Janellecox78@yahoo.com.