RECRUITMENT TOOLS

CONVERSATIONAL INTERVIEWS OR INTERROGATIONS

By :  Michael Neece

Most people have the wrong concept of job interviews. They falsely believe that a job interview is an event where the interviewers ask all the questions and the applicant only provides answers. This type of event is not an interview. It is an interrogation. During an interrogation, one person asks the questions while the other person provides responses. Do you really think people get hired by going on interrogations? I don’t think so. Read more.

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EMPLOYER FORMULA FOR WRITING AN ATTENTION GRABBING COVER LETTER

By :  Robin Ryan

Hiring managers agree that good cover letters are very influential. Since the average professional position usually competes against many other applicants, you absolutely MUST grab the employer’s attention in your first opening sentence. Your cover letter must develop enough interest to get the employer to want to turn the page, look at your resume and say, “Let’s call this one in for an interview,” Implement this technique, and employers will start calling you. Read more.

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YOUR JOB SEARCH NETWORK

By: Kevin Donlin

In this economy — or any other — all my research and experience points to one fact. It’s this. Up to 70-80% of your success in finding a job hinges on your ability to build and use a network of contacts — people who can alert you to new job openings and help you get hired. Read more.

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LISTENING POWER- THE JOBSEEKER’S SECRET WEAPON

By: Lawrence Alter

Former U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk once said, “One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears – by listening to them.” If you want to increase your chances of getting the best job, be a better listener. According to knowledgeable experts we communicate during 80% of our waking hours. How do we communicate? Read more.

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SHOWCASING CAREER READINESS

By: Dr. Annette Wilson

Teacher candidates will need to develop goals and aspirations of mastering classroom accomplishments.  An advisor plots the program of study for a candidate that he/she uses detailed curriculum guidelines to ensure on-time completion of an academic course of study.  Once the program of study is documented, and completed by the responsible faculty, the next step concerns the candidate’s buy in to participate and be successful academically.  Thus, academic success leads to career opportunities. Read more.

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THE RIGHT FIT

By: Dr. Margaret Buxton

The Job of Your Choice- Graduation is fast approaching and finding the right teaching position weighs heavily on your mind. Your dream of becoming a teacher and the years of preparation or the decision to make a career change is close to being a reality. Your own classroom, the responsibility of teaching, directing, impacting the lives of students is a frightening, yet thrilling endeavor. Read more.

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RECRUITING, INTERVIEWING & HIRING TEACHER RESIDENTS

By: Dr. Hollee Raye Freeman

Urban Teacher Residency programs have become viable pathways for people  interested in pursuing teaching by using alternative routes to certification rather than the more typical university, semester-based practicum model. Urban Teacher Residency programs recruit and select a diverse group of individuals who may be recent college graduates, community leaders and/or career changers. In addition, Urban Teacher Residency programs actively seek linguistically, culturally, and racially diverse teachers to work alongside students in urban schools. Read more.

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TOP 10 “MUST PREP FOR” INTERVIEW Q&A

By: TOC Guest Writer

Job interviews are always stressful – even for job seekers who have gone on countless interviews. The best way to reduce the stress is to be prepared. Take the time to review the “standard” interview questions. Also review “teacher specific” interview questions.

Then, take the time to research the school and school district in which you’re applying. That way, you’ll be ready with knowledgeable answers for the job interview questions that specifically relate to the education system. Read more.

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FINDING A JOB THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU

By: Dr. Susan Moore Johnson

When the veteran teachers who are retiring today were hired in the 1960s and 1970s, few other professional opportunities existed for women and for men of color. Fields such as business, law, medicine, and engineering largely restricted access to white men, while teaching welcomed all college-educated individuals, including those of color. Thus teaching was the career choice for many.

In entering the classroom at that time, teachers of color often followed the career path of others in their family. Before the U.S. Supreme Court desegregated public schools in 1954, most all-black schools in the South were staffed with African-American teachers. With desegregation, many of those schools were closed or integrated and large numbers of African-American teachers lost their jobs. Read more.

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WHAT PROSPECTIVE TEACHERS SHOULD KNOW

Say yes before being asked. More often we are hearing new graduates express concern that with the national budget cuts the job market for teachers has become very competitive and that their dream job may be no more than a dream. They are also concerned that if they are fortunate enough to get a job, they will be expected to do additional tasks along with classroom teaching.

New teachers seem to think that wearing many hats is a result of the state of the economy, but it’s not unusual for administrators to ask teachers to perform extra duties. Read more.

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NAVIGATING THE JOB FAIR

When it comes to searching for employment opportunitiesand finding that perfect job, the very thought of job hunting can be daunting for those trying to capture their first job or interview. Though this present economic crisis many have seen a decline in positions with employers of choice, where in years past there may have been an abundance of positions available. As budgets tighten and schools are asked to do much more with far less, it becomes even more imperative that prospective recruits remain at the top of their employment game and develop a clear understanding of what could give them a possible edge when it comes to pursuing a viable position.  With fewer available employment opportunities to choose from and fierce competition amongst aspiring teachers, how is it that some recruits appear to be more successful than others when it comes to securing that first interview? Read more.

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THE ABC’s OF COMPLETING AN APPLICATION

BY CAROL WATSON DILLON and DR. JUDY S. SCLAIR

More than likely, if you are reading this article now, you are just about to begin your job search for a teaching position and you’re not sure where to begin. You are possibly student teaching and you may be feeling the crunch. Completing multiple applications is probably the last thing you want to do. In addition to the application, most education employers will also want letters of reference, copies of your transcripts, and a copy of your teaching certificate (or letter of eligibility for certification). Also, you should always submit your resume and a letter of interest, personalized to the specific school or district to which you are applying. You worked hard to get to this point, so do not cut corners now. As you read through this article, you will find helpful tips for completing applications that can set you apart from the other applicants. Read more.


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