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Teacher Job Search

Job Search Overview

Find a Teaching Position

  • When Should I Begin Looking for a Teaching Position?

    According to AppliTrack, while there are teaching positions posted throughout the year, the bulk of teaching positions are posted in April and May and continue through the summer months. Begin to apply for teaching positions once your resume and cover letter are complete, you have strong letters of recommendation - from people who can speak to your teaching ability, and you can talk about your experience in the classroom effectively. It may also be helpful to apply for your teaching license so you have a file number from the MN Department of Education.

  • Job Search Sites
  • Teaching in MN, the U.S. and Abroad
  • Employer Research
  • Increase your Marketability
  • What Makes you Unique?
  • Develop your Elevator Pitch
    An elevator pitch is a short introduction you would share with an employer (typically at a career fair or networking event) in the time it would take to go from one floor in an elevator to another. Consider the following when preparing your elevator pitch:

    Who am I?
    What are my interests/passions?
    Where do I want to be in the future?
    What do I have to offer? (accomplishments, skills).

    Here's an example: "I'm Anna Zhang. I'm getting my masters of education degree at the University of Minnesota and will be licensed in Elementary Education. I want to inspire young minds and give back to the community by doing my part to close the achievement gap. After doing some research about your district's approach, I feel like I would be a good fit and could make a strong contribution."
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Career Events

Job Outlook

Highlights from the 2012 Transition to Teaching Survey*:

    • 78.6% of students who completed the CEHD initial licensure program (ILP) report being employed as teachers in their first year after program completion.
    • 77.2% of these teachers are employed full-time; 10.6% as long-term substitutes; and 4.5% as short-term substitutes.
    • 60.6% of these teachers are employed at public schools; 10.6% at private schools; and 6.1% at public charter schools.

*Data obtained from the Transition to Teaching Survey 2012 (Completion year 2010-2011) through the CEHD Educator Development and Research Center (EDRC).

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Salary

Resumes

Your teaching resume is an important tool which allows you to market your skills and experience to prospective employers. As a teacher it is essential that your resume clearly communicates your qualifications and also reflects what makes you a unique candidate.

Teacher Specific Resources

Additional Resources

Cover Letters

A strong cover letter can be the difference between standing out during the application process and missing a potential opportunity. Research the school district/organization and show why you would be a good fit.

References

During your job search you will be asked for 3 letters of recommendation or list of references.  Learn which references are appropriate and how to format a list of references.

Applications

Most teacher candidates apply for teaching positions through online applications. Here is some information to navigate this process.

The Basics

  • Applicants may begin applying for teaching positions before they have their teaching license, but they must have their teaching license in hand before they begin teaching. It is helpful if applicants have applied for their teaching license before they begin filling out online applications. This allows applicants to list their MN file folder number through the Minnesota Department of Education on their online application.
  • Applicants can apply for teaching positions by visiting a school district website (to find their online application) or through another job search site or networking source.
  • Most online applications will ask applicants to upload their resume, cover letter, and (3) letters of recommendation electronically. Have these materials ready.
  • Many school districts (in Minnesota and across the U.S.) use online application systems to automate portions of the hiring process. These application systems offer districts the option to have applicants fill out a behavioral based screening assessment as part of the application process. These screening assessments ask behavioral based questions about each applicant’s teaching style.
  • Applicants should give themselves time to fill out online applications. Behavioral based screening assessments can take 20-40 minutes to complete. The online application can take an additional 40 minutes to complete.
  • There are approximately 3 different types of behavioral based screening assessments. Each behavioral based screening assessment is only taken once by the applicant (per year). Once an applicant has taken a screening assessment, these results are shared with other districts s/he applies to which also requires the same behavioral assessment and uses the same online application system. This means applicants will not have to fill out a behavioral assessment for each online application.

Standing Out in Online Applications

  • Take your time completing behavioral based screening assessments, they are another way for school districts to assess your skills and fit. You must take it right away. There is not an opportunity to come back later and finish the screening assessment. However, in most cases, you are able to come back and complete the rest of your online application.
  • Fill out each application completely. Stay away from saying "see resume."
  • Use buzz words within your profession throughout your online application and in your resume.
  • Dates need to be accurate.
  • Be thoughtful, complete, and concise when answering essay questions. Use examples.
  • Spell check. There should not be any errors.

Portfolios

A teaching portfolio is a collection of materials that can effectively assist an educator during interviews. A portfolio contains teaching artifacts and reflective pieces designed to strengthen a candidate's responses by demonstrating applied skills or talents and articulating personal teaching philosophies.

Tips

  • Be selective; display your best work.
  • Include a table of contents and maintain structure.
  • Include specific samples of your teaching performance.
  • Remember the reflective component. Reveal not only what you have done, but why you did it, and how well the lesson or activity met the outcome goals.
  • Avoid the temptation to include every lesson plan or teaching activity you have ever created.

Elements to Include

Portfolios are meant to be shown during the interview process. Contents are often kept neatly in a three-ring binder.

  • Table of contents
  • Resume
  • State certification
  • Official transcript of grades
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Student teacher evaluation report
  • Summary/samples of pupils' evaluations of [student] teaching
  • Original test and test item analysis
  • Samples of lessons plans
  • Learning activity packet
  • Pictures of bulletin boards
  • Case study of pupil

Teaching Portfolio Resources

Electronic Portfolio Websites

Interviewing

It's important to remember, the more practice you have, the more comfortable you will be during the interview. Here are some tools to help you prepare!

  • Interviewing Basics
  • Effective Interviewing Workshop
  • Teacher Interview Questions
  • InterviewStream is a free resource which allows you to customize a practice interview online using a webcam. Choose the "Education" folder and select questions from the "Teaching Related Questions" or "Elementary Teaching Interview" sections. Your webcam will record your responses providing you with immediate feedback. There is even an "um" and "like" counter which can help you avoid filler words.
  • Bad/Average Interview (Check out this sample interview video. What should this person do differently to improve?)
  • Good Interview (Now watch the same student answer the same questions in a more effective manner!)



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