Teaching Job in a School District

John Invernizzi, Ph.D.
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     Teacher jobs are available, but are you optimizing your chances of getting a job in education?  Have you just graduated from college? Are you changing careers or returning to the workforce?  Are you a teacher who is looking to make a move to a different district, or a teacher who wants to become a principal, or a principal who wants to become a superintendent?   
There is help here--if you are willing to read:
     I have seen many applicants seeking employment make some basic mistakes that either kept them from getting an interview or after being interviewed, not being hired.  Sometimes it was just because another candidate was better in some areas. 

     But sometimes it was because of something that if changed, may have led to a different outcome.  In this article, I will discuss some of the things that you can change or improve that could provide you with the desired results.

     When teaching in an educational program, I spent a good amount of time discussing job acquiring skills  with my college students, i.e., what to do and what not to do when trying to get a job.  As a school superintendent, I got a better understanding of some factors that helped or hurt a candidate when applying and interviewing for a position.  Employment was often discussed among my colleagues over the years formally and informally, including superintendents and school board members from other districts.

     There is a job out there for you, if you are willing to move.  You may not be able to start in the perfect  school district, and if you are lucky enough to get an offer, make your decision to accept or decline wisely.  There is always time to look elsewhere, and who knows, you may find that you like it there!

     You need to decide in what geographical areas you will feel comfortable working, i.e., some people want to work in the area that they grew up in, near friends and relatives.  Some want to get as far away as possible, while others who grew up in rural areas may not like city life!  In addition, there are teaching and administrative jobs in private schools, tutorial programs, daycare centers and parochial schools.  These jobs may not pay as well as public schools, but it is a start, and provides some experience for you and  your résumé.

     If you are looking for a job in a public school district, you realize that you are not alone.  You are probably wondering, "How do make myself stand out from the others?"  You are smart and you already know to highlight  your best  attributes.  But you know just stating that you have a 4.0 isn't going to get you job on that fact alone.  What do you need to do to get a job in a school district?  For this article, I will assume that you have a degree and certification.  If not, go to Certification Requirements and use the link for additional information.
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APA Style:  Invernizzi, J. (2010). "Teaching Job in a School District." Retrieved May 1, 2012, from EducationDx, USA. Web site: http://www.educationdx.com/teaching-job.html.   (Updated May 1, 2012)
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