As you’re working hard to become certified to teach in the state of Texas, you may be thinking about the next step...finding a job.
The good news is, in Texas,teachers are in high demand. The bad news is, as is the case with any job search, looking for the right teaching job can be a bit overwhelming and take a whole lot of work.
Searching for a teaching job doesn’t have to be stressful, though. There are many resources out there that can provide opportunities to streamline your search or put you in touch with principals who need positions filled - fast.
Here are a few ways to get your search on the fast track to landing the job of your dreams.
Search The Web, But With A Catch
One of the most common ways to search for a job is to head to job sites on the internet. This can be a great resource, because you can narrow down exactly what type of teaching job or location you prefer.
However, because you’re checking out jobs on the web, that means others are checking out these same jobs. Competition may be stiff and your resume may get lost in a sea of applicants.
If searching the web, make sure you choose sites that only feature educator jobs. This will make navigating the site easier and more productive, since you won’t have to sort through jobs in other fields that may require an education component, such as a corporate trainer or police school resource officer.
Programs that have worked to build relationships with Texas school districts often are the first to know about any openings, especially if they need filled quickly. In fact, many school districts reach out to ECAP to ask for recommendations of students to hire.
And, this doesn’t only occur over the summer, when most people think teacher hiring occurs. Because Texas is experiencing a teacher shortage, hiring educators is now a year-round process.
Go Right To The Source
Many school districts post their openings on their websites and post positions throughout the year. If there’s a specific school district you want to work for, periodically check the site for openings.
While searching these sites, especially if you’re still taking classes and are looking for a part-time opportunity, look for positions that can get your foot in the door in the district. These include teacher’s aides, substitutes or administrative roles.
Substitute teaching, in particular, is a great way to get experience in the classroom, and you can work around your schedule by being available to teach on days when you don’t have other obligations. This will also fulfill a district’s need and allow you to develop relationships with other teachers and administrators since so many are experiencing a shortage of substitute teachers.
Don’t Skip The Next Job Fair
It may be tempting to skip job fairs, since you may picture a crowded room with others vying for the same position. However, educator job fairs are a great way to get you in front of school district administrators.
Possibly even more important, they’re a great way to learn more about districts and specific schools you may not already be considering.
When attending an education job fair, make sure you dress professionally and speak with confidence. First impressions are important, and you want hiring administrators to remember you when a position becomes available.
Make sure you have an updated resume with you as well, with plenty of copies to pass out. Avoid these resume blunders so administrators will see your strengths and not discard your resume, and make sure your experience and skills listed are up-to-date with these tips.
Lastly, be prepared for questions administrators may ask you. For many districts, job fairs serve as an opportunity for a first interview. Anticipating questions and rehearsing your answers is a great way to make you stand out above other job hunters. After all, being articulate and professional are just as important as the credentials you display on your resume.
Beginning your job search may feel daunting, but with these tips, you can better take advantage of the resources available to you.
Remember, job searching isn’t something you have to do alone. The best alternative certification programs will prepare you with resources to aid in your job search, as well as get you ready for the interview process once you find the right positions for you.
Micah is the Director of Curriculum & Technology. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in British Literature, from the University of North Texas and a Master of Arts in Teaching, from Louisiana College. In his previous career, Micah served for 14 years as a banker and bank manager. For the majority of this period, Micah managed the Downtown Fort Worth location of Frost Bank.
In 2005, Micah finally surrendered to his true calling to be an educator. After a brief, but fulfilling term teaching high school English at Flower Mound High School in Lewisville ISD, Micah went to work for the family business, training teachers.
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