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Working in Education: Job Search and Opportunities

Careers in the field of Education come in many flavors and varieties. Most of us just think of teaching positions when considering a job in education. There are many positions available in education that do not require a teaching credential or any classroom involvement.

For example, if your resume shows your solid background in business, do not overlook the education section when searching career sites. Colleges and Universities are Institutions of Higher Education and have many positions available, your business knowledge could be put to good use. Financial Aid is a vital area for most Higher Education Institutions. Your background in business could be the ideal fit for positions within the Financial Aid Departments. Remember, most Colleges and Universities rely on Financial Aid in the form of loans, scholarships, and grants, as their major source of income. Another example is using your resume filled with customer service related jobs allows you to emphasize those skills to become an Academic Advisor at a College or University. There are many education related positions available in School District Offices, County Offices of Education, and at the State and Government levels for individuals with diverse backgrounds.

Your resume should reflect keywords used in the education position for which you wish to apply. Often these keywords include ‘Best Practices’, ‘Rigorous Standards and Practices’, ‘Fully Qualified Educator’, and other terms that apply broadly throughout the education industry. If your strengths include logical, progressive thinking abilities, be sure that your resume reflects those talents. Credential Analysts are needed in nearly every area of education, but that position requires strong abilities in analyzing and evaluating documents as well as people. There is little or no tolerance for mistakes or errors in this area, so place emphasis on projects you have done that reflect successful qualities with measurable results.

Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations.

Bob Beauprez

If you are interested in pursuing careers in the field of education, or looking for ways to fund your own education, this is a great field to pursue. Many Colleges and Universities will provide free education to their employees, and free or reduced tuition costs to the employee’s immediate family members. This is an ideal way to obtain a teaching credential without paying high tuition fees, and it has the added benefit of interacting with school district personnel who can prove to be invaluable contacts to find a teaching position once you have obtained your credential!

Do not limit your future by limiting your job search to a narrow range defined only by what your current career may require. Jobs in education are available to individuals from every industry. Use your resume as a flexible tool to place particular emphasis on skills required by a job posting in the education field. You may find that taking a job in education allows you a platform to use as a springboard to a Bachelor or Master’s Degree in nearly any degree plan offered and may open doors to careers that may previously have appeared out of your reach. A job in education may prove to be the best career choice for your live and your entire future.

 

What a letter of Introduction and Resume for Teaching should Look Like

When applying for a job as a teacher there are two sections to your application.

  1. The letter of introduction
  2. The resume.

Here is a sample letter to a high school:

Dear Principal Jones,

Attached please find my resume for your review in consideration of a teaching position at Grant High School. I have always enjoyed the marvelous sense of accomplishment that comes from teaching and would appreciate the opportunity to use this enthusiasm at Grant High School.

For me, teaching is an opportunity to create a place for students to learn in a positive, creative, fun environment. I can contribute to History, Government, English, and Literature studies. I possess a full accreditation and I have experience teaching at all high school levels in addition to teaching pilots and navigators to speak and understand English while stationed in Japan

I have no doubt that the students as Grant High School will benefit from my varied professional accomplishments. I hope you agree.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to setting a time for us to meet in person and discuss the possibilities further.

Sincerely

James Gleason

In any resume there are some very obvious things you must cover. Objectives, Skills, Experience and Education. Here is a summary of how to use these headings to create your resume as a teacher.

OBJECTIVES

I am seeking an opportunity utilizing my teaching skills with an organization that strives to stay at the forefront of their industry. My diverse and rich background allow me to fit into any situation that calls for calm demeanor while working under pressure and using creative ways to problem solve. I have extended knowledge of developing curriculum for a classroom setting.

SKILLS AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • Strong interpersonal and excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent record keeping abilities.
  • Skilled at making presentations to large groups as well as on a one-on-one basis.
  • Instrumental at developing a classroom atmosphere that is scholastically safe, enriching & creative.
  • Able to cultivate excellent working relationships with students and associates.

What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.

Karl A. Menninger

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • 2011-2012: George Washington High School, Mission Hills, CA; English Literature; History
  • 2010: Wilber Prep Wood Hills, CA; English; Physical Education
  • 2002-2010: Wilson High School, Bayside, New York; English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • 1990-2002 Defense Language Institute, San Antonio, TX; English as a Second Language (ESL)

EDUCATION

  • American University, Washington D.C.; Bachelor of Arts / Social Science
  • UNITED STATES AIR FORCE – Honorable Discharge; Worked as an ESL teacher to Pilots and Navigators while stationed in Japan…

ACIVITIES

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS CLUB, American University, Washington, DC

Membership Relations

Responsible for expanding Membership. Instrumental in developing and implementing outreach programs for other Academic organizations.

Also served as a member of the Board of Directors; KTRC RADIO, Washington DC (Campus Radio Station), On Air Personality News, Sport and Play-by-Play Announcer & Interviewer.

I hope you find this helpful in your job search.

Give Your Employees a Constructive Feedback

Feedback in the workplace is an essential part of employee training and maintenance at most jobs. Unfortunately, due to the negative associations, most people have problems with receiving feedback and criticism from their superiors. The reception of feedback at work can be an extremely stressful experience. From a supervisor’s perspective, delivering feedback can be equally stressful when you know the person you are about to speak to and the supervisor would rather be anywhere else in the building at that moment.

However, giving feedback doesn’t have to be like giving an injection to a struggling child. With the right approach, giving your employees constructive feedback can be a polite, helpful, and even pleasant experience for both parties. Here are some tips for providing constructive feedback in an effective and non-threatening manner as a supervisor.

Start with positive feedback

This is perhaps the most important point to keep in mind when it comes to giving feedback that is intended to be constructive. You know that your employee will already be dreading meeting with you when you call him or her into your office. As a result, it can really help to put your employee at ease if you start by giving him or her information about things that he or she has been doing right instead of wrong.

Everyone likes hearing about things they are doing well, and most people don’t hear about such things nearly enough. You can set the meeting off on a positive tone that carries through well into any complaints or suggestions you offer later on if you make it a point to start out by praising the employee for things you would like him or her to keep doing on the job.

Every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration. Constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought.

Margaret Chase Smith

Get to the point quickly

This is essential to remember when giving constructive feedback. When you’ve got to say something negative or tell someone who works under you to change the way they’ve been doing things, you’ve got to say it as quickly as possible. This is because the person will probably be able to sense that negative information is coming his or her way long before you actually come out with it.

The longer you hesitate and hem and haw and beat around the bushes, the more anxious the receiver of the feedback will get, and that stress will not make the meeting go any better. In fact, the employee might become so stressed waiting for the feedback that he or she doesn’t even hear the feedback when you deliver it. If you’ve got bad news, get it over with quickly so you can start talking about how to make it better.

Show how to make things better

As stated above, the point of delivering the bad news should be to allow you to show how you can make things better. This doesn’t mean you need to hold the employee’s hand and guide him or her toward a solution, but it does mean that there isn’t much of a point in giving feedback about things that are going wrong if you don’t show how to make them right.

Unemployment Can Be Unattractive. And Unemployment of men is repellent.

Even though it may only be subconscious, many women find men who do not have a job repellent. When a man is interested in maintaining a solid and mutually caring relationship, it is important for him to not only be kind, considerate and romantic, but also stable. One of the best ways to present a stable image is to have a steady job or career path.

In the past, dating all the way back to primitive humans, it was mainly a man’s duty to provide for his family. In modern times, both men and women are equally active in the work force. However, a man without a job or solid career path does not come across as stable. Women may think that a man without a job is not driven or passionate enough. Women may associate these traits not only with the man’s life and ability to provide, but also with the relationship itself.

In situations when a woman does feel comfortable being with a man who has no job, the woman’s family may still be uncomfortable. She may feel pressure from her relatives or friends, and this can strain a relationship. Even though the man’s partner or significant other may have a steady job, a man who cannot land or hold onto a job does not present a secure, comfortable image.

It can be difficult to secure a great job, even if you have many skills in your chosen field. It is important to seek a job that you can excel at. Think about what your personal skills are, and also what you may have studied or trained for. You may need to be somewhat flexible about exactly what you want in a job. Sometimes simply getting your foot in the door and gaining experience can lead to more lucrative or desirable opportunities in the future.

When large numbers of men are unable to find work, unemployment results.

Calvin Coolidge

A professional resume is also a true benefit when you are looking for a job. Even if you do not have a great deal of experience to add to the resume, the simple act of preparing a professional document that outlines your qualities can make you shine in the eyes of a future employer. Keep your resume concise and to the point, but make sure to highlight the traits and skills that will make you an asset to the company you are applying for. A clean, professional looking resume shows that you can be organized and are well prepared.

Once a man has a secure job and has set his foot on a career path where he can reach his potential, potential partners are sure to be more attracted. Remember that if you are passionate about life and what you do for a living, other people will find you passionate and enjoyable to be around.

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