Landing Your Dream Teaching Job
Finding a job after completing your degree can seem like a pretty daunting feat. However, you don’t have to go it alone. There are several resources and networking services available to help soon-to-be and new graduates find a placement. Some of the most common include:
1. College Career Centers
Most colleges have a career services office to assist graduates in finding employment. Career services offices allow you to complete a current placement file containing all of your credentials. The career services personnel will provide your placement file to any employers requesting credentials. The career services offices also provide current job postings, may arrange on-campus interviews, and can provide you with other job search resources.
2. The School Districts Themselves
Once your placement file is updated, contact the districts where you’re most interested in working. Find out their procedures for applying for a certified teaching position and if they expect any openings in your area. Many districts have this information available online, but other districts may require you to call.
3. Local Job Fairs
Job fairs are also an excellent place to apply for teaching positions. At a teacher job fair, area districts set up booths and accept applications from potential candidates. Candidates should dress professionally and prepare for a pre-interview.
4. Personal Contacts
Finally, remember to use your contacts. Ask your collaborating/mentoring teacher, other teachers you know, colleagues, college instructors, and anyone who may have information regarding job openings. Most important, don’t forget to follow through with all of your leads.
It may take several attempts at reaching out and applying for positions before you finally receive an offer. Be persistent, show up in person whenever you can, and don’t be afraid to ask for help from those who are already established in the field who might be able to help you get a foot in the door.