How To Find Teaching Jobs

Looking for teacher jobs doesn't need to be stressful - some preparation on your part will go a long way towards securing the right job.

Take inventory of your job needs. Pick a job, any job - if only it were that simple! But for planning purposes, take a few minutes to consider the ideal teaching job. Public school or private school? Full-time permanent teaching position or part-time preschool hours? Substitute teacher flexibility, or tenured professor security? Elementary, middle-school, high-school, or college? Knowing what you can and cannot accept will help you narrow down the choices once you find them.

Use a variety of job search resources. Online search engines, newspaper classified ads, and even local school websites can clue you in to teaching jobs in your area. While most schools begin looking for new teachers by late winter/early spring, you may be able to find some openings throughout the school year. Check back with your search sites frequently to catch new openings.

Customize your winning resume. A good resume has a clean format, is free of mistakes, and is always honest. Spend some time going over your past accomplishments and highlighting those that best indicate your teaching abilities. You should customize your resume for each position - bringing out the details that best fit the teaching job. For instance, a prospective high school English teacher should highlight specific literary accomplishments and teaching experience. If you're applying for a job at a small private school, on the other hand, it might be a good idea to showcase your well-roundedness, as teachers at private schools often double as coaches, health instructors, and elective teachers. Finally, it's always a good idea to have someone proofread your resume before sending it out.

Ace the interview. Teaching jobs are up-front and personal, so take extra care to present yourself in the interview as kind, well-groomed, and friendly. Practice interviewing beforehand with friends or relatives, so you can be confident and calm during the actual interview. Expect a variety of questions, including: why should we hire you, how would you handle behavior problems, and why do you want this particular teaching job? And of course, you should always dress professionally and modestly for an interview.

Last Updated: 08/20/2013

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