Teaching Jobs Search Tips

Check certification requirements first. There's no need to waste time looking for teaching jobs if you don't have the required education for your state - make sure your certifications are up to date. Private schools will have their own requirements, so you should check with the individual school.

Read your local job classifieds regularly. Most local newspapers offer online job searching, but sometimes jobs appear in print only. Grab a cup of coffee and sit down with your local city paper on a regular basis. If you live in a large metroplex, you may want to read several suburban newspapers in addition to the main city paper.

Bookmark online search engines and check daily. Search engines like Monster.com, Hotjobs.com, and Craigslist.com offer free online searching and update their listings on a minute-by-minute basis. Don't miss that perfect job - check these and other online resources regularly.

Network! When appropriate, let your friends, family, and colleagues know you're looking for a teaching job. Somebody may know a teacher at a school that's hiring - and you never know when these personal connections will result in a teaching position.

Follow up on any leads. Especially with online applications, it's easy to become lazy about the job search process. Try to get names of actual people, so that you know who to call or email. Don't pester them - nobody wants to hire someone who demands constant attention. A brief phone call or email after you send your resume will keep your name from being lost in the online junk pile.

Be willing to go where you are needed. When it comes right down to it, teaching is more than a job - it's a public service. It's good to set certain limitations on what kind of job you will take, but you should be willing to go where you can do the most good. This might be in the elementary school down the street, or it might be in the inner city, inspiring kids to reach for more than their current surroundings. When you approach teaching as a calling rather than merely as a way to make money, you will find great meaning and purpose in what you do.

Last Updated: 05/05/2014

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