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The ABC's of Finding Great Education Jobs

May 18, 2008
Although education jobs are not renowned for their lucrative qualities, they are rewarding in many other ways. For example, most teachers get to study the subjects that peak their own interest and then they get to share that knowledge with others. During the process of teaching, more things develop than student skills. Friendships form, creativity flourishes and every day can be unique and fun.

Another perk of working in education jobs is the school year calendar. Some teachers really enjoy having a summer vacation along with their students because they can spend time traveling, relaxing or working in a completely different environment. For other teachers, they could forgo any number of benefits as long as they got to work with kids.

As you can see, there are a lot of different reasons why people are attracted to education jobs. Finding the right place for your talents, may be trickier than you think though. After all, as similar as careers in education may seem, every school district is different. That is why you should do a lot of research on the school districts with open positions when you are searching for your own dream teaching job.

Some factors that may influence your preferences include class size, community environment, geographical location, academic expectations, state requirements, salary, school funding and teaching freedom. Adequate research can help you find the answers to these questions and, if you decide that you are interested in a certain school system, that knowledge will be useful during the application and interviewing process too.

For example, you can start out by tailoring your resume to highlight the skills that you possess that could also meet their needs. This can help you get an administrator's attention and an interview. If you have done your homework and found a couple schools that you really like, it will also be easier for you to convey genuine enthusiasm about the position to potential future employers. Knowing the territory you want to be a part of can also help you answer and ask questions during an interview. In fact, many administrators confess that they are impressed by teachers who show that they are truly interested in their school system.

The moral of the story is that you need to be prepared to find the perfect education job. Before you can give out homework, you need to do your own. Research school systems before you apply, create a good resume that is clear and concise, and prepare for your interview. A portfolio and letters of recommendations are also helpful tools for illustrating your capability before you are even given the chance to perform in a classroom. With enough time and effort, you should be able to find the job you've been looking for.
About the Author
Scholastic comes to the rescue again. In addition to teaching materials, Scholastic provides teachers with a tool for finding the best education jobs available. Post your resume and read about job searching techniques at http://schooljobsnow.com/. The author, Art Gib, is a freelance writer.
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