Did you know that in the U.S., the average high school teacher makes about $53,000 every year? If you are a current education student wondering about employment after college, it pays to start preparing now. As education budgets are cut around the country and a difficult economic climate puts pressure on many people, finding a teaching job is a competition. How can you rise above the crowd and make sure your application gets a callback, and your interview gets a “welcome on board”? Here are three important tips.
1. Think About How You Can Diversify Your Portfolio
Although a great GPA is important, you’re going to be competing against dozens, or even hundreds, of other applicants who also did well in school. In order to make yourself stand out, think about specific certifications, test scores, and professional training courses. Right now, one of the biggest concerns school officials have is making sure their students perform well on standardized testing, since this can not only impact the perception of their school, but also government funding. If you can show that you’ve taken additional prep courses for test teaching solutions, this will be a favorable point.
2. Don’t Count on Getting a Teaching Job Right Away
It’s everyone’s dream to have teaching employment after college instantly, but these days, it’s not always going to happen. If you want to show that you have real world experience and gain confidence in your abilities, consider spending several months to a year in a different entry level job. Substitute teaching jobs, for example, can often lead to connections for full time positions. Not only will you often be the first to know about new openings at the schools in your area, but you’ll also be a face the administration is familiar with, and recognizes as capable. Another option is afterschool care, which can even be coupled with substituting.
3. Tips for a Successful Interview
Did you know that 33% of interviewers claim tot know within the first 90 seconds of interviewing someone whether or not they want to hire them? The reality here is that what you actually have to say is not the only thing your potential employer is judging. For teaching jobs, confidence is a must, since administrators want to make sure you’ll be capable of controlling a classroom. Practice walking, eye contact, handshakes, and ask friends if you have any hidden tics (do you smooth your hair when you’re nervous?). Mark Leinart, a nationally recognized career counselor, advises teaching applicants to be very direct in their goals and aspirations. In other words, generic language like “I want to be a positive role model” doesn’t really say much, or help you stand out from other applicants.
What are your tips for finding employment after college?
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