Teaching Candidates Aplenty, but the Jobs Are Few – NYTimes.com

Sometimes it nice to find an article that confirms that what you are seeing is real.  This article, while written about New York state, definitely matches my experience in California, and to a lesser degree, in Oregon.  Don’t read the comments unless you feel the need to get angry.

Teaching Candidates Aplenty, but the Jobs Are Few – NYTimes.com.

▶ School Principals on Teacher Hiring and Employment – YouTube

This is a panel discussion of principals answering prospective teachers’ questions about interviews.  It is lengthy, and you can’t usually hear the students asking the questions, but it is great to hear real responses from principals about what they are looking for.

▶ School Principals on Teacher Hiring and Employment – YouTube.

Young People: Don’t Be Afraid to Become a Teacher! | Edutopia

These two articles take very different takes on whether or not they would even advise young people to pursue the profession of teaching.  The warning is hard to read, but I appreciate educators sharing their honest feedback.  I find it interesting that neither article really discusses the challenging job market for educators today. I think those entering this field need to be prepared for the possibility of living off what you make as a substitute while you look for full-time work.  What has been your job hunt experience?

Young People: Don’t Be Afraid to Become a Teacher! | Edutopia.

A Warning to Young People: Don’t Become a Teacher | Randy Turner.

Showcase your skills with an electronic teaching portfolio

My alma-mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, published this great, detailed description of how to create an online teaching portfolio.  It gives specific directions for how to create and curate an online teaching portfolio using Google Drive and Google Sites.  This site really helped me get a good vision of what an online portfolio can really be.

Showcase your skills with an electronic teaching portfolio.

The Total Resume Makeover for Teachers – Teachingcom

Monster has a great series of articles on updating your resume.  As educators, I don’t think many of us pay as much attention to details like formatting and spacing as we do the content.  After reading this, I am definitely going to rewrite and reorganize my own resume.  What do you do to help your application packet stand out in the crowd?

The Total Resume Makeover for Teachers – Teachingcom.

Education World: What Do Principals Look for in a New Teacher?

Education world has a great series of articles on what principals are looking for in new teachers as part of “The Principal Files.”  Check out a couple of the articles I found most helpful, specifically related to preparing for interviews.

What do you do to prepare for interviews?

Education World: What Do Principals Look for in a New Teacher?.

Education World: Principals Offer Advice to Job Seekers.