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					THE JOB SEARCH FOR
    EDUCATORS

 How to Best Market Yourself
    and Your Credentials
  Developing a Plan of Action
• View the job search as a job itself
  – Not something you do only when you are in
    the mood
  – Requires organization, dedication, time, and
    effort
  – Minimal effort will only achieve minimal
    results
  Developing a Plan of Action
• Begin early
  – Develop an action plan prior to the
    beginning of professional (student
    teaching) semester
  – Prepare supporting materials before final
    semester as well
    •   Resume
    •   Cover Letter
    •   Portfolio
    •   Reference List
    •   Letters of Reference
   Developing a Plan of Action
• Identify Resources
   – School districts that are anticipating openings
   – Districts in which you would like to work
   – Career Services


• Establish a timeline
   – Be realistic
   – Cannot be complete in 1 – 2 weeks’ time
   – Not something you want to leave until the end of the
     semester
   – Want to avoid “I wish I would have…” or “If only I
     had started earlier…”
   – Goal: Firm offer in place prior to or shortly after
     graduation.
  Developing a Plan of Action
• Commit your plan to paper
  – Easy to lose track of specific information
    such as application deadlines, contact
    names, and follow-up activities
  – Best way to not forget important
    information is to WRITE IT DOWN!
  – Can also help you organize your search
    efforts
  – Create a greater sense of commitment
  – Will give you a sense of accomplishment as
    you check things off
  Developing a Plan of Action

• Incorporate follow-up activities
  – Phone calls
  – Thank you notes/letters
  – Be specific when listing follow-up activities
    • Exactly what activities need to be completed
    • The date they should be completed
    • Names of contact persons
  Developing a Plan of Action
• Design your plan
  – Plan should not be one-dimensional
  – Enable you to use variety of job
    search strategies
  – Account for every step of the job
    search process from identifying
    resources to conducting follow-up
    activities
  – Be able at evaluate your job search
    plan – make modifications when
    needed.
             Sample Timeline
• Prior to your professional semester:
  – Visit Career Services
  – Begin to review websites that contain vacancy
    postings
  – Begin to identify who you will ask to write
    letters of reference
  – Begin to develop a list of school districts in
    which you are interested – select those to
    which you will send cover letters and resumes.
  – Finalize cover letter and resume (include
    student teaching)
  – Compile as much of your portfolio as possible
  – Have cover letter & resume critiqued by a
    Career Services Specialist
  – Gather information on education job fairs –
    note dates on your calendar.
             Sample Timeline
• February
  – Have final resume approved in order to
    become interactive in Saluki Recruiting
  – Complete your profile, upload your resume
    and publish your resume to the
    Education/Certified Resume Book in Saluki
    Recruiting.
  – Begin searching for positions via Saluki
    Recruiting
  – Begin targeted mailing to selected
    districts (10 – 25 per week)
  – Register with other educator recruitment
    websites
          Sample Timeline
• March
  – Participate in a mock interview prior to
    attending the Teacher Job Fair, other job
    fairs, and interviews
  – Continue to search Saluki Recruiting as well
    as other online job postings.
  – Continue to mail application materials to
    school districts
  – Follow-up on initial mailings
  – Continually update your portfolio
            Sample Timeline
• April
  – Send thank you notes/letters to
    recruiters you met at the Teacher Job
    Fair within 2 days of attending the job
    fair
  – Make interview arrangements
  – Conduct other job fair follow-up with 2
    weeks of the fair.
• May
  – Attend interviews
  – Evaluate offers and accept a position
            Job Search Strategies
• Saluki Recruiting
   – Online job search system

   – Typically, between 400 & 660 teaching positions are listed on
     this site at any given time throughout the year.

   – Personalized profile for your job search that school districts
     can view when searching for candidates to fill positions.

   – Upload resumes, cover letters, writing samples, certifications,
     or letters of recommendation into your personal account.

   – The ability to search and apply for jobs online with a click of a
     button from your personalized account.

   – Notification when school districts are scheduled to interview
     on-campus.

   – Ability to apply for on-campus interviews from any internet
     accessible computer.

   – Email notifications when new jobs are posted that match your
     profile.
          Job Search Strategies
•   Attend Teacher Job Fairs

•   Networking
    – Networking is the most effective job search strategy.
        • 65% to 90% of jobs are found via networking.

    – What exactly is networking?
        • The art of building mutually beneficial professional relationships and
          alliances.
        • Accessing the knowledge and wisdom of others in your field.
        • A reciprocal activity – a professional give and take. A good
          networker realizes that it is just as meaningful and beneficial for
          him to assist others as it is for others to help him.

    – Other benefits:
        • Individuals who find employment in this manner tend to be more
          satisfied in their jobs and earn a higher income.
        • Helps job seekers identify transferable skills and enables them to
          effectively communicate these skills to potential employers.
        Job Search Strategies
• Tips from networking experts
  –   Prepare an “elevator speech.”
  –   Use your existing ties.
  –   Target professional organizations.
  –   Show interest in others.
  –   Do not ask for a job. Build relationships.
  –   Do not be selfish.
  –   Do not abuse relationships.
  –   Follow through.
  –   Maintain your network.
            Job Search Strategies
•   Networking “How To’s”
    – Begin with a purpose. It does you no good to attend a
      networking function unless you define your objectives to
      know why you are there.

    – The name tag should be worn on the right side to provide an
      easy sight-line to your name when shaking hands.

    – Have an effective handshake. Practice your handshake to
      avoid giving a “bone crusher” or a “limp fish.”

    – Be sure to introduce yourself!

        • Say your name clearly. “Hello, my name is Michelle Garrett. It’s
          a pleasure to meet you.”
        • Shake hands.
        • Use an “elevator speech” (describe who you are and what you do
          in 30 seconds or less.)
        • When appropriate, offer a business card and ask the other
          person for one of his or hers. Sometimes, it is more appropriate
          to exchange cards only when you depart from one another.

    – When the event has concluded, networking does not stop! Be
      sure to follow up with those you have met, keep in contact,
      share information, and offer to help in any way you can.
         Job Search Strategies
• Internet Job Search
  – Professional organizations
     • Examples include:
           – Illinois Education Association
           – National Education Association
  – Specific school districts’ websites
  – Sites specific to employment in Education.
     •   American Association for Employment in Education
     •   Illinois Education Job Bank
     •   K-12jobs.com
     •   Academic Employment Network
     •   Illinois State Board of Education
  – Job search links on Career Services’ website –
    www.siu.edu/~ucs.
  – Avoid larger search engines.
 Top Job Search Mistakes
– Failure to network.
– Failure to invest the time and effort
  to find the job/position that you
  really want.
– Failure to open-up geographically.
– Failure to vary your search approach.
– Failure to leave the attitude and
  image on-campus
     Job Search Documents
• Resume
  – Summary of your education and experience with
    the purpose of securing an interview.
  – Basic guidelines:
     • Honest and concise
     • Use a consist format
     • No “I” statements – use short, concise, phrases beginning
       with strong action verbs.
     • No personal pronouns
     • 1 – 2 pages
     • No high school information
     • White, cream, or gray resume paper
     Job Search Documents
• Resume
  – Content Areas
    •   Identification
    •   Objective
    •   Education
    •   Certification
    •   Honors
    •   Experience
    •   Skills
    •   Involvement/Activities
    •   Memberships
    •   Professional Development
    •   Achievements/Accomplishments
    •   References
     Job Search Documents
• Resume
  – Editing Tips
    •   PROOF READ!!!
    •   Have 2-3 friends proof read as well.
    •   Do not rely on spell check.
    •   Critiqued by Career Services professional staff
        member:
         –   Michelle Garrett, 453-7115, mrgarret@siu.edu
         –   Beverly Robbins, 453-7112, bevj@siu.edu
         –   Jaime Conley-Holt, 453-1036, jbcholt@siu.edu
         –   Cindy Jenkins, 453-1040, cjenk@siu.edu
     Job Search Documents
• Reference List
  – Ask permission.
  – No personal references.
  – Use academic/professional references:
     • Individuals who have knowledge of your work
       and/or academic performance (professors,
       supervising teachers, center coordinators,
       etc.)
     • Individuals who will say good, substantive
       things about you.
  – List name, title, affiliation, address,
    phone, and email.
  – Inform references of specific positions
    for which you are applying.
     Job Search Documents
• Reference Letters
  – Who should you ask?
     • Same type of individuals you would ask to list
       as references – people you know in an academic
       and/or professional capacity.
     • Individuals who can write well.
  – Always provide writer with copy of
    position description.
  – If employer requires that writer send
    letter directly to him/her, provide the
    writer with addressed/stamped
    envelopes.
             The Interview
• The purpose is two-fold:
  – Interviewer gathers information
    regarding your interests, skills, &
    abilities to determine if you will meet
    their needs.

  – Allows you to assess the position and
    nature of the organization to
    determine if there’s a fit between
    your professional goals and the job.
           The Interview

• Interview Formats
  – Phone or Screening Interview

  – One-on-One Interview

  – Group/Panel Interview

  – Meal Interview

  – Second/Site Interview
                               The Interview
•   Preparation
     –   Research the both the position and the school district
           •   District/school website
           •   Job fair
           •   District report card (ISBE)

     –   Be able to articulate (sell yourself):
           •   Skills
           •   Strengths
           •   Accomplishments
           •   Career goals
           •   Areas of development
           •   Why you should be hired

     –   Based on your research and knowledge of yourself, communicate your
         “fit” with the school/district

     –   Be prepared to ask and answer questions and provide specific examples.

     –   Be prompt and prepared.
           •   Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early.
           •   Scout location/parking prior to interview date.
           •   Bring extra copies of resume.
           •   Bring Reference List
           •   Bring list of questions for interviewer.
                        The Interview
• Body Language - Tips for projecting a positive image:

   – When entering the room, give the appearance of high
     energy and self-confidence. Walk briskly and SMILE!

   – Shake hands firmly, but don’t crush bones.

   – Maintain eye contact throughout the interview.

   – Sit up straight.

   – Demonstrate that you are listening intently to the
     interviewer – occasionally nod your head.

   – Don’t let your hands or fingers fidget (with themselves or
     other objects such as a pen, paper, or your hair).

   – Avoid folding your arms across your chest.
                   The Interview
• Stages of the Interview

   – Introduction – Interviewer will attempt to
     establish a rapport with you – 1st impression very
     important.

   – Review – Background (education and experience),
     interests, abilities, career goals, traditional or
     behavioral questions.

   – Discussion – Potential opportunities and how you
     can possibly fit (present & future).

   – Conclusion – Points can be clarified by both
     parties and questions asked and answered by each
     – Interviewer may explain procedural matters and
     discuss how and when further contact will be
     made.
                  The Interview
• Interview Questions
  – Structured
     • Prescribed set of questions – relatively brief
       answers (2-3 minutes per question).
        –   General background
        –   Education
        –   Experience
        –   Career goals
  – Unstructured
     • More open-ended questions – looking for
       longer answers that reveal more about you,
       your background, and your aspirations.
     • Behavior-based Questions
                   The Interview
• Behavior-Based
  – Past behavior best predictor of future
    success.
  – Relies less on general questions and more
    on specifics.
  – Questions usually begin with
     • “Tell me about a time when. . . “
     • “Give me an example of . . . “
  – Targeted skill areas:
     •   Leadership
     •   Critical-thinking
     •   Decision-making
     •   Problem-solving
     •   Goal setting
     •   Teambuilding
     •   Creativity
           The Interview
– How to answer behavior-based
  questions (storytelling)
  • SAR
     – Situation
     – Action
     – Result
  • Review your resume for examples and
    write down potential answers regarding
    major skill areas.
                  The Interview
• Your Questions
  – Why
     • To determine if you are an appropriate fit for
       the organization and position.

  – Content
     •   Sincere interest in employer.
     •   Awareness of their needs.
     •   How you can fill these needs.
     •   Should NOT deal with information that should
         have been discovered through basic research.

  – NEVER ask about salary and/or benefits
    during the first/screening interview.
     • If the interviewer asks the applicant about
       salary, he/she should give range; no dollar
       amount.
                       The Interview
•   After the Interview
     – Thank you notes/letters
         • Send thank you note to each individual with whom you interviewed
           (business cards).
         • Each note should be individualized.
         • 24 to 48 hours.
         • Handwritten notes are still the norm.
         • E-mail thank you is acceptable if you know interviewer will not be
           in his/her office to receive your note in a timely fashion.
     – Make Notes
     – What did you like?
     – What didn’t you like?

•   Evaluate
     – Determine if the job is right for you?
         • Environment
         • Culture
         • Location
     – A good fit will lead to a more successful, fulfilling teaching
       career.
                   Our Services
•   Information on Careers
•   Career Exploration
•   Peer Advisors/Computer Lab
•   Workshops/Seminars
•   Internship/Externship/Co-Op Information
•   Job Fairs
•   Job Search Help
•   Salary & Employment Information
•   Saluki Recruiting
•   Resume Development/Critique
•   Interview Preparation
•   Mock Interviews
•   On-Campus Interview Information
•   Graduate School Information
Where Can You Find Us?
       Career Services
       Woody Hall B204
        618-453-2391
       www.siu.edu/~ucs

         Appointments
               Or
           Walk Ins
    (M thru Th 9:00 – 11:30
        and 1:00 – 3:30)

				
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