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					                             Job Search
                              Guide for
                             Educators


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                                                   BEGINNING YOUR SEARCH


As you begin your job search, you will want to make sure that you take a close look at
your objectives. It is always helpful to identify your destination before you embark on a
journey. You may want to ask yourself the following questions:

                  What is my ideal teaching job?
                  What grade level and subjects do I hope to teach?
                  Am I most interested in teaching in public or private schools?
                  Am I looking for a particular curriculum?
                  How mobile am I? Do I wish to stay close to home or am I going to open up
                   my geographical search area?
                  What are my greatest strengths as an educator?




     
                                   Realize that conducting a job search requires a great deal of time. It
                                   is essential that you schedule time in your daily routine for preparing
                                   job search materials, contacting potential employers, preparing for
                                   interviews, and attending interviews and job fairs.


Resources:
      Education Department at Wisconsin Lutheran College
            School listings
            DPI bulletins
      College professors
      Alumni
      Friends and relatives
      Newspaper advertisements
      Contacting schools via telephone, mail or in person
      Internet search
      WLC Career Development Job Board~ www.wlc.edu/career
      Project Connect, an online database of job opportunities in education. Obtain
        access information from the WLC Life Resources Office.

Remember:
     Do your research! What are the needs of each district? Who is the
      appropriate contact person?
     Send information to human resource directors, principals, or superintendents.
      Try to address letters to a specific person whenever possible.
     Districts typically begin filling positions in March. Be sure to get started early.
     Never stop networking. Everyone you meet is a potential job lead.
     Perseverence is key!




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                                                                  RESUMES


Communicating your qualifications to employers should be the single most important
goal in your job search. A resume can do just that. An expertly crafted and intelligently
distributed resume can produce the most desired outcome of a job search—job
interviews that eventually turn into job offers and satisfying jobs. An effective resume
tells employers about the skills and experience you possess, making you the ideal
candidate for the job.

What to do:
 Keep your resume short and simple.
 Limit your resume to one page.
 Double space between sections.
 Bold, Underline, or CAPITALIZE section headings to make them stand out.
 Be positive and enthusiastic.
 Stress achievements.
 Keep sentences brief.
 Be honest.
 Use bullets () or other symbols (,) at the beginning of each entry to separate one
   item from another and to guide the reader’s eye to the sentence.
 Use phrases starting with strong action verbs.

What not to do:
Do not write in paragraphs.
Do not exaggerate or misrepresent facts.
Do not list personal references.
Do not mention salary or wages.
Do not use fancy type such as outline, shadow, script, or other difficult-to-read styles.
Do not use flashy paper.
Do not state age, race, health, height, weight, or marital status.
Do not abbreviate. (Exception: abbreviation of states is acceptable)

Printing Your Resume:
Print your resume on a laser printer or have it done at a professional printer.
Be sure to proofread your resume. Have several people look it over before you
  print it.
Leave about a 1-inch margin on all sides.
Use high quality paper (white, ivory, gray) for your resume, cover letter, and
  envelopes.



                            Evaluate your resume’s final appearance before printing final
                             copies. Is it a visually appealing document? Can it be reviewed for
                             pertinent information in a few seconds? Does it look professional?




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                                                                  RESUME STYLES


There are two main styles of resumes: chronological and functional. Each style has
advantages and disadvantages, depending on your purpose and audience. Choose the
style or combination of styles that will best highlight your assets.


                                                                  CHRONOLOGICAL

This style describes work and internships with expressive phrases for each experience.
It primarily highlights work and education.

Strengths:
       Easy to organize, write, and read.
       Familiar to most employers.
       Forms clear picture of where you have worked and your accomplishments.
       Reflects straightforward, continuous growth and development.

Weaknesses:
      Limited experience, any gaps in employment, or other weak areas may be
       evident.
      Lack of related or professional experience is emphasized.


                                                                    FUNCTIONAL

This style essentially outlines abilities and transferable skills and tells employers what
you will most likely do for them. Descriptive phrases are used to illustrate when and
how each skill was used. Employment and volunteer experiences are listed at the end.

Strengths:
       Draws attention to accomplishments.
       De-emphasizes dates, positions, and employers.
       Best for those with volunteer and leadership experiences or a variety of
         unconnected experiences.
       Highlights your skills rather than your work experience (or lack of it).

Weaknesses:
      More difficult to organize, write, and read.
      Employers may assume you are trying to cover up something, such as a gap
       in employment.




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                             CONTENT FOR A CHRONOLOGICAL RESUME


                                                                          Name
                                                                     Street Address
                                                                  City, State, Zip Code
                                                                  Telephone Number
                                                                          E-mail
                                 (include permanent and present information if a college student)



OBJECTIVE
Your objective is a one-sentence statement of what you intend to do for the employer.
Focus on a career area, level of responsibility, and skills. The objective should be the
focal point to which all other elements in the resume relate.

EDUCATION
List post-secondary education in reverse chronological order (most recent experiences
first). Juniors and Seniors should not include high school. Include degree(s),
highlights, and special training/courses. Degree(s) should include the month and year
received, college, location, major(s), minor(s), or emphases. Grade point average
and/or percentage of college education expenses that you paid can also be included
here.

EXPERIENCE/EMPLOYMENT
List in reverse chronological order your position, employer, city, state, and dates.
Include paid and non-paid experiences—employment, internships, and volunteer work.
Use short phrases to describe your skills, responsibilities, accomplishments, and
contributions—especially those related to your objective. A variety of strong action
verbs can be employed to enhance this portion of your resume. (See page entitled
―Resume Action Verbs‖ for some examples.)

OTHER POSSIBLE CATEGORIES
Leadership/Activities
Languages
Honors/Awards
Summary of Qualifications
Professional Affiliations
Volunteer Experience




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                                                                                                       SAMPLE
                                                                                                    CHRONOLOGICAL
MELISSA S. TAYLOR                                                                                      RESUME

                          Current Address: 8800 West Blue Mound Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226 Telephone: (414) 443-8854
                          Permanent Address: 1453 South Water Street, St. Paul, MN 46824 Telephone: (325) 555-0965
                          E-mail: mtaylor@wlc.edu

OBJECTIVE

                          Seeking a full-time position as an elementary teacher

EDUCATION

                          WISCONSIN LUTHERAN COLLEGE, Milwaukee, WI
                               Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Psychology Minor
                               Graduation Date: May 13, 2006
                               GPA: 3.6

STUDENT TEACHING

                          WEST SIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Milwaukee, WI – January ’06-present
                                 Assist with third grade classroom duties
                                 Draft daily lesson plans
                                 Teach thematic units across content areas
                                 Assist with conflict resolution program

FIELD EXPERIENCE

                          EAST SIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Milwaukee, WI – August ’05-December ’05
                                   Observed first grade class twice a week
                                   Tutored students in various subjects

RELATED EXPERIENCE

                          WISCONSIN LUTHERAN COLLEGE, Milwaukee, WI – August ’04-present
                               Resident Assistant (R.A.)
                                Employ conflict resolution and problem-solving skills with R.A. team
                                Enforce college policies and assist with campus security
                                Organize programs and meetings

                           WISCONSIN LUTHERAN COLLEGE, Milwaukee, WI – August ’03-present
                                Ambassador Club—Senior Ambassador
                                 Give informational tours of Wisconsin Lutheran College
                                 Assist younger ambassadors in their duties
                                 Represent Wisconsin Lutheran College at major events

ACTIVITIES/ACHIEVEMENTS

             Impact Award Finalist                                Praise Team (choir)
             Student Wisconsin Education Association              Wisconsin Lutheran Institutional Ministries Volunteer
             Yearbook Editor                                      Scholar Athlete Award


REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST



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                                   CONTENT FOR A FUNCTIONAL RESUME


                                                                          Name
                                                                     Street Address
                                                                  City, State, Zip Code
                                                                  Telephone Number
                                                                          E-mail
                                 (include permanent and present information if a college student)



OBJECTIVE
Your objective is a one-sentence statement of what you intend to do for the employer.
Focus on a career area, level of responsibility, and skills. The objective should be the
focal point to which all other elements in the resume relate.

EDUCATION
List post-secondary education in reverse chronological order (most recent experiences
first). Juniors and Seniors should not include high school. Include degree(s),
highlights, and special training/courses. Degree(s) should include the month and year
received, college, location, major(s), minor(s), or emphases. Grade point average
and/or percentage of college education expenses you paid can also be included here.

RELEVANT SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
What are two or three major skills or areas of expertise that are relevant to the objective
you stated? When have you used these skills in your past work or volunteer
experience? Write statements that describe your achievements using a variety of
strong action verbs. (See page entitled ―Resume Action Verbs‖ for some examples.)

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
List in reverse chronological order your position, employer, city, state, and dates.

OTHER POSSIBLE CATEGORIES
Leadership/Activities
Languages
Honors/Awards
Summary of Qualifications
Professional Affiliations
Volunteer Experience




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                                                                                                    SAMPLE
                                                                                                  FUNCTIONAL
                                              BRYAN JOHNSON                                         RESUME
56 Stellar Avenue                                                 886-555-0634         Colorado Springs, CO 65321
                                                            bryan-johnson@abc.com


               OBJECTIVE
                               To obtain a middle school teaching position in music

               EDUCATION
                               WISCONSIN LUTHERAN COLLEGE, Milwaukee, WI
                                  Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Music
                                  Certified to teach grades 7-12
                                  Graduation Date: May 13, 2006
                                  Cumulative GPA: 3.65
                                  Financed 75% of college education

             TEACHING SKILLS
                                      Currently teaching ninth grade general music course at Lombardi High
                                       School, Milwaukee, WI
                                      Teach instrumental music lessons to 8-10 middle and high school
                                       students
                                      Tutored students in various subject areas at Badger Middle School,
                                       Wauwatosa, WI
                                      Served as student assistant/tutor in various college music courses

               MUSIC SKILLS
                                      Play trumpet, piano, and guitar with proficiency
                                      Served as assistant choral director for two years at Trinity Lutheran
                                       Church, Colorado Springs, CO
                                      Received four-year music talent scholarship at Wisconsin Lutheran
                                       College

               WORK EXPERIENCE
                                      Sales clerk: Bender Music, Wauwatosa, WI August 2005-present
                                      Tele-counselor: Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI
                                       September 2005-present
                                      Child Care Worker: ABC Play Land, Elmersville, CO Summers 2004-05

               ACTIVITIES
                                      Member of Student Wisconsin Education Association
                                      Ambassador Club
                                      Intramural Volleyball
                                      Jazz Band
                                      Varsity Basketball


REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST




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                                                      RESUME ACTION VERBS


accessed                                                          focused        perceived
adapted                                                           fostered       performed
advised                                                           gained         pioneered
analyzed                                                          gathered       planned
arranged                                                          generated      programmed
ascertained                                                       guaranteed     promoted
assumed                                                           guided         proposed
authored                                                          handled        provided
balanced                                                          helped         reduced
bargained                                                         hired          refined
bolstered                                                         identified     researched
briefed                                                           improved       restored
brought                                                           initiated      revamped
budgeted                                                          instructed     reviewed
built                                                             interacted     revised
calculated                                                        invented       scheduled
challenged                                                        investigated   selected
clarified                                                         launched       serviced
communicated                                                      lectured       shared
consulted                                                         lobbied        simplified
correlated                                                        located        skilled
counseled                                                         maintained     solved
created                                                           managed        structured
defined                                                           mapped         studied
delivered                                                         marketed       styled
designed                                                          mediated       suggested
discovered                                                        mentored       summarized
displayed                                                         merged         supported
documented                                                        modified       tabulated
earned                                                            monitored      taught
eliminated                                                        motivated      trained
encouraged                                                        navigated      transported
enforced                                                          negotiated     tutored
enlisted                                                          observed       upgraded
evaluated                                                         operated       upheld
exemplified                                                       organized      utilized
expedited                                                         originated     validated
facilitated                                                       overcame       verified
financed                                                          oversaw        visualized
fixed                                                             participated   volunteered




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                                                                  REFERENCES


Do not list any references on your resume. Instead, you may type the phrase,
―References available on request‖ at the bottom of your resume. You should always
bring a list of references along with you to an interview. The list should be typed and
include the following for each individual:

                          Name
                          Title
                          Company/Organization
                          Address
                          Phone
                          (E-mail)

Your reference page should be printed on the same paper as your resume. You may
also wish to use the same heading as your resume. This allows the interviewer to keep
all your materials together in a uniform ―package.‖

Create a list of 3-5 individuals who would present you positively to a prospective
employer, preferably those who can discuss your work and study habits. Give serious
thought to which individuals will give you the best reference. Your list might include:

                          Supervisors
                          Co-workers
                          Volunteer coordinators
                          Professors
                          Internship supervisors

      Be sure to call each reference to ask for permission prior to giving a potential
employer their name. Make sure that they will give you a strong, positive reference. If
they will, verify their current employer, title, address, telephone number, and e-mail
address.




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                                                                                       SAMPLE
                                                                                      REFERENCE
Tim Matheson                                                                            PAGE

                                                                  774 Park Street
                                                                  Milwaukee, WI 53226
                                                                  414-555-8727
                                                                  tim_matheson@abc.com


REFERENCES:


Richard Tenant
Principal
Valley Academy
56 North 76th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53214
414-555-0067


Mary Williams
Elementary Teacher
Glenview Elementary School
873 North Avenue
Madison, WI 87323
608-555-1250


Mark Layton
Assistant Professor of Education
Wisconsin Lutheran College
8800 West Bluemound Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226
414-555-3681




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                                                            CORRESPONDENCE


Cover Letters
The cover letter is a letter of application for an advertised position or a letter of inquiry
about a position you desire. It introduces you to an employer by covering your resume
each time it is sent. Cover letters are meant to complement the information contained in
the resume. Never send out a resume by mail without a cover letter.

Thank You Letter
This letter should always be sent within 24 hours of the interview. A thank you letter
should be sent to every employer with whom you interviewed. Otherwise, send it to the
Human Resource Director or the Chairperson of the screening committee. Use the
letter to thank the individual for his/her time. Mentioning a specific topic discussed in
the interview can serve as a reminder to him/her of the interview and strengthen your
candidacy.

Other Letters
Always send a brief letter with any submitted material. Follow up if there has been
a delay in hearing from employers. Indicate that you are still interested in the position.
You may send other thank you letters for a second interview or for a referral. Other
letters that you may want to send to an employer are:

                         ―Stall‖ letter—letter requesting more time to consider an offer
                         Acceptance letter—letter expressing your acceptance of a job offer
                         Withdrawal letter—letter requesting that your name be removed from
                          consideration
                         Reply letter to having not been chosen—keep correspondence open;
                          don’t burn any bridges!

See the Life Resources Office for details about these forms of correspondence.

LETTER WRITING TECHNIQUES:
 Type each letter on the same paper as the resume. Use a quality laser printer or
  typewriter.
 Address your letters to a specific person and include his/her title. Accessing a
  school or district web page and/or a phone call will help determine the correct name
  and exact spelling.
 Customize your letter to fit with the requirements of the position. If a job description
  is available, focus on the specific sections that demonstrate your skills.
 The letter should focus on what you can do for the employer, not what you want from
  them.
 The length of each letter should be no more than one page. Use good business
  format, and correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.




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                                                      COVER LETTER FORMAT


Your Present Street Address
City, State, Zip Code
Date of Writing

Mr./Ms. Employer
Job Title
Organization/Company
Street Address
City, State, Zip Code

Dear Mr./Ms. Employer:

Opening Paragraph:
 Describe the type of position for which you are applying.
 Mention how you learned about the position (name of contact, type of
  advertisement).

Middle Paragraph(s):
 State your interest and purpose.
 Expand upon the information stated in your resume, but do not repeat it.
 Be positive in content, tone, word choice, and expectations.

Closing Paragraph:
 End with an action statement requesting a personal interview.
 Thank the reader for his/her time and consideration.

Sincerely,

(handwritten signature)

Type your name
Telephone (with area code)


Enclosure




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                                                                                                 SAMPLE
                                                                  Sara Becker                    COVER
                                                          821 North Madison Avenue               LETTER
                                                              Lansing, MI 84239
                                                                616-555-1200


March 13, 2006


Richard Martins, Principal
Riverside High School
2489 Timothy Way
Madison, WI 59221


Dear Mr. Martins:

I am writing in regard to the position available in your high school. I am very much
aware of the school’s excellent reputation and firm commitment to the education of our
young people. Therefore, I am interested in becoming a part of the teaching staff of
Riverside High School.

I will be graduating from Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, WI in May of 2006.
Throughout my education I was a teacher’s aide and volunteered as a student teacher.
While doing this I was able to maintain a GPA of 3.6. I have excellent leadership skills,
enthusiasm, and am very dependable. I possess a strong desire to learn and excel,
and a wish to influence others through my teaching. I am confident that I will make a
significant contribution to the teaching staff now and in the years to come.

Enclosed is my resume for more detailed information about my experience. I can be
reached at the address and phone number above. I would greatly appreciate an
opportunity to discuss how my qualifications would be consistent to your needs. Thank
you for your time and consideration.


Sincerely,



Sara Becker


Enclosure




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                                               PREPARING FOR INTERVIEWS



While your resume and cover letter are designed to get you in the door, the interview is
your opportunity to really sell yourself. The more you research specific job openings
and practice your interview skills, the more comfortable you will feel as you interview.
Keep the following things in mind:

                    Do your research before every interview. Gather as much information as you
                     can about the district and the position.
                    Be prepared to discuss your skills, interests, relevant experiences and
                     teaching philosophy. Sell yourself!
                    Keep answers clear and precise. Do not be afraid to gather your thoughts for
                     a short time before answering.
                    Rehearse your answers with a trusted person – friend, teacher, parents,
                     career counselor, etc. Repetition is the key!
                    Take every opportunity you have to interview. Practice your skills and learn
                     from mistakes.
                    Remember your non-verbals. Eye contact, posture, and tone of voice all
                     send a strong message to interviewers.
                    Be prepared for a variety of interview formats (one-on-one, multiple
                     interviewers, structured, informal, etc).
                    Prepare questions you wish to ask the interviewer. This shows genuine
                     interest and preparation.
                         What is the typical class size in your school?
                         What is the philosophy of your district?
                         What types of support personnel are available to teachers?
                         How do you encourage continual learning of your teachers?
                         When do you plan to make your hiring decisions?



                                                                  DRESS THE PART


It is important to always dress appropriately for an interview. Your appearance will be
the interviewer’s first impression of you. Never dress casually, even if you know the
organization’s employees dress that way on the job. You want to look businesslike and
professional.

Women: Wear a tailored suit or simple dress (conservative colors). Wear simple
jewelry. Little perfume. Makeup should be soft, subtle, and simple.

Men: Wear a suit (navy or shades of gray). Ties should be blue, red, or have a subtle
print. Make sure your shoes are polished. Earrings, long hair and shaggy beards are
not recommended.




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                                         POSSIBLE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS


                    Tell me about yourself. Include activities you have participated in.

                    Name two or three teaching skills essential in helping students learn.

                    Why do you want to work for us?

                    What type of discipline method do you prefer?

                    Talk about your ability to introduce or begin a lesson.

                    Name three effective ways to motivate students.

                    What is your philosophy of education?

                    How do you handle parents who are angry?

                    How can you get students excited about your subject area?

                    Why should I hire you instead of other applicants?

                    What community activities or organizations are you participating in?

                    What would you do if your supervisor made a decision you strongly
                     disagreed with?

                    How would you handle a disruptive student?

                    Is it important to be liked by students?

                    How will you learn about students’ attitudes and feelings about your class?

                    What would you do with a noncompliant student?

                    Given the choice, how and what would you report to parents about pupil
                     progress?

                    How would you make your room attractive and inviting to the learner?

                    Which grade level would you prefer? Why?

                    What made you decide to become a teacher?

                    What do you anticipate as being the most (or least) satisfying aspect of
                     teaching?

                    What is your perception as to the future of public education?

                    What is the best role for a parent to play in the school district?
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                                                              Life Resources Office
                                                                   Room B069
                                                                    443-8635




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