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  • Recruiters view your resume as a statement about how well organized and conscientious you are. Register with KU Career Connections and upload your updated resume. Don’t need to bring a cover letter, references or portfolio to this event. But do bring multiple copies of your resume to this event.
  • Other notes: -Only sign up for one interview per district -Don’t sign up on a district’s waitlist if you’ve signed up for an interview
  • Brainstorm some questions you might ask:
  • Brainstorm some questions you might ask:
  • This is your opportunity to make a positive first impression with your targeted school districts
  • Call 3-5 days after submitting your application materials to check the status of your file

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  • Get Ready for Education Interview Day Melissa Johnson Assistant Director University Career Center [email_address] / 864-3624 www.KUCareerHawk.com/edinterview
  • Agenda
    • What to Expect
    • How to prepare before EID
    • What to do at EID
    • How to follow up after EID
    • How the UCC Can Help
  • What to Expect
    • Takes place in the Kansas Union 5 th Floor
    • Over 60 school districts represented from Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska, and Texas
      • Check www.KUCareerHawk.com/edinterview for list of participating districts
    • Opportunity for you to conduct 20-30 minute screening interviews with school district administrators (for up to 12 interviews)
    • Some districts may have a display table where you can talk more informally with their representatives (ie, Denver Public Schools)
    • Agenda for Tuesday, March 2 nd
    • 8:00 am Student Check-In Opens
    • 8:30 – 9:00 am Walk-in Interview Sign Ups
    • 9:00 am First Interview Begins
    • 12 noon – 1:00 pm Lunch on your own
    • 3:30 pm Last Interview Begins
  • How to Prepare
    • Update your resume
    • Sign up for interviews online
    • Request letters of recommendation
    • Prepare to interview
    • Plan your outfit
    • Pack your bag
  • Update/Create Teaching-Focused Resume
    • A personality assessment that looks at 8 personality preferences that everyone uses at different times.
    • These 8 preferences are organized into 4 opposite pairs that describe 4 dimensions of personality type
    • 123 Jayhawk Road ▪ Lawrence, Kansas 66045 ▪ 555-555-1234 ▪ [email_address]
    • To obtain an elementary education teaching position.
    • Bachelor of Science in Education, Elementary Education Expected May 2010
    • The University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
      • GPA: 3.8/4.0
      • Completed 15 hours of graduate study in Adaptive Special Education while completing licensure requirements in 5-year program.
    • Kansas Elementary Education Two-Year Initial License , Grades K-6 Effective June 2010
    • Teaching Intern Spring 2010
    • South Park Elementary School, Shawnee Mission USD 512 Merriam, KS
      • Looking forward to actively engaging 19 kindergartners in learning across the curriculum
      • Plan to create and implement an integrated thematic unit on frogs through collaboration with cooperating teacher and others
      • Will pilot a research project concerning reverse mentoring and use of technology by classroom teachers
    • Student Teacher Fall 2009
    • New Stanley Elementary School, Kansas City, Kansas USD 500 Kansas City, KS
      • Completed student teaching in fourth and fifth grade combination classroom for six weeks
      • Created positive learning environment for 21 students with consistent classroom management using “cooperative discipline” strategies
      • Planned and facilitated daily reading and math groups resulting in significant increase in reading levels for below average readers
      • Coordinated field trip for 21 students to Natural History Museum in Lawrence, Kansas
    • Football Coach September-October 2008-2009
    • Kansas City Parks and Recreation Kansas City, KS
      • Successfully instructed 25 fifth-grade boys from diverse multicultural and socioeconomic backgrounds in football and fitness fundamentals
      • Coordinated registration and practice schedule
      • Planned and led practice twice per week, coached Saturday games
    • Softball Instructor July – August 2007-2009
    • Lawrence High School Summer Softball Camp Lawrence, KS
      • Assisted head softball coach with both elementary and junior high sessions
      • Planned learning strategies and practice for group of 20 girls
      • Encouraged teamwork and lifelong wellness skills
    • School of Education Student Organization – Member 2008-Present
    • Kansas National Education Association – Student Member 2009-Present
    • Kansas Association of Teachers of Science – Student Member 2009-Present
    Only list schools you received degrees from. Put the date that you will complete your 5 th year, not the date you completed your BSE coursework. Include a bullet point description of how many hours of graduate coursework you’ve completed. Be sure to group all of your relevant experience into one section. Include student teaching, internships, field experience, and volunteer experience. Put other experience into another section, such as Additional Experience Since dates aren’t as important as job title and descriptions of what you did, it’s better to put the dates on the right side rather than the left. General Rules: Be consistent in your formatting, use of bullet points, use of bolding/ italics/ underlining, and alignment – Font size no smaller than 10 and no larger than 12 for the body of your résumé. Don’t forget to include your licensure and endorsement area(s) on your resume Include an objective for the Education Interview Day. Keep it concise. Start job descriptions with active verbs (i.e., developed, led, created, organized, etc.) Focus on accomplishments and outcomes of your work, not just responsibilities or duties.
  • How to Prepare
    • Sign Up for Interviews
    • Sign up online for interviews now through Wednesday, Feb. 17 th
    • Before signing up for interviews, you will need to register for KU Career Connections and upload a resume to your account
    • May interview with up to 12 districts
    • If you’ve interviewed with a district recently or plan to this semester, don’t sign up for an interview with them at Education Interview Day
    • Types of interview schedules:
      • Elementary = candidates completing a license for early childhood and elementary grades
      • Secondary = candidates completing a license for middle and secondary level grades.
      • Mixed = open to ALL endorsement areas
      • a, b, c = If school districts have more than one of a certain type of interview schedule (ie, 2 elementary schedules).
      • Only sign up for one interview per district
  • How to Prepare
    • Sign Up for Interviews
  • How to Prepare
    • Sign Up for Interviews
  • How to Prepare
    • Prepare to Interview
    • Do your homework…
      • On School Districts
      • Check www.KUCareerHawk.com/edinterview for a list of attending school districts
      • Visit district websites to conduct some initial research before the event
      • Complete an online application for each school district you are interviewing with
      • Prepare a few thoughtful questions to ask district representatives after your interview
      • On Yourself
      • Create a list of at least 5 skills/qualities that make you a good teacher candidate
      • Provide evidence of those skills – think of stories and specific examples that demonstrate these skills
  • How to Prepare
    • Prepare to Interview
    • 2. Use effective answering techniques
      • Keep it positive – avoid negativity
      • Concise answers that answer the question and demonstrate results and impact
      • A+1 (Answer plus an example)
      • STAR (Situation/Task, Action, Result)-Behavioral Interview Questions
      • Remember your five qualities when you’re stumped.
      • It’s okay to ask for clarification
      • Pausing is okay too – but not too long
      • Welcome all questions with a smile
  • How to Prepare
    • Prepare to Interview
    • 3. Be prepared to respond to typical interview questions, such as:
      • General Questions
      • Tell us about yourself.
      • Why should our district hire you?
      • What are the three most important strengths you possess that will make you a successful teacher?
      • What areas do you need to improve upon as a teacher?
      • How would your students describe you?
      • What mistakes do you think you might make as a teacher? What steps would you take to fix those mistakes?
      • Behavioral-Based Questions (STAR Method)
      • What classroom management techniques have you used? How effective have they been for you?
      • Describe a teaching strategy you used to maximize the learning potential of all students.
      • Hypothetical Questions
      • What problems do you foresee you will face with students? What strategies will you utilize to resolve these problems with students?
      • How would you handle the following situation…..?
      • Wrap-Up Questions
      • What questions do you have that I may be able to answer?
      • See your handout and www.KUCareerHawk.com/education for additional interview questions
  • How to Prepare
    • Prepare to Interview
    • 4. Prepare a few questions to ask district representatives
      • What are your current or anticipated vacancies for the upcoming academic year?
      • What qualities, characteristics or experience do you typically look for in a new teacher?
      • What extracurricular activity opportunities might be available?
      • What are you most proud of about your school/school district?
      • What would faculty, students, and parents say are the strengths of your school/school district?
  • How to Prepare
    • Prepare Your Outfit
    • Highly recommended that you wear a suit
    • Dark blue, brown, black or grey is recommended (keep it conservative)
    • Make sure skirts are at least knee length
    • Keep your accessories very minimal
    • Remove distracting piercings
    • No strong cologne or perfume
    • Finishing touches – polish shoes, matching belt, socks
  • How to Prepare
    • Pack Your Bag
    • What to bring
      • 20-30 resumes (you will want to bring enough copies for each representative you interview with)
      • Interview schedule
      • Nice folder/portfolio
      • Paper (with your questions) and pen
      • Mints, kleenex
      • A smile and a positive attitude
    • What NOT to bring
      • Large bag/backpack
      • Portfolio
      • Cover letters
      • Reference Letters
      • Gum
      • Cell phone with ringer on
      • Unprofessional dress
  • Make a Positive Impression at the Fair
    • Review the event guide/map to identify where districts are located (remember some districts will have display tables with representatives available for you to talk to)
    • Check your appearance, take a deep breath
    • Remember to introduce yourself to each district and greet everyone with a firm handshake and a smile
    • Offer a copy of your resume to each representative
    • Ask thoughtful, relevant questions
    • Exude confidence, but not arrogance (smile!  )
    • Request a business card or contact information
    • Be aware of the time – avoid being late to your interviews
  • How to Follow Up After Education Interview Day
    • Organize the information you collected, make notes
    • Write a thank you note or email to each district you interviewed with (great opportunity to send a targeted resume and cover letter as well)
    • Conduct any follow up that was requested at EID, including completing online applications, uploading your resume, and sending your credential file
  • How the University Career Center Can Help…
    • Individual appointment with a career coach to review your resume and cover letter, and conduct a mock interview
    • Optimal Resume http:// ku.optimalresume.com / – online tool to help you build your own resume
    • Education Resource Page
    • KUCareerHawk.com /education
    • -sample education resume, practice interview questions, credential forms, links to education job posting resources
  • Contact Us!
    • University Career Center
    • 110 Burge Union
    • 864-3624
    • [email_address]
    • KUCareerHawk.com