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The Job Search for Teachers

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Feeling overwhelmed with where to start in your job search for a teaching position? This session will address those feelings and provide helpful information on where to begin in your journey to become a teacher. Information includes hiring statistics from Georgia’s Professional Standards Commission, how to focus in on your top 5 districts, what qualities schools are looking for, and where to find the jobs.

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The Job Search for Teachers

  1. 1. A Teacher’s Guide to Career Success The Job Search: How to Set Yourself Apart Presented by: Bethany Bagley College of Education Career Consultant
  2. 2. What is your biggest concern in finding a teaching job?
  3. 3. Job Search Discussion:• Questions to Consider• The Economy• What Employers are Seeking• Steps for the Job Search• Job Boards• Networking• Social Media• Job Search Tips
  4. 4. The Job Search is Scary…HELP! Let’s start by asking some questions: What type of school/work What type of environment do I school/work want to work in? environment do I want to work in? When considering your job search, what appeals to you most?  Geographic location  Specific school environment/demographic  ONLY public  ONLY private  It doesn’t matter
  5. 5. The Job Search is Scary…HELP! Let’s start by asking some questions: What type of school/work environment do I want to work in? In this economy, will I get hired?
  6. 6. The Economy: Will I Get Hired? SPAGE (Student Professional Association of Georgia Educators) Dr. Jerry Eads, from Georgia Professional Standards Commission, presented a live webinar on February 12, 2011 on teacher supply and demand and unleashed the state’s latest data.  http://www.pagefoundation .org/displaycommon.cfm? an=6
  7. 7. The Economy: Will I Get Hired?
  8. 8. The Economy: Will I Get Hired? Projection of the # of Teachers hired through
  9. 9.  Expected to grow by 17 percent from 2010 to 2020 Employment growth will vary by region • Declines in student–teacher ratios • Increase in enrollment  Expected to grow by 17 percent from 2010 to 2020 • Increase in enrollment • Continued demand for special education services  Expected to grow by 7 percent from 2010 to 2020  Employment growth will vary by region. • Declines in student-to-teacher ratios • Increases in enrollment
  10. 10. What are Administrators Looking for?  Ability to demonstrate a sincere interest in children Enthusiam for teaching  Content Knowledge Knowledge about the district Appearance/speaking  Other talents and gifts you can bring to the skills school- extracurricular involvement
  11. 11. Where do I start in the Job Search?  4 Basic Steps to follow:
  12. 12. Where do I start in the Job Search?  4 Basic Steps to follow:
  13. 13. Where do I start in the Job Search?  4 Basic Steps to follow:  Follow up with human Apply to school districts resources and principals
  14. 14. Where do I start in the Job Search?  4 Basic Steps to follow:  Follow up with human Apply to school districts resources and principals
  15. 15. Where do I find the J-O-B-S?  Register and upload application materials Use this website to find targeted districts and their websites  Finding a job is a PROCESS;  Birth-5; Pre-K programs  Southern so do not get discouraged. Teachers Agency Be persistent & intentional!
  16. 16. Fundamentals of Networking PURPOSE:To build relationships with like-minded individuals for personal and professional growth. (Mutually beneficial relationship)*Networking facilitates your growth as a professional and allowsyou to access a larger pool of opportunities and resources. One ofthe most powerful ways to enhance your career development isthrough networking.  Identify YOUR Network.  Student Teaching  UGA Staff and Faculty  Professional Associations  Campus Organizations  Peers  Family & Friends
  17. 17. Where/How can I Network? Informational Interviews: Talk with administrators, staff, faculty, and others about their career path. GET ADVICE! Teacher/Administration Recruitment Fair Your turn. Ideas?
  18. 18. Let’s Practice!S.E.N.T. Smile: Display energy/positivity Eye contact: Show engagement Name: Give your name Touch: Firm handshake  Be Authentic.  Follow Up.  Thank you note
  19. 19. SOCIAL CLEAN UP YOUR PROFILE! Is your content appropriate? MEDIA Have you checked your privacy settings?  PROS: Are you using social media to NETWORK? • Job Search • Networking • Online blogs/portfolios  CONS: Have you considered sharing your portfolio online? • Privacy settings OR • Inappropriate content Starting an education-related blog/board?
  20. 20. Top 10 Tips for the Job Search1. Do your RESEARCH.2. Be intentional about your job search- target schools.3. Clean up your social media profiles.4. Every school/administrator interaction is a networking opportunity- Take advantage!5. Prepare your application materials early.6. Volunteer in as many classrooms as possible.7. Attend local/state school district career fairs.8. Make sure that you have completely applied to the district.9. Keep a running list of everyone you talk to/correspond with at each school district.10. Be proactive and persistent- Don’t give up!
  21. 21. QUESTIONS?
  22. 22. Come visit me at the Career Center!To make an appointment call 706-542-3375 OR Visit Satellite Hours in Aderhold 124L every Tuesday from 3:00pm- 5:00pm OR Visit Walk-Ins HoursAvailable everyday in Clark Howell Hall from 12:00pm-2:00pm

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