Finding a
Job in BC’s
Public
Schools

UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA
British Columbia
is a as diverse
geographically as
it is at the school
district level
BC Public Education Overview
• 60 public school district
employers in British Columbia
• 73,000 employees
• 33,000 unioniz...
Trends in BC Education
The workforce is aging = retirement?
WorkBC Labour Market Navigator predicts
growth in employment...
Growth Opportunities
Superintendent

Deputy
Superintendent

Assistant
Superintendent

Director of
Instruction

District
Pr...
Salary and Benefits
• Teacher Salary Finder
(http://www.makeafuture.ca/career-resources/salary-finder/)

•
•
•
•
•
•

Exte...
Applying for Jobs
What can I teach?
Depends on your qualifications
• Do you have…
– subject matter teaching experience (for
Secondary Teache...
Application Checklist
 Graduate and gather your documents:






Resume and cover letter
Practicum evaluation report...
Application Checklist
 Apply for a BC teaching certificate (TRB)
 Apply for a TQS card
 Set-up an application on Makeaf...
Write Targeted Cover Letters
•
•
•
•

Tailor your cover letter
Personalize it with concrete examples
Explain “why you are ...
Ask For A Good
Reference
• Get professional references
• Ask for a reference letter
• Give your references a
heads-up
Searching & Applying for
Jobs on Makeafuture.ca
Discover the
latest career
opportunities
Stay up-to-date
Search for jobs by
with email job
position & employer
alerts
Learn more about
your future employer
Compare salaries
Interviewing for the Job
Interviews gather information
used to compare a candidate’s
qualifications, education, and
skills with pre-determined
sele...
What are hiring managers
looking for?
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

Subject Matter Knowledge
Planning Skills
Instructional Skills
Ass...
Interview Questions
Open-ended questions
• Tell me about yourself
• What is your teaching
philosophy?
• Why do you want to...
Behavioral Questions
• Describe a unit you recently completed with
your students and explain the process you
used in its p...
How do you plan your
units?






What resources did you consult?
Did you ask for help?
Did you look at the compositi...
How do you teach in
the classroom?





What strategies have you used for instruction?
How did you present the materia...
How do you assess &
evaluate students?





What are the different methods you used to
evaluate and assess student outc...
How do you manage
your class?





What was the worse scenario that you
encountered and how did you deal with it?
Did y...
How are you growing as
a professional educator?
 How have you demonstrated professional
responsibility inside and outside...
Interviewing Tips
• Reflect on your best lessons/accomplishments
• Show off your accomplishments with a
portfolio
• Frame ...
Job Search Resources
• Resumes & Digital
Portfolios





Linkedin.com
CVmkr.com
VisualCV.com
Pathbrite.com

• Intervie...
Now What?
• Decide where to work
• Find out who does the
hiring at the district
• Sign-up for job alerts
• Like/Follow MAF...
Stay in touch
 www.makeafuture.ca
 contactus@makeafuture.ca
 www.twitter.com/makeafuture
 www.facebook.com/makeafuture...
Finding a Job in Public Education Workshop for University of Victoria Teacher Education Students
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Graduating from UVIC soon? It's time to learn how to find a job in British Columbia's public schools. The education sector is fragmented into 60 employers, but you can find every single employment opportunity on one website, www.makeafuture.ca. Learn what the education sector has to offer and the nuances behind the application process.

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Finding a Job in Public Education Workshop for University of Victoria Teacher Education Students

  1. 1. Finding a Job in BC’s Public Schools UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA
  2. 2. British Columbia is a as diverse geographically as it is at the school district level
  3. 3. BC Public Education Overview • 60 public school district employers in British Columbia • 73,000 employees • 33,000 unionized educators • Rural & urban opportunities
  4. 4. Trends in BC Education The workforce is aging = retirement? WorkBC Labour Market Navigator predicts growth in employment opportunities More jobs posted on Makeafuture.ca this year than the last Hiring peaks in May, June and September
  5. 5. Growth Opportunities Superintendent Deputy Superintendent Assistant Superintendent Director of Instruction District Principal Principal/Vice Principal Psychologist Counsellor Librarian
  6. 6. Salary and Benefits • Teacher Salary Finder (http://www.makeafuture.ca/career-resources/salary-finder/) • • • • • • Extended health and dental Life insurance, pension, long-term disability Professional development Professional mentoring Generous vacation & sick leave Rural & remote financial allowances
  7. 7. Applying for Jobs
  8. 8. What can I teach? Depends on your qualifications • Do you have… – subject matter teaching experience (for Secondary Teachers)? – an undergraduate education (300/400 level courses) or a BA in the subject area? – fluency in languages?
  9. 9. Application Checklist  Graduate and gather your documents:      Resume and cover letter Practicum evaluation reports Two letters of references & list of referees University transcripts TQS card and BC teaching certificate
  10. 10. Application Checklist  Apply for a BC teaching certificate (TRB)  Apply for a TQS card  Set-up an application on Makeafuture.ca  Set-up Job alerts  Follow @MakeaFuture & Like Make a Future  Search and apply for jobs on Makeafuture.ca
  11. 11. Write Targeted Cover Letters • • • • Tailor your cover letter Personalize it with concrete examples Explain “why you are the best candidate?” Use action verbs to describe your work (i.e. Collaborated; Coordinated; Planned) • Spell Check and Proof Read!
  12. 12. Ask For A Good Reference • Get professional references • Ask for a reference letter • Give your references a heads-up
  13. 13. Searching & Applying for Jobs on Makeafuture.ca
  14. 14. Discover the latest career opportunities
  15. 15. Stay up-to-date Search for jobs by with email job position & employer alerts
  16. 16. Learn more about your future employer
  17. 17. Compare salaries
  18. 18. Interviewing for the Job
  19. 19. Interviews gather information used to compare a candidate’s qualifications, education, and skills with pre-determined selection criteria.
  20. 20. What are hiring managers looking for? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Subject Matter Knowledge Planning Skills Instructional Skills Assessment Strategies Classroom Management Skills Development as a Professional Educator
  21. 21. Interview Questions Open-ended questions • Tell me about yourself • What is your teaching philosophy? • Why do you want to work for our district? • What books are you reading right now?
  22. 22. Behavioral Questions • Describe a unit you recently completed with your students and explain the process you used in its planning. • Describe strategies you have used to evaluate your students’ academic progress. • Describe specific management strategies you have used in your classroom. • Tell stories & describe real-life scenarios
  23. 23. How do you plan your units?      What resources did you consult? Did you ask for help? Did you look at the composition of your class? Were you thoughtful in preparing your units? Did you consult a variety of resources and consider your student composition?
  24. 24. How do you teach in the classroom?     What strategies have you used for instruction? How did you present the material? How did you engage learners? What strategies did you use to reach all learners in the classroom
  25. 25. How do you assess & evaluate students?    What are the different methods you used to evaluate and assess student outcomes? Did you utilize a variety of assessment strategies? What did you do with the assessment results to facilitate student learning?
  26. 26. How do you manage your class?    What was the worse scenario that you encountered and how did you deal with it? Did you demonstrate and employ a variety tactics when dealing with classroom issues? Were you are able to create a climate and environment conducive to learning?
  27. 27. How are you growing as a professional educator?  How have you demonstrated professional responsibility inside and outside of the classroom?  Are you a reflective practitioner?  Were you collaborative in sharing your knowledge and helping the educational community as a whole
  28. 28. Interviewing Tips • Reflect on your best lessons/accomplishments • Show off your accomplishments with a portfolio • Frame your answers using the STAR technique • Practice, practice, practice
  29. 29. Job Search Resources • Resumes & Digital Portfolios     Linkedin.com CVmkr.com VisualCV.com Pathbrite.com • Interviews & Cover Letters  Quintcareers.com • Job Search  Huntsy.com • Pro D  Teacher Mentorship BC  Pita.ca
  30. 30. Now What? • Decide where to work • Find out who does the hiring at the district • Sign-up for job alerts • Like/Follow MAF on SM • Clean-up your SM footprint • Create an online portfolio
  31. 31. Stay in touch  www.makeafuture.ca  contactus@makeafuture.ca  www.twitter.com/makeafuture  www.facebook.com/makeafuture  www.makeafuture.ca/subscribe

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