are several ways to procure applications for teaching positions. Some
have web sites that offer online applications. Others offer to mail
if you will call and give them your mailing address. During such a
call, you may want to ask details about the available positions. This
valuable information. For instance, if you like teaching both 4th and
grades but you find that the job opening is for 5th grade, you can
your application to address the need for a 5th grade teacher.
if you are a music teacher and the school doesn't offer music courses,
it could save you the time of filling out an application for a job they
If you live in
in which you desire to teach, the best approach is to personally go the
school office and ask for an application. This gives you the
to see the campus and perhaps even meet someone in administration. It
been my experience several times when I made the trip to fill out an
that I was able to meet a school principal. On one occasion, the
gave me a tour of the campus. When I returned to interview, I had
established a rapport with that principal that made the interview much
more comfortable. Incidentally, I received a job offer from the
I met when picking up my applications - in every instance. Certainly I
am not promising that this will happen 100% of the time, but my
tells me that the odds increase for a more successful interview at a
point when you personally pick up your application and seek to meet
begin with general information about you - name, address, age,
experience. Avoid the temptation to "fudge" or embellish. Honesty is
If it is discovered that you have been elusive in the information you
in your application, this will certainly create a sense of distrust.
want teachers who are trustworthy. Remember that this a profession for
imparting knowledge - and that in itself must be done truthfully and
facts. Any subjective interpretation that is beyond the scope of pure
on an application can cause worry as to how a potential teacher might
information in the classroom, on students' files, and on school
for references. Be sure to contact your references before submitting
so that they know to expect a phone call from your potential employer.
Your references will answer with more surety if they have had time to
about what they will say. Additionally, in an age of increasing
of telephone fraud, your references might be reluctant to give out
about you unless they have been supplied with the names of persons (or
school names to which you have applied) that might call. An application
may not call for references. However, make a list of your references,
addresses, and phone numbers, that you carry with you into interview in
case someone asks for them at a later time.
a blank space for an essay answer. The question asked might be any one
of the following: Why did you enter the teaching profession? or What do
you hope to accomplish in your classroom? or What methods do you feel
most successful in motivating students to learn? Keep your answers down
to earth and practical. To say that you want to change the world is
but it does not give the interviewer the assurance that you have a plan
for your classroom. Be sure that essay answers are of some length to
effort and thought.
Lastly, make a
your completed application before returning it to the school. If you
applying to several schools, it is helpful to have a folder on each.
these folders near the phone so that if you receive a call from school
administration, you can quickly scan over your application and reply
answers that are specific to that school. It is easy to get confused
you are dealing with several schools, grade levels, positions, and the
names of school administrators. It will impress the caller if you can
him or her by name and speak directly to the position open in that
If you do not
from schools where you have sent applications and an appropriate amount
of time has elapsed, it is acceptable to make a follow-up call or send
a follow-up letter. I did receive a job offer after such a follow-up.
school had received my application but did not have a vacancy at the
A teacher later resigned, the school received my follow-up letter, and
the principal pulled out my application that had been filed away to
me for an interview. Keeping yourself in the mind of the ones hiring is
always advisable. Stopping by the school to check on the status of a
for which you have applied is also an excellent tactic, as
are able to place your face with your name. And personal visits are
interpreted as showing initiative.
Be assured -
are out there. The trick is to be the applicant that school
notices and wants to interview. Remember that you are marketing
School officials will never know how wonderful you are unless they have
the chance to meet you!
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Ernst Schneider is a freelance
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