Job Search Tips
1. Identify (list) your strengths. Consider how you can articulate
and demonstrate strengths.
2. Identify skills of a teacher. Develop a list of top skills that
are needed to be a successful teacher. Consult Standards for
Teacher Educators (Association of Teacher Educators) and
Critical Skills for Teachers (AASPA Teacher of the Future).
3. Prepare a resume that is targeted to the district's needs.
Rank-order information related to the employer's needs and focus on
teaching experiences and related experiences/skills.
4. Identify potential references who can speak to your teaching
strengths (co-op, college supervisor, building principal, etc.)
Include others who have supervised you as an employee or in a leadership
role. Give your references a copy of your resume and
plenty of time to complete your letter of
recommendation (start early). Follow up with a thank-you note.
Prepare a list of a summary of references with full contact information;
indicate each reference's relationships to you (e.g. Cooperating
Teacher or Academic Advisor). Keep in touch with these critical members of your
5. Acquire and maintain necessary documents such as your college transcript,
background clearances, and test score documentation.
6. Develop a user-friendly e-portfolio. Practice using it to support
your strengths. Include links to it in your resume. Be
prepared to use it in the interview--consider how you can reference it
to support your answers.
7. Prepare a cover letter that you can adapt for respective school
cover letters to 1-page; use professional language but not overstated,
flowery terms. In your letter, target your strengths related to
the needs of the district.
- Use your field experience and student teaching contacts. Ask
GCC Faculty for contacts or networking opportunities. Peruse the
website and check the Job Postings pages. Also, research GCC
alumni through the Alumni Directory - to build your network of resources
and contacts. When at a professional conference or in-service,
identify contacts and add them to your LinkedIn network.
Use the ECS website, especially the
Employment Connections pages, for State-Designated Job Search Sites,
online placement services, centralized clusters of job vaccancies, and
individual employer sites.
Bookmark specific school district sites and visit their Employment
Opportunities postings often. To find school districts in a targeted
geographical area, consult the DOE for that state. Also, use the online
resources above to use unique application process for specific school
districts. For example, if a targeted school district uses
PAeducator as their employment application process, you'll want to use
4. - Check for job fair
listings on the
ECS listing of upcoming job fairs. Also
consider State DOE websites, and college/university
career center websites in the geographical area you've identified.
5. - Use your
resources! Review the state DOE websites, Chamber
of Commerce websites, local newspapers, district websites, and district
personnel. Also, don't forget to search for GCC alumni in that
area through the
Do they accept online applications only, hard copy only, PA-Educator
applications? Can you submit an application if there are no posted
vacancies? Where should you send your application? Check the
district website for this information.
Include a cover letter targeted to the individual (name, not title, if
possible). Follow the application guidelines exactly. If
necessary, call for clarification about the process or requested
materials. Submit complete files when possible (use a
placeholder letter in lieu of certificate). Document the full
process so you can follow-up appropriately and "build" on this for related activity.
3. - Stay organized!
Record everything including names, dates, methods of contact, phone
conversations, etc. Keep a copy of everything--letters, resumes,
thank-you notes, job notices, etc. Follow-up to ensure that your
file is complete.