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). Keep in touch with these critical members of your
5. Acquire necessary documents such as your college transcript,
background clearances, and Praxis test scores.
6. Keep a streamlined and user-friendly portfolio. A 10-15 page
portfolio may serve you better than a 40-page document. Bring it
to an interview but don't expect to use it often.
7. In preparing a cover letter, research the school district. Keep
cover letters to 1-page; professional language but not overstated.
Target your strengths related to the needs of the district in your
1. - Use your field experiences and
student teaching contacts. Ask GCC Faculty for contacts or
networking opportunities. Visit
eCommunity and check the "Career Center" postings, as well as
researching GCC alumni. Use networking contacts from professional
conferences, as well as any family, friends, church members, etc.
State Departments of Education
Patterson's Ed. Directory (Curriculum
Handbook of Private Schools (Mrs. Snyder's
office and Curriculum Library)
Private Schools, e.g.,
of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
Individual State Depts. of Education
4. - Check for job fair listings on
eCommunity Career Center, State Dept. of Education websites, and
college/university career center websites. Also check out the
ECS listing of upcoming job fairs.
5. - Use your
resources! Review the state Dept. of Education websites, Chamber
of Commerce websites, local newspapers, district websites, and district
personnel. Also, don't forget to use eCommunity to search for GCC
alumni in that area.
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).
Print your resume and cover letter on nice quality paper (white or
ivory). Enclose all materials in a large envelope (avoid folding).
If necessary, call for clarification about process or materials.
Submit complete files when possible (placeholder letter in lieu of
certificate). Send only COPIES of documents; keep your originals!
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.