Scoring a Job
The process of graduating and getting a job can be kind of overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s a list to keep you on track during your senior year:
- Student teaching. This will take place during the first or second semester, depending on your college and the school to which you are assigned.
- Work on résumé. Give yourself plenty of time to do this well. Consider working on it over winter break when you have fewer distractions. Avoid doing this at the last minute when you’re less likely to catch typos, spelling errors and other embarrassing mistakes. Have a few people look it over before you send it out; they might catch something you missed.
- Get job interview attire. You don’t need to be a fashion plate to get a job, but you should project a professional appearance. Hit clearance sales and resale shops to avoid breaking the bank.
- Attend a job fair. These usually take place from February to April and are a great way to make contacts with dozens of employers at once. Look for a listing of job fairs in future issues of Teacher U, or contact your school’s career office for more information.
- Apply. Apply. Apply. Think about the districts you’d like to work in and keep tabs on what openings they might have. Most districts hire in the spring for the following school year, as teachers sign or reject contracts and retirements are announced and districts determine their faculty needs.