Semester-by-Semester Action Plan

  • Prepare for your job search with advanced and thoughtful planning
  • Seek guidance from a career advisor or a reputable source
  • Determine preferred teaching assignment and location, i.e. grade level, subject matter, city, state, country
  • Research school districts that match well with your teaching philosophy and career goals
  • Request letters of recommendation from professors and mentor teachers
  • Update your resume by having it critiqued at your campus career services office
  • Network with school district officials such as superintendents, principals, recruiters and teachers as well as teachers from your own alma mater
  • Schedule an information interview with school principals
  • Take time and review a teaching job application to become familiar with basic requirements
  • Get an education-related summer job, i.e. tutoring, camp counselor, learning assistant, etc.
  • Save some money to purchase appropriate interview attire
  • Continue to focus on your job search plan
  • Commit time each week to your job search expedition
  • Attend professional development workshops on topics like, interviewing and dressing for success
  • Attend teaching job fairs held during the fall semester
  • Seek out opportunity to volunteer and network for a school or district of interest to you
  • Get all testing for certifications completed –research certification requirements for your chosen grade level (review certification requirements for high-need areas)
  • Purchase interviewing attire during the winter holiday break
  • Finalize your resume and email it to your career services advisor for a final review
  • Seek advice from your supervising teacher to help you prepare for your future classroom
  • Attend spring teaching job fairs on campus or at school district locations
  • Narrow the focus to 3-5 schools and start completing all application requirements
  • Research district websites, AEIS Reports and the interviewing campus thoroughly
  • Be prepared to answer questions on instructional practices and higher order thinking