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How can I make myself stand out as an applicant for a teacher job?

I am applying for teaching jobs in several districts in Ohio and I want to know how I can make myself stand out so I get an interview. Most of my applications are done online but some are written.

Asked By: ekstacee - 3/31/2007
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Easy-- every district will tell you to send your application, resume, etc to human resources office. When you do this, you should send a carbon copy to the principal of the school you want to work at as well... More
Answered By: TumbleTim - 3/31/2007
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Use the big new hotness words Collaboration Literacy Teaming Differentiation Technology It is the team of teachers and the principal hiring you. Emphasize you ability to work as part of a team.
Answered By: alwaysmoose - 3/31/2007
 
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Answered By: abood m - 3/31/2007
 
For written job applications (1) use an odd sized colored envelope (2) and/or colored paper. Assemble your (3) resume in a binder. (4)Spell check your resume well. Check grammar etc. (5)Layout is also key. (6) Information should be organized and not jumbled... More
Answered By: Faith & Patience - 3/31/2007
 
Get together a portfolio of things or ideas you have done. Anything you have done with kids. Include references from professors and others. Include your ideas for literacy centers, team teaching, etc... School grades are hot topics right now. Include ways that you would work to help improve this. Good luck... More
Answered By: GG - 3/31/2007
 
You are more likely to get an interview if you have your full professional clear credential... More
Answered By: refugiotrans - 3/31/2007
 
I would dress professionally and stop by a few of the schools where you want to work. Take your resume with you (use unique paper like parchment - something different than the traditional resume paper. If you can put together a portfolio of reference letters, sample lesson plans, pictures of projects you have done... More
Answered By: Joyce P - 3/31/2007
 
Not to be a negative answerer... but good luck. I've been searching for a job in the central Ohio area for the past two years and still have nothing. (I'm Music pK-12). I do however, know what has worked for my teaching friends that have jobs. Look for jobs outside the central columbus area. Right now everyone wants to... More
Answered By: j_mo83 - 3/31/2007
 
In your cover letter and in your interview: Enthusiasm, enthusiasm, enthusiasm!! You don't want to work anywhere else. You're very excited about the system's new __________ (fill in the blank) initiative. Learn as much as you can about each school before you interview... More
Answered By: rhumba - 3/31/2007
 
There are three components... More
Answered By: old lady - 3/31/2007
 
First of all don't use the usual "I want to teach because I love kids" wording. This is only the first part of being a good teacher. Obviously you have to at least care for kids and respect them as human beings, but teaching is more about investing your time and energy to create an environment for learning. So... More
Answered By: gina92_2000 - 3/31/2007
 
Lots of great ideas from ppl... (This teacher handed out stars for great answers, lol... More
Answered By: Monica K - 3/31/2007
 
Everyone has said a lot of good things. Education is largely built on the community because you are working with the community's most prized things...their children of course. Know the community and know the school. Know what their goals are.
Answered By: MoreThanYou - 3/31/2007
 
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