Even with a degree from a great school, it can be difficult to find that first teaching job. While you're looking, consider enhancing your education with some postgraduate courses from an accredited online school.
Teachers go to job fairs and stand in long lines all competing for the same jobs at the top schools and often ending up unemployed. In addition, teachers then take jobs in the schools that were not their first choices and face the great challenge of educating a diverse group of students. Teachers need to utilize professional online networking and connect with colleagues to get the inside track into getting that job. Teachers can also share resources to save time and utilize the power of the community. Follow these easy steps.
- Create a professional networking account. Applebatch.com is a good tool for this. Create an account to connect with other educators online.
- Grow your network. Invite as many of your colleagues to join your network as possible. They in turn will invite their colleagues and you can grow your network and connections.
- Join communities. Find communities online like schools and organizations you want to be a part of. Join these groups and network your way into those groups in order to learn more.
- Build your reputation. Upload files and share information with your peers in order to build a reputation as a knowledgeable teacher and one who is willing to help others be successful.
- Apply for jobs. Go to the Applebatch Jobs page and apply for openings. However, first make connections at that organization and also be prepared to interview (armed with contacts and information about the school and culture).
- Continue to advance. Don't stop networking and help others who helped you in the past. You never know when\re they will end up working and when they will be able to help you in the future.
If you follow these steps, you will not only be able to get the job you want, but you will find the job you are in easier from a plethora of support and resources to help. Don't forget the benefits of continuing education - online educational programs can help you keep your skills sharp. Best of luck, teachers!