Preparing for a Career in Teaching Teacher Education Presented by Career Services Facilitator – Career Services Kara Renaud Resource Coordinator & Faculty Liaison Agenda Resume Building for Teaching Career Preparation Targeted Cover Letter Writing Question? What do you think makes up a good resume? Resume Building for Teachers Principal Interviews • Series of interviews conducted with elementary and secondary school principals across Ontario • We asked them about their expectations for: • • Resumes • Cover letters • References Also discussed: • Methods of hiring & interviewing • Portfolios Resumes – Structure & Format Length Format Style Content Organization Resumes – Length TEACHER RESUME • 2-3 pages with references included REFERENCES • Teachers, Principals those who have observed you teach Resumes - Format CHRONOLOGICAL Listed in reverse chronological format – most recent first Demonstrates career progression Most recognized format Resumes - Style Clean & Clear Easy to follow, Organized, Linear White paper, black ink Consistency Name, phone, page # at top of 2nd page Use of bullets Font style & point size Word document, no templates Use of bold, underline and italics Resumes - Content Organization Principals are looking for: Education (teachables) Additional Courses Classroom Experience Teaching Related Experience Volunteer/ ExtracurricularSpecial Skills Resume Review Activity • What do you think of the format of the sample resume? Resumes – Content & Professionalism Focus & Perspective Professionalism & Integrity Use of Accomplishment Statements Resumes – Focus & Perspective Know your audience Importance of language & buzzwords Clear articulation of your skills and experience Customization and relevancy Resumes – Professionalism & Integrity Honesty & Credibility Professional Language Spelling & Grammar Accuracy of Dates Resumes – Use of Accomplishments A career-oriented definition of an accomplishment: “An accomplishment is something specific that you did; solved a difficult problem, met an interesting challenge, reacted to a crisis or had a success which had a quantifiable or implied result and you enjoyed doing it.” Why are Accomplishments Important? Help us identify personal, academic & work achievements Demonstrate the impact of our actions Help us to recognize our strengths and values Preference given to those who articulate their accomplishments as opposed to describing activities Accomplishment Statements THREE PARTS Past Tense Action Verb Activities or Actions Performed Result/Impact of your Actions, Demonstration of Knowledge/Practices Emphasizing Accomplishments Start with an action verb and noun: “Tutored students”………..then: Quantify Provide context Give results • Tutored 10 students in remedial math which resulted in an improvement in their grades from a C to a B+ by the end of the year • Tutored 10 students in remedial math using manipulatives to assist with grade improvement Possible Accomplishments implemented a new extra-curricular program contributed to a successful event (concert, sports team) employed a unique teaching method or strategy (i.e. smart boards, integrated subject learning across the curriculum) improved impact of communication with students and parents prevented/solved a problem developed a new process or resource received an award improved teamwork or teacher morale Your Goal is to go from this… Fitness Trainer Body-Pro Fitness Club, St. Catharines, ON • Taught fitness classes • Met with individual clients • Designed customized fitness plans • Recognized for my work 2010-2013 …to this! Fitness Trainer 2010-2013 Body-Pro Fitness Club, St. Catharines, ON • Followed a standard curriculum but accommodated physical exceptionalities of older and less able participants • Voted ‘employee of the month’ 5 times in the last 2 years by the Club’s clientele for exceptional customer service Statement Worksheet • activities, teaching methods Describe what you did What resulted from what you did? • think about what happened, why it counts, why would this be of interest to a principal? • Think about action verbs to What transferable describe your experiences skills were used to achieve those results? Resume Activity – Part 2 • What do you think of the statements in this resume? Points to Remember Focus is not on the quantity of statements, but the QUALITY & RELEVANCY to the position Wear the hat of the principal– identify what is unique about your background Speak the language of your audience – incorporate buzz words and accomplishments that mean something to the reader Targeted Cover Letter Writing Cover Letter – General Tips Refer to handout on: Guidelines for a Teaching Cover Letter • One page in length • 3-4 paragraphs are typical • Addressing & Salutation • Attention to detail • Spelling/Grammar • Highlight reference numbers/Job ID if applicable Customization What does it mean? Customizing your approach means conducting research on the school board, determining their needs and devising a strategy to demonstrate that you're the best teacher candidate. What should the cover letter accomplish? Your cover letter should reflect a clear understanding of the school board, their strategic initiatives and how your skills and experience can be of value to the school and the students. Planning your Cover Letter Know your skills • Assessment • Reflection • Evidence & Stories Research the board • Mission/vision • Strategic Initiatives • Programming & Activities Review posting thoroughly • Position title • Application method and deadline • Supplementary Documents • How to address the letter • Skills and qualifications • Buzz words The ‘T’ Analysis Employer Requirements My Qualifications JOB DESCRIPTION Elementary Occasional Teachers Staff Vacancy# Eight (8) Applications Close: Wednesday, November 21st, 2013, 4:00 p.m. The following long-term occasional position is available for Elementary Occasional Teachers only. Those Occasional Teachers who are on the current (active) District School Board of Niagara’s Elementary Occasional Teachers' List are eligible to apply. The term is for the period indicated. Posting # School Principal FTE Description Period 8 Central Public School Shellee Niznik 0.25 Jr. Literacy & Prep (even day - mornings) 9:00am-12:10pm November 26, 2013 June 28, 2014 Interested qualified applicants are requested to submit their application by November 21, 2013, 4:00 p.m. through applytoeducation.com. We thank all candidates for their interest to this position. However, owing to the great number of applications usually received for long-term Occasional positions, we wish to advise that only those applicants under consideration will be interviewed or have their application acknowledged. Source: http://www.dsbn.org/uploadedFiles/Career_Opportunities/Teaching_Opportunities/Posting%208xls.pdf Employer Requirements Could include: Teachable Subjects (if applicable) Specialized Courses Other relevant Professional Development Special/Unique Skills that could contribute to extracurricular activities Classroom Experience (other teaching related experience) Strategic initiatives Buzz words (I.e. differentiated learning, learning for all, professional learning community (PLC)) Your Qualifications Considering the points listed under Employer Requirements, think about how you meet those points Ask yourself: • Do you have the education required? • Do you have the teachable subjects needed? • Do you have the appropriate additional courses? • What is the best example/evidence you have that demonstrates the skills needed for the position? • Do you have the desired experience? • What unique experiences or skills do you have that could contribute to extra-curricular programming and activities? • Are there requirements you don’t have? After the T-Analysis Review the list of employer requirements and prioritize the list Focus on the key skills and qualifications that are your strengths Provide evidence (examples/stories) from your background that support your skills/qualifications Consider the research you have done on the board and how it matches your values/goals Use positive, confident language that demonstrates your passion for teaching and working with children Begin drafting your letter! Additional Resources • Resume & Cover Letter review service – drop in! Or visit us at Career Day on January 10th • Email option ([email protected]) for Hamilton campus • Online workshops available on http://careerzone.brocku.ca • Resume Samples available Career Preparation Notable Points • Visit the School Board websites for application process and required documents • Principals will give preference to those who have attended, supplied or volunteered for their board • Seek out opportunities to practice your interview skills • Know how to effectively use a Career Portfolio • Principals will creep you on Facebook/Twitter Current Job Market • Currently there is a surplus of teacher candidates in Ontario (especially English Language Teachers) • Prospects greater for teachers of specialized subjects i.e. music, math, french language, technology • Declining enrollment = class combining = fewer teachers • Job market predicted to improve by 2015 • Alberta & Quebec do not declare an over supply Exploring Options • Supply lists and long term occasional positions • Flexibility to teach abroad or in rural northern areas • Further Education - MEd • Explore ‘non-classroom’ career paths Career Services can help! • Degree Exploration Guides • ‘Non-classroom careers’ for Education majors binder • Self Assessment Tools • Portfolio Development • Interview Assistance (InterviewStream) • Work abroad resources (Going Global) • Teacher Mentors available! Available on the Career Services website: brocku.ca/career-services InterviewStream • Looking for interview help! • Check out InterviewStream on careerzone Questions? Thank you and good luck! For additional assistance, stop by Career Services Call 905-688-5550 x5115 (Resource Centre) [email protected] Our location: Learning Commons, just inside entrance from Thistle Corridor.