Timeline for Finding a Private School Job

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Timeline for Finding a Private School Job
Finding a private school job takes time. Lots of time. This time line will focus your efforts on what has to be done and when it ideally should be done.
Finding a job in a private school is a process which takes many months, sometimes much longer, to accomplish. The following timeline assumes that you will be flexible and open-minded. Finding your dream job is not always possible. It is much more realistic to try to find a position which has most of what you are looking for now as well as the potential to turn into that dream job you are seeking.
 

Winter
 
  • Make arrangements to meet employers and be interviewed at the NAIS Annual Conference which takes place in February/March. Check the NAIS site for time and venue.
  • Review openings listed on Klingenstein Job Bank.
  • Review openings posted on various state, regional and national association websites.
  • Attend interviews.
  • Negotiate job offers.
  • Request official copies of your transcripts, certifications and degrees.
  • Notify your network as soon as you accept a job.
  • Send hand written thank you notes.

Spring/Summer
 
  • If you are just beginning the process, now is the time to plan your job search.
  • Assemble your portfolio if you teach the art and other practical subjects.
  • Cast your net widely as you search for a job.
  • Be flexible if you can with regard to location and salary expectations.
  • Get unofficial copies of your transcripts, certifications and degrees.
  • If still looking for a job, keep an eye out for unexpected openings. Filling a position just before school opens is always a tough proposition, made easier if your name happens to be on a list of approved, pre-qualified applicants.
  • Scan the job openings.
  • Use summer conferences to network.

Fall
 
  • Decide that you will look for a new position.
  • Update your resume and curriculum vitae.
  • Ask 3-5 people to write letters of recommendation and act as references.
  • Register with an agency.
  • Advise your network, close friends and family of your job search plans.
  • Scan job boards.
  • Advise your present employer that you will not be renewing your contract.
  • Compose your cover letter.
  • Enlist the aid of a trusted mentor to practice for the job interviews.

 


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