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It can be very frustrating and demoralizing to search and search for a job and not find one. That's the reality, unfortunately, of this nasty recession which began in 2009. Common sense would tell you that well-qualified, credentialled, experienced teachers should be able to find a teaching job in fairly short order, say 90-120 days, right? Wrong. That's the sad truth about the current economic conditions. Here's why.

Many school districts have cut teaching positions.
It has been hard to avoid hearing reports in both national and local media about cutbacks in public school district teaching staffs. Public school districts depend on real estate taxes for most of their revenues. Their traditional sources of revenue are shrinking at an alarming rate because real estate prices are off 20-30% in most parts of the country. In some states like California and Florida the drop is even more severe. Even with the usual kind of accounting manoeuvres such as delaying expenditures for maintenance projects and upgrades of systems and infrastructure, school districts still find themselves in the uncomfortable and extremely unpopular position of having to cut teaching positions.

As a result thousands more teachers are actively looking for jobs. The competition has intensified for the limited number of jobs available in both the public and private school sectors.

Colleges and universities have reduced their teaching staffs.
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Some teachers and administrators will look askance at the idea of using online sites and tools to conduct a job search. Be careful before you cast aspersions on these new ways of finding a job. You just might be on your way to becoming a dinosaur.

First of all, understand that tools are simply that - tools. A chisel in the hand of a novice makes clumsy cuts and produces amateurish results. The same is true of online tools and social media. Learn how to use them effectively to land the job you really want.

Let's focus on the pros and cons of using social media in your job search.

Pros

Creating a presence.

Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs and Twitter allow anybody anywhere to create a presence for themselves. These tools offer you a way to get yourself noticed.

Standing out from the crowd.

With thousands of people vying for a few openings it is very important for you to use social media to help you stand out from the competition. Be careful how you do this, of course, but the easiest way to get noticed is to participate in discussions. Make sure you subscribe to or belong to professional associations and affinity groups relative to your academic interests. If educational technology is your thing, then you should belong to and participate in the fascinating discussions on ISEN.

Proving your competence.

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This guide is designed to provide teachers and administrators seeking employment in private schools a road map for the job search process. It is written for teachers as well as admissions and business office professionals and those seeking positions as dean of students and head of school.You will find plenty of practical advice about applying, networking, using job boards and much more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's a tough job market out there. The economy has forced schools public and private on every level to cut their teaching staffs. As a result, when you begin to look for a job as a teacher or administrator in a private school, you will face serious competition from other private school teachers, public teachers, business people and even graduate students who cannot find a college teaching job. Observe these Do's and Don'ts to keep yourself ahead of the competition and land the private school job of your dreams.

DO: Use your network.
Arguably the best way to find a job in a private school is by using your network. These are friends and colleagues who know you, indeed have known you for years, and can talk enthusiatically about you and your skills as a teacher or administrator. Networking is all about meeting people and staying in touch with them. How do you do that? Use all the social and professional networking tools out there. They cost little but reap huge rewards. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and blogs allow you to exchange ideas and comments as well as see what's going on. Professional sites like Independent School Educators Network and ISED-L give you an opportunity to become known in the private school community.

DON'T: Use weak references.
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If you are a recent college graduate looking for a job in this horrible employment market of 2009,  you probably have thought about teaching from time to time. We need teachers. We need talented teachers. In both public and private sectors. At home and abroad.

Abroad? Yes, there are plenty of teaching jobs overseas. Hundreds of private schools in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean are always looking for qualified teachers. Of course, you probably have already seen dozens of emails from ESL schools in Taiwan. Are those jobs real? Yes, they most certainly are. But, caveat emptor. Do your research carefully. There are some lemons in the bunch.

But we are not talking about only ESL teaching jobs. How about teaching in a country like Argentina? Say you are a Spanish speaking graduate with a degree in American language and literature from Brown or Boston University. You have worked hard getting that degree, but the job market here is nasty and you don't want to start your master's degree for a few years. So, why not get out into the world and gain some real life experience. Alejandria will show you listings of all the schools in Argentina.

Many of these are international schools whose students are English speaking. Why is that? Places like Buenos Aires have large expat communities. They usually . . .read more
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