Did you know that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, high school teachers in the U.S. make an average of $53,000 every year? It’s fair to say that the majority of people go into teaching because they have a passion for education, and not because they expect to have short workdays or make millions of dollars. Regardless though, the job market for teaching is a tight one. Students promised many openings as baby boomers retired found themselves struggling when a bad economy made many would-be retirees hang on. It’s not hopeless, though, and finding a teaching job is possible if you take the right steps. Here are three important tips for getting a teaching job.
1. Take a Hard Look at Your Resume, Portfolio
Getting a teaching job is often reliant on what you can bring to the table besides your basic qualifications. For this reason, many experts strongly suggest getting additional certifications, or becoming dually certified. It definitely helps to have experience in sought after specializations like science, math, and special education. However, simply having multiple qualifications increases your likelihood of getting fired. A school might not have an opening for a full time economics teacher, but they do have room for someone who can teach economics and English.
2. Getting a Teaching Job Means Looking Like a Teacher
Interviews are a big part of getting the job, and unfortunately, not everyone is prepared as well as they think they are. Did you know that 70% of employers say that they don’t want applicants to look too fashionable? Dress for success, and monitor yourself for nervous habits. When it comes to teaching, being able to convey confidence is important; it means you can handle a classroom of rowdy children. Another 67% of interviewers report that a failure to make eye contact is a common issue they encounter. Remember to be specific about your goals and thoughts. Everyone wants to make a difference by teaching; the question is, “How?”
3. Find a Job After College, Even if it Isn’t What You Wanted
Many graduates are frustrated by the lack of entry level jobs available for full time positions, but that’s just the reality of the playing field right now. Instead of waiting it out at your old waitressing job, instead, work toward honing your teaching skills. The National Education Association recommends looking for substitute teaching jobs, as they can help you learn about and be first in line for full time openings. Other options include daycares and after school programs.
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