I’m going to keep this intro short and sweet because you have work to do! Applying to schools is a lot of work. Follow the steps below to make it happen seven days or less!
Day 1-2: Update Your Resume
Updating your resume is one of the most time consuming things you will need to do, but we know it is necessary. Your resume is the key to getting you hired at your dream job!
Follow these steps:
- Add your current position.
- Add details about your current position that makes it different from past positions.
- Write your current position in the present tense.
- Write your older positions in the past tense.
- Remove extra information to keep your resume one-page front and back.
Day 3: Create Your Statement About Education
Most districts want you to write a statement on your beliefs about education. Some applications will call it a personal statement; others call it your pedagogy about education. I’m sure there are other names, but they are all pretty much the same thing.
I can’t tell you what to write, but I suggest you find the district’s vision or mission statement and align it with your beliefs.
Day 4: Create a Generic Cover Letter
A lot of districts make this optional, but I always submit one. Maybe having a cover letter makes a principal call a candidate who has a cover letter over the one who doesn’t.
Think of a cover letter as another opportunity to flaunt your skills. Don’t make it optional, make this a priority!
Include your strengths and what makes you unique. You can add specific details to it later if you want to customize it for different schools.
Day 5: Collect Your References/Past Employer’s Contact Information
Collecting contact information is one of the most tedious things to do. Save yourself some time and write down all the names, emails, phone numbers, and addresses you need. You’ll need contact information for your references, current, and past jobs. Put them on a Google Doc so that you can copy and paste their information.
Day 6: Proof Read & Edit Your Work
It’s been a few days since you updated your resume, crafted your statement about education, and created your cover letter. Take this day to make sure there are no errors.
Day 7: Begin Applying to schools
You’re ready! It’s time to get your dream job! For more tips and resources, grab the How to Land Your Dream Teaching Job Workbook.
Applying to schools is hard work, but if you follow these steps, you’ll be ready to apply to new positions in a week! Check out the resources below for more tips and tools on how to land your dream job!