Sunday, November 20, 2011

Teaching Job Search Conference

On December 3, the director of Career Development Services (CDC) and I are conducting a "teacher job search conference" for 75 student teachers and their college supervisors.

Conference Schedule
8:15 - 8:45 AM Check-in
8:45 - 9:00 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:00-10:00 AM Panel Discussion
10:00-10:15 AM Break - Refreshments
10:15 – 11:30 AM Interactive Workshops – Session 1
11:30-11:45 AM Break - Refreshments
11:45-1:00 PM Interactive Workshops – Session 2
1:05-1:15 PM Closing Remarks, Evaluation, Raffle - Win a College Diploma Frame!

The panel discussion includes six panelists (e.g., three employers, three successful job applicants), and a moderator (CDC director). They will share information about current and future market conditions – educator supply and demand; nature of job applications; the hiring process – important selection factors, job postings, time tables, submitting applications, interviewing, demonstration lessons; and advice for winning a full-time teaching job.

Participants select two of four 75-minute interactive workshops. Three staff from the CDC and I will conduct the workshops. There are pre-conference assignments (e.g., develop drafts of resume, cover letter, component of a hiring portfolio, a story to tell for an interview). Participants bring the completed assignments to the conference workshops. My practical book, The Guide to Winning a Teaching Position in Any Job Market assists participants in developing the materials.

Here are the titles of the workshops:
I. Winning Interviews – Talk Your Way Into a Job!
II. Remarkable Résumés
III. Your Cover Letter as Personal Envoy
IV. Hiring Portfolios. It’s More than a Container of Evidence!

If you are reader of this blog, work in a Career Development Center or supervise student teachers, and interested in bringing a similar conference to your college or university, please email me (! I'd be glad to talk about the design of the conference and share the feedback from my colleagues and student teachers! Also, I can share my experience of teaching a more intensive one-credit course that prepares students for the job search.