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.

BRIEF OVERVIEW
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 (mkniseley2@gmail.com)! 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.