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Navigate the New Educational Job Market

Does talk of job cuts have you on your guard? Get tips on how best to prepare for a job search.

The educational job market has become increasingly difficult to navigate, thanks to the economic downturn. Reports of educator job cuts have put a number of current teachers and prospective educators on their guard. If you recently lost your job, are nervous about starting a career in education or are considering a planned return to teaching, these features were created with you in mind. This series includes background on the changing educational job landscape, tips on how to craft a résumé and portfolio, how to decode the job interview and navigate the interview venue, and ways to increase your marketability.

The first step in any job search is knowing where to look. The following websites were specifically chosen to help you get started. Some of these resources will help you write a résumé; post it and find jobs that fit your qualifications. The NEA state affiliates listing page also provides useful information for educational job seekers and can provide you with greater detail about a particular state and its districts.

Remember that even though websites are a significant part of your job search, they come and go regularly. Using the search parameter “teaching jobs” along with the name of the state or district in which you would like to be employed can go a long way towards helping you pin down other sources. And remember that campus career centers and your personal networks are invaluable in your search as well.

Educational Employment Resource Tools allows job seekers to post an online job application and to create an electronic résumé for free. The site then matches your qualifications to available jobs. After you apply for a job you can use the site to track your search. A state-by-state list of websites that detail teacher certification requirements is featured on the homepage.
Free for job seekers, this site lets you search for jobs by location, category and grade levels. You can sign up for alerts on new openings. The site also lists job fairs by state and includes international job listings. All listings include information on how to apply.

Other online sources similar to and include:

Some of the content-specific organizations now have career and job search sites. They include:
The American Association for Employment in Education maintains a wealth of resources including their annual edition of The Job Search Handbook for Educators.

Teaching Abroad: Online Resources to Get Your Job Search Started for a Job Overseas

International job fairs held in the U.S.

About international job fairs

Dr. Mary C. Clement is a professor of teacher education at Berry College, northwest of Atlanta, Georgia. Her research on the hiring of new teachers has received national recognition. She is the author of “The Definitive Guide to Getting a Teaching Job” and “First Time in the High School Classroom.”

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