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April 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 176

Finding a suitable teaching job is not as easy as it sounds. This all depends on where and with whom you want to work with. You may prefer to work in special education, pre-K, first grade, second, third, fourth, or fifth grade, middle school, secondary school, vocational school, daycare, high school, or at a university. The level of your education and specialty will determine where you want to work.

Geography also plays an important role in selecting a teaching job. Some prefer to work in the city where they teach throngs of children. Some prefer more rural areas where there is only one school for one or more counties. Some prefer the comforts of a small town or perhaps to work at a charter school. All these depend on your preference.

Public teaching jobs are very competitive, especially since many schools have been laying off workers due to budget constraints. However new teachers are always needed. People leave teaching for a variety of reasons and turnover canbe fairly highThe teacher wants to ensure that when he or she applies, their resume is updated and they have a great cover letter that describes their experience. One tip is to try to get as many certifications as possible. Figure out which areas have a shortage and get certified in them. This will take some time but it will be worth it when you can pick the job you want out of all your offers.

Teachers should also apply to as many districts as possible. Limiting yourself to only one school will drastically shorten your opportunities. If you can't find a job right away, consider substitute teaching or volunteering. There may be even part-time opportunities for those teachers willing to be flexible.

Before the interview you'll want to prepare as much as you can. Be prepared to answer several different types of questions. They may ask about how you grade tests, your disciplinary procedures, what kind of books or projects you will assign, summer reading, how you evaluate students and their potential, how you handle problems in the classroom, planning ahead and creating lesson plans, listening to oral presentations, and how you create classroom presentations to spark the interest of students.

Interviewers may also ask how you create assessment methods, prepare report cards, work with parents, and provide additional tutoring or assistance to students.

High school teachers and college prep teachers are often asked by students to recommend universities or career development programs. Do you think you can pay enough attention to your students to figure out what the best life track for them would be? This is a question you may be asked.

You may also be asked how you deal with stress and frustration. This is necessary to gauge your level of patience on the job. Nobody wants to hire an impatient teacher that angers very easily. Can you be strong enough to confront these disappointments? Schools are sometimes violent and class sizes are growing. Can you adapt your teaching methods to reach classes of 30 or more students? Can you keep them under control? What is your plan if the class gets out of control?

It's important to think about these things before you go into the interview. The more prepared you are, the better things will go. Don't worry if you are nervous. It's perfectly fine to be.

Reshav Singhal writes on behalf of AJE, a leading job portal for jobs in America. Americasjobexchange.com is a recruitment platform that provides job opportunity in many areas like manufacturing jobs, factory jobs etc.

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