August 16, 2017

6 Simple Ways to Improve Your Online Job Search

In today’s digital world, most job seekers use online outlets to find new employment opportunities. While online job searching provides many advantages, you need to take a strategic approach if you wish to be successful in your search. Here are six simple ways to improve your online job search.

Use the Right Search Parameters

Online job listings are a great way to find new opportunities in your area, but many job seekers are not using these sites in an effective way. Filtering out irrelevant results is the best way to streamline your search and allow you to respond to opportunities quickly.

A job seeker in San Francisco, for example, would only want to view job openings now hiring in San Francisco. Job postings for positions in other cities and states are completely irrelevant. Every job searching website will allow you to perform an advanced search where you can choose your desired location and position. This narrows your results down to a workable list that is relevant to your needs.

Create a New Resume

Paper resumes are quickly becoming a thing of the past, but they haven’t gone extinct quite yet. Rather than trashing your old paper resume, take the steps to update it and create a new digital resume as well. By having two resumes, you can accommodate any employer regardless of what their resume requirements are.

Build Your Personal Brand Online

Many employers today are using the digital world to seek out new employees. Because you are unable to sell yourself in person, you must take the steps to sell yourself as a worthy candidate online. In order to do this, you need to establish a digital “home.” All of your online activity should be tied back to this centralized hub. This can be your own person website, your LinkedIn profile or a social media account such as Twitter.

Experts recommend that job seekers invest in a domain name that includes your own name. This will allow you to not only present yourself on your website, but also allow you to communicate with potential employers through your website’s separate email address.

Google Yourself

When you search for your name on Google, what kind of results do you see? Many job seekers overlook the importance of checking their digital footprint. These results paint a picture of you as a future employee, and many employers are now using Google to check up on potential candidates.

Get into the habit of “Googling” yourself on a regular basis to keep tabs on your digital footprint. If some of the results are concerning, you may want find a way to delete that activity or direct the potential employer to your professional web spaces.

Network with Others

Networking is still an integral part of the job search process. In many ways, the Internet has simplified the networking process thanks to social networks. Make sure that you are utilizing these networks to make new connections. These connections may just help you land your dream job.

Spruce Up Your Online Profiles

The vast majority of employers use social media to find new candidates. You may be putting a great deal of effort into maintaining your professional social profiles, but you should expect hiring managers and recruiters to check your personal social profiles as well.

Managing your personal online profiles is essential. This means activating privacy settings to prevent employers from seeing activity you would rather keep personal. Personal photos that may negatively impact your professional image should be made private to prevent them from appearing on your public profile.

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Substitute Teaching Made Comfortable

When I began substitute teaching I was concerned about making my wardrobe work without wasting a lot of extra money on clothes I would rarely wear. Subbing wardrobes will differ in every climate so think comfort with a balance of professionalism. Here in Florida with tropical weather comes tropical, light attire. So how does living where every day clothes are casual translate to the classroom?

A Teacher and Pupil in the Classroom

My first suggestion is to note what other teachers in your school and district wear daily. You’ll get a feel for what is appropriate within a couple visits.  The clothing I wear here in Florida may not be acceptable in more formal districts in other parts of the country or world. Though I can say I’ve taught overseas in areas where shorts were acceptable, so it all depends on your region. My second suggestion is ask questions about the appropriate attire if you aren’t certain.

I quickly noted that here in Florida  teachers dress casually. I also noted that schools have  casual Friday where most teachers and students wear school shirts and jeans, so on those days I dress more casually. These are all things that substitute teachers can take note of in their first few assignments.  Another issue in Florida is the heat and the fact that many of my clothing items are sleeveless and sleeveless items are not allowed. I found creative ways to work around this issue because I wanted to be both comfortable and budget conscious. A solution that worked for me was  to purchase two light, cropped, crocheted short sleeved sweaters that can be worn over sleeveless attire. Thinking outside the box allows you to wear clothing that you already own, rather than purchasing additional clothing just to substitute teach.

Comfort is key when subbing so I generally choose to wear pants. I have several that feel as comfortable as jeans and one pair that are actually beige denim.  For speed and simplicity  when preparing to sub I choose either beige or black pants as they reduce my worry about stains and they can be worn with pretty much everything. I try to pair them with colorful tops, shirts and sweaters that are cheery looking. I personally believe it helps our interaction with the students to arrive wearing something cheery and comfortable, if we are relaxed and comfortable the situation will be more comfortable.

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Subbing Made Simple

After teaching in the classroom for twelve years and taking a several year break for career and  family reasons, I decided to try my hand at substitute teaching in Florida. When I made the decision to substitute I was nervous about handling groups of students I’d never met, but I quickly found strategies to keep me sane and keep the students on track. [Read more...]

Short-Term International Teaching Adventures

If you are a teacher looking to add some adventure and globe trotting experience to your resume then International Teacher Supply might be an option for you. International Teacher Supply is a member of ECIS and hires teachers to fill short and long term substitute positions in established international schools around the world. Positions can last from six weeks to several months. Host schools provide flights, health insurance and a teacher salary.

The International Teacher Supply website states, ” You will not lose money on an IST posting! You will be able to live well, travel and or save money! The international school will pay for transportation to and from the posting and may subsidise accommodation costs. Some schools also pay a cost of living allowance.” To apply for positions through International Teacher Supply applicants fill out an online application and pay a one time fee of 35 GBP, which is $54.19 according to the latest conversions. Applicants  are expected to have two years of full time teaching experience and go through a screening and interview process before being hired by IST.

As a former international teacher, I particularly like this short term teaching option  because it allows me the flexibility to work and travel overseas without committing to a typical one or two year teaching contract. It also allows me to explore countries and locations I’d like to visit but might not otherwise consider for a long term contract. This type of short term work would be ideal for teachers  who have a very flexible lifestyle,  those who work from home or who are global nomads looking to make some additional money while continuing their global adventures.

Related Readings: Teach to Travel, International Teaching Jobs, and Extreme Teaching: What’s in Your Bomb Bag?

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Innovation Goes Mainstream: Reflections from Sean Banville

Fourteen years ago, a student at my college asked to use ‘the computer’. His next question stumped me. “How do you turn it on?” I failed in my attempts to help him. How was I to know the power button on the Apple Mac was on the keyboard? I was an EFL teacher! I made lessons for students in my neatest handwriting with my pencil. No need for technology. [Read more...]

20 Professional Development Resources for Teachers

For most teachers, education doesn’t end when a degree is earned. The teaching profession demands continuing education, and in certain cases, advanced education. Fortunately, there are many online resources that can help teachers with professional development. Here are 20 resources for educators to explore:

NCATE – The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accredits schools, colleges and departments of education. The NCATE website is a good place to find lists of accredited institutions and scholarship resources.

NEA – The National Education Association (NEA) is an advocate for teachers and students. Members can access classroom management and professional development resources as well as web and print tools.

AFT – The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is a teacher’s union that offers many interesting resources on their website. Teachers can view salary surveys, education news, and publications and reports on a wide range of topics.

ASCD – The ASCD is a non-profit organization with members in more than 100 countries. The organization offers an excellent professional development survey on their website as well as several other professional growth resources for teachers.

NBPTS – The National Board for Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is a non-profit organization that was formed to advance the quality of teaching in schools. NBPTS offers information about education standards on their website and provides numerous development tools for teachers.

RISE – RISE (Resources for Indispensible Schools and Educators) is a non-profit organization that dedicates itself to connecting teachers with low-income public schools. Teachers can use the RISE site to search and apply for jobs.

PBS TeacherLine – This PBS site is an online professional development resource for teachers. TeacherLine provides standards-based graduate-level courses for credit as well as a few free resources to encourage professional growth.

Thinkfinity – The National Verizon Thinkfinity Training Program provides many free training opportunities and resources for educators and after-school practitioners. Offerings include state-specific professional development, instructional videos, and free courses for graduate credit.

Learner.org – Learner.org offers many free professional development video courses to teachers. Courses cover a wide range of subjects and provide information on how to teach today’s standards-based curricula.

Teachers Network – The Teachers Network is an advocate for teacher leadership and student learning. The organization provides many free professional development resources for teachers, including articles, how-to’s, and lesson plans.

Teacher’s Domain – This online teacher library provides free digital media for the classroom and professional development. Teachers who register for a free account can store and share resources online.

TeachersFirst – TeachersFirst offers a series of free online education sessions for teachers. Known as OK2Ask, these sessions last approximately one hour and can be attended from any computer with an Internet connection.

The Teacher’s Podcast – The Teacher’s Podcast provides PD resources for teachers who are interested in integrating technology into the classroom.

We the Teachers – We the Teachers is a social network for teachers. It is a great place to meet other educators and discuss professional development opportunities.

The Apple – Created for current and future educators, this social network provides career advices, education resources, message boards, free job postings, and many other online resources.

Applebatch – This K-12 teacher community was created to help teachers advance their careers. Teachers can join groups in their profession, share resources, build their network, and apply for new jobs.

TeachAde – TeachAde is a social networking site for teachers and other education professionals. Members can network with other educators around the world, search for resources, and create resources of their own.

FolioSpaces – FolioSpaces is a unique social networking system that can be used to create free electronic portfolios.

Fund for Teachers – Fund for Teachers is a non-profit organization that provides teacher grants and other professional growth resources. New grants are awarded each year.

Scholarships and Grants for Teachers – This blog post provides information on a wide range of grants and scholarships for future and current teachers who are pursuing continuing education or degrees in education.

Guest post from education writer Karen Schweitzer. Karen is the About.com Guide to Business School. She also writes about online colleges for OnlineColleges.net.

Other articles from Karen:

Tuition-Free Education Courses for Teachers

25 Free Apps and Web Sites for Tech Loving Teachers

40 Places to Find Free Lesson Plans

Photo Credit: Trek Hound

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