Searching for a new teaching job is a hard work. In fact, it can be the toughest job you’ll ever have. The key to faculty job search success is to treat the entire process like a business; think of yourself as being in the job-hunting business. It is important to layout an effective strategy.
You have posted your resume online and submitting resume and cover letters for all the academic job openings that seem to fit you. Is there anything special that you can do to look for a new job? Absolutely! In fact, the more diverse your job-searching strategy, the more effective it's likely to be.
1. Define Your Preferences and Explore Your Options
As you begin seeking for a job opportunity, consider your own points like location, time commitment, personal expectations (pay scale, future scope, growth opportunities etc). The key to a successful job search is to recognize what makes you different from other candidates.
2. Aim For The Right Target
Before looking for right career choice, try to match your desired skills, interests and values. Learn about various job opportunities that interest you, and target those that are more likely according to your desires.
3. Be Assertive and Proactive
Don’t wait for the opportunity to come and knock the door. “Good things come to those who wait” does NOT apply to those in the market for a new job. You have got to go out there and make it happen. It’s important to get through the door before your competition.
4. Prepare Resume and Cover Letter
Rather than a three-page printed resume, use digital portfolio. Post your resume and cover letter online on different job posting sites. This makes it more available, transparent, searchable and quickly updated. This is the modern resume, tells future employers you can use technology in the classroom and can give you an edge in a competitive job market.
5. Contact Professionals In Your Field
There are various International, National, Regional and Local professionals exist to help candidates for getting better career opportunities. Various online portals are available where thousands of job listed daily. These employment agencies can be an excellent resource for job leads, and they come in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges.
6. Start Your Search With HireFaculty
Hirefaculty is the official website for academic and non-academic jobs. To set up your account, visit our website and get notified of latest job openings in your account. We are very specific in teaching job domain, and we have exclusive arrangements with large organizations.
7. Network, Network ...and Network
Networking should be at the center of your job search strategy. Register at Hirefaculty, join professional networks, job groups, volunteer in community organizations, talk to your peers, professors, and approach professionals at career fairs.
Get the word out to friends, trusted colleagues, and even relatives that you are actively seeking for a job, and ask them to keep their eyes and ears open for any opportunities.
8. Ace The Job Interview
A job interview, of course, is what is going to get you a job offer - or not. Take the time to prepare. Research the institute/ college before you go for the interview, dress appropriately, practice answering and asking interview questions and make a concerted effort to impress the interviewer with your skills, confidence, experience, and expertise.
The more diverse your job-hunting methods are, the more opportunities you'll uncover and the greater the chance that you'll find, and land, the job you really want. Try to make Digital portfolios. As these save time, keep pertinent information in one place, can be private or public, and make it easy to share your credentials when necessary. They're a must-have for today's teachers.