Showing posts with label job search. Show all posts
Showing posts with label job search. Show all posts

Friday, July 15, 2011

CNN Student News Offers Students Job Hunting Advice

This week's special summer edition of CNN Student News features interviews with a employee recruiter and professionals at CNN offering their best advice to students on the job hunt. The video is embedded below.

While the advice in the video is sound I would also add that students should be actively managing their digital footprints so when a potential employer does a Google search on that student nothing inappropriate is found. I would also encourage students to use a service like Visual CV to develop an online resume that links to examples of their work.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Weekend Project - Build a Web Presence for Your Professional Self

It's getting to be that time of year when new graduates and seasoned veterans alike start to explore their job options. If you are one of those people looking for a new job in education, I have a project for you that could help your cause the next time you apply for a position. That project is to create a web presence for your professional self.

There are a lot ways you can create a web presence for yourself and I'll outline a few below, but first let's talk about why you should do this. A web presence in which you make public your thoughts about education allows prospective employers to do a little research on what you really think is important in education. A lot of people can shovel eduspeak for an hour in an interview, but what you really think can't easily be hidden over months of blogging. Likewise, for those candidates who get nervous at interviews and can't shovel the eduspeak as well as others, months or years of blog posts allows a prospective employer to know the "real you."

If you don't have time to fill up a blog with your thoughts about education before that next interview create a website on which you feature your best lesson plans. Even better, if you have videos of yourself teaching, post those videos. Again, it's one thing to listen to someone talk about teaching, but it's another to actually see someone teach. I'm surprised by how many people have great lesson plans, even technology infused lesson plans, that no one knows about because they don't share their lessons.

Create a Blog.
There are a lot of free platforms for creating a blog. Here are tutorials for creating a blog with some of the most popular free platforms.





Creating a website to display your professional portfolio.
There are many many platforms for creating a free website. Here are a few of my preferred platforms.

If you already have a Google Account, Google Sites is already available to you. Just select it from the menu of services that you're not using. Google offers a wide variety of templates that you can use and customize on your site. Should you decide at a later date that you want to add other contributors to your site, you can do so with just a couple of clicks in the sharing menu. Learn more about Google Sites in this video.

Weebly was one of the first website building tools that I played around with when I got started on my technology integration journey. It's a very intuitive and feature rich platform for creating a free website. For those reasons, it's always on my list of recommendations to teachers who want to build a classroom website.

Webs is another service that I have first-hand experience with in a school setting because a couple of my colleagues have used it for their classes. Webs has all of the characteristics that you would expect to find in a free website platform. Websites built using Webs can include videos, calendars, polls, and a wide variety of third party widgets. Webs offers a wide variety templates and layouts to select from.

Don't forget to network.
I can't write about creating a web presence for your professional self without mentioning the value of networking. Creating an online network of contacts gives you people to exchange ideas with and to possibly learn about new job opportunities. Create a LinkedIn account and look for people you know to connect with. You might be surprised to find folks you worked with years ago to reconnect with on LinkedIn. Consider joining a education network like Classroom 2.0 to connect with other educators. Finally, I like Twitter a lot, but it does take time to build up a network of connections on it. If you're interested in learning how to develop a PLN, check out my slides on the topic

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Three New Job Openings Posted on the Job Board

Back in May, in affiliation with Post Learn, I launched a job board here on Free Technology for Teachers. Traffic to it has slowly, but steadily increased. In the last week three new job openings have been posted to it. Those openings are:

Vermont: Classroom technology integration specialist

Chicago, il: Curriculum designer ii

California: Director of technology services

If you're looking for new job in the educational technology field or you're looking to hire someone in the field, please visit the Free Technology for Teachers & Post Learn job board.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

PostLearn - A Global Job Board for Educators

As anyone that has looked for an employer or an employee in the education sector will tell you, the Monster-type job boards are not the best places to look. Now there's a better place to look. The new PostLearn Educational Job Board is a job board designed specifically for the education community. PostLearn is free for educators to use in their quest for their next job in education. Job seekers can set-up email alerts to be notified of new postings that meet their criteria.

Schools looking to fill job openings can use PostLearn's simple posting service. The posting process is made simple so that even those who aren't tech-savvy can post job openings. To make job posting even easier, if you mention Free Technology for Teachers, PostLearn will accept the first ten job postings via email at joe(at)

PostLearn launches today on a number of reputable education blogs. You will see the widgets displayed in the side columns of these blogs. PostLearn chose to launch this way rather than "spam" people through Twitter or email because they believe that the best candidates and employers in today's education job market are reading these blogs.

PostLearn was developed by Joseph Thibault. Some of you may be familiar with Joe through his work helping teachers develop Moodle courses.

Disclosure: I am an affiliate of PostLearn. I do not receive compensation for referring job-seekers, however I do receive compensation for referring job postings.

Friday, August 14, 2009

The Recession-Proof Graduate

Seth Godin highlighted this ebook/ slideshow this morning on his blog. The Recession-Proof Graduate was created by a recent college graduate, Charlie Hoehn, who leveraged the uses of social media, blogs, and all things web 2.0 to find a job during the depths of the recession. The strategies he shares breaks the mold of the traditional job search methods used by most people. If you know a recent or soon-to-be graduate looking for work, you should consider forwarding this along to him or her.

The Slideshare version of the Recession-Proof Graduate is embedded below.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Gradspot - Practical Advice for College Graduates
100 Awesome Open Courses
What I Wish I'd Known About My First Days on Campus

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Look Here for a New Job in Education

Be it your first job out of college or a job change, eventually most people will have to look through job postings. You can try searching the general job posting websites like Monster, but those sites are often cluttered with jobs in the "education" category that aren't really the kind of teaching job for which you're looking. K12 JobSpot might be a better place to look for your next job in education. K12 JobSpot lists job postings from thirty-three states. On K12 JobSpot you can search for jobs by job title, by location, or by a combination of both.

K12 JobSpot is not the only website dedicated to education job postings. If you're state/ province/ county has a website dedicated to education job postings please leave a comment and I'll add it to the list.

In Maine you can find education job postings on Serving Schools.
In Montana you can find education job postings through METNET.

If you're considering moving and taking an education job in a new state in the US you should check out Certification Map for state-by-state certification requirements.