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Nurture Your StrengthsAs you plan your lessons during student teaching, incorporate instructional activities that call on your strengths, and give you a chance to develop and showcase them.
Think about how you can highlight these strengths in
- your resume
- your cover letter
- an elevator speech. Get started here, by learning what an elevator speech is and how it can help you in your search for a teaching position.
Cultivate Depth of KnowledgeBy this time, you probably have specialized knowledge on a topic you have been studying. Share it! Look for an opportunity to submit an op-ed article to your local paper when there is a news item related to your area of interest. Don’t wait for the news to develop- get a head start with a draft today. Here’s terrific guidance from Duke University.
Every teacher should have a firm understanding of and commitment to the New York State Code of Professional Ethics for Teachers.
Build Your NetworkConsider teaching in Hawaii. There is a rich network of Marist alums teaching in Hawaii who are very willing to lend you a hand. Join this Facebook page to see what Marist alums say about the challenges and rewards of teaching in Hawaii. Learn about applying for a position here.
Demonstrate ProfessionalismYou won't be intimidated by the prospect of your first interview IF you get lots of practice beforehand. Marist's Career Services office offers a great way to practice for interviews: Perfect Interview Online, a computer-based interview coaching service, as well as the anual Mock Interview Day (watch the Events Calendar for dates).
The Career Services website is packed with helpful interview strategies. The Education faculty has also developed a description of the multi-stage interview process that is often used when hiring teachers, and has created a list of interview questions specifically for applicants for teaching positions.
Showcase Your Technology SkillsGet started on your Linked-In profile – here are 10 tips
Apps like Linked-in and Facebook can provide companies with access to your personal data, often without your awareness. Review your permissions to limit what is shared.
Build a template for your future class website, using a free service such as Wix or Weebly.