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  2. A benefits package is more than just health insurance options. It’s also a reflection of how a company views its employees and values their experience and engagement. A great example of this: the benefits package at CenturyLink. CenturyLink is a technology leader delivering hybrid networking, cloud connectivity, and security solutions to customers around the world. Through their extensive global fiber network, CenturyLink provides secure and reliable services to meet the growing digital demands of businesses and consumers. The company strives to be the trusted connection to the networked world, and they’re focused on delivering technology that enhances the customer experience. But CenturyLink understands a great employee experience is the key to delivering a great customer experience —and these four benefits prove it. 1. They’ll Pay You Extra To Complete Wellness Goals One of the coolest elements of the CenturyLink benefits package is its Well Connected wellness program. Basically, you can earn up to $600 for completing healthy actions that range from preventative screenings and condition management programs to fitness events like 5Ks. Even completing small wellness goals like meeting a step goal for the day or flossing your teeth counts! Usually, a healthy lifestyle costs a little extra, but at CenturyLink, they make sure their employees are walking away richer for it, and not just in health. 2. They Help You Plan For Your Financial Future—And Your Present For new grads, saving and spending at an appropriate level can seem like a daunting task, and that’s why CenturyLink’s online financial planning tools also offer advice and lessons on how to navigate the complex world of retirement saving, budgeting, and fiscal responsibility. They also want you to be saving for retirement from day one, so they’ll automatically enroll you in the 401(k) program as a part of the onboarding process. Of course, you’ll also have the choice to customize your 401(k) contribution plan as you see fit. 3. They Help You Balance Your Personal and Professional Lives —With Paid Time Off And Flexible Time Off Plans When you’re a CenturyLink employee, you have the opportunity to rest and recharge with their time off programs. Depending on your role, you may earn a generous Paid Time Off allotment or have the ability to take off as much time as you need—as long as you complete your work and have your manager’s permission—through the Flexible Time Off program. The collaborative team environment at CenturyLink helps ensure colleagues are supported during their time off. So, you can take that dream vacation you’ve always wanted to and get back to doing your best work. 4. It’s Not Just Stuff You Need, It’s Stuff You Want Having fun and de-stressing is also a part of a healthy lifestyle. And that’s why CenturyLink helps you do that, too. CenturyLink offers its employees discounts on items such as movie tickets and trips to Disney. They also offer partial reimbursement on gym memberships. So, whether you need to sweat out the stress on the treadmill or unwind on Splash Mountain, you can do it for less with CenturyLink’s programs. And this is just the start of a great benefits package! Want to learn more about what CenturyLink offers students and recent grads? Check out open opportunities at CenturyLink on WayUp! The post 4 Amazing Benefits At This Tech Company (That Make It Perfect For Recent Grads) appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
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  10. Starting a new job while everyone is working from home because of a pandemic might seem intimidating. But there are a few things you can do to make it easier for everyone. View the full article
  11. How to Get Your Resume Past the System & Into Human Hands Does job searching sometimes feel like you’re flinging resumes and cover letters into a black hole? You may be wondering if your applications are being read at all. Perhaps you’ve heard that computerized resume scanners reject applications before they even make it into human hands. And yes—at many companies that receive a high volume of applications, that’s true. The internet has completely transformed the job searching landscape. Long gone are the days when you’d “pound the pavement” or “go in and ask to speak to a manager” for all but the smallest local businesses. Instead, you apply online—which is a double-edged sword for everyone involved. Because you don’t have to physically fill out and deliver an application or send out resumes and cover letters via snail mail anymore, you can apply to a lot more jobs. But so can everybody. This means that an open position can easily get far more applications than companies have the resources to read. Just ask Muse Career Coach Yolanda M. Owens, Founder of CareerSensei Consulting, who has more than 20 years of recruiting experience in a range of industries, including healthcare, tech, and financial services. When she was a corporate recruiter, she would post a job opening and get back, she says, “over 300 applications for an entry-level position within a week.” She was generally recruiting for between 15 and 20 roles at a time, meaning that she might have 6,000 applicants to track at once! So hiring managers and recruiters like Owens frequently use an applicant tracking system (ATS)—software that helps them organize job applications and ensure none fall through the cracks. If you’ve applied to a job any time since 2008, your application has probably passed through an ATS. Over 98% of Fortune 500 companies use an ATS of some kind, according to research conducted by Jobscan. Any time you apply for a job through an online form or portal, your application is almost certainly going into an ATS. But an ATS does more than just track applications—it can also act as a filter, parsing every resume submitted and forwarding only the most relevant, qualified job seekers to a hiring manager or recruiter. That’s the resume-scanning technology you’ve probably heard about. Luckily, getting past the ATS is a lot easier than you might think. Follow these dos and don’ts to create an ATS-friendly resume that’ll sail right through—and impress the hiring manager, too. 1. Do Apply Only to Roles You’re Qualified For ATSs get a bad rap as the “robots” standing between you and your new job, and when you hear that Owens read only 25% of the applications she received for most postings, it might reinforce that impression. But the reason she looked at such a small percentage of applications? Most candidates were not qualified for the job she was filling. And some were completely irrelevant. “If I’m looking at an entry-level [accounting] position and seeing someone who is a dentist or a VP,” Owens says, it’s totally fair for the ATS to discard those. So first and foremost, make sure you’re truly qualified for the roles you’re applying to. This doesn’t mean you have to hit every single job qualification or apply to a job only if you have the traditional background for it. Owens says she was always “trying to cast a wide net and not exclude too many factors to pass up a candidate who might not be traditional”— career changers looking for an entry point into a new field, for example, or folks who had impressive transferable skills. But if you don’t have the core skills needed to perform a job, you’re better off not wasting your time or a recruiter’s. 2. Don’t Apply to Tons of Jobs at the Same Company An applicant tracking system also allows recruiters to see all the roles you’ve applied to at their company. Owens often noticed the same person applying to every single opening the company or one of its departments had. When you do this, a recruiter can’t tell what you’re actually interested in or if you’re self-aware about your abilities. If a company has two very similar roles open, absolutely apply to both. Or if you have a wide range of skills and interests and would be equally happy in two very different roles, then you can apply to both, though you should definitely tailor or target each resume you submit to the specific job. But you generally shouldn’t be applying to both an entry-level position and a director-level position, or a sales position and a video-editing position. And you definitely shouldn’t be applying to every opening a company has. That just shows you haven’t taken the time to consider what the right role for you is—and a recruiter isn’t likely to take the time to do it for you. 3. Do Include the Right Keywords At its core, what any applicant tracking system is programmed to do when it “reads” a resume is the same as what a person would do: It’s scanning for key pieces of information to find out whether or not you’re a match for a job opening. “ATS algorithms aren’t that different from the human algorithms, we’re all kind of skimming for the same things,” says Jon Shields, Marketing Manager at Jobscan. So when it comes to writing a resume that can make it past an ATS, you want to make sure that key information is there and that it’s easy to find. One of the ways the ATS narrows an applicant pool is by searching for specific keywords. It’s like a Google search on a much smaller scale. The recruiter or hiring manager can decide which keywords to search for—usually whatever skills, qualifications, experience, or qualities are most important for performing the job. For entry-level roles, that might mean certain majors, whereas for a tech position, it might be certain coding languages. So if you want to make it past the ATS, you’ll need to include those important keywords on your resume. Hint: Look for the hard skills that come up more than once in a posting and are mentioned near the top of the requirements and job duties. Hard skills include types of software, methodologies, spoken languages, and other abilities that are easier to quantify. (The most important keyword could even be the job title itself!) Depending on your industry, certain degrees and certifications might also be important keywords. Particularly in fields like nursing and teaching where state licenses are necessary, employers are going to want to know at a glance that you’re legally allowed to do the job you’re applying for. If you’re having trouble identifying the important keywords in a job description as you craft an ATS-friendly resume, there are tools online (like Jobscan, Resume Worded’s Targeted Resume or SkillSyncer) that can help you. Note: In some cases, an ATS scanning for keywords will only recognize and count exact matches. So if you have the correct experience, but you wrote it using language that’s different than what the system is looking for, you might not come up as one of the most qualified applicants. For example, if you write that you’re an “LSW” but the ATS is checking for “Licensed Social Worker,” it might drop your resume. (To be safe, write out the full name, then put the abbreviation in parentheses.) Or if you wrote that you’re “an Excel expert,” but the ATS is searching for someone who has “experience with spreadsheets,” your resume might never get to the hiring manager. When in doubt, match your phrasing to what’s in the job description, as that’s likely to be what the ATS is looking for. 4. Do Put Your Keywords in Context Applicant tracking systems can recognize that a key skill or experience is present. But interpreting the strength and value of that experience is still for people to do. And humans want to see how you used your skills. It’s obvious to a recruiter when you’ve just worked in a keyword because it was in the posting, without tying it to a specific personal achievement—and it doesn’t win you any points. “Instead of focusing on regurgitating a job description, focus on your accomplishments,” Owens says. Plus, remember that you won’t be the only one adding those important keywords to your resume. “If [you’re] all using the same job descriptions and the same buzzwords, what’s going to make you stand out from the crowd?” Owens asks. Answer: your accomplishments, which are unique to you. When describing your current and past positions, “ensure your bullet points are actually achievements, and use numbers and metrics to highlight them,” says Rohan Mahtani, Founder of Resume Worded. Instead of just telling recruiters and hiring managers that you have a skill, this will show them how you’ve used it and what the results were. 5. Don’t Try to Trick the ATS ATSs have brought up a whole new host of problems with applicants “trying to cheat the system,” Owens says. You might have come across advice about how to tweak your resume to fool an applicant tracking system—by pasting keywords in white, pasting the entire job description in white, repeating the keywords as many times as possible, or adding a section labeled “keywords” where you stick various words from the job description. Don’t do any of this! Any tricks that have to do with pasting keywords in white will immediately be discovered because the ATS will display all text in the same color on the other end. So even if this gets your application flagged to a human recruiter, they’ll see that you added the full text of the job description or just wrote “sales sales sales sales” somewhere and move onto the next candidate as quickly as they can. Not only are you failing to prove you’re qualified for the job, but you’re also showing that you’ll cheat to get ahead! If you were considering adding a “keyword” section, remember that it lacks any context. If you can’t also speak to your experience with the skill, it probably doesn’t belong on your resume, and if this is true of one of the main keywords, this isn’t the job for you. What you can do, however, is include a keyword-rich resume summary—not an objective statement—that concisely puts your skills in context at the top of your document. You also want to be careful you’re not just stuffing your resume full of keywords. “You can use a keyword as much as you like so long as it’s used in [the] correct context that makes it relevant to the job description,” says Nick Francioso, an Army veteran who mentors other veterans during career transitions and the founder of resume optimization tool SkillSyncer. But if you just cram in random keywords all over the place, you might make it past a resume scanner only to irritate a recruiter or hiring manager with a resume full of nonsense. 6. Do Choose the Right File Type In the great resume file-type debate, there are only two real contenders: .docx vs .pdf. While PDFs are best at keeping your format intact overall, the .docx format is the most accurately parsed by ATSs. So if you want to get past the ATS, use a .docx file. But also follow directions (if the listing asks for a certain file type, give it to them!) and take the posting’s word for it (if a posting says a PDF is OK, then it’s OK). And if you’re considering using an online resume builder, first check what file type it spits out—Mahtani cautions that some online resume builders will generate your resume as an image (.jpg or .png, for example). Pro tip: If you don’t have Microsoft Word or another program that can convert your resume to .docx or .pdf, you can use Google Docs to create your resume, then download it in either format for free. 7. Do Make Your Resume Easy to Scan (by Robots and Humans) In addition to making sure that your resume has the right content for an applicant tracking system, you also need to make sure the ATS can make sense of that information and deliver it to the person on the other end in a readable form. Fortunately, ATS-friendly resume formatting is very similar to recruiter-friendly resume formatting. Like a human, the ATS will read from left to right and top to bottom, so keep that in mind as you format. For example, your name and contact information should all be at the top, and your work history should start with your most recent or current position. There should be “no surprises about where info is supposed to be,” Shields says. Among the three common resume formats you can choose from—chronological, combination, and functional—ATSs are programmed to prefer the first two. Recruiters also prefer chronological and combination formats (starting to notice a theme?). “For me, it's more about storytelling to demonstrate a person's professional progression,” Owens says. That story is harder to see with a functional resume, which can confuse applicant tracking systems, too. Without a clear work history to draw from, the software doesn’t know how to sort different sections of text. “Ultimately recruiters just want to find the info they’re looking for as quickly as possible,” Shields says. So making a resume ATS friendly will actually help your resume be more readable to recruiters as well. 8. Don’t Include Too Much Fancy Formatting It may pain you to hear this, but you likely need to get rid of that expensive resume template or heavily designed custom resume. “If you speak to experienced hiring managers [and] recruiters, they’ll tell you that creative [or] fancy resumes are not only harder for [an] ATS to read, but also harder for them to read!” says Mahtani. In order to scan your resume for relevant keywords most ATSs will convert the document to a text-only file. So at best, any fancy formatting will be lost. At worst, the ATS won’t be able to pull out the important information and so a person may never lay eyes on your nice designs—or read about the experience and skills that actually qualify you for the job. When designing a resume to go through an ATS, avoid: Tables Text boxes Logos Images: In the U.S., your resume should never include your photo. Graphics, graphs, or other visuals Columns: Since ATSs are programmed to read left to right, some will read columns straight across rather than reading column one top to bottom and then starting column two at the top. Headers and footers: Information in the header and footer sometimes gets dropped by the ATS completely. Make sure all text is within the document body. Uncommon section headings: Stick to conventional labels like “Education,” “Work Experience,” and “Technical Skills,” so the ATS knows how to sort your information. This is not the place to get creative with something like “Where I’ve Made an Impact.” Hyperlinks on important words: Some systems will display only the URL and drop the words you linked from, so don’t link from anything important (like your job title or an accomplishment). Instead, paste in the URL itself or link out from a word like “website” or “portfolio.” Less common fonts: Stick to a universal font like Arial, Helvetica, Times New Roman, Garamond, Georgia, or Cambria. Avoid fonts you need to download, which the ATS may have trouble parsing. Here are some elements you can use without tripping up an ATS: Bold Italics Underline: But stick to using underlines in headings and for URLs, Shields says. In general, people have been trained to see any underline within sentences as links. Colors: Just know that the ATS will return all text in the same color, so make sure your color choices aren’t vital to understanding the text of your resume. Bullets: Bullets are an important component of any resume, but stick to the standard circle- or square-shaped ones. Anything else could get messy. Still not convinced that you should ditch your fancy resume? To show how formatting can trip up an ATS, we created a resume with many of the “forbidden” design elements—including columns, separate text boxes for the job seeker’s name and contact information, a table, icons, and text in the header—and used it to apply to a job at The Muse. The resume contains all the keywords found in the job posting, and since Victoria Harris is a fictional person, she hits every single requirement, making her an ideal candidate for the job. Here’s what the resume looks like after it’s been run through an ATS: You’ll immediately notice that the columns have been smashed together. Victoria’s current position is still first, which is good, but what comes next is an indecipherable jumble: “Education Sales Cloud Apollo.io.” Then, the ATS has combined the start date of her current job with her graduation date and interpreted that she’s been in her current position for just one month instead of over a year. When you finally get to her bullet points, they’ve also been destroyed. Her fourth bullet, for example, now ends with: “Salesforce Analytics Cloud and Salesforce Sales Cloud Salesforce Salesforce.” Victoria wasn’t keyword stuffing, but it sure looks like she was. Yes, this feels like a lot. But the main thing to take away when it comes to creating an ATS-friendly resume is that “it will help even if you’re not going through an ATS,” Shields says. At the end of the day, what an ATS is looking for in a resume is not that different from what a person is scanning for—so if you make a resume that beats the ATS, chances are it’ll impress a whole lot of humans, too. Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/beat-the-robots-how-to-get-your-resume-past-the-system-into-human-hands
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  18. In recent times, various distinct career trends have been reshaping the legal industry. Workstyles and attitudes are changing, and so is technology. The good news is these trends enable law professionals to become more efficient and competitive in the global marketplace. Read on to discover seven career trends that are transforming the legal industry right now. The Law Sector is Expanding Beyond Lawyers According to the latest statistics from US News, in 2018, the average salary of lawyers in the US was around $121,000. The top 25% earned $182,490, and the lowest 25% earned $79,160. The law sector is as broad as it is diverse, so lawyer salaries for professionals working for state government earn much less than those in the private sector. With even low-paid lawyers on high salaries compared to other industries, hiring a lawyer is an expensive business for the average Joe. But the legal marketplace is changing quickly. Lawyers do not have a monopoly in the law industry anymore. Today, clients can gain cheaper legal assistance from a number of professionals who aren’t qualified lawyers, such as paralegal technicians, offshore legal vendors, and legal self-help sites. These new options allow disadvantaged and poorer people to address their legal matters at a fraction of the cost of hiring a lawyer. Collaboration In this modern age of the digital marketplace climate, boundaries that once separated locations and industries are dissipating fast. Technological advances are allowing new delivery models that transcend traditional divisions. Many law companies are now starting to collaborate more internally, with others in the supply chain, and with clients. Lots of law firms are now dismantling enterprise silos and replacing them with more integrated and fluidal workforces so that they can provide better service, understand, and monitor customer requirements. Want to Read More Articles Like This One? Sign up here to receive weekly updates from Career Enlightenment, and never miss another powerful job searching tip! SUBSCRIBE! You have Successfully Subscribed! We hate spam too. Unsubscribe any time. Eco-Consciousness Endeavors As going green continues to become a worldwide priority for all industries, environmental law is a growing practice area in the legal sector. And law companies across the planet are establishing new environmentally-friendly initiatives to reduce carbon footprints, promote social responsibility, and cut expenses. Electronic Discovery In the US, amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure have altered how electronic data becomes used. Electronically-stored information is now discoverable in litigation. That includes data like emails, voicemails, instant messages, and data stored on handheld devices. Retrieving electronically stored information is known as electronic discovery. In recent years, the growth of electronic discovery has changed the face of large-scale and complicated litigation. Virtual Law Website technology, Software as a Service, and powerful mobile devices are changing the face of the legal industry. Now, law professionals can work virtually from anywhere in the world. And more and more lawyers and legal professionals are doing just that. Virtual law offices allow professionals to work from home, which enables them to work flexible hours and create a better work/life balance. Work/Life Balance For many years, the pressure to sacrifice personal life in favor of work has been a staple of the legal profession. But people in the legal industry are beginning to demand a better work/life balance. With the advent of workplace policies like flex-time, telecommuting, compressed schedules, and other alternative work arrangements, the law firm environment is gradually transforming to enable workers a better balance between work and home life. New Billing Models Lawyers have used the traditional billable-hours business model for decades, but it has often been criticized for rewarding inefficiency. Today, alternative billing models like flat, fixed, capped, or blended fees, are being utilized more and more. Alternative billing models enables law professionals to meet the needs of clients who are cost-conscious, create long-term relationships, and maximize value. View the full article
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  24. Get inspired to grow your career with Work It Daily's weekly Podcast Club for FREE! What Is This Club? Work It Daily's podcast club is a group where professionals can receive recommended podcast episodes geared towards inspiring you to grow your career. Every week, a new article will be released with a list of episodes for you to listen to. Opt-in to receive weekly emails on the episodes of the week. We will also be creating challenges for everyone to participate in! Premium: Already a Work It Daily member? Join our podcast club and get access to FREE podcast discussions with fellow members and career coaches. Why Should I Join? Join our podcast club if you're looking for a fun way to build good habits, network with other podcast-enthusiasts, and grow your career one podcast episode at a time! How Often Does This Club Meet? *The podcast club meets 3 times/week on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for "Coffee Time" at 9:30 am. Think of it as a book club, except with podcast episodes! These quick, 30-minute discussions will help you start your day on the right foot & get in the career growth mindset. *To attend these weekly discussions, you must be a Work It Daily member. This is a premium option. Please see below for details Is There A Patreon Option? We don't offer a Patreon option, however, if you're a Work It Daily member you will receive exclusive features including our "Coffee Time," 30-minute discussions led by our career coaches about the podcast episodes to listen to. What Is Work It Daily Exactly? Work It Daily is the #1 online career growth club. In addition to joining this weekly podcast club, every member also receives access to a private community of professionals with similar goals, challenges, and experiences. You'll also get access to our coaching team as well as career-focused courses to help you with your job search or professional development. Resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn reviews are all wrapped up into this subscription. You can submit as many materials as you'd like for review by our coaches, just as long as you're an active member. Please note that responses can take up to 2-business days, though. Our program has helped thousands of professionals from all over the world gain employment, make career changes, or advance their careers. We accomplish this by combining courses, coaching, and community to form the best learning environment possible. You can learn more about our services here Can I Submit Podcast Suggestions? powered by Typeform Yes! We welcome suggestions from our free and premium members. You can fill out the form below to submit your suggestion. View the full article
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  26. Talk to a teacher for any amount of time and you’re bound to hear some grumbling. The pay stinks, the hours are unforgiving, the students can be unbearable and the parents can be even worse. And they’re right — being a teacher is frequently frustrating, often thankless and always tiring. It’s also the best profession on earth. Here’s why. Teachers Change Lives for a Living An accountant might draw pride from getting the numbers right, and pilots might feel good when the wheels hit the tarmac and everyone arrives safely. But only teachers boast a job description that reads “change lives.” We are shepherds leading our flock out of the darkness. We are the flames that ignite the passion for learning. What we do in the classroom will echo in our students’ lives for decades to come. It may be hard to see it through the fog of chaos and clamor and exasperation that the job brings. But we get the rare privilege of shaping pliable minds, boosting self-esteem and removing barriers. Teachers Change the World We often talk about politicians, corporations and major organizations making the seismic shifts that alter our society and shape our world. Teachers affect society in incrementally smaller but no less impactful ways. In fact, you could argue that in a broad sense, teachers are the most profound change-makers, paradigm-shifters, and world-shakers around. The knowledge we impart to our charges grants power. With this power, we are altering their trajectory in life — they can reach higher education, find meaningful jobs and fulfill their potential. And it’s more than just reading, writing and arithmetic or rote memorization. While those things are important, it’s our position as role models and guidance-givers that tells students they can follow a dream; they can find a passion and use it to contribute to the world in significant ways regardless of their circumstances, their lack of economic might or their impediments. If all of that sounds flowery, don’t worry. There are hard data coming up. Teaching is Fulfilling Despite all the challenges, the strikes, and the well-earned complaints, teachers are a satisfied lot. The Institute of Education Sciences at the National Center for Education Statistics conducted surveys of American teachers in the 2003–04, 2007–08, and 2011–12 school years. When asked if they were satisfied with their jobs, at least 9 out of ten teachers responded “yes.” Teachers in private schools were generally more satisfied — 95 percent, 93 percent, and 95 percent in 2003–04, 2007–08 and 2011–12, respectively — but even public school teachers were more satisfied in their jobs than many other professions (91 percent, 93 percent and 90 percent in 2003–04, 2007–08 and 2011–12). A study conducted by the University of Chicago found that Psychologists (66.9 percent), Operating Engineers (64.1 percent), Office Supervisors (60.8 percent) and Security & Financial Services Salespersons (65.4 percent) all had lower levels of satisfaction. The key to this sense of satisfaction? Experts say it lies in finding work that’s engaging, involves helping others and contributes to the world — all of which teaching does. Americans also see teaching as prestigious. A study by Harris Research found that people see teachers on the same level as military officers and above police officers, athletes, architects, and even clergy. Want to Read More Articles Like This One? Sign up here to receive weekly updates from Career Enlightenment, and never miss another powerful job searching tip! SUBSCRIBE! You have Successfully Subscribed! We hate spam too. Unsubscribe any time. How to Land a Job as a Teacher Look at your hands — they’re already dusted with chalk in anticipation. Now that you’re convinced, here are a few clever ways to find the perfect teaching job. Look for shortages. One of the best ways to increase your chances of getting hired is to look for the places teachers are needed the most. The U.S. Department of Education runs a site dedicated to this. Pop in your state, enter the year and it will spit out the areas with the most need. For instance, for the 2020-2021 academic school year, the state of Arizona especially needs early childhood special education teachers and Texas may be on the lookout for English as Second Language teachers. This is a great way to find a job tailored to your niche, whether it’s art, music or math. You can also find historical areas of need here. Keep the resume but get a digital portfolio. Resumes can be a great tool and they’re still the standard, but they can only go so far when it comes to showcasing your experience, demonstrating how you’d thrive in a classroom and letting potential employers know what makes you tick. Digital portfolios can accomplish this if you use them correctly. ePortfolios aren’t just a resume and cover letter uploaded to a portfolio hosting site. You’ll want to include things like your teaching philosophy, letters of recommendation and education-related experience (even if it’s just from an educator prep course). Many aspiring teachers get creative and add narration, video, graphics, and links to other works. Of course, no one needs your entire life story. Keep everything professional and focused on what would make you a great teacher. If you’ve got a passion for it, it’ll translate here better than a resume. For your interview, prepare, prepare and then prepare a little more. Once you’ve landed an interview, preparation is critical. They’ll want to know about you — how you’ve handled challenges, how you might respond to hypothetical classroom issues and your approach to teaching — but you should know about them, too. What were there standardized test scores last year? What programs do they offer? How many children are on the reduced lunch program? All of this info is available on state education websites and it’ll give you a chance to let your new employer know how you can be a part of the team. Teaching is tough, challenging and full of disappointments. But for the select few who answer the call to be leaders and devote their lives to generations of children, it’s also supremely fulfilling. View the full article
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